Neighborhood Watch

The Breslin Launches a Temporary Food Truck; New Leaf Hosts a Harvest Dinner

Ditmas Park: Ox Cart Tavern opens Friday on the corner of Newkirk and Argyle; the restaurant’s menu focuses on beer-friendly fare. [Ditmas Park Blog]

Fort Greene: The Greene Hill Food Co-Op will at last sign a lease for their storefront at 18–24 Putnam Street. [Local/NYT]

Gowanus: The Bell House hosts a Salsa Slam on Sunday, September 12, in which twenty salsas will be judged by a variety of food bloggers and a mariachi band will provide entertainment. To enter your salsa for competition — the winners get cash prizes — e-mail organizer Lee. [Brokelyn]

Inwood: Noemi Juice Bar was denied a liquor license by Community Board 12. [DNA Info]

The New Leaf Restaurant & Bar hosts a five-course harvest dinner on Tuesday, September 14. Proceeds from the $125 dinner — which features purveyor-inspired dishes like Hudson Valley Golden Corn Soup with Crème Fraiche and Hickory House Smoked Salmon, and Hudson Valley Magret Duck Steak with Tokyo Turnips and Green Gage Plums and Orange Confiture — go to benefit the New York Restoration Project. Call 212-568-5323 for reservations. [Grub Street]

Midtown West: April Bloomfield and the staff of the Breslin will operate a food truck on 29th Street and Broadway on Friday, September 10, as part of Fashion’s Night Out. [Grub Street]

Park Slope: La Taqueria has been temporarily closed by the Health Department. [Brownstoner]

Upper East Side: David Burke at Bloomingdale’s celebrates Fashion’s Night Out on September 10 with a VIP lounge from 9 p.m. on, featuring sweet-tea-vodka cocktails and complimentary hors d’ oeuvres, like lobster summer rolls and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. [Grub Street]

Upper West Side: Late-night cookie-delivery service Insomnia Cookies is opening a storefront on Amsterdam and 78th, and Grand Sichuan will launch an outpost in the former Shark Bar space at 307 Amsterdam Avenue. [My Upper West]

The Breslin Launches a Temporary Food Truck; New Leaf Hosts a Harvest Dinner