Upcoming Williamsburg all-day cafe debuts pop-up in Crown Heights
Gertie, from restaurateur Nate Adler, is one of the most anticipated restaurant openings for this fall, and it’s offering a sneak peek by way of a pop-up stand in the Crown Heights beer hall Berg’n. There’s an all-day breakfast menu of sandwiches on bialys. A tuna melt, a veggie gyro, and a chicken dinner with rice and beans are also on the menu.
A new podcast looks at the service industry in NYC and beyond
Brooklyn-based hosts Kelly Sullivan and Lillian DeVane use their independent podcast FOH to explore the ups and downs of the service industry, based on their own experiences as a server and bartender respectively. The show has been gaining popularity in NYC’s service industry by word-of-mouth, and Sullivan and DeVane have a wide scope, talking about industry news as well as anecdotes from their own lives and various specific topics like the legacy of Prohibition.
Closings and coming attractions
Casual French restaurant Macaron Cafe closed after four years at 303 Greenwich. In East Village, the Taiwanese popcorn chicken restaurant Chi Ken will no longer be going into 58 St. Mark’s Pl., even though signage went up for it back in February 2017. The space is now for rent. Also in the neighborhood, a new Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Company location will open at 63 E. Eighth St. on September 4.
Veteran bartender launches new book in the Lower East Side
Accomplished bartender Gaby Mlynarczyk is taking over the bar at Nitecap from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. tonight to launch her new cocktail recipe book Clean + Dirty Drinking. Admission is free and open to the public, but a $40 ticket includes a signed copy of the book — which has recipes for both nonalcoholic and boozy drinks — as well as a “secret” cocktail. The event also benefits Planned Parenthood.