Pig Island returns September 8
The ninth annual pork festival Pig Island is coming up, and this year’s lineup of chefs includes Roxanne Spruance from the Kingsley in East village, Danny Mena and Luis Jimenez from La Loncheria in Bushwick, Matt Fisher from Fletcher’s Brooklyn BBQ in Downtown Brooklyn, and more. Pitmasters present their own versions of pork dishes made from whole local hogs and are also judged in competition. General tickets, which include food and drink, are $75 and can be purchased here.
A bunch of bees swarm a hot dog stand in Times Square
The NYPD had to cordon off a section of Times Square on Tuesday afternoon when a massive swam of bees descended upon a hot dog stand. It was a scene straight out of a horror movie, the bees completely taking over the Sabrett umbrella. Beekeepers had to remove the bees with a vacuum-like device.
Eric Wareheim wants to see more American wines
Tim & Eric’s Eric Wareheim took to Instagram to complain about the lack of American offerings on the wine list at Una Pizza Napoletana. The caption on his post of his pie reads: “I come to New York City. I look forward to the Pizza. I eat the pizza. I am happy. The wine list does not support American Winemakers. Makes me confused. But I like the pizza.” Wareheim later updated the caption to add a footnote indicating that the owners are his good friends, and it was meant to be a playful jab “to expand all of their lists cause there is some epic stuff happening in America right now.”
Two closings in East Village and an opening in LES
Mexican restaurant and bar Cholo Noir is closed for renovations according to a handwritten note posted to the front of the restaurant at 503 East Sixth St. At 85 First Ave., Shinbashi Sushi has not been open recently, and the phone number is no longer in service. Over on the Lower East Side, after a year of signs and “coming soon” announcements, Italian cafe Bricia opened at 79 Clinton.
Two coming attractions
Set to open at 269 Columbus Ave. on the Upper West Side, The Flying Fisherman will serve seafood-centric dishes by chef Juan Carlos Landazuri, who previously worked at Bridgehampton’s Almond. Over in Astoria, Gossip Coffee Cocktails Cuisine will open at 37-04 30th Ave., a reboot of the original Gossip cafe in the neighborhood which closed in the spring. The new Gossip will expand its concept to include cocktails and an expanded food and coffee menu. Gossip and The Flying Fisherman are both set to open on September 4.