A new food hall headed to Garment District
A food hall with nine vendors from “rising chefs” called Fête New York will open next spring at 231 West 39th Street, between Seventh and Eighth avenues. The more than 12,000-square-foot Art Deco space is the brainchild of Doris Huang, a former Godiva exec. It will also have a bar, primarily serving beer and spirits from New York, and will be designed by Carpenter and Mason, a company that’s also done projects like Van Leeuwen locations, Egg Shop, and Tender Greens.
LA-born pizza chain 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen plans first NYC location
Wood-fired cooking chain 800 Degrees Woodfired Kitchen is opening its first New York location in Midtown this fall. The restaurant comes from Estiatorio Milos alum Mario Zeniou, and recently, basketball star Dwyane Wade signed on as a “global partner.” It is counter-service during the day, and besides a customizable pizza option, the restaurant will serve rotisserie smoked meats, salads, and something called a “power bowl.” It opens at 1 East 33rd Street in September.
Kopitiam wins over the New Yorker critic for expanding idea of breakfast
New Yorker’s Hannah Goldfield files a dispatch from the new location of Kopitiam, the Malaysian cafe hit now in a bigger space on LES. She’s particularly taken by the options for breakfast, which are far different from the traditional options in Western dining. Nasi lemak, coconut rice with cucumbers and dried anchovies, is “both comfortingly simple and thrillingly electric, a transitional wake-up call for the palate,” she writes. Malaysian white coffee, chef Kyo Pang’s version of french toast, and duck tongues are also favorites.
Financier in Brookfield closes, and other openings and closings
Some switch-ups are happening in Brookfield Place — the Financier Patisserie there has closed. The macaron shop has several other locations in FiDi. Up in East Village, popular and longtime coffee shop Porto Rico Importing Co. is temporarily closing its St. Marks location to do a renovation. They will be fixing the floor, moving the ice machine, and adding a better drip brewer. But Streetcha Ukranian Kitchen, a basement cafe in the St. George Ukranian Catholic Church, is open again with limited hours after the regular summer break. Full-time hours for the fundraising hour will return next month.