Chick-fil-A hits the borough of Brooklyn
Headed to 166 Flatbush Ave., across the street from Barclays Center, is controversial fried chicken chain Chick-fil-A. The Southern company is on a New York City tear; this location, which will take over 14,700 square feet, is set to be the seventh in the city. Fans revere the fried chicken sandwiches, while critics revile the founder’s anti-LGBTQ practices.
La Mercerie adds new afternoon menu
Starting today, posh Soho cafe La Mercerie will launch an apero menu — an afternoon activity in France to lightly eat and drink. From 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., there will be apéritifs, cocktails, and small snacks such as bonbons and bicuits and foie gras and toasts. The full menu from chef Marie-Aude Rose is below.
Brooklynites are desperate for oat milk
There is an oat milk shortage in NYC, and drinkers are “devastated” according to a New Yorker story on the topic. At Butler in Williamsburg, it became super popular before drying up, prompting owner Rod Coligado to consider buying marked-up options from second sellers. The desperation of the story feels oh-so-Brooklyn.
Critics flit to a new beer bar and a Nepalese restaurant
Hannah Goldfield at the New Yorker visits hot new beer bar Harlem Hops in her review this week, finding “especially exciting” specialty whiskeys, beers, and sausages. Ligaya Mishan at the Times meanwhile heads to Nepali Bhanchha Ghar in Jackson Heights for Nepalese “splendor,” such as “chewy and succulent” goat and “delicious” momos.
Does NYC have too many bars?
A Times article looks at the explosion of establishments granted liquor licenses in the last 18 years: The Lower East Side had 41 in 2000 and 175 today, while Williamsburg was at 40 in 2000 and is now at 238. It’s been slightly slower grown in Queens, with Long Island City and part of Astoria at 94 places now, whereas there were 40 in 2000.