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Boozy Taco Bell Is Heading to the West Village

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Plus, Momofuku Ssäm Bar is doing king crab feasts — and more intel

Taco Bell Cantina NYC
Taco Bell Cantina NYC
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Another Taco Bell Cantina is coming to town

Taco Bell Cantina — the boozy outposts of the fast food chain — is making its way to West Village. This will be the fifth Manhattan location, and it’s opening at 230 Varick St., between Downing and Carmine streets. The cantinas serve beer as well as mixed drinks and frozen cocktails alongside the usual menu of fast-food tacos, burritos, and other staples of chain.

Van Leeuwen has oat milk ice cream now

Staying on top of the dairy replacement trends, Van Leeuwen is now dishing out ice cream made with oat milk. The dairy-free, nut-free ice cream debuts today and comes in two flavors. There’s “oat milk latte,” made with an oat milk base, Colombian coffee, and topped with a vegan fudge swirl, and there’s “oat milk and cookies,” made with an oat milk base, muscovado sugar, gluten-free oatmeal cookie crumbles, and a vegan caramel swirl.

A Momofuku crab feast

Executive chef Max Ng at Momofuku Ssäm Bar now offers a large format king crab feast, which is available Monday through Wednesday for groups of four to six diners for $588, before tax and tip. One seven-pound crab will be sourced per night, and the meal starts with crab legs poached in shio kombu butter, grilled and split and served with bibb lettuce for wrapping, citrus wedges, and housemade condiments like a horseradish remoulade and a brown butter fish sauce. For the second course, there’s the crab body, steamed and batter-fried, coated with a salted duck yolk sauce, fresno chilis, and fried curry leaves. Lastly, the knickles and claws come out with hokkien wheat noodles, napa cabbage, enoki mushrooms, and Chinese broccoli. Reservations can be made online.

A documentary about sexual harassment in the food industry is crowdfunding

Simmer is an upcoming documentary about women who experience sexual harassment in the food and hospitality. Currently, producers are seeking $10,000 in funds to complete production. It has currently raised over $3,000; Eater NY editor Serena Dai is interviewed in the project, along with cookbook author Alison Roman, Elise Kornack formerly of Take Root, and the Fat Radish managing partner Natalie Freihon.

Disclosure: David Chang is producing shows for Hulu in partnership with Vox Media Studios, part of Eater’s parent company, Vox Media. No Eater staff member is involved in the production of those shows, and this does not impact coverage on Eater.

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