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Upscale Brooklyn Red Sauce Spot Michael’s Is Now Doing Parm Rolls To Go

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Plus, Stephen Starr’s Mexican restaurant El Vez has reopened with a limited menu — and more intel

Four parm roll sandwiches with melty cheese and tomato sauce sit on a tray. In the background, an industrial kitchen oven is visible. Michael’s of Brooklyn [Official]

56-Year-Old Italian restaurant Michael’s launches a casual parm-to-go counter

Old-school Brooklyn red sauce joint Michael’s of Brooklyn just leveled up its new takeout menu. The 56-year-old institution in Midwood announced the creation of a casual new parm-to-go counter, with cheesy chicken, eggplant, meatball, and veal sandwiches on deck. The parm rolls, which range in price from $8.99 to $10.99, are topped with melty parmesan cheese and smothered in the restaurant’s housemade tomato gravy sauce.

The upscale Brooklyn restaurant is one of the borough’s best date spots, a place where locals have come to expect deep, dark red sauces and live piano during dinner. Catering not-considered, delivery is a new pivot for Michael’s, but it’s one that owner Michael Cacace has been taking in stride. Shortly after the state-mandated closure of restaurants for dine-in service on March 16 — and at a time when many restaurants were opting to temporarily close their doors — Michael’s announced that the restaurant’s full menu would be available for takeout and delivery. In the two months since, Michael’s has offered date night meals for two and Mother’s Day specials.

Takeout and delivery are available from the restaurant by calling (718) 998-7851.

In other news

— Michelin-starred Blue Hills at Stone Barns has launched a new project for out-of-work NYC cooks. Through the Kitchen Farming Project, these cooks — who have worked at top spots like Frenchette, Lilia, and Le Crocodile — will volunteer their time to farm an acre of land at Battery Park. The produce will eventually go to food pantries in the city.

— Culinary nonprofit and small business incubator Hot Bread Kitchen recently launched a fundraiser for its small business owners called Feed the Recovery. People who donate $125 or more will receive a box of items featuring baked goods and sauces from the independent shops.

— NYC Census 2020 announced a new partnership with Seamless, in which 10 lucky New Yorkers who complete the 2020 census will each receive $1,000 gift cards to be used at local restaurants.

— Two Lower East Side restaurants — Empanada Mama and Butter Lane Cupcakes — have inked a deal to open locations at north New Jersey’s gargantuan American Dream shopping mall.

— Japanese comfort food spot Moonrise Izakaya has reopened for takeout and delivery on the Upper West Side, a spokesperson for the restaurant says. The expanded delivery menu includes bento box dinners and date night specials.

— El Vez, Stephen Starr’s Mexican restaurant in Tribeca, has reopened with a limited menu, including build-your-own burritos and quesadillas.

— Billy Koulmentas describes reopening George’s, the 70-year-old Greek Diner in the Financial District, in a new interview from the Downtown Alliance.

— This seventh-grade math teacher in New Rochelle spends his Sundays delivering craft beer for Harlem Hops.

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