A Saucy Sandwich Shop, an Empire State Building Pop-Up, and More Links
Plus, a new Major Food Group restaurant has opened in Miami
Former chef of Beauty and Essex and Mira Sushi and Izakaya in Chelsea, chef Brian Tsao is opening Mission Sandwich Social May 3 in Williamsburg (326 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn), featuring super-stuffed and saucy subs. Kickoff hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 7 p.m. Check out the menu, below.
PDT (Please Don’t Tell) is popping up in the Empire State Building this month through May 30. The first-wave speakeasy that debuted in 2007 — hidden behind the phone booth of Crif Dogs in the East Village — will take over a space on the 86th floor of the observatory with sweeping views. Partner/bartender Jeff Bell is behind the project, where you may find him whipping up signature cocktails and serving the New York-style and Everything Dog from Crif Dogs. Hours are 7 - 10 p.m. on weekdays; Saturdays and Sundays from 5 - 10 p.m.
Through Sunday, May 8, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his small-batch tequila, Teremana, are bringing back "Guac on The Rock,” an initiative to encourage people around the country to continue to support their local restaurants. Restaurants that carry Teremana and serve guacamole are eligible to participate. Here’s how it works:
Customers upload an itemized receipt on guacontherock.com or by scanning the QR code in the restaurant.
Reimbursement will be up to $10 per person for a single guacamole order and will be capped nationwide at $1 million dollars of guacamole purchased.
Once approved, funds will be transferred to customers’ Venmo accounts.
Muslim Southerners have been meeting at Waffle Houses this past month for pre-dawn Ramadan meal, Hanna Raskin reports in The Food Section. She interviews the New Jersey journalist, originally from Memphis, who chronicled her visits. “As I wait for eggs (sunny side up for me) and pancakes that I plan to drench in maple syrup,” writes Hira Qureshi, “I marvel at the dichotomy of the scene in front of me: the Muslim ummah (community) eating suhoor, the pre-dawn meal that begins the fast, there among a couple of lone diners scarfing down a very early breakfast and a group of late-night partygoers nursing a hangover with waffles and coffee.”
Major Food Group’s Dirty French Steakhouse is now open in South Florida. Our own Laine Doss reports, “The LES restaurant specializes in French fare, with the Miami menu also offering cuts of meat. According to MFG partner Jeff Zalaznick, the result is "if Dirty French and the Grill had a baby."
”The result is a hybrid menu of French fare like Dover sole meunière prepared tableside, duck à l’orange, and a variety of delicate soufflés alongside prime dry-aged steaks that range from a New York strip to a 40-ounce porterhouse. The restaurant also will offer off-menu cuts of beef nightly.”