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.
— 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.”