Seth Meyers and Ina Garten go day drinking
Late Night host Seth Meyers and television goddess Ina Garten spent an afternoon drinking at longtime West Village burger joint the Corner Bistro, where they made cocktails from her cookbook, including her personal favorite, a whiskey sour. They also played drinking games, including one in which Meyers tastes sauces like barbecue and has to guess which is from McDonald’s versus Garten’s own recipe. Meyers then gifts her a discombobulated pink cake for her birthday, inspired by a recipe in her book.
A visit from Jonah Hill at Zabar’s
Meanwhile, actor Jonah Hill popped into Jewish grocery institution Zabar’s on the Upper West Side this week to film a music video for Vampire Weekend, dancing behind the fish counter while people shopped. Many customers were oblivious to what was happening, and one shopper got upset when the crew was blocking access to “her dinner.” The music video will reportedly depict a day on the Upper West Side.
New food vendors announced for Essex Street Market revamp
Four new vendors — Don Ceviche, Happy Pig, Mille Nonne, and Heros & Villains — are heading to the Lower East Side’s upcoming Essex Street Market, which will move this spring from its original location into a new 37,000-square-foot space across the street, at 115 Delancey St. The additions bring Peruvian food from Don Ceviche, vegan Southern “barbecue” from Happy Pig, Italian fare from Mille Nonne, and bodega sandwiches from Heros & Villains. Two full-service restaurants are also planned as part of the move.
East Village loses a longtime candy store but gains a new sushi spot
Local sweets shop Raul Candy Store is closing after 43 years in the East Village, possibly due to high rent. A “going out of business” sign now hangs on the shop’s window at 205 Avenue B, between 12th and 13th Streets. Meanwhile, a new sushi restaurant called Zoku Sushi will fill the empty space at 42 1/2 St. Mark’s Place in the East Village, where rolled ice cream shop 10Below once lived.
The Little Beet Table gets a new chef
Chef Matt Aita, who most previously helmed the kitchen at the now-shuttered Rouge Tomate, is now cooking at all-day, gluten-free restaurant the Little Beet Table in Flatiron. He has since started serving breakfast at the vegetable-centered spot, with dishes like a matcha bowl made with sheep’s milk yogurt, banana, blueberry, and wild rice. New cocktails like a carrot, lime, and ginger drink have also been added.
Two NYC female chefs compete for a spot at Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen Vegas restaurant
Two NYC chefs — Ariel Fox and Mia Castro — will compete for the top prize on Friday night’s season finale of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen. Fox, a Brooklyn native, is an executive chef for Mexican chain Dos Caminos, while Castro, an East Village resident originally from Puerto Rico, is a private chef for a West Village family. The two chefs will compete for a position at Ramsay’s restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, plus $250,000.