Check out the Governors Ball food line-up
The food line-up is out for the Governors Ball music festival — this year from May 31 to June 2 — and it includes lots of crazy combinations like a doughnut and fried chicken slider from Doughnuttery and the Nugget Spot, fried pickles from Big Mozz and Grillo’s Pickles, and tots and queso from the Melt Shop and King David Taco. Lobster rolls will come from Cousins Maine Lobster, chocolate babka “menschkins” and a hot chicken sandwich from Mekelburg’s, and split-and-grilled hot dogs from Walter’s Hot Dogs. Keeping up with the all-things-trendy-for-Instagram, matcha tea will of course be on tap, here from MatchaBar, as will frosé. Check out the full food lineup here.
Nom Wah Tea Parlor expands to China
Top dim sum parlor Nom Wah has opened a location in Shenzhen, China, a post on Instagram from owner Wilson Tang shows. It’s a big diner-like space with an open dining room in what appears to be an indoor mall. Nom Wah is one of the oldest continuously operating restaurants in Chinatown, first debuting in 1920 as a bakery and tea parlor.
Celebrity goings-on in NYC
Restaurateur Stratis Morfogen is creating a new line of frozen Chinese food to be sold in supermarkets, and he’s partnered with singer Patti LaBelle for the new venture. The duo celebrated at his Brooklyn Chop House. Separately, billionaire Amazon titan Jeff Bezos was spotted indulging on sweets at Milk Bar in the East Village with his two kids. He ordered the classic cereal milk ice cream.
New York City Football Club has a new celebrity chef
Chef Marcus Samuelsson has been tapped as “chief culinary coach” for the New York City Football Club and is now charged with creating the soccer team’s training facility menu. That menu will include dishes like Vietnamese steamed halibut and chicken breast with an apricot glaze, plus tabbouleh and a citrus-mint veggie slaw. The menu will change monthly, and some of the dishes may eventually appear at Samuelsson’s very own Red Rooster in Harlem; he plans on coming up with new dishes that reflect the players’ home countries.
Former New York City bartender suing over alleged ageism
Former NYC bartender Barbara Simpson is suing Live Nation Entertainment for allegedly kicking her out of the two live music venues she worked at for nearly 20 years because of her age. Simpson claims she was one of the top bartenders at Gramercy Theatre and Irving Plaza, but when the venues switched caterers, she was told she wouldn’t be rehired. She’s claiming it’s because of her age, and that now, only women under 40 are being hired. The suit was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
A pork-centric food fest at Bunker
Popular Bushwick Vietnamese restaurant Bunker is hosting a “Pig Out” party later this month that will involve a whole roasted Heritage Berkshire hog. It’s a three-course menu from chef Jimmy Tu with appetizers like summer rolls stuffed with prawns, pork, and vermicelli, and a coconut tapioca pudding, all for $35. It goes down on April 27 from noon to 4 p.m. at 99 Scott Ave.