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Bo Bech's Gonzo Pop-Up, Future Plans for Coffee Shop Building, and More News

A Los Angeles seafood chain plans 50 locations in the NYC area, plus more restaurant news and gossip.

The dining room at Faro in Bushwick.  A fine place to go for dinner this evening. Wood-fire, roasted meats, pasta, etc.]
The dining room at Faro in Bushwick. A fine place to go for dinner this evening. Wood-fire, roasted meats, pasta, etc.]
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Bo Bech, the chef/owner of Copenhagen's acclaimed Geist restaurant, is planning to do a series of pop-up meals with no fixed location or menu starting next month. The meals could be served to 20 or two people, in an apartment, on a boat, or even in the kitchen of Eleven Madison Park. The chef tells the Times: "I like hurricanes...I don’t like the damage they do. But I like the rawness of not knowing what’s going to happen, or for how long." Bech is calling this project The Bride of the Fox. If it's a hit, he might lay down some roots in NYC and open a permanent restaurant at some point. The meals will kick off on November 16. Interested parties can make reservation requests on the pop-up's website.

The owner of the Union Square building that houses Coffee Shop might knock it down. Crain's reports that developer Eric Gural is contemplating replacing the 50,000 square foot building with a 70,000 square foot property that could be used for a mix of retail, residential, and office space. No word yet on when the changes might take place or how Coffee Shop would be affected by the move — but presumably, the restaurant would have to close or relocate.

LA-based chef/restaurateur Andrew Gruel wants to open 50 locations of his casual sustainable seafood restaurant Slapfish in the tri-state area over the next several years. He's doing a pop-up prix fixe dinner tonight at Loosie's Kitchen in Williamsburg. Tickets are $70. Gruel currently has seven locations of Slapfish around Los Angeles.

This week, Bloomberg critic Tejal Rao gives four stars to David Chang and Sean Gray's new iteration of Momofuku Ko: "A blushing eye of aged lamb in the center of a large plate, with no other components, is essentially the meat course. Depending on where you sit, you might have watched a cook trimming its fat, rolling it in nori powder, turning it over the charcoal grill. It looks like nothing much, draped with chilies, but it is exceptionally delicious. The fat is creamy and melting like a ripe cheese."

A restaurateur by the name of Deniz Kosan wants to bring a Breaking Bad-themed coffee shop to Greenpoint soon. Kosan already operates one location of the themed cafe, dubbed Walter's Coffee Roaster, in Istanbul. He's launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $55,000 for the build-out of the project. The coffee will be roasted in small batches daily, and it will be served in little beakers by employees in hazmat suits. No word yet on just where, exactly, it will open in the neighborhood. But according to the cafe's Facebook page, the owners were eyeing the old Lulu's space in the Pencil Factory building on the corner of Franklin Street and Greenpoint Ave.

The Nomad's cookbook, which hits stores today, features the recipe for the restaurant's popular chicken for two. The package also has a mini book of cocktail recipes by Leo Robitschek.

In other cookbook news, The Laws of Cooking from Do or Dine's Justin Warner comes out today. The book promises to offer "eleven laws of flavor theory that result in over 100 spectacularly imagined dishes."

John Hamm and Paul Rudd bro'd down at Foley's pub in Midtown last week.

Makoto Suzuki is expanding his Brooklyn Japanese restaurant empire this week with the opening of Samurai Papa on Lafayette Avenue in Bushwick. This spinoff of Samurai Mama will offer ramen, udon, fried chicken, and pork buns. Suzuki plans to institute a "no-tipping policy," similar to what's offered at Dirt Candy and Bruno Pizza right now.

— If a Taxi and Limousine Commission proposal passes later this week, Taxi TVs could be totally phased out. Which means you will never have to see that awful Del Frisco's commercial ever again.

— And finally, here's how to make meatballs like Hearth's Marco Canora:

The Coffee Shop

29 Union Square West, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 243-7969 Visit Website

Momofuku Ko

8 Extra Place, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 203-8095 Visit Website

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