Take a look at who’s coming to the Seaport Food Lab pop-ups
The Seaport Food Lab returns to the Seaport District for a second year this fall, and this year, it specifically opted to bring in eight acclaimed chefs who are female. Each one will each host a one-week dinner series. LA’s Pizza Mozza and Osteria Mozza co-owner Nancy Silverton will first serve highlights from Osteria Mozza. The Beatrice Inn’s Angie Mar will take over next, and Erika Nakamura and Jocelyn Guest — who teamed up with April Bloomfield to open the now-closed White Gold Butchers — will collaborate on a menu, doing a whole beef tasting with butcher demos. Co-owner and founder of Hija de Sanchez in Copenhagen Rosio Sanchez will serve her personal take on Mexican cuisine, and following her in the lineup, the Philadelphia-based rising stars Caitlin McMillan and Camille Cogswell will team up to present dishes from Israeli restaurant Zahav. And for the final week of the series, AC Restaurants founder Ashley Christensen will helm a Southern American menu. Tickets, which are $115 including tax and tip, will be available here starting August 17.
A look at the upcoming new barbecue restaurant on the LES
After months of delays, Randall’s Barbecue is finally set to open in two weeks at 357 Grand St. Pitmaster Jared Male is an alum of Hill Country and Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem, and the menu features all the barbecue classics plus sides like fried eggplant, mac and cheese, and fried clam cakes. Benched tables and bar stools face an open kitchen. Randall’s started as a pop-up in Crown Heights in 2013.
A new brunch in town
Bushwick’s Canadian-inspired poutine restaurant UpNorth now serves brunch, including a poutine called the “UpNorth Drunk Brunch Supreme,” made with hot dog, mushrooms, spicy sausage gravy, and an egg. There are also breakfast dishes like various omelettes and an heirloom tomato tarte with goat cheese and cheddar curds.
Three restaurant wars heating up around NYC
The Post breaks down what it deems to be NYC’s “most dramatic restaurant wars” right now, starting with critic Steve Cuozzo looking at the supposed tension between Major Food Group and the Four Seasons. When the Four Seasons’ lease ended in the landmarked Seagram Building, Major Food Group’s the Grill and the Pool took over, and Cuozzo suggests there’s a rift between loyals of the restaurants, though Major Food Group’s restaurants seem to attract a younger crowd than the Four Seasons revival is poised to draw. Beth Landman looks at the rivalry between two Italian restaurants in the Hamptons: An outpost of Gabby Karan de Felice’s Tutto Il Giorno in Sag Harbor opened just down the street from Dopo la Spiaggia, owned by Karan’s former business partners, following the end of a two-year non-compete agreement Karan signed. And Lauren Steussy looks at the brewery battle between twin brothers Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø in Queens, where the former has opened Mikkeler and the latter will open a brewery for his Evil Twin Brewing company in the coming months.