Some neighborhood food news to start off your week:
- The New York Times looks at Brooklyn Taco in the Essex Street Market as a vibrant example of microlending in action.
- Little Muenster, 100 Stanton Street, has launched a happy hour: Tuesdays-Fridays from 4-7 p.m. They’re offering 2-for-1 beers (Miller High Life and Corona) as well as $4 glasses of wine (in-box).
- Those the fluffy white oblongs for sale at the market on Grand Street at Chrystie are “dragon-beard candy,” a rare treat made of spun sugar, peanuts and coconut. LauHound gives the local version a thumbs-up.
Coming soon to Rivington Street: Pok Pok Wing.
- Pok Pok Wing, an offshoot of a Portland, Ore., Thai favorite, is scheduled to open “early next week” in the old Baohaus space at 137 Rivington St., featuring “Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings,” papaya salad and Som drinking vinegars. (Read more about proprietor and chef Andy Ricker in this NYT feature from November.) (GrubStreet, Facebook)
- Speaking of Pacific Northwest imports, Seattle-based Via Tribunali, a Neapolitan pizzeria, expects to open by the end of the month at 122 Ludlow St. (Website)
- A follow-up on the health department’s closure of Teany, a story we first brought you on Monday: new management has big plans for the vegan joint founded by musician Moby. (DNA Info)
- A look at the upscale makeover of grilled cheese, featuring LES newcomer Little Muenster. (NY Post)
- The folks behind Bowery Beef plan to open a raw bar on First Avenue. (Local EV)
- As part of the American Realness Festival, Pushcart Coffee on East Broadway will host a pop-up cafe at the Abrons Arts Center from Jan. 5-15, offering Sixpoint beer, Brooklyn Oenology wine and Stumptown Coffee. (TLD inbox)