People waited hours for sandwiches at a pop-up from Italy
Uber-popular Florence panini shop All’Antico Vinaio popped up starting last week at Otto in Greenwich Village, and just as people wait in line for the sandwiches in Italy, fans of the shop set up shop to get their hands on them in New York. On Instagram, people reported waiting from an hour and a half to two hours for the famous panini. Everyday, options such as the La Summer (prosciutto, mozzarella, pomodoro sauce, basil, olive oil, balsamic vinegar) are offered starting at noon until sold out. But folks who aren’t super fans have plenty of time to go: The sandwiches will be available at Otto until July 13th.
The celebrity sightings at the Stonewall Inn continue
Taylor Swift’s has long been an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ community, and she went one step further in that support on Friday night: The mega-musician performed a surprise show at iconic gay bar the Stonewall Inn, singing an acoustic version of her hit song Shake It Off. The West Village bar is celebrating the 50th anniversary this year of the historic 1969 riots that launched the Pride movement.
I’m so happy I don’t have to keep this secret any longer. Look who came to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall at the Stonewall Inn. @taylorswift13, you are a gem. Thank you for everything you do for the LGBTQ community. We ❤️ you! https://t.co/ICE2b3arxU— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler) June 15, 2019
Three new reviews of NYC restaurants
Jessica Henderson of the New Yorker headed to Maison Yaki for the Tables for Two column, and had a mix of praise and criticism for the new Prospect Heights Japanese-French restaurant from the Olmsted team. She finds “delicious” lobster and duck skewers and a “wonderfully crispy” beef tongue sandwich, but uneven service and escargot that’s “overwhelmed by shiso.”
And the Times Hungry City column visits Prospect Lefferts Gardens Guatemalan restaurant Ix, finding “wildly refreshing” jocón, or green chicken stew. Writer Marian Bull enjoys the non-fusion dishes such as pepian, another meat stew, as well as mash-ups like a “lush” pork belly sandwich with kimchi.
Finally, Crown Shy is the subject of critic Adam Platt’s New York magazine review this week. The FiDi restaurant serves “a whole variety of small, carefully articulated dishes,” Platt writes, like “a delicious chowder with fresh razor clams” and an “elegantly zesty” red snapper crudo. But the larger dishes didn’t resonate as much with him, like a “shoe-leather-tough grilled pork chop.” But do be sure to start a meal with breads that “caused everyone to snap to attention” and “save room for the house-churned ice creams.”
Openings, closings, and coming attractions
Ludlow House on the Lower East Side is in the process of taking over the site of now-closed Libation next door and turning it into Ludlow Garden, which will house a restaurant called Lou’s that goes into a rear garden with a retractable roof. Nearby, Flowers Cafe reopened at 39 Essex St. with sandwiches, salads, and drinks. It had been open for 10 years at 355 Grand St. before that building was razed in 2015. In the East Village, a vegan food court, aptly named St. Mark’s Vegan Food Court, has opened at 12 St. Mark’s Pl. with food from Vspot, Marty’s V Burger, Veggie Grub, and Jam Pâstre.
In the Financial District, Wall Street Grill has opened at 128 Pearl St., a kosher restaurant serving sushi, steaks, and fish. And on the Upper West Side, Latin restaurant Calle Ocho is moving further uptown to 2756 Broadway, while neighborhood beer and soccer destination Amsterdam Ale House is opening another location 10 blocks up at 588 Amsterdam Ave.
Bronx bodega where Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz died is still being boycotted
Last week’s trial of five members of the Trinitarios gang for the June 2018 killing of teenager Lesandro “Junior” Guzman-Feliz — they were all found guilty — has brought up lingering tensions at the site of crime. Guzman-Feliz had tried to hide out in the Cruz and Chiky Grocery at East 183rd Street and Bathgate Avenue, but employees reportedly allowed the men to drag him outside, where he was murdered. New owners have taken over the bodega, now called Yayis Deli and Grocery, but neighbors are still boycotting the site. Police are still routinely posted outside, too.
Long Island man robbed a Dunkin and momentarily escaped in an Uber
A Long Island man successfully robbed a Dunkin in Brentwood, but was caught after taking an Uber ride to his home. Andrew Sandson reportedly handed an employee note saying he had a gun and to give him cash. As he left, though, another customer took down the license plate of his getaway car — belonging to an uninvolved Uber driver, who led police to his home after.