— Terrific Middle Eastern restaurant Mimi's Hummus is expanding into the former Wicked Wolfe space at 245 East 14th Street. A tipster sends in this picture of the space:
The owners of the Flatbush restaurant just opened their first Manhattan spinoff inside UrbanSpace Vanderbilt market. The new Union Square location should make its debut in a few weeks with a menu that will include salads, sandwiches, and hummus, plus entrees like brisket and mejadara.
— Famous people love dining at The Polo Bar. Tuesday night's roll call: Ralph Lauren, Donald Trump, George Lucas, Oprah Winfrey, Sean Penn, Michael J. Fox, Tory Burch, and Michael Caine.
— Joshua David Stein is not totally sold on Unlimited Possibilities, the new dessert tasting menu experience at Dominique Ansel Kitchen: "What unfolds in the second floor of his new bakery on Seventh Avenue is part performance art, part carnival and only partly successful." The critic gives the meal two stars out of five.
— Israel's Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled dinner at Serafina Always on Tuesday night after learning that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would be dining there at the same time.
— It looks like the new outpost of Maison Kayser at 326 Bleecker Street is almost ready to go:
— Magnolia Bakery and Kate Spade are teaming up for a line of purses. A cupcake-shaped tote will set you back $198.
— A new photography exhibit about Ray's Candy Store called "At Ray's: Connection is Why We're Here," is on view from now through Monday at 103 Allen St. The photographer behind the exhibit, Whitney Browne, worked on-and-off at the East Village snack shop for several years.
The reasoning behind eating this kind of fast food is seductive: You are not merely choosing to eat an eight-dollar chicken sandwich or a six-dollar hamburger because you have the good taste to fully appreciate why it is a better culinary experience than a three-dollar chicken sandwich or a one-dollar hamburger (and they really are, if you can afford them!), but you are making a moral and ethical choice that is superior to someone who eats a Southern Style Buttermilk Crispy Chicken Sandwich from McDonald’s or a Whopper from Burger King, products of the vast animal protein industrial complex.
— The owners of The Cock are still vying for the former Lit Lounge space at 93 Second Avenue. The CB3's SLA licensing committee voted to deny the team's application, but now the owners are going straight to the SLA.
— ConEd put a public notice on Hell's Kitchen ultra-club Space Ibiza because of an outstanding electricity bill. The club owed $10,000, but a rep tells Page Six: "It’s possible it slipped through the cracks. We did get a large bill that the accountant took care of today."
— Bloomberg's Tejal Rao is a big fan of the hot pastrami at Harry & Ida's in the East Village. The critic reports that the shop will start serving a hot ham sandwich this fall.
— Members of the NYC restaurant industry are hosting an event at Lucky Strike in Midtown next Tuesday, October 6 in honor of John Paul Frosina, a beverage professional who recently lost a battle with cancer. Proceeds from the event will benefit Spirits Up, and organization that supports cancer and autism research. Tickets are available online.
— And finally, here's how to frost a cake like the team from Baked: