Critic approved Tony Luke’s New York City comeback
Philly cheesesteak icon Tony Luke’s is back in town, now open at 6 Flatbush Ave. in Downtown Brooklyn, and New York magazine critic Adam Platt had some good things to say about it: “This is a nice, dense, tightly wound sandwich ... You can eat it on the go,” he says of the cheesesteak. But he recommends provolone cheese over the traditional yellow Cheez Whiz, the latter of which saturates the sandwich in a “gruesome, congealed death grip of grease.” But the real move is the roast pork, a Tony Luke’s fan favorite and a “properly delicious sandwich” that easily outshone the cheesesteaks, Platt says.
Some openings, coming attractions, and closings
The Lower East Side gained a pizzeria called BigA at 1 Clinton St., near East Houston, that specializes in “extra crunchy” pizza. In Soho, a new restaurant called 519 Broome is now serving Eastern European food like potato-filled dumplings, and it’s named after its address on Broome Street. Over in Park Slope, new Indian restaurant Masala Mix opens Thursday at 396 Fifth Ave., where it’ll eventually add garden seating. French bistro Le Succulent has also moved into the neighborhood at 291 Fifth Ave., while Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Social is applying for a liquor license at the former Mission Cantina space at 172 Orchard St. on the Lower East Side. Beloved Greenpoint bar Enid’s shuttered over the weekend, after 20 years in the neighborhood.
The Market Line food hall aims to showcase the LES of years past
The developers behind the Lower East Side’s Essex Crossing mega-development opening are keen on making its food market — dubbed the Market Line — a reflection of the neighborhood’s history. The project is supposed to evoke the LES of years ago; a “teeming environment of immigrants and pushcarts,” the Times reports. Nearly all of the vendors have been chosen, most of which are women, minorities, or first-generation immigrants like Fernando Ruiz, who will be opening a restaurant spinoff from his wholesale tortilla business Tortilleria Nixtamal. They’ll be joining the 21 existing food vendors from the Essex Street Market across the street, plus 18 new vendors and two new full-service restaurants, which will move into the ground floor of the new development this spring. The new businesses making up the Market Line, opening in June, will be housed in the lower level of the building.
Violent bar fights in the Bronx and Bushwick leave one dead and several injured
Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a stabbing outside Bronx lounge Oze Tavern on East 138th Street, a fight that left one dead and injured two others. Christopher Williams and Devon Aviles have been charged with murder and police are still searching for a third suspect. And in Bushwick, two additional men were arrested after a brawl inside hookah bar Marthitas Bar & Grill, at 1183 Broadway, in which two bar employees were stabbed. In this incident, Ramon Abrew and Elijah Mims have been charged with assault and criminal mischief, among other charges.