Get it while you can…
* Soup-less ramen sounds like a confusing concept, but you can try it out for yourself for a limited time. E.A.K. Ramen (469 Sixth Ave.) in the West Village is offering Tsukémen — also known as dipping ramen — just for the month of September. For $16, you’ll be served two separate bowls. One is filled with chilled chunky noodles and topped with seasoned ajitama eggs, pork chashu, bamboo shoots and nori (seaweed). The other is the hot bonito fish-based broth. You’re meant to grab the cold ingredients with your chopsticks and give them a little dip in the broth before enjoying. Also, E.A.K. Ramen will offer ramen bowls for just $5 from Sept. 8 – 10, down from their typical price of $14 to $17. During those days, only beer and ramen will be available.
* Don’t have a backyard to barbecue in this Labor Day weekend? No worries. Handcraft Kitchen & Cocktails (367 Third Ave.) in Kips Bay has you covered. The gastropub is offering a free hot dog to all guests who order a beer on Friday and Monday. Handcraft will be open regular hours on Friday (4 p.m. – 4 a.m.) and Monday (4 p.m. – midnight). Don’t show up on Saturday or Sunday though — it’ll be closed for the holiday weekend.
The beignets (powdered fried pastries) at Café Booqoo.
(Matt Pace )
New to the scene…
* Café Booqoo’s classic Creole cuisine transports you to the French Quarter. Owner Matt Pace — a New Orleans-trained chef — believes his new Carroll Gardens eatery (478 Smith St., Brooklyn) is exactly what the city needs. “It’s the kind of flavor and ambiance you don’t find outside of the Big Easy,” says Pace, 33, of Williamsburg. Enjoy a NOLA-style breakfast with chicory coffee ($2 for a small) and beignets (three for $6, or a dozen for $20). The powdered fried pastries, made popular by New Orleans’ famous Café Du Monde, are served with a side of Creole vanilla-caramel sauce. The bananas foster pancakes with rum sauce ($7) are another breakfast option. For lunch, feast on “The Grandaddy” po’boy ($14) — a southern sandwich with bread shipped straight from the Bayou, BBQ shrimp (which is marinated in spices and Worcestershire sauce), onion jam, lettuce and pickled cabbage. Pace recommends pairing it with the crawfish mac and cheese ($6 for a cup, $12 for a bowl).
Japchae, a stir fry dish at Ejen Korean Comfort Food.
Ejen Korean Comfort Food, a new food stand at Industry City food hall in Sunset Park.
The Bibimbap , made with carrots, spinach, mushrooms, white rice, a fried egg, and spicy pepper sauce at Ejen Korean Comfort Food.
* Ejen Korean Comfort Food, a recent family-owned addition to Industry City, has expanded its menu and hours. The stand (254 36th St., Brooklyn) in this Sunset Park food hall marinates each ingredient separately before combining them in a cohesive dish. “My mother perfected each recipe to have dishes with the most flavor,” says owner Jenny Lee. “She had notebooks and notebooks of notes about how to get everything just right.” In the Bibimbap ($11) — which means “mixed rice” in Korean — carrots, spinach, mushrooms, white rice, a fried egg, and spicy pepper sauce come together in harmony. The most popular dish here is the japchae ($9 for a bowl) — a stir fry with glass sweet potato noodles, carrots, onions, cabbage, shiitake and wood ear mushrooms, and beef bulgogi (which translates to “fire meat”).
On the horizon…
* If you like diversity in your meals, hit up the 2nd Annual Taste of East Village festival on Saturday, Sept. 16th. From noon to 5 p.m., hot local eateries like Luke’s Lobster, Porsena, Veselka, Porchetta, Insomnia Cookies, Brick Lane Curry House, Jimmy’s No. 43, Le Petit Parisien, and others will be selling their goods on E. 7th St. between 2nd Ave. and Cooper Square. Tickets are $25 online and $30 the day of the event, and include four tastings from participating restaurants. Additional tastings will be available for purchase at the fest. Fees benefit the Cooper Square Committee’s affordable housing preservation work. Visit bit.ly/TEV2017 for tickets.
Source: Ny Daily News