WNYC Transmitter Park has had its bathrooms closed for years. Now, the New York Parks Department tells Eater that not only will it be finally restoring them, but it has plans to add an outdoor concessions area as well. Cafes interested in applying to run the food area at Transmitter Park have until January 12, 2024, to apply. The Parks Department says a cafe could open as early as next year in the space. The construction follows the rest of the block — over the past year, the cul-de-sac abutting the park on Greenpoint Avenue has blossomed into a restaurant row (new restaurant Radio Star’s name references the park’s history as a former radio transmitter hub). Transmitter is not the only New York park searching for a concessions partner: Pelham Bay Park’s Orchard Beach Pavilion, once described as “the Riviera of the Bronx,” is also looking for a restaurant. It’s part of an $87 million makeover to 140,000 square-foot bathhouse on track to reopen in 2025, according to the Bronx Times. In October, the city also announced that the Wagner Pavilion in Battery Park City was also searching for a new food operator, part of a flood-proof renovation, long in the works after Hurricane Sandy.
A new cha chaan teng in Manhattan
Fat Choy Tea, a new ten-seat teahouse emulating Hong Kong’s cha chaan tengs has debuted in Noho. The name is unrelated to Fat Choy, the vegan Lower East Side spot, that relocated to New Jersey (co-owner Chris Ghent claims it’s a coincidence and the company had previously intended to open back in 2020.) Ghent worked for eight years at Sunday Gravy, a Smorgasburg red-sauce stand; he and his wife, Florence Chan, a pharmacist own the teahouse together. They make their tea blends which they hope to private label to other companies, as well as egg tarts and pastries they’re calling pop tarts in flavors like Spam and yuzu. It opened on November 1 in a multi-use space at 45 Bleecker Street, near Mulberry Street, that also houses Brooklyn Coachworks, an automotive brand.
D.C. Palestinian restaurant is hosting a pop-up
Friday’s pop-up guide is on hiatus this week. If you’re looking for one: Shababi, a Palestinian restaurant in Washington D.C., is heading to Brooklyn to host a dinner at Little Egg in Prospect Heights. Up until now, Little Egg has been exclusively serving brunch. The Shababi dinner is kicking off a larger series of pop-ups at the restaurant spotlighting “a connection with different communities struggling against U.S. imperialism.” Tickets for November 29 are $85 per person (tip is included) and there are two seatings.
More Barcades coming soon
A 12,000-square-foot outpost of Barcade, the bar and arcade that first opened in Williamsburg in 2004, is coming to Tribeca. A liquor license application has been filed for 110-112 Cortlandt Street, at Church Street, which formerly housed the shopping center Century 21, according to Tribeca Citizen.