More Cocktails Coming to Chrystie Street; Food Deserts More Complicated Than We Thought

• Beginning next week, Leyla will be open for lunch Monday through Saturday. Look forward to dishes that are equal parts “seasonal” and “light.”

• We’ve compiled an extensive list of drinking options for Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby this weekend, but would we dare leave you without somewhere to eat? Of course not! Numero 28 will be introducing its pizza puebla, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, pancetta, avocado, fresh tomatoes, and olives. Innnteresting.

• David Chang is making good on his promise to Questlove: He’ll be serving the Roots drummer’s drumsticks for one night only, on May 20 at Momofuku Noodle Bar. They’ll be taking e-mail reservations beginning May 11 at 10 a.m., so plan ahead if you want a taste.

• Consider this a friendly reminder that the New Taste of the Upper West Side will be back for its fifth year May 16 and 18-19. The lineup is pretty awesome.

• Matt Levine of Sons of Essex has confirmed to Grub Street: Rumored plans for a new cocktail lounge on Chrystie Street, to be called Cocktail Bodega, are absolutely true. Add to this the recent opening of French import Experimental Cocktail Club down the street, and we’re ready to call this a mixology renaissance for Chrystie.

• Solving the considerable problem of food deserts will be no small task, particularly because there is still no consensus on exactly how to tackle it.

• Who says that jazz, cabaret, rock, and pop don’t complement one another? Certainly not 2nd Floor on Clinton, which will combine all four for a night of music with Les Bandits on May 15. Reserve your spot here.

The Grand Central Partnership will host Grand Gourmet - The Flavor of Midtown on May 10 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. Participants will include Li-Lac Chocolates, Murray’s Cheese Shop, and many, many more.

More Cocktails Coming to Chrystie Street; Food Deserts More Complicated Than We