Babs opens in Greenwich Village
Tonight, the team behind Greenwich Village bistro Mimi will open its second restaurant Babs. It’s a 55-seat space at 72 MacDougal St., also in the area, and the menu is from chef Efrén Hernández, who comes to the restaurant from Bushwick’s Michelin-starred Italian restaurant Faro. The food’s European, with lots of fish and meats that are grilled with charcoal, plus raw bar and charcuterie. Dishes include a chilled soup with garlic, almonds, and frozen grapes; a crab louie salad; and a grilled lobster wrapped in cedar wood, with lime and cilantro butter. Wine also leans European, picked by owners Louis Levy and brothers Daniel and Evan Bennett. It’s open from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Upside Pizza expands to Brooklyn — and other openings and closings
Popular Midtown slice shop Upside Pizza is expanding to Downtown Brooklyn with a new slice shop called Norm’s. Noam Grossman, along with partners and 2 Bros. pizza guys Eli and Oren Halali, plan to open a smaller outpost in August at 345 Adams St. with nine seats. Expect simple slices made with sourdough.
Meanwhile, Sheepshead Bay is getting a flashy new Starbucks next year. But Bushwick’s about to lose a popular community spot. Little Skips, a coffee shop and restaurant, will close on August 26 because owner Linda Thach says she cannot afford the new rent. Since opening a decade ago, it’s become a favorite of locals for creative vibes and community events.
It’s hard to go wrong at Jean-Georges’s new seafood restaurant, critic says
Everything is at the very least “solid” at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s new Seaport restaurant the Fulton, New Yorker writer Jiayang Fan concludes in this week’s Tables for Two — even if some dishes are less exciting than others. She particularly enjoys the fritto-misto salad, a Long Island fluke crudo with habanero vinaigrette, and fish and chips — which has “divinely crisped brown-gold batter.” The chocolate mousse dessert, too, “represents the restaurant in a few ostentatiously luscious bites: a routine dessert spruced up into something needlessly sumptuous, but also unimpeachably satisfying.”
Hungry City highlights Peruvian food in Jackson Heights
Peruvian restaurant Warique is “fortifying and frank in its appeal,” writes Ligaya Mishan in this week’s Hungry City column in the Times. The restaurant from Jimmy Lozano started off on the Upper West Side and went to Astoria, but this year it landed in Jackson Heights, serving dishes such as a roasted chicken and salchipapas, where French fries come with pieces of hot dog. Fried seafood here is “impeccably light,” while the aji de gallina, a Peruvian chicken stew, “retains a memory of the pepper’s fleshiness and sweet heat: a summer day incarnate.”
A South Asian food event in Jersey City
Jersey City is having a day of South Asian food, with a Bangladeshi tasting menu from Korai Kitchen, a dance performance, a tabla drum duet, and a panel. It’s moderated by NYU food studies professor Krishnendu Ray, with panelists Priyanka Naik (editor and cook), Nur-E Farhana Rahma (Korai Kitchen’s co-owner), Khushbu Shah (writer), and Eater’s own Sonia Chopra. Things kick off at 1 p.m., and the event is free.