A fashion crowd destination in Tulum pops up in NYC
Tapping into its fashion crowd audience, Tulum hot spot Casa Violeta will be taking over the Fat Radish on the Lower East Side for three days during Fashion Week. From Thursday, September 6 through Saturday, September 8, chef Alex Sala will serve a menu of his signature dishes, blending Italian and Mexican traditions using local ingredients. Options include zucchini carpaccio, beet risotto, and saffron meringue; the full menu is below. This is the second Tulum restaurant to come to NYC this year, following sceney but troubled hot spot Gitano. — Beth Landman
A closing and some coming attractions
The Department of Health has temporarily closed sports bar the Ainsworth’s newer East village location, due to 102 violations points including food not held at the proper temperature. Coming to 131 Ave. A is a churro ice cream spot called Churro Cone. On the Upper West Side, matcha cafe Chalait will open a location at 461 Amsterdam Ave.
A union dispute leads to kava drama
There are a whole host of labor issues at Bushwick bar House of Kava, which essentially had an employee walk-out recently. After forming a five-employee union to fight wage theft and other problems, employees left after the owner refused to recognize the union. Now those employees are popping up at nearby Caffeine Underground.
A Filipino comfort food exhibit is happening now
Chef and cookbook author Jenn de la Vega has an exhibit dedicated to comfort food now open in West Village gallery Babycastles. Masarap — the Tagalog word for “delicious” — explores “many cultures of comfort,” primarily through De la Vega’s Filipino lens. In addition to exhibits, there are DJs, dinners, and donations. Tickets here.
Greenpoint’s hot new Mexican restaurant starts a daily brunch
Oxomoco is now serving brunch — not lunch — every day. The hot new Greenpoint wood-fired taqueria has a menu of bowls, burritos, and more, though its signature tacos are not available. The full menu is below; brunch is served Monday through Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.