Heading into the weekend, here are a few food and drink updates:
- Fools Gold, the new craft beer and whiskey bar from the folks behind Alewife, The Jeffrey and Idle Hands Bar, opened last night at 145 E. Houston St. The website is still under construction, but there are lots of details on the Facebook page. Of note: 34 taps dispensing top-notch and hard-to-find brew selections.
- The Times’ “Hungry City” column takes a close-up look at Hester Street Fair vendor Khao Man Gai and its namesake dish.
- In case you missed it: There are three more days to check out Design Taco, the pop-up creative-thinking, idea-planning lab that serves Mexican food. It’s free and runs through Sunday night at 37 E. First St.
- From The Lo-Down inbox: Contra will host two chef collaborations for special dinners this summer. On June 10 and 11, Kristian Baumann of Restaurant 1th in Copenhagen takes over the kitchen. July 9-10 features Jonathan Tam of Relae, also in Copenhagen. Both dinners are $70 per person; reservations via email (email@example.com) or phone (212-466-4633).