Legendary tofu shop returns to Chinatown this summer
Historic tofu shop Fong Inn Too will return to Chinatown with a new store at 81 Division St. — the Eng family’s original manufacturing location. The new shop, to be called Fong On, opens July 27 and will sell original favorites like homemade tofu and soy milk; dau fu fa, a tofu pudding; and sweet rice cakes from a to-go counter, though more desserts and savory options will be added in the future. Fong Inn Too, one of the oldest family-run retail tofu shops in U.S., closed its 46 Mott St. shop in 2017, and last year, the family had to sue an imposter business that reopened in the space claiming to be connected to the original.
Cult favorite H Mart is heading to a big mall in New Jersey, and more openings and closings
Hit Korean grocery chain H Mart will open a 35,000-square-foot location at the American Dream mall in East Rutherford, New Jersey this year. The store will have a restaurant featuring chefs from around the world, a bakery, and a live music venue. The massive 3 million-square-foot shopping complex opens on October 25.
Meanwhile, Mexican restaurant La Palapa is opening its third location at Hell’s Kitchen’s Gotham West Market this summer. Freshly Bagel, which just opened in January on the Upper West Side, has closed at 2067 Broadway, while the East Village is gaining an outpost of the Green Garden Buffet at 332 East Ninth St., between First and Second avenues.
Celebrity sightings around town
Xena: Warrior Princess actress Lucy Lawless was spotted at the high-profile Midtown power lunch spot Michael’s at 24 West 55th St. on Wednesday. She was dining with Discovery Inc. exec Henry Schleiff. Over in Brooklyn, Charmed star Rose McGowan went bar-hopping in Williamsburg, including stops at music venue Baby’s All Right and heavy-metal bar Duff’s. Plus, notable skateboard celebs like Chad Muska, as well as actor Leo Fitzpatrick, Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner, and Interpol’s Brad Truax showed up to Lower East Side dive Max Fish to celebrate its Adidas sneaker collab, which is already sold out.
The Saturday Bronx Night Market will become a weekly event starting August
Celebrated weekend food hangout the Bronx Night Market will become a weekly event starting August 3, from which it’ll be held every Saturday at Fordham Plaza. The food market will run until October, including food and drinks from over 50 vendors such as popular seafood restaurant Lolo’s Seafood Shack, Peruvian vendor Don Ceviche, Caribbean Street Eats, and the Bronx Brewery.
Two stabbed at Brooklyn bar fight over the weekend
An off-duty city correction officer and bouncer were stabbed while breaking up a fight at Boerum Hill bar Angry Wade’s this past weekend. A bouncer was trying to kick two customers out around 3 a.m. Saturday when they stabbed the employee; officer Jaheem Smith then stepped in and was also stabbed. Both were taken to the hospital. The worker suffered a collapsed lung and Smith is in stable condition. Customers Genesis Cano, 27, and Andrae Hall, 33, now face charges of attempted murder and multiple counts of assault.
All-day Bowery restaurant Floret starts dinner this weekend
Floret — the restaurant inside new Bowery hotel Sister City — opens for dinner Saturday, July 20. The dinner menu includes dishes like chilled peekytoe crab with avocado and green apple; potato gnocchi with artichokes, arugula, and lemon; and more substantial options like an olive oil-poached cod and roasted chicken with peach panzanella and blue cheese. See the menu in full below. Chefs Joe Ogrodnek (Battersby and Dover) and Andrew Whitcomb (Colonie, Norman, and Petit Crenn) are behind the new restaurant, which opened in June.