Using the word “speakeasy” in an openings announcement kind of defeats the purpose, but nonetheless, this evening Evil Twin Brewing will open the doors on Selma’s Bar, a hidden cocktail bar located within its greenhouse taproom in Ridgewood, Queens. Named after head bartender Selma Slabiak, the 24-seat space is going for a buttoned-up, dive bar feel with loads of Danish tchotchkes and a bathroom that’s modeled after the Black Lodge in Twin Peaks. Fans of Evil Twin may remember that Selma’s briefly reared its head two years ago, but the bar was forced to close two weeks later due to the state-mandated indoor dining shutdown at the time. The no-reservation bar is now open Thursdays from 5 to 10 p.m. and Fridays from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Border Town heads to Williamsburg with chilaquiles burritos
Small-batch tortilleria Border Town is headed to Egg Shop in Williamsburg this weekend for a one-day pop-up focused on the earthy, flour tortillas of Sonora, Mexico. From 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 9, the businesses will serve tacos made with potato and egg or chorizo (two for $14), and a burrito stuffed with brisket chilaquiles ($15). Micheladas can be had for $8 all day.
Other Half Brewing breaks into Manhattan
After expanding with a second location in Brooklyn — and outposts in Washington D.C. and the Finger Lakes — Other Half is finally breaking into Manhattan. The brewing company that taught us to love granola- and peanut butter cookie-flavored beers will open a beer garden with 50 outdoor seats at Rockefeller Center next month. The space will eventually turn into a permanent brick and mortar taproom, according to a spokesperson for the brewery.
Ladies who brunch, meet ladies who lunch
Mark Strausman, who formerly ran Freds at Barneys — one of the most legendary lunch spots in the city — has brought that meal back at his downtown spot Mark’s Off Madison. Beginning this week, Strausman will be serving a few Fred’s favorites including Estelle’s chicken soup, along with new seasonal items like a chanterelle omelet and baby carrot ravioli in a carrot butter sauce. Breads are homemade and lunch will be served Tuesday through Sunday. — Beth Landman, Eater contributor