Could a hot dog with scrambled eggs be Shake Shack’s next big thing?
Shake Shack is putting its year-old West Village experimentation kitchen to good use. So far, creations have included the Chick’n Parm with pancetta-tomato and Parmesan cheese sauces; a dry-aged burger garnished with pickled onions and brown butter-pickled shallot mayo; and a hot dog and cheesy scrambled egg “breakfast sandwich” that may appear in the burger chain’s stores. The dog comes in a toasted bun slathered in a chive mayo spread and garnished with crushed kale chips. “We never say never. It might make an appearance, if guests request it,” culinary director Mark Rosati tells Bloomberg.
East Village’s Jiang Diner scores a positive review in the Times
East Village Chinese restaurant Jiang Diner serves a cumin-rich menu, Hungry Critic columnist Marian Bull writes — specifically highlighting dishes like fried lambs, which are first steamed with ginger and scallion, then deep fried, and the lamb-filled dumplings. Of those dumplings, she says: “Once wrapped up and steamed, their bottoms become heavy with freshly brewed lamb broth; the meat inside is supremely juicy.” The big plate chicken — a favorite of Eater critic Robert Sietsema — also gets some love. Bull says each nugget of meat is “quick to fall off its accompanying bone.”
Where The Rolling Stones eat in and around NYC
The Rolling Stones are eating their way through New York, including stops by Mick Jagger at a New Jersey diner and upscale Midtown Italian restaurant Masseria dei Vini on 58th Street and Ninth Avenue. Ronnie Wood was spotted at pricey Greek seafood spot Estiatorio Milos in Hudson Yards, as well as in line for the famed chili at “Oklahoma!” on Broadway. The band was performing at the MetLife Stadium.
Openings and closings around town
The Upper West Side has gained a new 24/7 market at 755 Broadway, at 106th Street. It’s called West Side Famous Market, though it’s not affiliated with the longstanding Westside Market chain. Meanwhile, the East Village has a new vegan pop-up cafe called Little Buddha, open through October at 45 East First St., between First and Second avenues. And Taiwanese food truck Yumpling is opening its own restaurant in Long Island City at at 49-11 Vernon Blvd. this November.
But Brooklyn lost two restaurants: Park Slope stalwart Park Cafe Diner has closed after more than two decades, as has chocolate and craft beer spot Nunu Chocolates.
A ton of new restaurants opened in Brooklyn
Over in Brooklyn, a ton of new restaurants have opened. In Park Slope, Brooklyn Baklava opened serving just what its name suggests, plus other sweets; Bagel Pub, which has locations in Park Slope and Crown Heights, is opening another shop at 57 Seventh Avenue; and Simple Loaf Bakehouse is also setting up shop within a large new space on Fifth Avenue. A new brewery called Hana Makgeolli is opening in Greenpoint, and it’ll serve makgeolli, an alcoholic Korean rice beverage. Italian restaurant Cremini’s is now open in Carroll Gardens, and halal restaurant BurgerIM is getting ready to open in Flatbush. Signs were spotted for a new seafood spot Brooklyn Bay Seafood in Bay Ridge, and french fry shop Spudz is now open in Bed-Stuy. And finally, the team behind popular happy hour spot Sea Wolf is opening a Williamsburg “dive bar” called JJ’s Hideaway.
Rezdôra has become a NYC food critic favorite
Another rosy review for Italian food haven Rezdôra has come in: Pasta is the main attraction at the restaurant “with good reason,” writes Jessica Henderson for the New Yorker. “Though all are worth sampling, the stuffed versions have particular flair,” she writes. She goes on to highlight the leek-filled cappelletti with an “earthy” mushroom purée; the anolini stuffed with beef, pork, and salumi; and tortelli containing prosciutto and chard. But diners shouldn’t miss the other options on the menu, she says, such as a “beautiful” veal cheek and the rabbit in three ways. Unlike Eater critic Ryan Sutton, Henderson also digs the desserts.