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NYC’s Top Fine-Dining Restaurant Is Debuting a Food Truck to Feed New Yorkers in Need

Plus, the Bronx Night Market returns for the season — and more intel

A stone sign announcing the entrance of Eleven Madison Park, a three-Michelin-starred vegan restaurant in Manhattan.
Eleven Madison Park is launching a food truck with nonprofit Rethink
Photo by Daniel Krieger

Eleven Madison Park and Rethink to launch food truck

Daniel Humm’s celebrated fine-dining restaurant Eleven Madison Park is once again partnering with NYC-based food nonprofit Rethink Food to help feed New Yorkers in need. This time they’re launching a food truck — called Eleven Madison Truck — on April 12 to serve 2,000 meals a week in neighborhoods throughout the Bronx and Brooklyn, Bloomberg first reported.

The three Michelin-starred establishment had flipped its space to become a commissary kitchen early on during the pandemic and donated up to 3,000 meals a day in the collaboration with the nonprofit. This new truck — which will be funded in part by diners who buy EMP’s to-go meals, according to Bloomberg — will target areas challenged by food insecurity.

“We had been brainstorming different ways to make the restaurant part of the community and get staff engaged beyond making meals and pushing them out of the door,” Matt Jozwiak, Rethink’s co-founder and CEO, told Bloomberg. “And then Daniel called me and was, like, ‘Let’s do a food truck.’

EMP is hoping to open its dining room later this year and additional donations will be given to Eleven Madison Truck for each guest dining at the restaurant, according to a spokesperson for the restaurant. The restaurant plans to keep the truck operating indefinitely.

In other news

— The Bronx Night Market will return to Fordham Plaza on April 3 from noon to 7 p.m. with nearly 20 food vendors each week on Saturdays through November.

— Chain discount grocery store Lidl, which already has a location on Staten Island, is slated to open its first Queens outlet in Astoria on April 7.

Momofuku’s Kāwi was the most recent Hudson Yards restaurant to permanently close, but two will soldier on: Wild Ink, an Asian-inspired restaurant specializing in dim sum, and Peak, the 101st floor of 30 Hudson Yards, have officially reopened, according to a spokesperson for RHC, the UK hospitality group which runs the two establishments.

— There may be plans to open a subterranean bar as part a big redevelopment project of the historic Nassau Brewery site in Crown Heights, located at 937-949 Bergen Street, at Franklin Avenue.

— New York’s food banks will receive 1.2 million eggs after the state reached a settlement with Hillandale Farms, which was accused of price gouging New Yorkers early on during the pandemic.

— FYI, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar: