Around Town – New Spicy Picnic Box, Harry Potter’s Butterbeer, Dippin’ Dots and more…

June 11, 2021, 7:25.26 pm ET  

% Arabica opens in DUMBO
Photo: % Arabica/Avdoo                                                                         

In restaurant news…

% Arabica, a Kyoto-based coffee shop, has landed in DUMBO in a very cool space.  Located in the Fulton Ferry Historic District, the shop is using coffee sourced from small farms, serving single-origin coffees and lighter roasts.

Carne Mare has arrived at Pier 17 at the Seaport. It’s Andrew Carmellini’s new chop house serving up prime cuts of beef, seafood and Italian specialties.

SONA is doing lunch.  Beginning Sunday, June 20 SONA will be offering a “flavor-packed” lunch. Look for dishes like an Egg & Cheese Dosa and a Spicy Chicken Sandwich with Masala fries.

Milu Sichuan Spiced Wings Picnic Basket
Photo: Oyster Sunday                                                                                   

Milu has launched a new Sichuan Spiced Wings Picnic Box, now available on Saturdays. The box, which costs $45 and serves two, included a bucket of 13 wings, scallion mayo dipping sauce, marinated cucumbers, tofu seaweed salad, 8 buttermilk biscuits and more. Available for pick-up, delivery and eat-in.

Smorgasburg is back in Prospect Park on Sundays starting June 13 with 35 vendors, full bar, ample seating and lots of space for the kids to run around, after filling their bellies of course.  11am-6pm at Breeze Hill.

Rough Trade at Rockefeller Center

Rough Trade, the vinyl record store in Williamsburg, is marking its arrival at Rockefeller Center with Record Store Day on Saturday, June 12.

 Picnic Performances at Bryant Park

Picnic Performances kicked off this week at Bryant Park and judging by the crowds it was an astounding success. You will need to show proof of vax or negative COVID test to get it.

 Butterbeer at Harry Potter Store
Photo: Harry Potter Store Butterbeer                                                                    

Fawkes the Phoenix has landed at the Harry Potter Store in Flatiron.  The crowds have died down a bit from opening day. Stop in for some Butterbeer at the Butterbeer Bar with nearly 1,000 bottles rising from the floor.

Dippin' Dots first NYC Store

Dippin’ Dots, a staple on boardwalks across the Jersey shore, has its first NYC location on 23rd St across from Madison Square Park serving up its ice cream beads in various color and flavor combinations for the summer.

New York City continues to show its PRIDE.  The windows at Saks Fifth Avenue are a rainbow of colors to mark the event.

Pride Window at Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC

Lady Moo Moo in Bed Stuy is offering a special Rainbow Pride scoop.

Pride Ice Cream at Lady Moo Moo, Brooklyn

Magnolia Bakery in Midtown is showing off its PRIDE Rainbow cake.

Pride Cake at Magnolia Bakery, NYC

Que Chevere is raising money for Autism Speaks at Market Line. They will be holding a raffle Saturday, June 12 from 11am to 8pm. The grand prize is 4 tickets to a VIP suite for the Mets vs Dodgers game in August.

Until next time, we'll see you Around Town!
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