The Citiblog

Around Town - Yuu Honored, Thai Fest Expands, Ubeland Returns, Public Pianos and more...
June 12, 2024, 7:19.30 pm ET


Photo: Dariia Neshama

Restaurant Yuu, ranked the #1 New Restaurant in America by the Robb Report, is transforming into Bistro Yuu while Executive Chef and Owner Yuu Shimano travels to Japan. The $95, 3-course menu features dishes like Hot Artichoke Soup, Roasted Duck Breast and Mille-feuille. The menu is available for dinner June 25th–June 29th from 6–9 pm.

Brooklyn Art Haus (24 Marcy Ave) and production company SMPL MCHN are presenting the NYC premiere of LONE WOLF through June 16th. The immersive theater piece is supported by an ensemble cast that explores the collective response to lone wolf incidents that have radically changed our cultural fabric. Tickets are $30 and a portion of the proceeds will support Brooklyn For Peace and Human Rights Campaign, among other foundations. For more information visit

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Warby Parker is opening its first-ever store on Staten Island. The new location at the Staten Island Mall opens June 15th. The eyeglass shop offers a full sun and optical selection (including its Trace Series) as well as in-store eye exams. On opening day, shoppers will receive a special limited edition tote bag with purchase and the first 50 visitors will receive a free surprise (no purchase required)!

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Thai Fest is expanding its summer Lineup with multiple dates throughout the summer. This year you can expect to find offerings like Crab Fried Rice from Fish Cheeks; KraPow from Mayree; Fried Meatballs from Sappe; Fried Chicken from Somtum Der; Pad Thai from Rua Thai; among others. The next Thai Fest will be held on Sunday 6/16 in Brooklyn on 7th Ave from 4th-6th Street. You can find the full schedule here

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Ubeland returns to Smorgasburg in Williamsburg on June 15 and Prospect Park on June 16 honoring the indigenous purple yam found in Filipino foods. This year’s participants include So Sarap NYC (Ube Filipino Street Food); The Boiis Co (Ube Mochi); Gobi's Goods (Ube Pastries); Kapamilya (Ube Halo Halo); Putlong (Ube Sandwiches); and Soft Swerve (Ube Ice Cream); among others. RSVPs are encouraged.

Photo: Wishbone Farms

Wisbone Farms, a family-run business, began providing chef -driven meals during the pandemic. Now it has relocated from Southampton to the Lower East Side (359 Grand St) with its farm-to-fridge offerings including dishes like Grilled Hanger Steak: marinated and grilled; super tender served with a bright and freshly made chimichurri; Citrus Grilled Salmon: fresh grilled salmon seasoned with lemon and spices serves with lemon-chive aioli; and Honey Roasted Rainbow Carrots: caramelized honey and thyme. The full menu can be found here

Sing for Hope THE PIANOS are popping up across the city through the end of the month. The global arts initiatives places pianos in public spaces for anyone and everyone to enjoy. All 15 pianos were created by NYC artists. The pianos will then be moved to permanent homes in schools and community-based organizations across city where they will inspire lives for years to come. Donations are accepted. For more information, visit

Looking Ahead…

Photo: Empire Outlets

On July 4th Empire Outlets on Staten Island will be hosting its Annual Block Party. Festivities kick off at 2pm with carnival games, face painting and more along with a Cannoli Eating Contest. The event concludes with celebratory fireworks at 9pm.

Until next time, We'll be seeing you Around Town!