Forsyth Fire Escape, a pop-up born last summer from Chinatown residents Isabel Lee and Luis Fernandez, is getting a permanent home for its buzzy scallion pancake burritos. Forsyth Fire Escape initially made a name for itself by delivering its wait-listed burritos to customers in a bucket lowered from, yes, a Chinatown fire escape. They later started working out of the kitchen at a nearby bodega. But, come summer, fans can head to Olly Olly Market, a new food hall opening in Chelsea, to find scallion pancake burritos. The market — located at 601 West 26th Street, near 12th Avenue — also includes offshoots from the team behind Filipino spot Flip Sigi as well as Korean fine dining establishment Joomak Banjum.
The Forsyth Fire Escape team tells Eater that they plan to continue on at the bodega, albeit with less frequency, in addition to their forthcoming headquarters at Olly Olly Market.
A pop-up is headed to new East Village Vietnamese coffee shop Le Phin
On Sunday, May 22, Thao Bui, a longtime former employee of Beyond Sushi, is bringing her Vietnamese cooking to Le Phin, under the name Ăn Xôi. Bui will be making sticky rice with char siu pork, chicken liver pate, and soy sauce quail eggs — doused in scallion oil with fried shallots — plus pickled cucumbers and carrots, alongside Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk. The takeout-only event runs from noon until 3 p.m. at 259 East 10th Street, near First Avenue. Pre-orders are available on the Ăn Xôi website.
Another bookstore bar is coming to Manhattan
According to local publication What Now New York, Bibliotheque, a bookstore that plans to offer coffee, snacks, beer, and wine, is headed to 54 Mercer Street, near Broome Street, in Soho. No opening date has been set. When it opens, Bibliotheque will join the increasing trend of hybrid bookstore bars, such as the East Village’s Book Club and Chinatown’s new Yu and Me Books.