In India, Sarkar opened EkBar, named Dehli’s Best Bar For Cocktails, and in 2016 got Chef of the Year honors at the Times Food Guide Awards. Earlier this year, he helped open Rooh in San Francisco. The Chronicle gave it a three-star review and praised the “contemporary Indian cuisine at the hands of a master.”
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Agozar!, an East Village fixture that serves up modern Cuban cuisine, is closing this week after 15 years.
Owners Gerardo Perez and Diana Mastrodimos announced on Facebook that there last day of service will be Thursday, Nov. 30. “It has been a pleasure serving the community for over a decade,” they wrote. “Our family would like to thank our hardworking dedicated staff, our customers, and regulars for your loyalty and patronage throughout the years. THANK YOU! We hope to see you soon!”
“Enjoy your career as a barista” might be a putdown in the mind of a certain hilaaarious New York Post columnist, but the folks at Grand Street Settlement believe that slinging coffee really can make a world of difference for local young adults. They just launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a cafe staffed by at-risk youth. They’re calling it the Lower East Side’s first “nosh for profit.”
Ever since a friend sent me a NSFW photo of his Big Night-style Thanksgiving timpano, I’ve been craving the stuffed stuff. As if to answer my prayers, Black Seed Bagels has teamed up with cult pizzeria Emily to create a culinary mutt of the highest order: the stromboli bagel. Or is it a bagel stromboli?
My computer insists on autocorrecting “Unsilent Night” to Insolent Night, but, no, that would be SantaCon.Unsilent Night is a far more enjoyable holiday tradition. Every year, Phil Kline, a composer who has collaborated with the likes of Jim Jarmusch, Nan Goldin, Bang On a Can, and other downtown luminaries, leads a roving boom box orchestra from Greenwich Village to the East Village in a wonderful act of modernist caroling.
Until yesterday, the most memorable part about the “Abbi’s Mom” episode of Broad City, which aired a month ago, was the SAD lamp that Ilana dragged into Sushi Mambeaux, the seemingly Sex and the City-inspired restaurant where she’s been working this season. But that changed when eight women came forward to tell the Washington Post that now-fired PBS and CBS personality Charlie Rose had sexually harassed them.
This weekend, local record shops (at least, those haven’t morphed into DJ nights) are sure to be mobbed for Record Store Day’s Black Friday. One highlight in particular: To coincide with the 40th anniversary of Richard Hell and the Voidoids’ Blank Generation, there’ll be a limited-edition, double-LP rerelease of the seminal album, remastered by original engineer Greg Calbi. Now comes word that Hell himself will leave his book-filled East Village apartment and make two rare public appearances, signing copies of the record on Friday, Nov. 24 at 1pm at Generation Records in Greenwich Village and Saturday, Nov. 25 at 2pm at Rough Trade in Williamsburg.
Have you been by Other Music’s former home on East 4th Street? It’s now inhabited by Broken Coconut, an on-trend, tropical-themed cafe serving poke bowls, tap kombucha, and avocado toast. Those who mourned the loss of the hallowed indie record store last year couldn’t have imagined a more fitting replacement: Where Neutral Milk Hotel was once on the speakers, coconut milk is now in the chia bowls. But, wait! Other Music ain’t dead yet.
Every year, the people of Tultepec, Mexico gather for a fireworks festival that culminates in the burning of colossal, handcrafted toros. As it turns out, the running of these papier-mâché bulls is more dangerous than the running of the real ones. Since 1910, 15 people have died during the festivities in Pamplona. Meanwhile, some 56 people have lost their lives in recent years at the National Pyrotechnic Festival. This is no gathering of privileged pseudo hippies, a la Burning Man– even if vividly painted effigies do go up in smoke. Many of the families in Tultepec have worked in the pyrotechnics industry for up to 150 years, and the festival, which dates back just as long, is a point of pride.