Katz’s holds its fake orgasm contest today
Katz’s Delicatessen is holding its fake orgasm contest today in honor of Meg Ryan’s iconic scene in the romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally. On the 30-year anniversary of the film, the deli is challenging diners to reenact Ryan’s moan-filled scene at the restaurant and share it on social media with the hashtags: #katzsdeli #fakeitlikemeg and #whenharrymetsally. The commenter with the most likes will be gifted an exclusive package of deli meats. Though Katz’s is encouraging it today, owner Jake Dell tells the Post that visitors regularly fake moan at the restaurant — “at least once a week, if not more.” “It’s from men, women, people young and old. We’ve seen everyone do it,” he says.
Openings, closings, and coming attractions
Van Leeuwen opens its 18th shop in Murray Hill today at noon and will be selling $1 scoops between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at 432 Third Ave., on the corner of 30th Street.
A Columbia classic has returned, but with a reversed name and new owners: Wu + Nussbaum is now open at 2897 Broadway, at 113th Street, where Nussbaum and Wu once lived. Baked goods, noodles, dumplings, and bagels round out the menu. Meanwhile, Chinese restaurant Tri Dim West at 467 Columbus Ave., between 82nd and 83rd streets, is closed until mid-July, even though it just opened in June.
Over in Tribeca, a portion of the former Bar Cyrk space at 90 Thomas St. will become a full-service Italian tappas restaurant called Donella. It’ll be a 34-seat dining room with a 10-seat bar, and is set to open in September.
And over on the Lower East Side, Sri Lankan restaurant Kottu House has closed its 250 Broome St. location after four years, and Dudley’s is temporarily closed for an expansion into the space next door at 261 Broome St. Lawsuit-plagued Mamacha Cafe known for its CBD-laced goods has closed at 312 Bowery, with plans to move elsewhere.
City Council asks attorney general to investigate Grubhub
Beleaguered food delivery service Grubhub may soon be investigated by the attorney general’s office. City Councilman Mark Gjonaj has sent a letter to New York Attorney General Letitia James asking to open an antitrust investigation into the company, which in 2013 purchased Seamless, making it one of the strongest food delivery platforms in NYC. At a city council hearing last month, antitrust lawyer Gregory Frank testified that Grubhub has substantial monopoly power in NYC, controlling as much as 69 percent of the online food ordering market. The delivery service has recently come under fire for charging restaurants bogus fees for non-orders and setting up dummy websites without them knowing.
Harlem Pride flag burner caught and confesses to hate crime
The man accused of burning Pride flags outside Harlem’s only gay bar Alibi Lounge — who was arrested earlier this week — has confessed to the hate crime. He tells police he set the flags on fire as an act against he LGBTQ community. Tyresse Singleton, 20, set the flags on fire May 31, right before the start of Pride Month, and then again on July 8. He’s now facing charges of arson and criminal mischief as a hate crime.
Deep-fried Isan-style fish receives praise in Elmhurst
Hungry Critic columnist Marian Bull swings by Elmhurst Thai restaurant Hug Esan for a plate of Isan-style tilapia, or larb pla, where the fish is fried and covered in cilantro leaves, sliced garlic, scallions, and red onion, then broken down into parts to make it easier for non-Thai customers to dig through. “Its crust is airy and shaggy like honey comb, hiding juicy bits of flesh,” Bull writes of the fish, explaining that it’s a simpler-to-eat version of pla pao, where the fish comes whole. She also digs the “funky” papaya salad with salted black crabs; caramelized pork butt that tastes like “meat candy”; and a “silky” coconut curry with pork and vermicelli.