UPPER EAST SIDE—The National Labor Relations Board, the federal board that oversees unions, is going to put the smack down on Dean Poll, the owner of the Central Park Boathouse, the Times reports. The employees at the Central Park restaurant have been on strike for over two weeks now, and the board plans on issuing a legal complaint accusing the Boathouse of illegally threatening and firing workers. The board is also going to "seek an unusual judicial order to require the Boathouse to enter contract negotiations with the union, even though no election has been held to determine whether the restaurant’s 140 workers want to unionize." [NYT]
SOHO—Some sad news from the tipline: "My friend and I were all ready with our bottle of wine to go to Ivo + Lulu in the South Village and we got there and there is a HUGE sign on the door that says SEIZED! Booo, so few good BYOB places in the city and another one goes..." Not great news, but sometimes restaurants overcome seizure notices. Sometimes. [EaterWire]
TRIBECA—David Bouley's new restaurant Brushstroke is introducing a vegetarian menu. The seven-course $75 a head menu includes items like onion Kanten gelée, a vegetable-filled tomato, and chilled corn potage.
MEMES— Above are just three examples of a newish meme called "Hipster Barista" working its way on Quickmeme. The hipster barista is many things: vegan, tattooed, an iPad 2 owner, a Groupon hater, and a fan of scarves. The person photographed is actually a real barista from Atlanta who has, of course, placed at the Southeast Regional Barista Competition. [Eater National]
WILLIAMSBURG—Zagat has a look at the menu at Isa, Taavo Somer's new Williamsburg restaurant. It includes pigs tails, cured duck breast, hangar steak, and mackerel and sardines. [Zagat]