North 3rd Street Market gets five new vendors
Food halls have had some switch-ups as of late: Brooklyn Cajun restaurant Gumbo Bros has opened inside Urbanspace Vanderbilt in Midtown East, while North 3rd Street Market in Williamsburg has several changes. Vietnamese noodle and sandwich shop Bun, Brooklyn Shave Ice with Hawaiian desserts, and hot dog vendor Diggy’s Hot Dogs are already open. In the next two to three weeks, several more vendors will debut as well: vegan soft serve vendor Whipped Urban Dessert Lab, throwback burger joint Jack’s Deluxe, and Italian flatbread sandwich shop Piade. To make way, Regina’s Grocery, Corner Bistro, and Waffles and Dinges closed.
Other openings, closings, and coming attractions
Upper West Side restaurant Pier 72 Diner has been closed by the health department for violations like evidence of mice, but a Chinese restaurant called Tri Dim West has opened at 467 Columbus Ave. Across town on the Lower East Side, Spreadhouse Cafe is now closed after five years at 116 Suffolk St. Finally, local taco chain Tacombi is adding an outpost in the Financial District at 74 Broad St.
Bubby’s & Sauce take a pause
Nearly 30-year-old Tribeca American restaurant Bubby’s is taking the next few weeks to renovate. It’s closed through August and should return early September with a new look to take it through the 20-year lease it just signed. The Meatpacking District location is still open. Similarly, Lower East Side Italian restaurant Sauce is still closed after a December kitchen fire, but workers inside told Bowery Boogie it should return “next month.” Its newer pizzeria is still open across the street.
Restaurant drama in the Hamptons
Southampton restaurant Blu Mar has had major drama, before the summer season has really even heated up. Chef Terrance Brennan has quit after feuds with owner Zach Erdem, including pricey equipment purchases like a $5,600 for a pasta maker, noise levels from Erdem’s nightclub next door, and unpaid purveyor bills, the Post reports. Brennan is known for his food at the now-closed, but once Michelin-starred Picholine, and he reportedly expects to be paid in full for the entire summer. Unsurprisingly, Erdem is not on board with that idea.
New law cracks down on booze cruises
A new law that doesn’t allow any charter trips out of Sheepshead Bay (other than fishing boats) has booze cruise operators struggling to stay in business. New York Cruises used to host weddings on the water but can no longer host those parties. “Instead of just going after the boats that caused the trouble, they decided they were going to go after everyone,” he told the Post. The city reportedly made the change to cut down on the number of drunk people who would flood the port.