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The Return of City Sub, Union Square Cafe's 30th Anniversary, and More Intel

Jay Z professes his love for Lucali, plus more restaurant news and gossip.

[The bar at Babbo. One of the best places in New York for lunch.  This is also a fine place to enjoy a solo dinner.]
[The bar at Babbo. One of the best places in New York for lunch. This is also a fine place to enjoy a solo dinner.]
Daniel Krieger

Popular Park Slope sandwich shop City Sub is back from the dead. The new restaurant, dubbed City Subs, made its debut yesterday at 82 Fifth Avenue with a menu that's identical to the one that was offered on Bergen Street. The new store's co-owner Thomas Moran worked at the old shop for over a decade. The original closed last year due to issues with the building. It had been in business for 28 years.

— Today is the 30th anniversary of Danny Meyer's first restaurant, Union Square Cafe.

As a celebratory surprise, chef Carmen Quagliata is going to be handing out special bags at the Union Square greenmarket today at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. All of them will contain free drink vouchers that can be redeemed when Union Square Cafe moves around the corner next year, and six of these bags will contain "golden tickets" that are good for complimentary meals for two at the new location.

Is the restaurant industry facing a shortage of line cooks? Many big-name chefs are voicing their concerns over the lack of good young talent these days. Hooni Kim, the chef/owner of Danji and Hanjan, tells the Times: "I have given up expecting that every single one of my line cooks will be able to season correctly or understand heat." And Del Posto's 23-year-old sous chef Matthew Ruzga notes: "I see people my age and younger jumping around, thinking they can learn to cook fish in a month, pasta in a month, and then open their own restaurant....The tradition is that you work at least a year for each chef."

— Josh Stein gives two stars (out of five) to Andrew Tarlow's Diner this week. The critic thinks that the restaurant is not keeping up with the times: "[N]othing remains of Williamsburg circa 1999 but facades and nostalgia. Everything’s gone condo. Everybody got rich. Diner is no longer the cool kid on the block, slouching and sneering like Paul Rudd in Wet Hot American Summer. It’s got good genes, a lot of talent and great bone structure. But it’s time for the restaurant to grow up and make nice."

— Jay Z and Beyonce love Lucali in Carroll Gardens. But Jay does not approve of his wife's favorite pizza order: extra sauce and jalapeños. Mr. Carter tells Jimmy Kimmel:  "She's from Houston first of all, and they don't have pizza there. That explains everything."

— A Middle Eastern restaurant called Momen King Shawarma is coming to the Allen Street space that formerly housed Los Perros Locos.

— Teany, the Rivington Street tea shop that Moby opened back in 2002, just got seized by the taxman. The orange "seized" sticker is slapped on the window and the phone line is no longer connected. Moby parted ways with the operation about five years ago.

— Roxanne Spruance's new restaurant in the old Back Forty space, Kinsgley, is inching closer to opening. Spruance previously worked at Blue Hill and Alison Eighteen. If everything goes according to plan, this new French-American restaurant will open by the end of the year.

— Next Tuesday, October 27, Brass Monkey in the Meatpacking District while host an all-you-can eat beefsteak dinner. The $55 meal will include ribeye steaks, beef heart skewers, braised beef shins, and roasted marrow bones, plus plenty of sauces and sides to along with all that meat.  The beef is coming from Hudson & Charles butcher shop, as well as a company in Iowa called Thunder Ridge.

— Gothamist takes a close look at Parm UWS's new garlic bread-pork belly sandwich, The Randy Levine.

— And finally, here's how the Peter Luger teams selects the meat that's served at the famed steakhouse:

Union Square Cafe

101 East 19th Street, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 243-4020 Visit Website

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