The upscale French-Canadian restaurant inside of MoMA PS1, M. Wells Dinette, may be going casual. The food blog Eater heard a rumor that the menu, which now includes items like tartare, bone marrow, escargot and foie gras, will be redesigned to focus on sandwiches and other affordable bites. Eater thinks this makes a lot of sense, given that Dinette is only open Thursdays through Monday from noon to 6 pm, but they haven’t got confirmation from the M. Wells folks yet. Meanwhile, there’s always the M. Wells Steakhouse to gorge on an elaborate meal by the popular chef Hugue Dufour.
The popular Queens County Market has scheduled its next pop-up event in Jackson Heights for Sunday, October 19th. The QCM is holding a Fall Festival at the Jackson Heights Greenmarket on 34th Avenue and 78th Street from 10 am to 3 pm. The current market vendors will be joined by samplings of prepared foods, live music, a pumpkin patch, Diwali Celebration photo booth and lots of kids activities. For all the details, just go here.
46-09 11th Street, a six-story luxury rental in LIC with 59 units, is 100 percent spoken for. The development, located between 46th Road and 46th Avenue, launched leasing this May, it hit the 50 percent mark one month later. Queens Courier writes that prices started at $1,823 a month for a studio, $2,515 for a one bedroom and $3,646 for a two bedroom. The developers also allocated 20 percent of the units as affordable. Building amenities include a courtyard, roof terrace, fitness center, private parking and bike storage.
The Deal: Brick Café, serving fresh Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, has been a mainstay of the Astoria community for 15 years but joined the Hells Kitchen Hospitality Group in July.
Despite the change in ownership, most of what has made this restaurant so enduring will stay the same. The staff, many of whom have been with the restaurant for at least five years, will still treat customers like family, and Chef Willie is still running the kitchen.
“We treat each other like family,” says Zoran, manager. “We know their names and families. People celebrate their special days here.”
Changes — such as a daily brunch and Wine Wednesday ($5 a glass and $25 bottles on select wines) — are designed to complement and not compete with the restaurant’s ethos.
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Admittedly, there is one upcoming event with the term “back-to-school” in its title. However, the impending week is chock full of summertime fun. Beach movies, outdoor music festivals, public art projects, walking tours, and even a honey celebration are planned. Here’s the rundown, broken down into outdoor, music, arts and education events.
The Spot:Bunker, 46-63 Metropolitan Avenue, Ridgewood.
The Deal: Sometimes, as they say, the best-laid plans just go awry. The original plan for the rather industrial location on Metropolitan was for a fish distribution company called Fish & Ship. Then Hurricane Sandy flooded the space. Then a business partner, and the fish connection, had to back out. So what to do with this address that TK Adam refers to as “the curse and the blessing”?
Fortunately Jimmy Tu, the executive chef, and Jacky Tu, the sous chef, had been sitting on an idea: “Quality Vietnamese food,” says Adam. “The exotic yet accessible flavors of Vietnam, the street food that they loved, but elevated with quality ingredients. Bunker was born out of belief and out of survival instinct.”
But where new ideas and delicious food goes, attention soon follows. Bunker first drew the attention of locals, and then the food blogs and then The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Food Network and others.
“Through hard work, perseverance, sacrifice, and just plain luck, Bunker has been a destination spot for the better part of a year now,” Adam says. “We have a loyal, ever-expanding customer base willing to trek from all over to a middle-of-nowhere restaurant with nothing to entertain them within miles as they tough out torturous wait times. And for that, we are so grateful and so thankful.”
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This Friday, Hong Kong’s prolific movie director Patrick Lung Kong will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from another Asian director, Tsui Hark, at the Museum of the Moving Image. A true pioneer of Cantonese cinema, Kong wrote 14 films that he directed between 1966 and 1979 and starred in 60 films between 1958 and 2002. The museum will then screen The Story of a Discharged Prisoner (below), followed by a conversation with Kong and Hark, a native of Vietnam who remade this film. The event will kick off Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Kong, a nine-film series featuring rare titles imported from Hong Kong from August 15th through August 24th.