New York’s “number one” tacos will soon have a new home in Manhattan. Local taqueria chain Los Tacos No. 1 announced its fifth location in the borough earlier this week — sorry, Brooklyn — set to open at 340 Lafayette Street, near Bleecker Street, in Noho. In an Instagram post of the space, artists Sean Barton and Steve Powers can be seen decorating its walls with hand-painted menus and murals of al pastor trompos dressed in pants and pineapple-shaped hats. According to co-founder Christian Pineda, the new location is on track to open by the end of November.
The former co-owner of Cosme is opening a sports club in Williamsburg
Santiago Gomez, the former co-owner of famed Mexican restaurant Cosme, is opening a 30,000-square-foot sports club and restaurant at 307 Kent Street, at South Third Street, in Williamsburg. Plans for the upcoming project, called Padel Haus, include courts for playing padel — a combination of tennis and squash invented in Mexico in 1969 — along with a restaurant for players to eat at. Though the game has been played in the United States for decades, it’s the city’s first padel club so far.
Israeli’s hit Anita Gelato is headed to the Flatiron District
When the owners of Anita Gelato decided to bring their hit dessert company to New York City, they looked at opening in tourist-heavy neighborhoods like Soho and Times Square, according to Gothamist. They ultimately settled on the residential Upper East Side, but roughly a year later, the Israeli gelato shop will get its wish with a second location planned for the Flatiron District next year. Anita Gelato is slated to open at 1141 Broadway, on the corner of 26th Street, “in a couple months,” according to a spokesperson for the company.
Are the city’s best bagels served at a “designer deli”?
Old-school Jewish delis, once the backbone of the New York City, have dwindled in number, but hot pastrami and gefilte fish have found a new, slightly complicated home at “designer delis,” writes the New York Times. “On the one hand, excellent bagels, lox and cured meats are now wonderfully easy to obtain,” according to the publication. On the other, something doesn’t sit right about the well-branded revival of “the cranky, cerebral, irreverent Jewish culture that was once a dominant feature of New York City’s character.”
A celebrity hangout in the Hamptons closes after 27 years
An East Hampton celebrity hangout known for its health-conscious menu, Babette’s closed this month after 27 years, and Sant Ambroeus will take over the space from owner Barbara “Babette” Layton. Gherardo Guarducci, the co-owner of the popular Italian restaurant in Southampton, tells Eater he plans to have the new space ready by Memorial Day after lightly refurbishing the dining room and a bigger overhaul of the kitchen. “It’s one legacy taking over another legacy,’’ says Guarducci. — Beth Landman, contributor