Nutella Bar returns, this time for good
Eataly’s pop-up shop devoted to all things Nutella returns today at 5 p.m. Blessed by the European chocolate-hazelnut empire, Nutella Bar was originally a fill-in during a five-month timeout for the Italian food hall's wine store. But you can't argue with demand, and to show some love for the devoted hordes that clamored for its return, they'll be giving out free mini cones of warm Nutella for the first 300 fans in line. On the regular menu are more than 30 items, plus coffee.
All het up about breakfast
They say there’s no such thing as bad press, and Chelsea's new breakfast sandwich-only spot BEC is certainly testing that theory. New York Times food critic Pete Wells panned the concept without even setting foot inside 148 Eighth Ave., but this city has supported less crazy ventures than freshly made breakfast sandwiches at 2 a.m. The Classic doesn’t exactly shake things up, with smoked bacon and sharp cheddar on brioche (though at $8.50 it does stand out in one way), but the Farmhouse version, with crispy pancetta, ricotta, fig jam, honey and spinach ($10.50) might actually get us to leave the apartment early.
Babka in Bryant Park
Breads Bakery, aka the reason we will never give up gluten, has opened its new kiosk in Bryant Park at 42nd Street by Sixth Avenue. The outpost will serve some of the bakery’s sweets like chocolate babka and rugelach, as well as picnic staples like fresh baguettes, sandwiches and salads; if you’re running low on fuel, there's a coffee bar, too. The kiosk is open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. every day. But that’s not the only new place you’ll finds Breads Bakery — they’ll be expanding to the Upper West Side this fall.
Healthy lunch spot sweetgreen has rolled out its early summer menu. The locally sourced, in-season fast-casual restaurant is now serving a Mexican corn "elote" bowl, a roasted veggie salad with chicken, gazpacho and more.
Tiki drinks have returned to the menu at Underdog, the Financial District basement cocktail lounge, for the warm weather season.
The end of Memorial Day means half-day Fridays aren’t far behind, and gastro-social pubs Proper West and Manhattan Proper are ready with their Summer Fridays Happy Hour Series. From 2-7 p.m., both venues will be offering $5 select drafts, $6 wines and $7 well drinks.