UES China Fun closes after 25 years. The fun is over.
This shop opened only one month ago and serves incredibly fluffy, giant beignets similar to the authentic beignets in New Orleans. These are not oily at all, with an appropriately heavy amount of powdered sugar: just unforgettable.
While they come only three to an order, they are pretty large beignets.
120 MacDougal Street, NYC
A few days ago, there was a tragic 7-alarm fire in NYC’s East Village. I learned last night that one of the four buildings that burned to the ground was the home of Pommes Frites! The Pommes Frites web site said none of its workers or patrons were injured. That is certainly good news. But, very sadly, at least for now, Pommes Frites – the New York City french fry institution – is closed. It will be sorely missed; we hope for its return someday soon.
149 1st Ave b/t 10th St & St Marks Pl in East Village
Hard to believe it – but Crumbs is gone! They apparently went out of business due to owing large debts and have had to close all of their cupcake shops. This is definitely a bad day for cupcake-lovers. I will particularly miss their giant cupcake, which was great for birthday celebrations.
I kept hoping it wasn’t true, but it now looks like Rickshaw Dumpling Bar is gone for good. I especially loved their chocolate dessert dumplings. And I was also a big fan of Rickshaw’s unique edamame dumplings, their tasty Thai chicken and spicy kimchee dumplings. Not only have the stores closed, the trucks seem to be permanently gone too. If anyone from Rickshaw is reading this, please let me know if you still are willing to cater private events….you can’t just shut us off completely!
In the last few weeks, Carl’s Steaks closed its doors on Third Avenue (around 34th Street). It’s a sad day for cheesesteak lovers in NYC, but hopefully Carl’s Steaks will still be available at Yankee Stadium.
Dylan Prime appears to be closed. I don’t know what the story is. I’m not sure if the closure is temporary (I hope) or permanent. This is a great place, and I’m pulling for it!
Sadly, Beacon, the Pines Picks winner for muffins, is now closed so I’m on a hunt for a replacement. Let me know if you have any suggestions.
There is a new Sarabeth’s Kitchen where the old Primehouse used to be. It is a really big space, so it is easier to get a table there during crowded times.
They also have a new item on the menu: a popover omelet, served in a popover that is flaky on the outside and has a lot of dough inside. The omelet is light, and the cheese in the popover adds a nice flavor. The omelet also contains cream cheese, which creates more flavor and adds thick, extra flavorful spots inside the omelet. I love Sarabeth’s jelly, and if you add a little bit of jelly to the popover dish it creates a delicious, sweet and savory taste.