Seen & Heard: Smorgasburg Will Open in Lower Manhattan

••• I’m sure the staff at Café Altro Paradiso slips the flyer for chef Ignacio Mattos’s new cookbook, Estela, in along with every check, but because I had ordered the endive salad, our server mentioned that the flyer included the recipe for the salad, which meant I actually looked at the thing. I know Estela is the restaurant Mattos is famous for, but I’ve much preferred Altro Paradiso (which has really grown into itself) and Flora Bar in the Met Breuer, which the Frick had better not frick up if it takes over the building. And I put the book on my birthday/Christmas wish list. (Separate days; I’m not Jesus.)

courtesy Café Altro Paradiso••• The Downtown Alliance’s weekly (?) newsletter says that Smorgasburg is coming to Lower Manhattan, but we’ll have to wait for more details. It wouldn’t be at the lot where Gitano is now; instead, given the Downtown Alliance’s jurisdiction, it’d be below Chambers. UPDATE: “According to the WTC Facebook page it will be somewhere at the Trade Center from 11/08 to 11/10,” says Anthony. “I assume on Oculus Plaza.” Bummer, I figured it would be for more than a couple of days. UPDATE 10/31: The Port Authority sent out a press release about the “three-day food festival and community block party on the Oculus Plaza. On November 8, a community block party will be held to kick off the three-day event and run from noon to 7 p.m.  The Thursday event will include music, a beer garden and multiple family-friendly children’s activities. On Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, Smorgasburg will operate a curated version of its world-class food market with about 20 vendors at the World Trade Center campus from noon to 7 p.m. each day. The following Smorgasburg vendors have confirmed their participation:  Bona Bona Ice Cream; Burger Supreme; Ca’pisci; Chef Katsu; Chickpea & Olive; The Choripan; D’Abruzzo; Dan & John’s Wings; Dough; Home Frite; Jianbing; Mutz; Rai Rai Ken; Ramen Burger; Red Hook Lobster Pound; Ring Ding Bar; Sons of Thunder; Wood Fired Edibles and Yakitori Tatsu.” Love that Ring Ding Bar is participating—that’s the spinoff of Duane Park Patisserie.

••• What a cheap little fence 111 Murray has installed around its elevated plaza.

••• The details on Pen Parentis’s November salon: “Author Helen Benedict, Carla Du Press and Herta Feely at Andaz Wall Street on Tuesday November 13 from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The authors will all read on the theme of betrayal. Q&A will follow centering around work-life balance. All authors presented at Pen Parentis are also parents—the series aims to shatter the negative stereotype of writer-parent by presenting the creative diversity of high quality work by writers who also happen to have kids. Tickets can be reserved at”

••• Opening November 1 at Art Projects International: “Here to There: Textile Drawings, a solo exhibition of eight large textile works by Portuguese artist Filipe Rocha da Silva [….] This exhibition is the artist’s first major solo exhibition in the United States and includes two of his most recent textile works making their public debut. Trained as a painter, Filipe Rocha da Silva has long been fascinated with patterns and draws thousands of tiny figures in rendered expanses. In his earlier paintings and drawings, the figures are simultaneously human and calligraphic markings standing in for the human. From a distance, the forms in the works solidify into modernist shapes—a stylized mound, a grid of colors—or figurative landscapes.” Below: “Room in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.”


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  1. According to the WTC Facebook page it will be somewhere at the Trade Center from 11/08 to 11/10. I assume on Oculus Plaza.