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The new Washington Market Tavern has an old tavern feel on the ground floor and a more elegant dining area upstairs. The menu includes dishes such as lamb tartare and a 28-day dry-aged New York strip steak. Washington Market Tavern, 41 Murray St., New York, NY 10007, 646-964-4860.
Charlie Palmer has debuted Crimson & Rye, a casual restaurant off of the lobby of the Lipstick Building in Midtown East. The casual, hearty fare is paired with cocktails dominated by rye whiskey. Crimson & Rye, Lipstick Building, 198 E. 54th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-687-6692.
Unidentified Flying Chickens, also known as UFC, has opened in the old Apiary space in the East Village. The restaurant made a name for itself with its original location in Jackson Heights, Queens. On the menu is all manner of Korean-inspired fowl, including whole chickens, wings, and even bulgogi. Unidentified Flying Chickens, 60 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Awadh, a new Indian restaurant on the Upper West Side, focuses on food from the northern part of the country. Gaurav Anand, the top toque at Moti Mahal Delux and Bhatti Indian Grill, is doing duties in the kitchen here as well. Awadh, 2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, 646-861-3604.
Obica Mozzarella Bar has opened in the Flatiron District Obicà Mozzarella Bar, the cheese-centric eatery that started in Rome and has an outpost in Midtown Manhattan, opened another location. The new spot, Obicà Mozzarella Bar Flatiron, which will be Obicà's flagship, is on Broadway and 21st Street. It serves the usual variations on the theme of mozzarella, but there’s a lot more than cheese being rolled out. Pizza is refreshingly thin, made in the Roman fashion and bucking the Neapolitan hegemony that is so pervasive throughout the Big Apple. Heartier dishes include a winning take on pesto with short and slender trofie pasta and a pistachio-encrusted pork chop. ObicĂ  Mozzarella Bar, 928 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, 212-777-2754.
Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone and Jeff Zalaznick, the team behind Torrisi Italian Specialties, ZZ's Clam Bar, Parm and Carbone, have opened their Gallic restaurant, Dirty French, in The Ludlow Hotel. The menu is classic French with some modern and updated stylings. Thomas Waugh, who created the drinks at ZZ's Clam Bar, is the man at the bar. Dirty French, The Ludlow Hotel, 180 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-3000.

News Bytes
"The Hundred-Foot Journey" Film Opens August 8
From Lasse Hallström, director of "Chocolat," "The Hundred-Foot Journey" opens in theaters on August 8, 2014. Helen Mirren stars alongside Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charlotte Le Bon in this lighthearted tale of love and food set in the South of France. Read the full film review on GAYOT's blog
Aldea, Part Dois
George Mendes, chef-owner of Portuguese-inflected restaurant Aldea, has announced he's opening a rustic Portuguese tavern-like place a few blocks away from that establishment. There's no word yet on the opening date or the name (or even the exact location), but the news has certainly whet the appetites of fans of Portuguese cuisine. Aldea, 31 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-675-7223.
The Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival Returns with Culinary Superstars Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival Returns with Culinary Superstars
This year, three culinary superstars will host the 6th annual Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, which runs from July 25 to 27. Martha Stewart will join chef Robert Irvine of Restaurant: Impossible and chef Marcus Samuelsson at the popular seaside celebration, which features a wide array of food and wine from local and international chefs, as well as spectacular events such as the Grand Market, an outdoor grand tasting event right in the heart of Bally’s Brighton Park. Read more on GAYOT's Blog
Mission Chinese Food Manhattan Pop-Up Goes to Mile End
Since chef Danny Bowien's popular Lower East Side eatery Mission Chinese Food had to shut down, he's been doing pop-ups at Brooklyn-based Frankies 457 Spuntino (457 Court St., 718-403-0033). Now comes word that Bowien and company are coming back to Manhattan. Mission Chinese Food will pop-up in the Mile End space on Bond Street. Dates of the pop-up are still in the works. Stay tuned.
DBGB Kitchen & Bar is offering a special dish at a special price from now until Labor Day DBGB B-Day
It's the fifth anniversary of Daniel Boulud's downtown meat mecca DBGB Kitchen & Bar. To celebrate this birthday, the restaurant is offering a special dish at a special price from now until Labor Day: the $10 AC/DC-inspired Back in Black Birthday Banger, a pork and mushroom sausage on a poppy seed bun. For an extra $10, diners can get a beer flight to accompany the sausage. DBGB Kitchen & Bar, 299 Bowery St., New York, NY 10003, 212-933-5300.
NYC Restaurant Week Returns
Yes, it's that time of year again, the time when great values can be found at more than 200 New York restaurants. Welcome to NYC Restaurant Week. From July 21-August 15, dine on a $38 three-course dinner or $25 three-course lunch at participating restaurants. Saturdays are excluded from the special. For more information, visit
Dopo Brunch
Dopo East now serves an Italian brunch from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Options include a variety of salumi and cheeses as well as carbonara and lasagna. Brunchers can wash it all down with blood orange mimosas. Dopo East, 345 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10065, 646-484-6548.
Cooking Under the Big Top
Le Cirque is now offering cooking lessons. For $200 per person per class, or $700 for four classes, would-be chefs can learn from Le Cirque's pro toques. The classes run from July 12 to September 27 and happen only on Saturdays. Le Cirque, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
M. Wells Steakhouse with a View
M. Wells Steakhouse, the meat-centric eatery in Long Island City, has opened a new terrace. But this is no typical terrace: it has a bar and kitchen, complete with a wood-burning oven that chef Hugue Dufour built himself. M. Wells Steakhouse, 4315 Crescent St., Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-786-9060.
Kittichai Space to Go Italian
Downtown restaurateur John McDonald (Lure Fishbar, El Toro Blanco) will open an Italian restaurant in the space that is currently Kittichai, the Thai eatery in the SIXTY SoHo hotel (60 Thompson St.). An opening date has not yet been announced. Kittichai, SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-2000.

Chef Shuffle
Marc Aumont, who has been the pastry chef at The Modern since it opened a decade ago, is leaving the restaurant. His replacement has not yet been announced. The Modern, The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, 9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-333-1220.
Le Bernardin has a new pastry chef. Thomas Raquel, who previously worked at Chicago restaurants Acadia and L20, is taking over pastry at the New York restaurant. Le Bernardin, The AXA Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-554-1515.
Chef Ryan Tate, who was the chef at recently closed Le Restaurant in TriBeCa, is now the toque at two-month-old West Village restaurant Blenheim. Blenheim, 283 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-243-7073.
Kierin Baldwin, the former pastry chef at Andrew Carmellini's The Dutch, has left that restaurant to work at chef Carmellini's Locanda Verde. Locanda Verde, The Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-925-3797.


Chat 'n Chew, the casual comfort food spot near Union Square, has fried its last corn dog. The restaurant had been open for 20 years. Chat 'n Chew, 10 E. 16th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Corvo Bianco, the Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side, has shut down. The owner plans to reopen a restaurant in the space with an entirely new concept. Corvo Bianco, 446 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, no phone.
Now closed is Trattoria Toscana, the six-year-old Italian eatery in the West Village. Trattoria Toscana, 64 Carmine St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Cody's Bar & Grill, the salt-of-the-earth TriBeCa mainstay, has closed. Cody's Bar & Grill, 282 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
West Village German bakery and restaurant Landbrot has turned off its ovens for good. Landbrot, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Jinya, the well-regarded Japanese ramen spot in the West Village, has mysteriously shuttered. Jinya Ramen Bar, 24 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Apt-13, the cocktail-centric restaurant in the Alphabet City portion of the East Village, has shut down. Apt-13, 115 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
The 1970s are over. And so is Golden Cadillac, the '70s-themed cocktail bar and restaurant in the East Village. It has now --- to reference a song from that era --- climbed the stairway to (cocktail bar) heaven. Golden Cadillac, 13 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Bereket, the Lower East Side Turkish spot that was popular for late-night, usually booze-inspired munchies, has closed. Bereket, 187 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Carroll Gardens Vietnamese restaurant Nightingale 9 has temporarily closed and will reopen in a nearby location. Chef Robert Newton has debuted a new Southern restaurant called Wilma Jean in Nightingale 9’s former home. Nightingale 9, 345 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, no phone.
Gabe Stulman closed Chez Sardine, his Japanese-esque restaurant on the corner of W. 4th and W. 10th Streets. It has reopened as Bar Sardine and has a new menu of bar food. Chez Sardine, 183 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10014, 646-360-3705.
After 15 years in business, the original Sushi Samba, located on Park Avenue, has closed for good. The spin-off restaurant, SUSHISAMBA 7 in the West Village, remains open. Sushi Samba, 245 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang has closed its original location on E. 12th St. The eatery plans to reopen across the street sometime this autumn. In the meantime, for those in need of a Cambodian sandwich fix, the Chelsea Market outpost is still operating. Num Pang, 21 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Due to a rent increase, the diminutive West Village eatery August has shut down. August, 359 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Dirt Candy, chef Amanda Cohen's popular East Village vegetarian restaurant, will serve its last dish on August 30. But fans can hold their breath. Cohen plans to open a redux of the place a few months later in a bigger location at 86 Allen St. on the Lower East Side. Dirt Candy, 430 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10009, 212-228-7732.

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