Mercado Little Spain scores another positive review for Spanish Diner
José Andrés’s Spanish Diner at Mercado Little Spain in Hudson Yards serves a “comforting” rendition of Spanish food, write Grub Street critics Robin Raisfeld and Rob Patronite. On eggs, which are heavily present on the menu, they say: “We ate eggs fried in the Spanish style in olive oil, their lacy edges delicately crisp, their yolks as runny as an active volcano. We ate them with eggplant-and-pepper stew, and we ate them with pork cutlets stuffed with ham and cheese like a chicken cordon bleu.” The food remains “classic and homey” from breakfast to lunch, during which more substantial meals like meaty stews and baked pastas are added. Eater critic Robert Sietsema was also a fan.
A fried chicken and cocktail pop-up finds a permanent home on the LES, and more openings
Pop-up Double Chicken Please is expanding from its yellow camper van to a permanent Lower East Side shop at 115 Allen St., near Delancey Street. It’s a project from Huey Chang (Raku, Kura) and Gn Chan (Angel’s Share) serving bowls, fried chicken sandwiches, and cocktails.
Comedian Majah Hype is behind a new Caribbean restaurant in Prospect Lefferts Gardens called Hype’s Kitchen and Juice Bar, now open at at 589 Flatbush Ave. Meanwhile, Old Man Hustle at 39 Essex St. is expanding to Williamsburg with a location at 308 Bedford Ave, on South First Street. Bagel chainlet Ess-a-Bagel has opened a third store near Herald Square, at 108 West 32nd St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
Bowery Mexican shop and cafe closes, and another closing
Bowery Mexican shop and cafe Miscelanea NY will close on June 16; the shop posted a farewell message on Instagram saying “all great things come to an end,” though no reason for the closure was given. It opened at 63 East Fourth St., between Second Avenue and the Bowery in 2015. Over in the East Village, scoop shop Gelarto has closed at 145 Avenue A, after only two years in the neighborhood.
Why the Impossible Burger won’t survive in NYC, according to a Post columnist
Post columnist Steve Cuozzo doesn’t think the Impossible Burger will survive in New York City: Most of the restaurants (Umami Burger, Saxon + Parole, Applebee’s) that say they have the meatless burger either offer it sporadically or don’t, many blaming a lack of supply. A local Applebee’s manager claims it’s because all the patties are going to Burger King, which has promised an Impossible Whopper debut, though so far, only chains in St. Louis and a handful of other cities carry the stuff. “But should we New Yorkers really care that it’s nearly impossible to find in a city that already has enough veggie burgers of every composition and price?” Cuozzo asks.
Lobster roll shop expands to Times Square today
Cousins Maine Lobster is bringing its lobster rolls to Times Square with a new kiosk opening today. Maine- and Connecticut-style rolls will be on the menu, as well clam chowder, lobster bisque, lobster grilled cheese, and more. It’ll be open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily. Meanwhile, there’s a new menu at its 77 Lexington Ave. location: New additions include lobster tacos, lobster ice cream, and a Bloody Mary that comes with a lobster tail.
The Halal Guys adds spicy lamb to the menu
Famed street food purveyor the Halal Guys have added a new protein to its decades-old menu: spicy lamb, now available for a limited time at all of the restaurant’s locations nationwide. The lamb can be thrown into sandwiches or platters and will be available until July 21.