I wished that the menu were closer in spirit to the restaurant’s logo, a mash-up of the Chinese character shou, which stands for longevity, and the eyelashed crescent moon from the Lotería (a Mexican form of bingo). Perhaps in time Mr. Jang will dare more.
For now, the excitement lies in unexpected details, like the house-made hot sauce, which starts off Chinese, with a strong hit of vinegar, and finishes Mexican, with a swaggering heat. It’s too bitter to eat alone. But add it wherever it’s needed, and suddenly everything flares into life.
More about Lucky Luna here.
The Sandwich Shop is now open in Williamsburg, with an eclectic menu of sandwiches including The Tokyo Breakfast – Japanese style egg custard, cheddar cheese, smoked ham, roasted tomato and arugula with dijonaise vinaigrette on warm brioche bread. Yum:
The Sandwich Shop is owned by cookbook author Chef Clarisa Penzini and husband artist Ricardo Picon. They offer inventive, high quality sandwiches inspired by different cultures as well as new takes on the classics. Sandwiches like “The Tokyo Breakfast” (baked egg custard, cheddar, ham, arugula on brioche), “The Korean” (Kimchi, Cheddar, Sriracha Mayo on Ciabatta) and the classic “Cubano” (roasted pulled leg of pork, ham and Emmenthal) have become neighborhood favorites.
More information about The Sandwich Shop here.
Northern Territory had a soft opening too:
Last week the owners of Berry Park opened up Northern Territory (12 Franklin St) a great new bar and restaurant with a huge rooftop over-looking the East River. They are still adding the finishing touches upstairs but assure us the rooftop will be open at the beginning of April, just in time for the appearance of some warmer weather…
Following in the footsteps of other large bars with outdoor seating such as Spritzenhaus and Berry Park, Northern Territory is likely to get rammed in the warmer months, especially with its unobstructed view of the world’s favorite skyline. Fortunately, the fact that it backs onto the excellent (and equally huge) new brew-pub Dirck the Norseman means that there’ll be more than enough space for everyone to get a prime piece of bar-stool real estate on Franklin Street when it comes to toasting the beginning of summer.
And we’re especially excited about Little Neck, which will debut in Greenpoint this month!