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Kjun Moves Its Korean-Cajun Takeout and Delivery Operation to the East Village

Plus, Lucali’s new slice shop Baby Luc’s may open next week — and more intel

A plate of orange-white shrimp, yellow-ish grits, and a sprinkling of green herbs on top
Kjun’s shrimp and grits
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Kjun finds a new home inside Hi-Collar in the East Village

Following an April debut in a ghost kitchen on the Upper East Side, chef Jae Jung is now moving Kjun — her buzzy Korean-Cajun takeout and delivery operation — downtown. Jung tells Eater in an email that starting Friday, Kjun will be operating out of the downstairs kitchen at swanky Japanese cafe Hi-Collar, at 231 East Ninth Street, between Second and Third avenues, in the East Village. The restaurant’s updated delivery zone has shifted accordingly, and now covers much of middle and lower Manhattan. Kjun’s full menu, including the galbi grillades and grits and Louisiana crawfish bibimbap, will remain takeout and delivery-only for now while Jung searches for a permanent location for the restaurant.

In other news

— Famed Brooklyn pizzeria Lucali’s upcoming slice shop, Baby Luc’s, may open as early as next week.

— Inside Gentle Perch, a Korean-Southern barbecue fusion restaurant that opened just before the pandemic and nabbed a spot the Michelin Bib list this year.

— NYC’s restaurant and bar curfew may be over, but some 24-hour hotspots like Punjabi Deli, Katz’s, and Veselka aren’t going back to all-night service just yet.

— Famed Upper West Side grocer Zabar’s has launched a limited-run podcast. The three-part series, hosted by family member Willie Zabar, dives into the company’s storied history through interviews with the grocer’s owners, longtime employees, and customers.

Rooftop Reds, the rooftop vineyard at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, is lining up a knockout list of summer food vendors that includes East Village sushi newcomer Rosella, Arab-Latin spot the Migrant Kitchen, and chef Behzad Jamshidi’s Safar by Moosh, according to a company representative.

— On Sunday, June 6th Nuestra Mesa—a volunteer-run, Brooklyn kitchen collective—is hosting a market in collaboration with other city initiatives such as bilingual bookstore Mil Mundos and an organization called Fund Abortion Not Police, to fundraise for local mutual aid efforts. Taking place at 154 Scott Avenue from noon to 5 p.m., expect a day of food, drinks, and merch, alongside DJ sets. There will be a pay-what-you-can menu (proceeds going to Bushwick Emergency Relief Fund) using produce from Star Route Farm and Alewife Farm, as well as a selection of beverages. — Emma Orlow, Eater NY contributor

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