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Noma's Secret Pop-Up, Lure Fishbar's Brunch Revamp, and More Intel

Bobby Flay is unloading his $8 million apartment, plus more restaurant news and gossip.

[The dining room at Lupa. It's calling your name.  When was the last time you dove head-first into a bowl of pasta at this place? ]
[The dining room at Lupa. It's calling your name. When was the last time you dove head-first into a bowl of pasta at this place? ]
Daniel Krieger

The team from Copenhagen's acclaimed Noma cooked a private meal for a bunch of high rollers on Wall Street earlier this week. Rene Redezpi was not in attendance, but two of the stars from his kitchen, Lars Williams and Thomas Frebel, oversaw the meal.  The menu included roasted langoustine with oyster paste, a "black garlic flower," and a final course of "things in chocolate." Hong Kong-based artist Simon Birch organized the dinner as a kick-off/fundraiser, of sorts, for an installation that his non-profit, 14th Factory, will host in the space for six weeks starting in April. Guest paid a suggested donation of $5,000 per person.

Bobby Flay is selling his duplex in the Chelsea Mercantile building for a cool $7.95 million. Bolo Bobby kept the apartment after his split with wife Stephanie March earlier this year. Flay's pad has tin ceilings, exposed beams, a gigantic kitchen, and a billiards room with a bar.

— Soho favorite Lure Fishbar just revamped its brunch menu. The options now include a lobster frittata, scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, and an omelette station where guests can pick their fillings. Lure also offers a DIY bloody Mary bar with add-ins like bacon, lobster claws, oyster shooters, and shrimp.

Ligaya Mishan finds a lot of satisfying dishes on the menu at Safari, a new Somali restaurant in Harlem: "The meats themselves don’t need further enhancement: a fine rubble of beef fragrant with rosemary and heavily underscored by mitmita, a spice blend in which African bird’s-eye chiles outmuscle cardamom and cloves; flank steak cut thin, fried hard and wholly possessed by ginger and garlic; goat roasted for six hours, arriving in a heap, still armed with bones, along with a refusal to capitulate immediately under the teeth."

Want to buy Intelligentsia? The coffee company is looking for a private equity buyer with $100 million to spare.

— Bleecker Street Italian restaurant Bianca has closed. Dave Cook, author of the blog Eating in Translation, posts a photo of the farewell signage on Facebook.  The owners note: "Thank you for 12 years of loyalty and friendship. Due to matters beyond our control, we regretfully have to close our doors."

The new location of Luke's Lobster at 1123 Broadway near 25th Street is slated to open next Monday.

A "gourmet seared rice" restaurant called Zing'sAwesome Rice is coming to the former Via Tribunali space at 122 Ludlow Street. The owners are seeking a beer and wine license, and they hope to open by the end of the month.

Michael Bloomberg and Henry Kissinger had dinner earlier this week at Babbo.

The Los Angeles outpost of Christian Pappanicholas and Cory Lane’s The Cannibal is almost ready to go. The space has a large wood-fired grill and seating for about 120.

The team from Philly cheesesteak chain Shorty's is planning a new outpost of the bar/sandwich restaurant in the old Bodhi Tree space at 58 Third Avenue. The plans show a dining room with seating for 34 people plus a small bar.

— And finally, here's how to break down a duck like Anita Lo:

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