Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones shows some Upper East Side love
In a Saturday Night Live skit from this past weekend that manages to both mock and appreciate the Upper East Side, comic Leslie Jones raps about her neighborhood and its not-very-varied dining options. She sings that she’s all about “the UES, where the players play” and “white men in khakis line up for Fairway.” She also specifically gives shout-outs to French fine dining restaurant Daniel and upscale hotel and bar Cafe Carlyle, as well as showing some love for Seamless. “This ain’t Harlem, y’all, I got Seamless for days, and a cab outside that comes right away,” she raps. “I order what I want — y’all can’t stop me. 2 a.m.? Bring me salmon and broccoli.” Watch in full here.
Pacific Standard to close after 12 years
Sports bar Pacific Standard will close after 12 years in Park Slope at 82 Fourth Ave. There’s no other information as to why, but an Instagram post says that there are “more details to follow.” While it was open, Pacific Standard became known for rotating California microbrews, quiz nights, comedy shows, and poetry and fiction reading series. February 9 is the bar’s last day.
Four openings and a coming attraction
Vegan master Ravi DeRossi will soon open another vegan restaurant, this time a diner at 118 Second Ave. in the East Village. DeRossi once said, in standard diner tradition, that Dollface Diner would be open 24/7. In other non-meat news, a vegan Sichuan restaurant named Spicy Moon has opened in the East Village at 328 East Sixth St., from the same owners of Zen 6, which was in the space before it. Nearby, Mi Casa Latina, a cafe with breakfast and lunch options like acai bowls and pork with rice, has opened at 250 East 14th St. West Village French wine bar St Tropez has added a Soho location at 196 Spring St. Finally, Danish bakery Ole & Steen has debuted its first NYC location at 873 Broadway, open all day with Danish rye breads, pastries, open-faced sandwiches, and salads.
Vandal’s new Instagram entrance is really something
Tao Group’s Bowery restaurant Vandal has a brand-new attraction for all its attention-loving customers. The entrance at the clubstaurant now has an optical illusion of an exhibit called “Endless Chess” in its entryway, done up entirely in trippy black-and-white stripes and filled with objects to pose with, like checkerboard umbrellas, fans, and stuffed animals. Customers must pass through the installation — designed by @iamenhance — to get to the restaurant.