The food at Greenpoint’s Oxomoco is “exceptionally delicious,” critic says
New Yorker critic Hannah Goldfield was surprised to find “exceptionally delicious” food at Oxomoco, a restaurant backed by chef Justin Bazdarich, who hails from Bed-Stuy and LES pizza spot Speedy Romeo. While the menu screams “hipster-bait,” the food exceeds expectations: The tempura shrimp taco —“battered in blue masa and jazzed up with chili and kaffir-lime powder” — is a serious win, she writes. More importantly, the chip-to-guacamole ratio is “abnormally perfect,” Goldfield writes. In August, Eater critic Robert Sietsema gave the restaurant three stars.
Fatty Crab king Zak Pelaccio will bring back old favorites for a weekend
James Beard award-winning chef Zak Pelaccio will resurrect his original restaurants, Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue, for a three-day event in Hudson dubbed “Fattober.” The two restaurants were the base of Pelaccio’s Fatty empire, a string of acclaimed venues specializing in Southeast Asian cuisine. The restaurants shuttered between 2014 and 2016, but their menus will make a quick comeback on October 5 through 7 at Pelaccio’s Hudson cocktail bar BackBar. Tickets are available on Resy for $50.
Fan Fried Rice Bar gets fried rice right, says Times critic Ligaya Mishan
The fried rice at Fan Fried Rice Bar — which comes with no soy sauce because “that would be cheating,” according to chef-owner Paul Chen — is the perfect iteration of the fast-casual dish, says Times critic Ligaya Mishan. “This is the fried rice I always hope to find, nostalgic and uncomplicated — the kind of food you eat quickly, gratefully, without even pausing to register the pleasure of it,” she writes. The counter-service spot in Bed-Stuy has aced the dish, but still has work to do on snacks like Taiwanese golden kimchi and mapo tofu.
By Chloe’s CBD line ‘Feelz’ is now live
Vegan chain By Chloe jumped on the CBD trend spreading through NYC’s restaurant world this year, offering a limited edition CBD-infused brownie on April 20. But diners won’t have to wait until 4/20 anymore: They can now get the cannabis-laced goods — called Feelz by Chloe — at two NYC locations, 185 Bleecker St. and 181 Front St. The two locations have morphed into pop-up Feelz by Chloe shops, but on October 14, the line will become available at By Chloe’s 13 U.S. locations.
Bocce shrinks operations for the season
Winter is coming: Bocce, the pizza and bocce bar that opened in the historic open-air Pavilion in Union Square last May, will transition to delivery and take-out only starting November. The menu will feature its signature pizzas, salads, customizable pastas, Italian sandwiches, and side vegetables. Diners can place orders on the Bocce website here, and view the new menu here. Bocce will reopen for regular business next spring.
Brooklyn food writer Alicia Kennedy speaks out
This weekend Brooklyn food writer and recipe developer Alicia Kennedy of La Pirata and the Meatless podcast will speak about the challenges and triumphs she faces in the world of dining and writing. Kennedy routinely writes about the intersection of food and politics, vegan cuisine, and Puerto Rico. The conversation, taking place at the New Latin Wave Arts Festival at the Brooklyn Bazaar on Sunday, September 30, will be moderated by Eater senior editor Daniela Galarza.