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The Team Behind Floating Oyster Bar Grand Banks Will Open a Year-Round Restaurant in Tribeca

Plus, century-old Hell’s Kitchen dive bar Rudy’s is back in business — and more intel

Dozens of people are seated at tables and chairs on the hull of a boat
Grand Banks, a seasonal restaurant docked on Tribeca’s Pier 25.
Grand Banks

The team behind Island Oyster and Grand Banks heads to Tribeca

The team behind seasonal seafood restaurants Island Oyster and Grand Banks is headed to Tribeca for its first brick-and-mortar establishment in New York City. Tribeca Citizen reports that restaurateurs Alex and Miles Pincus have signed a lease on a partially subterranean space at 109 West Broadway, at Reade Street, which was previously home to Holy Ground. The yet-to-be-named restaurant is slated to open this fall.

Details on the new restaurant are still coming together, but Alex Pincus tells Eater that the space will be “tiny, quirky, and a little rough around the edges,” not unlike his favorite restaurants growing up in New Orleans. “Like everything we do, it will be of the sea, only this time in a landmarked, speakeasy style space downtown,” he says. The duo will appear before Manhattan Community Board 1 on August 17 to seek a liquor license for the space.

In addition to Island Oyster and Grand Banks, the siblings operate Pilot, a floating restaurant docked in Brooklyn Heights; outdoor oyster bar Drift In; and Seaworthy, a seafood spot in New Orleans, where the brothers grew up.

Indonesian Food Bazaar returns to Elmhurst

The monthly New York Indonesian Food Bazaar will return to 84-07 Broadway in Elmhurst on Saturday, August 7. From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., customers can order sweet and savory Indonesian fare from seven vendors, including Taste of Surabaya, Dapur Tios, and Jajanan. Expect a heaping array of beef rendang, chicken satay, the spongy cassava cakes known as getuk, nasi kampur Bali — rice served with various side dishes — and assorted housemade spicy sambals. Masks are mandatory.
— Caroline Shin, Eater contributor

In other news

— East Village fast-casual restaurant Desi Galli is now serving a seven-course menu that combines Indian and Mexican cuisines (think: aloo gobi flautas and chicken tikka tacos). The $49 dinner comes with a spicy margarita.

— Upper East Side bookstore Kitchen Arts and Letters will livestream a funeral service for founder Nach Waxman, who died suddenly on August 4. The stream begins at 11 a.m. EST.

— Century-old dive bar Rudy’s reopened in Hell’s Kitchen this week for the first time since the onset of the pandemic. And yes, drinks at the bar still come with a free hot dog.

— On our reading list this weekend: This lengthy photo series from the New York Times documenting the return of nightlife across the city.

— How the owner of the 24/7 Kellogg’s Diner in Williamsburg spends her Sundays.

— For these restaurant workers, the city’s vaccine mandate “comes as a relief.”

— Respect:

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