Harry Potter-inspired brunch and dinner sets sights on NYC
Making rounds in Australia and Canada, pop-up brunch and dinner series The Wizard’s Brunch will set up shop in NYC at a location that won’t be released until two weeks before the event. The space will be transformed to look like the Hogwarts Great Hall, although it won’t be referred to as such, since the event is not sanctioned by Warner Bros. There will be entertainment in addition to food, like fortune reading and a live band. Two events will take place on October 19: a family-friendly brunch from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and a 21-and-over dinner from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $60 and start selling April 29.
The Hello Kitty truck will be back
The nationally traveling Hello Kitty Cafe Truck returns to NYC on April 27 in front of the main hall entrance to the Shops at SkyView Center. From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the truck will serve cookies, macarons, mini-cakes, and confetti popcorn along with things like headbands, thermal bottles, and keychains.
Cabin is back in the East Village
After a bit of a lull and some retooling of its sibling restaurant upstairs, East Village’s sort-of-secret bar Cabin (also known as the Cabin and the Cabin Down Below) has a burst of new life in the wake of its 10th anniversary party, according to longtime fan Erika Allen writing for Grub Street. Since 2009, the bar has maintained a guest list of celebs — mostly musicians. “For anyone who’s lived in New York for any real amount of time, it’s practically a bonding experience to mourn long-gone bars and to gripe about how the new ones aren’t as good,” she writes. “But what happens when those old ones come back to life? Do we still want to go back?”
A new lunch menu for Momofuku
Momofuku Ssäm Bar has a new lunch menu from executive chef Max Ng that includes his Malaysian-inspired hot fried chicken, marinated in curry, dashi, lime leaf, and ginger and twice-fried in an Old Bay-, turmeric-, and curry-spiced batter before being glazed with Sichuan chili sauce. It’s served on cucumbers pickled in jalapeño vinegar. Other lunch offerings include a fried fish sandwich, a pork roll, and marinated cucumbers. There are also cocktails as well as a new list of non-alcoholic cocktails.