Critic has a ‘charming’ meal at Crown Shy
Crown Shy, the new restaurant from former Eleven Madison Park and NoMad chef James Kent, carefully walks the line between “elegant and fussy,” New Yorker critic Hannah Goldfield says. She was charmed by the new restaurant, enjoying a “perfectly grilled” citrus-brined chicken and pork chop “as juicy as rib eye.” But one of her favorite dishes was also the simplest — goat cheese-filled caramelle pasta topped with “tender sliced” morels, all tossed in a sauce that was “purely and perfectly” made of butter and wine.
Tribeca’s Chobani Café has closed, plus other openings and coming attractions
Tribeca’s Chobani-branded cafe, which primarily served yogurt-based dishes, has closed. Chobani Café was located within the Target store at 255 Greenwich St., between Park Place and Murray Street, and its space will now be converted to retail. There’s still an outpost in Soho.
NYC-based bubble tea chain Möge Tee is heading to Long Island City next month, with plans to open its fifth store at 42-38 Crescent St., and over in Brooklyn, a new 16,000-square-foot supermarket has opened in Dumbo, at 66 Front St., near Washington Street. The Dumbo Market is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Meanwhile, East Village restaurant Avenida Cantina — located at 25 Avenue B, between Second and Third streets — is rebranding to Eastpoint, also a Tex-Mex spot “however slightly more elevated,” the owners say.
Critic finds freshly folded Chinese dumplings in Bensonhurst
At Mama’s Noodle House, a Chinese restaurant in Bensonhurst, chef-owner Nan Yi Liang freshly folds dumplings on a nightly basis. The most expensive dish is a $10 fish hot pot that “gleams” with with a topcoat of chili oil and gets a “tangy” kick from ginger, Times critic Marian Bull writes. It’s a must-order, as is the restaurant’s meaty noodle soup. Of that soup, she writes, “the pork, cooked down until concentrated into a paste, floats into every bite, while the braised brisket holds its shape, its star anise-infused flavor radiating out into the rest of the dish.”
Dozens of supermarket employees locked out of their jobs in Brooklyn
Several Key Food supermarket employees pushing for wage increases and better benefits have been locked out of their jobs following an April 6 protest, Bklyner reports. Their union Local 342 says the business owner hasn’t budged, yet Key Food claims the union is “bullying” and misrepresenting the company. Amid the back-and-forth, dozens of employees haven’t been allowed into work for nearly a month. Key Food has four locations in Brooklyn and three in Long Island.
The Butcher’s Daughter adds a bakery and market in Williamsburg
Williamsburg vegan cafe the Butcher’s Daughter has added a bakery and market next door, at the corner of Metropolitan and Driggs Avenue. The space has a 17-foot long communal table, where diners can have coffee from popular Colombian roaster Devocion, juices, and organic smoothies. Plus, executive pastry chef Perry Ledesma is rolling out an artisanal bread program featuring an extra sour sourdough and gluten-free ciabatta; vegan pastries like a huckleberry-ginger muffin are also planned. The market portion of the space will sell to-go foods like avocado toast as well as retail items like spa products.