Before we dive into the 'Wire, a nod to Midtown Lunch, who turns one year old today.
WILLIAMSBURG—We've got bad news for fans of Southern food eatery Union Picnic. From a reader, "Was walking my dog this morning and saw three of those now familiar DOH signs posted in the window of Union Picnic in Williamsburg. Also, the Brick Oven Gallery on Havemeyer is STILL closed after about a month now. It's really sad, especially since they went through a major renovation and started to get really popular, offering a $40 meal that included two pizzas and a bottle of wine per couple. Their pizza pales in comparison to Fornino though and Bacci and Abracci is my new fave." [EaterWire Inbox]
FLATIRON—No food and drink establishments, not even coffeehouses, are being overlooked by the DOH. A tipster writes, "I actually had to search for a good cup of coffee this morning. Both Café Angelique (Bleecker & Grove) and J'adore (23rd & 5th) have been shuttered by the DOH. It's a sad day for good coffee--I'd much rather see Starbucks close their doors by the DOH--that'd be a good day!" [EaterWire Inbox]
EAST VILLAGE—Contrary to rumors, beloved, inexpensive Italian restaurant Max isn't going anywhere. Well, at least according to a reader, "I asked at Max, and they are just moving their offices, I think closer to the Tribeca location --- Max EV is not closing." [EaterWire Inbox]
SOHO—Looks like Delicatessen, the restaurant from the owners of Cafeteria opening in the Buffa's Café space, has secured a chef. Via the TONY blog, "Doron Wong (Park Avenue Café) will pilot the kitchen at Delicatessen, the Lafayette Street comfort-food spot set to open in the former Buffa’s Café space. Wong was slated to head up the kitchen at the famously abandoned Park Chinois restaurant in the Gramercy Park Hotel. The GPH space will open as Wakiya, a Chinese eatery, in mid-July." [TONY Blog]