Neighborhood Watch

Peels Plans Its Ice-Cream Social; Aquavit’s Herring Festival Begins

Ditmas Park: Sycamore will host the first of its four-part beer and cheese tasting series next Monday, June 20, at 8 p.m. This first edition will focus on Italian craft beers paired with cheeses from Bklyn Larder. [Ditmas Park Blog]

East Village: Peels is hosting the daylong Peels Ice Cream Social this Friday from 1 to 10 p.m. They’ll offer up tastes of special flavors, from Milk Chocolate Caramel Twig to Blackberry Jasmine, as well as menu regulars like Malt and Spicy Coconut. [Grub Street]

The fickle NYC Icy has returned to the neighborhood, this time at 171 Avenue A, near 11th Street. [Gothamist]

Financial District/Battery Park: The Sigmund Pretzel Shop cart has popped up at Bowling Green, where it’ll stay put for the next five years. [Midtown Lunch]

Hell’s Kitchen: After 41 years of business, Sonny’s Grocery will have to leave its location at 500 West 52nd Street to make way for a housing development. [DNA Info]

Lower East Side: Tiny’s Giant Sandwich Shop, apparently done with its “spring cleaning,” is set to reopen on Thursday. [Bowery Boogie]

Midtown East: The first leg of Aquavit’s Herring Festival begins today, which means customers can get a herring smorgasbord for $28 during lunch and $38 during dinner. This will go on until June 17, and then again from June 20 to June 24. [Grub Street]

Soom Soom has put up signage where Kolette’s Kitchen once stood. [Midtown Lunch]

Park Slope: SweetWolf’s, a soon-to-be-opened spot at 492 Sixth Avenue, is letting civilians pitch dishes they’d like to see on the restaurant’s menu. Anyone whose dish gets chosen will receive special invites to attend SweetWolf’s soft-opening event, where they’ll “help tweak the recipe until it’s right.” [Here’s Park Slope]

Beer Table will be frying catfish, and serving it with coleslaw and hush puppies, on Father’s Day (this Sunday). Preorders are encouraged. [Grub Street]

Times Square: E&E; Grill House, a self-proclaimed “neighborhood grill house for everyone,” has put up signage at 233 West 49th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues. [Midtown Lunch]

Union Square: The Café Amore’s on 14th Street has been shuttered by the Department of Health after scoring 46 violation points. [EV Grieve]

Williamsburg: Le Comptoir will host a Backyard BBQ from 6 to 11 p.m. every Monday through Labor Day, starting today. For $20, customers will be treated to unlimited barbecue, from ribs to sausage to chicken, as well as summery salads and sides. [Grub Street]

Basik, a wine bar with food, plans to open within the next couple of months at 323 Graham Avenue. [Zagat Buzz]

A sushi restaurant named Steamboat has started construction at 324 Graham Avenue. [Zagat Buzz]

Peels Plans Its Ice-Cream Social; Aquavit’s Herring Festival Begins