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Tao Group Trades Clubby Vibes for California Chill at New Cafe

Plus, a CBD vegetable tasting menu in Williamsburg — and more intel

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Natura Cafe
Natura Cafe
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Tao Group has a new counter-service cafe

Counter-service, California-style cafe Natura Cafe opened in the Dream Downtown hotel at 355 West 16th St., between Eighth and Ninth avenues. It comes with the help of the clubstaurant empire Tao Group, though it seems on the chiller side of the group’s offerings. Natura Cafe serves seasonal snacks, salads, toasts, and other casual fare, including a California-style burrito. There will also be draft lattes and cold brew on tap all day long, and the restaurant is giving out free cold brew to the first 100 customers this morning.

New Yorkers will have an opportunity to complain about noisy nightlife

Ariel Palitz and her new, citywide Office of Nightlife are kicking off a fall listening tour on October 2 at the Murmrr Theatre at Union Temple of Brooklyn. Attendees will be allowed to publicly share their ideas and priorities for the five boroughs when it comes to policy recommendations for the city’s nightlife, including feedback on safety and regulations. Palitz will make stops in all five boroughs throughout the fall.

Two coming attractions

A yet-to-be-named restaurant serving Sichuan food and dim sum is going in to East Village at 171 Avenue A, between 10th and 11th streets. The community board has already approved a beer and wine license for the applicants. In Crown Heights, it looks like the former BKW by Brooklyn Winery space might get a new tenant: A proposed restaurant called Hunky Dory plans to open a restaurant and bar at 747 Franklin Ave., between Sterling and St. Johns places. It’s seeking a beer and wine license.

A CBD dinner in Williamsburg

The CBD trend is showing no signs of slowing down. Tonight, Loosie’s Kitchen and Cafe is hosting a CBD-infused vegetable tasting menu in collaboration with shaw.BK and Plant People. Tickets are $65 and include drinks and four dishes: apple carpaccio with spicy CBD aioli, beets and dragonfruit with fried vermicelli noodles and CBD herb vinaigrette, scallion-leek-CBD fritters, and Chinese eggplant confit with scallion-CBD oil. For drinks, there are CBD cocktails and French wine. The dinner is at 8:30 p.m., and reservations are being accepted by email.

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