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Team Behind Crazy Milkshakes Is Opening a Rooftop Lounge

Plus, a solution to oat milk shortages — and more intel

Black Tap
Black Tap
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Get ready for a rooftop from the crazy milkshake people

The team behind Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer — known for its controversial viral milkshakes — will open a rooftop lounge in the spring. Chris Barish, Julie Mulligan, and Aristotle Hatzigeorgiou are opening the Lookup at the Metro Hotel at 45 West 35th St. There will be bar bites like pressed sandwiches and shrimp cocktail. The cocktail list was created by bartender Pamela Wiznitzer of now-closed Seamstress and the Dead Rabbit. The hotel also has a new Black Tap flagship location that was designed by the Rockwell Group.

An UWS reopening and an UES coming attraction

Following a fire in December, Israeli-Mediterranean Upper West Side restaurant Bustan has reopened with a new kitchen team. Executive chef Eli Buliskeria, previously of Paper Factory Hotel, is at the helm alongside pastry chef Shir Rozenblat. The menu is still focused on Middle Eastern and Mediterranean share plates made in the restaurant’s wood-fired brick taboon.

Across town, Curt Huegel, the owner of Host Restaurants, has applied for a liquor license to take over the space formerly held by Banshee Pub at 1373 First Ave. on the Upper East Side. His restaurant group runs Bill’s Townhouse in Midtown as well as the UES Italian restaurant Campagnola. The new space has not been named, but it is 1,100 square feet.

A dinner series from Michelin and Chefs Club

Chefs Club in Soho and Michelin have teamed up on a new dining series called “the New York 4X4 Series,” which taps chefs who lead Michelin-starred kitchens around the country. The first iteration of the series will run for four weeks, from May 13 to June 8. The first week will feature a San Francisco chef lineup of Carrie and Rupert Blease of Lord Stanley, Jason Fox of Commonwealth, and Erik Andersen of Coi. The dinners take place at Manhattan’s Chefs Club, and there are 50 seats per night, running $295 per person, including wine pairings curated by the restaurants’ sommeliers. Tickets can be purchased here.

A solution to the oat milk shortage

Fear not! Oat milk shortages — if that’s a thing that is of one’s concern — will soon get a boost from the opening of a new Oatly Inc. plant nearby in Millville, New Jersey. It will reportedly increase oat milk production tenfold. Trendy coffee shops, rejoice!