Wegmaniacs were out in force yesterday
Wegmans fans didn’t let the rain stop them Sunday from checking out the first-ever New York City store for the cult-beloved grocer. More than 3,000 people reportedly showed up for the Brooklyn Navy Yard opening yesterday, lining up in the rain starting at 4 a.m. before the store opened three hours later. One shopper called it “chaos,” but spirits sounded mainly high.
The debut of Wegmans in NYC has caused a major splash, despite the proliferation of other well-loved grocery stores, such as Trader Joe’s and H Mart. Wegmans fans — called Wegmaniacs — have been highly anticipated the opening, which included 74,000-square-feet of shopping, counter-service restaurants, a coffee shop, and a full-service bar.
Nolita industry favorite Peasant is closing
Longtime Nolita Italian restaurant Peasant will close come December. Owner Frank DeCarlo has reportedly decided not to renew the lease, ending a 20-year run at 194 Elizabeth Street. Over the years, Peasant pulled in big names like Michelle Obama, Daniel Boulud for his 50th birthday party, Eric Ripert, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten for its wood-fired Italian fare. DeCarlo still has Bacaro on the Lower East Side and Barba Bianca on the North Fork.
In other news
— Ina Garten has named her favorite NYC black-and-white cookie: the ones from William Greenberg on the Upper East Side.
— In which Steve Cuozzo waxes poetic on the dying power lunch.
— The 14th Street Vanessa’s Dumplings outpost is now a Kent’s Dumplings House, but it appears to look the same and have the same staff.
— Alphabet City lounge Fat Buddha has reopened following a spring fire.
— Taqueria chain Dos Toros is now serving the Impossible ground beef as a filling option.
— Pro-level boba consumer over here:
My bubble tea has arrived at my regular haunt. A waitress did a double take at my table& whispered to her coworker in regards to me: “oh yes, that’s the girl who brings in her own bubble tea to tide her over when she waits for her order of our bubble tea to arrive.” ...guilty pic.twitter.com/Www5pndaAH— Jiayang Fan (@JiayangFan) October 27, 2019