Cornbread farm for the soul
Cornbread Holdings, which includes casual, soul-food restaurants in Maplewood, NJ, Newark and soon in Jersey City and Montclair, NJ, has added Brooklyn to its portfolio. Fried or baked chicken, turkey wings, mac and cheese, collard greens, fried egg, catfish, peach cobbler and cornbread are featured on the menu. The chain was founded in 2017 by Adenah Bayoh, who is from Liberia, and Elsade Smith, who is a native of Georgia. He receives support from New Voices Fund, a growth capital fund managed by Richelieu Dennis, owner of Essence Ventures. Cornbread Holdings is also making efforts to hire people who were previously incarcerated.
409 Eastern Parkway (Bedford Avenue), Crown Heights, Brooklyn, 718-493-0010, cornbreadsoul.com.
Mariia and Ricky Dolinsky, owners of Tzarevna on the Lower East Side, put this new, modern-style cocktail in the garden area behind their restaurant. Mr. Dolinsky blends creative cocktails alongside interpretations of classics like flying, boulevards, and the Moscow mule. Dishes from bar bites such as charcuterie and cheese are served. (Wednesday)
154 Orchard Street (Stanton Street), 917-388-2814, paperplanes.nyc.
Shu Long Can
This hot pot chain in Chengdu, China, in Sichuan Province, has more than 1,000 restaurants worldwide and four in the United States. Now, it has landed at the Tangram Complex in Flushing, Queens. Most of the food is divided into portions for group dining, and includes hot pots served with items such as pork balls and beef tripe, and other foods such as ribs, fish, and fresh aorta with bamboo. The decor is traditional with ornate curtains, red lanterns and a dragon gate.
133-33 39th Avenue, Flushing, Queens, 347-2236-9798, xiaolongkan.com/en.html.
Hanoi sweet shop
This summer pop, out of Hanoi House’s Soup Shop, offers four Che Sundaes inspired by Hanoi’s popular layered desserts, baroque gatherings of smooth mango and vanilla served garnished variously with pineapple, coconut, ginger, fish pie and pandan pie. and lychee. There is an option to create your own. After about four months, you’ll be back at the takeout service for the soup. (Friday)
115 St. Marks Place, 646-449-0002, hanoihousenyc.com.