Vegan hotspot Lekka Burger reopens this week
Chef Amanda Cohen’s hip veggie burger hangout Lekka Burger has reopened for takeout and delivery this week, Tribeca Citizen reports. The restaurant is operating with a truncated menu offering three veggie burger variations, including the popular guacamole burger that Eater critic Ryan Sutton reviewed favorably earlier this year. Sides include a broccolini Caesar salad, cheese, curry, or regular fries, and Lekka’s oat-milk shakes. For now, the fast-casual spot is open with shorter hours, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Lekka joins a number of restaurants that have reopened this month to try takeout and delivery programs ahead of the city’s return to in-person dining, which will roll out in phases. Restaurants will be allowed to conduct outdoor dining starting in phase two of the city’s reopening, likely starting in early July, followed by a return to indoor dining in phase three with a slew of operating restrictions.
In other news
— Famed Midtown baseball bar Foley’s — which shut down permanently last month — may be reopening elsewhere in the city after the pandemic. Owner Shaun Clancey told Grub Street that he’s bringing his massive collection of thousands of pieces of sports memorabilia along for the move.
— Red Hook neighborhood favorite the Good Fork will be hosting Sunday pop-ups through the end of June, ahead of the restaurant closing down for the rest of the summer. Chef Sohui Kim is partnering with a different guest chef each week to produce a special menu, starting with a brunch pop-up this Sunday from Gage and Tollner pastry chef Caroline Schiff. 10 percent of sales from the pop-ups will be donated to NAACP, Black Lives Matter, and the ACLU.
— Following Dutch delivery company Just Eat Takeaway.com’s acquisition of Grubhub, analysts predict that Uber Eats and Grubhub are headed for an intense pricing war in the U.S. as the companies grapple for market share.
— Claire Sprouse of Crown Heights restaurant Hunky Dory is hosting a Filipinx food pop-up on Saturday with chef Woldy Reyes to celebrate Philippines Independence Day. The special menu includes Filipinx-inspired tacos and a citrus bibingka cake.
— One guy’s playbook to fighting gentrification:
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GUY AT DELI: We got iced coffee.
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GUY AT DELI: Next!