Plus, a new Shake Shack chicken sandwich
Zucker’s Bagels nabs Gramercy flagship store
The biggest Zucker’s Bagels yet is coming to 40 East 23rd Street, in what the bagel and appetizing shop is calling its flagship location. The 1,800-square-foot space will be Zucker’s biggest yet in what has been a busy few years of expansion. After opening in Tribeca, Zucker’s has added Midtown East and Upper West Side locations. The Gramercy store will be its fourth, in addition to a commissary kitchen.
Shake Shack adds a hot chicken sandwich
Come August 1, NYC-born burger chain Shake Shack will add a second chicken offering to its menu. The hot chicken sandwich is a “crispy chicken breast dusted with a guajillo and cayenne pepper blend and topped with slaw and pickles.”
Serafina is still going strong
Believe it or not, swanky Italian restaurant chain Serafina is still adding new locations after 20 years. In fact, its upcoming Tribeca opening at 113 Reade Street will be one of its largest yet, with three floors and 6,500 square feet.
NYC now has insect-topped ice cream
The food trend of eating insects refuses to die, and the latest iteration is courtesy of La Newyorkina. The popsicle purveyor now offers grasshoppers as a topping option, should sprinkles just seem boring.
A final look at Cup & Saucer
Old-school Chinatown diner Cup & Saucer closes its doors today after nearly 30 years in the neighborhood. In honor of its final days, the Times took a look at its legacy and what went wrong, which essentially was an unsustainable rent hike. Owners say that their $8,200 a month rent was being increased by $7,600 per month.
The Post’s latest rant is about “elite food”
Post columnist Karol Markowicz sounds off on what she’s calling an increasingly elite “food culture” in NYC: “But as with many things in our exhibitionist social-media culture, it’s gone too far. Peruse some foodie accounts on Instagram and you’ll see people ordering more food than they could possibly ever eat so they could photograph and share it and be seen in proximity to it. The actual taste is an afterthought.”
Abracadabra’s owner has had nine lives
Munchies has a new profile out on Dilara Erbay, the owner of Brooklyn’s cafe Abracadabra. It’s a long, complicated journey to what today is a well-regarded cafe serving organic Turkish food.
UWS restaurateur stops purse thief
Dan Kirsh is officially an Upper West Side hero, after the Kirsh Bakery owner personally stopped a purse thief from getting away. The thief entered his bakery and an employee alerted Kirsh that he seemed “shady” and left a large, empty purse in the bathroom. So Kirsh stopped him on the street while employees called the police. The man was arrested, and the purse and its full contents were returned to the owner.
An Atla review rolls in
It’s four (out of five) stars from New York magazine for Atla, the more casual Mexican restaurant from the Cosme team. The Robs, after listing a few flaws, concluded, “Atla is pretty much a perfect restaurant.”
Food goals for the week
This omurice at Bar Moga (128 West Houston Street) is simply mesmerizing:
Source: NYC eater
Zucker’s Bagels Goes Big With New Gramercy Location — and More Intel