PLANET THAI King Phojanakong, of the Lower East Side's Kuma Inn (113 Ludlow St., between Delancey and Rivington streets, 212-353-8866), has announced plans to open a second Kuma Inn, on Myrtle Avenue next to Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, this fall.
In the meantime, Mr. Phojanakong is concentrating on his latest eatery, Talay (701 W. 135th St. at Twelfth Avenue, 212-491-8300), which is serving Latin-influenced Southeast Asian food prepared by him and co-chef Soulayphet Schwader. The two chefs worked together previously at Kuma Inn. Mr. Schwader, who was born in Laos and raised in Kansas City, most recently worked at BLT Prime.
Menu items include boned crispy red snapper with sweet chile-mango glaze, and panko-breaded crispy shrimp over fried plantains with sriracha aioli.
BROWN-BAG PLAN Aureole (34 E. 61st St., between Madison and Fifth avenues, 212-319-1660) has stopped serving lunch in preparation for its move to One Bryant Park next spring. Chef-owner Charlie Palmer said the suspension is intended to allow executive chef Tony Aiazzi, wine director Justin Lorenz, and general manager Charles Pouchot to be involved in development of the new space.
SUNNY-SIDE MORNINGS Cabrito (50 Carmine St., between Bedford and Bleecker streets, 212-929-5050) is serving brunch on weekends now, including $48 pitchers of sangria, $12 huevos rancheros, and $13 tacos stuffed with braised tongue and tomatillo salsa.
TRIBECA GLACÉ The Odeon (145 West Broadway, between Thomas and Duane streets, 212-233-0507) has set up an ice cream cart for the summer. Vanilla, chocolate, and a rotating ice cream flavor, such as pistachio or dulce de leche, are available for $3 per scoop in house-made cones each day from noon until dusk.
STAR-STUDDED MENU The annual Rockefeller Center fund-raiser for Citymeals-on-Wheels is this Monday, starting at 7:30 p.m. Local participants include David Bouley, Daniel Boulud, David Burke, Charlie Palmer, Alfred Portale, Laurent Tourondel, and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Among the more than 30 national chefs participating in the event are Jöel Antunes of Jöel in Atlanta; Traci Des Jardins of Jardinière in San Francisco; Larry Forgione of An American Place in St. Louis; Huber Keller of Fleur de Lys in San Francisco; David Myers of Sona in Los Angeles; Nancy Silverton of La Brea and Mozza in Los Angeles, and Bob Waggoner of Charleston Grill in Charleston, S.C.
General admission is $600, and tickets can be bought by calling 212-687-1290 or e-mailing [email protected] Proceeds go to fund delivery of meals to the homebound elderly.
Mr. Thorn is food editor of Nation's --Restaurant News. He maintains nrnfoodwriter.blogspot.com.
Correction from June 13, 2008:
Unchanged is chef Lee Gross's status at Broadway East. The chef's status with the restaurant was misstated in the Kitchen Dish column on page 20 of the June 11 Sun.