A Pokémon-inspired pop-up bar is headed to Williamsburg, and another opening
A Pokémon-inspired pop-up bar called Poke Bar is heading to Williamsburg later this year, with plans to serve burgers whose buns look like the cartoon characters. Radegast Hall & Biergarten at 113 North Third St. will host it from November 3 to 24. Expect costume contests, themed cocktails, and Pokémon-style “hunting, battling and catching” games. Tickets, on sale now, are $55.
Meanwhile, Korean pop-up Kichin now has a storefront of its own at 1264 Myrtle Ave., near Cedar Street, in Bushwick. It’s a sit-down restaurant and cafe serving dishes like mussels with kimchi and anchovy butter and Korean rice cakes with halloumi cheese and mozzarella.
New Yorker editor swings by Tel Aviv import HaSalon
New Yorker editor Shauna Lyon visits chef Eyal Shani’s Tel Aviv import HaSalon in Hell’s Kitchen and finds quite the party. Around 10 p.m. on a Friday, she writes: “The d.j. played a catchy Israeli pop song, and servers flooded the aisles, clapping and hooting. People of all ages, dressed in their night-club best, jumped up, some onto chairs and tables, to dance.” The food displays the chef’s “devotion to technique” — a “tender” chunk of fire-roasted beef comes with a “delightfully sticky” crust — though at a steep cost. That meat dish costs $79, and another dish composed of chunks of tomatoes in olive oil is $24.
Longstanding NYC fish supplier facing foreclosure
Century-old fishmonger M. Slavin & Sons, located in Hunts Point at the New Fulton Fish Market, is facing foreclosure. The business will be sold in separate parts by the end of the month, and 48 employees have already been laid off, the Post reports. The business was run by the Slavin family since the early 1900s, and current owner Herb Slavin claims to have supplied the White House with fish during the George W. Bush administration. Sales have reportedly lagged over the past few years.
Make way for this gigantic hot dog
Iconic hot dog seller Feltman’s of Coney Island is trying to cook the largest hot dog in the world — a 120-pound beef weiner within a 5-foot-long, 2-foot-wide bun. The massive frank will be on display at Ulysses at 95 Pearl St. on Wednesday, June 26, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The giant concoction will be made at Michael’s of Brooklyn in Marine Park; Feltman’s owner Michael Quinn will be applying for the Guinness Book of World Records. A donation from each “slice” sold will go toward the Headstrong Project, a non-profit organization providing programs for comprehensive treatment for post 9/11 veterans.