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The boys from popular pizza purveyors Artichoke Basille's Pizza have a new project, titled Led Zeppole, just two doors down. Expect eponymous fried dough balls covered in powered sugar here, as well as ice cream and anything else they can fit in the Fry-O-Lator. Led Zeppole, 328 E 14th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-228-2807.
Colicchio and Sons, chef Tom Colicchio's reworking of Craftsteak with Chef Shane McBride, is now open. Look for Craft-y fare like roasted sweetbreads with honey onions and venison with turnips and quince on chef McBride's seasonal menu. Colicchio and Sons, 85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-400-6699.
Lebanese pizzas? You better believe it at Balade, opening in the East Village. Serving pies made of pita bread with all the classic American toppings, this is an NYC-only style fusion joint. Traditional Lebanese specialties will also be on the menu. Balade, 208 First Ave., New York, NY 10009, 212-529-6868.
Torrisi Italian Specialties is an authentic sandwich spot opened by two chefs, Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, with Café Boulud on their resumes. Look for domestically sourced ingredients used to create classic Italian heros, including chicken parmesan. Torrisi Italian Specialities, 250 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10012, 212-965-0955.

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News Bytes
Daniel and Alain--To-Go!
Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse have teamed up to run a mobile Food Truck on February 8, as part of the South Beach Food Festival here in New York. Destinations are yet unnamed, but it's sure to be a popular vehicle. Adour Alain Ducasse, 1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, 212-595-0303.
Not So Bitter
Look out, cocktail fans: there's a shortage of Angostura bitters, thanks to a shut down at the factory in Trinidad where the potent potable is brewed. Production has resumed, but supplies will be limited (like at the cocktail bar at The Smith in the East Village) in the coming months. The Smith, 55 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212420-9800.
Up in the Old Hotels
It's hotel restaurants aplenty in New York! Scott Conant's restaurant in the Cooper Square Hotel will open by the end of February, replacing Table 8. On the West Side, Donut Plant will open their second location, this time in the Chelsea Hotel, also in the coming month. And, nearby, Jeffrey Chodorow will open a 20,000-square-foot Basque restaurant in the Eventi Hotel when it opens in the summer, to be named Food Parc.
Easy as ABC
Jean-Georges Vongerichten will take over the space that used to be Lucy of Gramercy in ABC Carpet in the Flatiron District. Look for globally sourced JGV classics at the as-yet-unamed restaurant. Jean Georges, ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-475-5829.
Up on the Roof
News came down after filings with the Department of Buildings that Shake Shack's upcoming Nolita location plans to include a 30-seat rooftop terrace. The one-story structure is in a former parking lot in Soho and is slated to open this spring. Shake Shack, Madison Square Park, New York, NY 10010, 212-889-6600.

Chef Shuffle
Anella in Greenpoint has a new chef, Joseph Ogrodnek, with a new menu to boot. Expect seasonal fare, including potato-crusted Chatham cod and pork and bean cassoulet. Anella, 222 Franklin St., Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-389-8100.
Katy Sparks is out as chef of Bussaco in Park Slope, due to creative differences with the management. Bussaco, 833 Union St., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-857-8828.
Fabio Trabocchi is out as chef at The Four Seasons Restaurant, after a short three-month stint. No permanent replacement has been named; Trabocchi has been quoted as mulling a return to the Washingon, D.C. area. The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-754-9494.


After 22 years in the neighborhood, Telephone Bar and Grill closed on January 31. Telephone Bar and Grill, 149 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-529-5000.
Aamchi Pao, the Indian snack food destination, has closed. Aamchi Pao, 194 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
No big surprise here: after Govind Armstrong fled to Los Angeles in December, his Cooper Square resturant, Table 8, has shut down. Scott Conant of Scarpetta fame will be taking over the space in the coming months. Table 8, The Cooper Square Hotel, 25 Cooper Sq., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Upper East Side stalwart Gino’s has closed. Gino's, 780 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021, no phone.
The Kitchen Club has closed after twenty years in Soho. The Kitchen Club, 30 Prince St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.

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