Whelp, we’re off. Barring any earth-shattering developments, we’ll see ya back here Tuesday. If you’re staying in town, remember you’ve got plenty of fresh options: the Seaport and Coney Smorgasburgs, The Summer Shift in Rockaway, quiteafew al fresco drinking and dining spots, and of course the Riis Park Beach Bazaar (we’ve updated our original post with their expanded schedule). Have a good one, y’all.
Hey, if Awkwafina can pen a New York City guide, why shouldn’t Abbi Jacobson of Broad City do a NYC coloring book? Like Onur Tukel, Jacobson is that rarest of combos, an actor-illustrator, and next month she’ll talk about Color This Book: New York City at the Strand, which is actually featured in the book alongside Washington Square Park, UCB, Artichoke Pizza and other landmarks.
Just in time for summer, Chinatown got a new bubble tea parlor via Formosa Cafe, on Eldridge Street. Actually, this one is less of a parlor and more of a slick lounge, complete with pleather seating, wifi, and Shepard Fairy-esque art on the walls. If you’re in a rush for slush, check out the photo below and read on for the menu.
Don’t know about you, but I was a little disappointed with the Mad Men finale. Maybe it’s just because I’m yoga-phobic, but I wasn’t a big fan of LululemDon. Luckily, the show isn’t going to end with ashram Hamm, cuz the folks at Hotsy Totsy Burlesque are writing the next chapter in the form of a Mad Men tribute.
Eight months after Sutra ended its 10-year run, its replacement is now open. Bar Akuda comes from the owners of 1 Republik, a sports bar with locations in Hoboken and North Arlington, New Jersey. Kenneth Caulfield, who owns the self-described “premier sports bar” with childhood friend Keith McKeon, told us that once his gas service is upgraded the “upscale gastropub” will serve an array of burgers with “a lot of different spices and seasonings from all over the world.”
Outdoor noshing season is officially in full swing, what with the opening of Riis Park Beach Bazaar and now two of Smorgasburg’s satellite smorgs. The Williamsburg and Fort Greene institution’s Seaport location opened today, and a Coney Island outpost opens Saturday.
So now that we’ve seen what’s replacing Rockaway Taco this summer, the question is: where do we go eat this tasty Latin food? How about under some palm trees? Last month, the folks at Rockaway Summer, a magazine about the peninsula that launched last year, flew eight of them in from Florida and installed them right across from the shack on Beach 96th Street. Next month, the leafy plot will open as a souvenir shop and hang spot with a pop-up art gallery, coffee, and live music.
Rockaway Taco’s shack on Beach 96th Street has gotten a bright makeover in preparation for the start of The Summer Shift. When the shack’s owner, David Selig, learned that his chef Andrew Field was departing to open Tacoway Beach at the Rockaway Beach Surf Club, he teamed up with The MP Shift – a budding firm specializing in branding, design, and PR – to come up with a fresh concept. Rockaway Taco is set to return next summer, but in the meantime, The Summer Shift will feature a rotating array of guest chefs exploring their Latin roots (you know, like the Fugazi song).
Despite the nip in the air, summer came early in Rockaway today. We stopped by Jacob Riis Park to see what was up with the food concessions that the folks at Brooklyn Night Bazaar had said they were opening this weekend. A mailer sent to newsletter subscribers today had the opening day on Saturday, but it looks like they’re doing a quiet test run today. Earlier this afternoon, an employee at Brooklyn Star, one of the food vendors, told us they’d be up and running from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. As you can see, she was prepping a sandwich board advertising chicken waffle cones. I repeat: chicken waffle cones.
Two of the summer’s biggest fests, Bushwick Open Studios and Northside Festival, have now revealed their full schedules and lineups, showing us just what we can expect next month. To make things extra fun, they’re running back-to-back this year, with BOS slated for June 5 to 7, and Northside happening June 8 to 14. So, yeah, cancel any plans to hit the new Riis Park Beach Bazaar during those dates.
A year ago, when Mars Bar’s owner Hank Penza told us he was “going to reopen” in the luxury building that replaced his bar, no one could’ve imagined that he’d team up with a founder of Juice Press to open a health-food café selling $200 body oils. But here it is: NatureEs celebrated its opening last night with a party featuring kombucha on tap, smoked coconut chips, and smoothies with names like Starter Wife.
Given all the advertising around town, you probably already know about Red Hot + Arthur Russell!, the tribute to legendary East Village musician Arthur Russell that’s happening May 29 and 30 at BAM as part of the same Red Bull Music Academy Festival that brought La Monte Young out. If the $35+ entry free is discouraging you from buying tickets (still available) to see Devonté Hynes, Cults, Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire, and Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters pay tribute to Russell (Hynes, by the way, recently posted some new music to YouTube), you may want to hit Baby’s All Right tonight for what’s sure to be an equally stirring tribute to the influential composer and cellist.