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New Yorkers Should Be Allowed to Drink in Public, NYC Nightlife Advisory Board Says

Plus, the East Village gets a Korean corn dog spot with doughnuts — and more intel

A man cycling down a street and several people can be seen in the background sitting at tables and drinking. Gary He/Eater

NYC’s Nightlife Advisory Board is pushing for more lax public drinking laws

The temporary legalization of takeout cocktails abruptly ended last month, but now the city’s Nightlife Advisory Board is advocating for more relaxed regulations surrounding drinking in public, among other changes, the New York Post reports.

In a list of 15 recommendations made to the mayor and City Council to better support the city’s nightlife industry, the advisory board argues that changes like loosening public drinking laws would be vital to the city’s nightlife as it attempts to recover from the pandemic. Mayor Bill de Blasio formed the 14-member board in 2017 to help the nightlife industry, which faced curfews and other pandemic restrictions starting in March 2020.

“New Yorkers need affordable options for all kinds of nightlife,” the board stated in its proposal. “In most global cities people can gather informally in squares and parks to drink with friends and even dance to the rhythm of impromptu concerts.” Drinking in public spaces “should be regulated but not prohibited,” according to the proposal.

The recommendations don’t come without opposition, however, as the Post noted residents have voiced concerns about loosening public drinking policies. Across the city, other neighborhoods are also debating the sustainability of outdoor dining, too.

In other news

— For the month of August, Gotham Greens will collaborate with Pizza Loves Emily (in Brooklyn), Paulie Gee’s, and Razza to debut vegan ranch and Caesar salad dressings. Twenty percent of sale proceeds from each of three specialty wood-fired pizzas, featuring the dressings as an ingredient, will go to Slice Out Hunger. — Michele Herrmann, contributor

— Vietnamese-American restaurant Money Cat in Bushwick, which debuted one month before the March 2020 lockdown, has fully reopened after shutting down for most of the past year.

— Another establishment selling Korean corn dogs is opening in the East Village, but this time, Mochinut, a chain with nearly 20 U.S. locations, will have an impressive array of mochi doughnuts.

— A bystander posted a video of a violent brawl that broke out between customers and employees over the weekend at Joe’s Pizza in Williamsburg.

— Some upstate New York towns that have become popular destinations during the pandemic are now facing a housing and labor shortage as rental costs have spiked, the New York Times reports.

— A flurry of pieces about Anthony Bourdain have been published in recent weeks with the debut of Roadrunner, a documentary about the beloved television host, writer, and chef. The latest: Photographer Melanie Dunea, known for shooting photos of numerous notable chefs, wrote an essay for Vanity Fair about her friendship with Bourdain.

— Llama Inn is hosting Miami restaurant Itamae, which specializes in Nikkei cuisine like the Williamsburg restaurant’s sister restaurant Llama San, on July 28 with a special menu to commemorate Peru’s 200 years independence.

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