Billy Joel gives a Long Island import restaurant some love
Long Island boy and music superstar Billy Joel went back to his roots last night to celebrate his 100th show at Madison Square Garden. Joel and 20 others had a feast last night at new Greek hot spot Kyma in Flatiron, eating dishes such as langoustines, whole fish, and zucchini and eggplant chips. Kyma opened early June after finding success as one of Long Island’s most popular Greek restaurants; another location is on the way on the Upper West Side.
The critics head to Little House Cafe and Don Wagyu
New Yorker critic Hannah Goldfield has weighed in on the finance crowd sensation that is the $180 wagyu katsu sando at Don Wagyu in FiDi. She seemed to like it, but in the end recommends the “quite delicious, if outrageously rich,” $22, off-menu burger instead, made with scraps of meat from the three tiers of pricey sandwiches on the menu. Over in Elmhurst, Times critic Ligaya Mishan heads to Asian restaurant Little House Café for a taste of dishes such as a turmeric chicken curry bun, roti canai, and curry puffs. Though the menu mixes Chinese, Thai, and Malaysian dishes, Mishan especially recommends the Malaysian offerings.
Looks like East Village Thai space will go to the owners’ daughter
Though East Village Thai has closed, it turns out the space will go to the owners’ daughter. A tipster tells EV Grieve that the daughter plans to open a Thai noodle shop in the space, though with no further details.
No Passport Required specials at Red Rooster
To celebrate the airing of Eater-produced PBS show No Passport Required, host and chef Marcus Samuelsson is running weekly specials at his Harlem restaurant Red Rooster. Each show explores the cooking of a different immigrant community in cities across America, and thus each Tuesday the specials at the restaurant do the same. On July 24, it’s Mexican pork carnitas, July 31 brings Guyanese curry hot pot, August 7 is a Haitian chicken stew, and August 14 is Ethiopian lamb wat.