This 8-Drink Megacocktail Takes 2 Bartenders 7 Minutes to Make

It takes two bartenders working like a ­NASCAR pit crew to put together one of the large-format “cocktail explosions” at the new NoMad Bar: One packs ice and garnish into a spigot-equipped glass vessel that wouldn’t look out of place filled with sweet tea on some southern antebellum porch; the other builds the drink using two shakers. Seven minutes later, a supercolossal eight-drink megacocktail emerges—the Madison Park Smash, bar director Leo Robitschek’s own creation, is one of several on offer. Robitschek recommends that you only attempt to tackle a cocktail explosion when in the company of five to seven fellow revelers. But four seasoned lushes chugging along at a steady clip, we’ve discovered, works out just fine.

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Hearth’s Weekly Lobster Boils; Sun Noodle Pop-up at Louro

• Starting July 27, Hearth will host weekly lobster boils every Sunday until August 31. The three-course, $68 per person meal is family-style and will include tomato and watermelon salad, smoked bluefish paté, a lobster pot with one-and-a-quarter-pound lobsters for each guest, and peach cobbler for dessert. To reserve seats, call the restaurant. [Grub Street]

• On Monday, August 4, Louro will host a one-night-only Sun Noodle ramen pop-up. The $55 per person menu includes nigiri sushi, a shrimp cake slider, surf and turf-style ramen, and more. The pop-up is BYO beer and wine, but two complementary glasses of sake will be provided. The tickets have sold out, but may become available as cancellations allow. [Grub Street]

Betony will serve a whole loup de mer (fish), stuffed with herbs and presented with a trio of sauces, that feeds two generously on Sundays for only $85. Betony will also host a guest chef "Produce Playoff" dinner on August 18 with David Nayfeld, formerly of Eleven Madison Park, with an eight-course, $95 prix fixe menu. Reservations here. [Grub Street]

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Red Hot Speakeasy Trend Doesn’t Play So Well in Eastern Pennsylvania

Yeah, it was nothing like this.

New Yorkers who still wait an hour to pass through a hidden door in a pretend phone booth for some expertly made pre-Prohibition cocktails may be jazzed to learn that bona fide speakeasies routinely materialize just across state lines, or, at least in eastern Pennsylvania, but they actually sound kind of miserable: State police say they infiltrated and raided an otherwise unassuming Spanish restaurant, which was located right under Reading City Hall's nose; offerings included no Manhattans but plenty of joyless $1 shots of unidentified liquor, seven-ounce beers retrieved from an under-the-table cooler, and copious amounts of generic malt liquor. In all, authorities say they seized 25 gallons of beer, a liter of liquor, and the speakeasy's one-night haul of $158.25, or roughly three P.D.T. drinks and two Crif Dogs with tater tots on the side. [Eagle]

Eataly’s Rossopomodoro Pizza Plans Stand-alone West Village Location

A thing of beauty.Photo: Eataly NYC/Facebook

Looks a lot like the West Village space that was formerly Lyon and the subsequent, more short-lived Cole's Greenwich Village will next become a stand-alone location of Rossopomodoro Pizza, a chain that prizes ingredients like Caputo flour straight from Naples and whose current U.S. presence is limited to partnerships at Eataly Chicago and its New York City flagship. A reader alerts Grub to new life in the space, and a liquor license application on file with the SLA lists Rossopomodoro as the incoming operator, as well as Simone Falco, the chain's president and CEO. It's not yet known if Rosario Granieri, the pizza-maker who opened Eataly's Rossopomodoro, is involved with the new one, but in either case this is a major development for pizza in the neighborhood, as well as a completely new direction for the space. [Related]

Reminder: You Can Basically Get Everything on Veselka’s Menu and Spend Less Than $10 Tonight

Pancakes and applesauce, too.

In just a few minutes from now, East Village institution Veselka will roll back all prices on its original, circa 1954 menu for 54 minutes exactly in honor of its 60th anniversary. This means $1.50 pierogies, 50-cent potato pancakes, 25-cent egg creams, and lots more — order everything and it's $8.40, pre-tip. Management has already confirmed the restaurant will repeat the blintz blitz at least once more in the weeks ahead, but this inaugural celebration nonetheless promises to be something of a Polish food frenzy, or at least we thought — we're told there's no apparent queue outside the restaurant, as of now at least. "I'm pretty sure it's going to be busy," a worker answering the phone told us, "but you never know what's going to happen." [Related]

Ramen Burgers and Dough’s Doughnuts Among This Year’s Vendy Award Finalists

Hooray for Dough's doughnuts!Photo: Dough/Facebook

The Vendy Awards this morning announced its five finalists for three out of five categories in advance of its tenth annual gala event, which takes place in September. Among the nominees, it looks like Keizo Shimamoto's formidable Ramen Burger will go up against the Rockaway-based upstart Bolivian Llama Party and three other contenders in the Best Market Vendor, which celebrates the "re-imagining the sourcing and consumption of traditional street food." The rest of the nominees are straight ahead.

Pies, doughnuts, and one Bolivian Llama Party. »

Start Prepping Now for a Possible Global Kale Shortage

Gather ye cruciferous leaves while ye may, and all that.Photo: Shutterstock

The kale business is beyond booming in Australia, where demand for seeds has apparently overtaken supply, and the abrupt growth of orders for the leafy crucifer has now outstripped what farmers are able to produce in the fields, be it Tuscan or curly, by far. "A worldwide kale shortage is here at last," Modern Farmer announces, death knell set to reverb.

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This Banned Captain Morgan’s Ad Doesn’t Seem So Bad

Hear, hear!

England's Advertising Standards Authority, an agency akin to the Federal Trade Commission, has come to the aid of poor Facebook users who, besieged by this innocuous-seeming Captain Morgan's ad, couldn't determine if the troublemaking "Captain and crew were celebrating the end of mid-week boredom, achieved through coming together," or more insidiously implied that a rum-fueled get-together "could overcome boredom and was capable of changing mood" — clearly a fine line, even for a Facebook wall posting that likely took two minutes for a Captain Morgan's intern to bang out. Though producer Diageo argued this one was just one of many, many more Facebook posts, several of which encouraged responsible drinking, the company was forced to take it down. [Spirits Business]

A Miami Diner That Stands As a Civil-Rights Pioneer Will Close Today

Jumbo's, circa 1956Photo: Jumbo's Restaurant/Facebook

For 60 years, Jumbo's has been frying chicken and catfish for hungry people, celebrities, elected officials, and late-night clubgoers in one of Miami's toughest neighborhoods. Though it has a solid food-world reputation, Jumbo's came to fame by blurring Deep South color lines as a result of becoming Miami's first restaurant to integrate back in 1966. It was the first to hire black employees, and now it's one of the last of that era to close. Today is its last day in business.

"I can't tell you how uncomfortable they were serving black people." »

Endless Houston Street Construction Is Also Threatening Katz’s Deli

This happened also.

Ongoing East Houston Street roadwork has stifled business as usual at cheap eats destination Punjabi Grocery & Deli, and directly across the street, even the formidably larger, tour-bus-serviced Katz's Delicatessen says it's starting to feel the effects of the multitiered construction project. Manager Jake Dell claims that water main replacement work has made it harder for customers to get into the restaurant, literally, as crews continuously tear into and patch up sections of sidewalk directly outside, and at other moments water service is turned off altogether. [Lo-Down, Related]

8 Oysters You Should Be Eating This Summer

Go for it.Photo: Richard Rudisill/Getty Images

"A dozen oysters are like refreshing, elegant little jewels on a hot July day," says April Bloomfield, the famed chef and proud ignorer of the rule that you should only eat oysters in months whose names contain the letter r. Avoiding oysters in the summer might have made sense before things like refrigeration and FedEx, but now they can be plucked from chilled waters and arrive shucked in front of customers without ever feeling the summer heat — meaning you should follow Bloomfield's advice over any inherited wisdom you've heard in the past.

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The Other Critics: Reviews of Racines NY, Bar Primi, and Grand Banks

Bar Primi's a hit.

This week, Adam Platt gave Bâtard three (out of five) stars, praising the "refreshing unpretentiousness" of its prix-fixe menu items like an artichoke barigoule "so technically perfect that it caused my vegetable-snob wife to put down her fork and practically clap with glee." Elsewhere in the city, Pete Wells visited Racines NY and found the dinner and wine to be about as Parisian as any French restaurant in New York City could be, Ryan Sutton praised Bar Primi, and Robert Sietsema ventured to Jackson Heights for some awesome tacos at Bella Puebla. Read it all, straight ahead.

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All Your Favorite Summer Fruit Has Been Recalled Just in Time for Peak Pie Season

Hold that lattice crust.

The Food and Drug Administration says there's a chance that any number of peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots handled by the Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California, between June 1 and July 12 may be contaminated by listeria. The voluntary recall includes fruit sold as individual pieces as well as fruit packed in a variety of clamshell containers, wholesale boxes, cartons, and mesh bags; the produce was distributed to retailers including Trader Joe's, Costco and even FreshDirect.

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Kickstarter for Feminist Food Magazine; Vegetarian Tasting at ACME

RENDER, a brand-new feminist food magazine based out of Portland, Oregon, has launched a Kickstarter. To help support its "mission to look at food culture through a feminist lens," donate here. [Grub Street]

• Starting Friday, August 1, Contrada is inviting people in to read aloud from Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities — one prose poem per day at 6 p.m. The first reader to arrive each day will earn a free drink. [Grub Street]

• Mads Refslund has debuted a vegetarian tasting menu at ACME: It's available nightly, costs $65, and includes nine courses. [Grub Street]

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Midwesterners Alarmed to Discover Their Ice-Cream Sandwiches Refuse to Melt

What one mom discovered probably won't astound you.

A concerned Cincinnati-area mom started asking questions after she discovered her son's ice-cream sandwich was left outside in 80-degree weather and barely melted at all, even after 12 hours. She took a second Walmart-brand ice-cream sandwich, put it on the patio, and that one didn't melt either. Cue the intrepid local news station, which conducted a side-by-side investigation of three brands and found that while a pint of Häagen-Dazs deteriorated rapidly in full sun, the Walmart Great Value sandwich pretty much held its shape and didn't melt, thanks in part to gum-stabilizers and a relative dearth of butterfat and cream. "Walmart's sandwiches contain less, so they are more affordable," the chain said in a statement. "But they are healthy and meet all FDA guidelines." [WCPO]

George Mendes Will Open New Restaurant in NoMad


Georges Mendes took to Twitter to announce his five-year-old Aldea will soon have a restaurant sibling slightly uptown, at 835 Avenue of the Americas near West 29th Street in NoMad. The Times adds that the menu will be "rustic Portuguese" and inspired by the chef's roots; its target opening is December. In addition to Aldea, where the menu is influenced by modernist touches, Mendes this year opened 100 Sardines at the outdoor market Mad. Sq. Eats, which serves soups, sandwiches, and rice dishes based on the arroz de pato served at his Union Square restaurant. [NYT, George Mendes/Twitter]

Danny Bowien Will Curate Huge Brooklyn Food Conference

He's also bringing the Mission Chinese Food pop-up to Manhattan.Photo: Melissa Hom

The Mission Chinese Food and Mission Cantina chef has joined Mario Batali and the Northside Media Group, which publishes Brooklyn Magazine, on the second annual Taste Talks event. As curator, Danny Bowien has enlisted industry folks like Brooks Headley and Andy Ricker for events, with writers and editors such as Peter Meehan, Sam Sifton, and Adam Rapoport from the media side. Panels, quasi-secret dinners, and a World's Fair Pavilion-esque free component called the Future Food Expo round it all out. More information can be found here, and true to his multitasking self, the fall event is not the only thing Bowien's got in the works: His ongoing Mission Chinese Food pop-up in Brooklyn will branch out to Manhattan on Sundays at Mile End on Bond Street starting this weekend. [Official site, Related]

Chipotle’s New Plans Include ‘Really Small’ Stores Without Seats

The burritos remain the same.

Despite raising prices across the board, Chipotle is selling a bazillion burritos right now, and the future looks even rosier. This must help CFO Jack Hartung feel somewhat unstoppable, which is probably why the company is looking to maximize the burrito distribution process with new spots that favor takeout. During a call with investors yesterday, he laid out plans, sort of, for "some really, really small scrappy restaurants" with limited seating.

It opens up a new realm of restaurant real estate. »

Upper East Side Development Plan Takes Out 4 Restaurants at Once

A real estate developer has spent $44.8 million for a parcel that now includes six buildings on Second Avenue between 80th and 81st streets, and plans to build an incoming high-rise mean that all the restaurants along the strip are being forced to close and relocate. Relative newcomer Agora Turkish moved out earlier, while Nancy Lee, owner of the 30-year-old Chinese spot Pig Heaven, still hasn't found a new space. A branch of Cascabel Taqueria and Johnny Foxes will also close; the worn-in Irish pub's final day is Sunday. [DNAinfo, Related]

Nearly Half of Crumbs Locations Won’t Be Reopening

While it's pretty unclear what Crumbs of the Future will actually sell — mail-order gluten-free cupcakes in jars? Dippin' Dots? — one sure thing is that, for at least 21 stores, the answer is nothing at all. The company's attorney says "most unprofitable" Crumbs locations have had their leases rejected. That leaves 27 locations when the chain comes out of bankruptcy at the disposal of the new owner, presumably CNBC's Marcus Lemonis, who admits "it's going to be a herculean effort." For better or worse, all 19 NYC stores emerged unscathed. New Jersey, meanwhile, mourns six. [NYP, Earlier, Earlier]


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