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Bill's Faces Eviction, a Tour of Danny Meyer's Apartment, and More Intel

Pure Food & Wine's employees are no longer trying to revive the restaurant, plus more news.

[Fung Tu in Chinatown, a fine choice for dinner this evening.]
[Fung Tu in Chinatown, a fine choice for dinner this evening.]
Daniel Krieger

Bill's Food & Drink is on the brink of eviction. Landlord Noel Tynan claims that John DeLucie and Sean Largotta owe three months rent — approximately $107,000 — plus $17,000 for a water bill. Tynan says he can't get DeLucie on the phone and he plans to "start eviction proceedings." DeLucie closed Crown on the Upper East Side last year, and he backed out of the King Cole Bar. Now he's just got The Lion, but later this fall the chef is expected to open a new Midtown project without his old partners called Bedford & Co.

Pure Food & Wine's employees are no longer trying to revive the restaurant as a union-run establishment. A bartender tells Gothamist: "I think everyone has finally gone their separate ways." Pure's owner Sarma Melngailis is still on the lam, and her employees haven't received their back wages from earlier this year. The restaurant's workers filed a class action lawsuit in August.

A former Bouley employee is suing the restaurant on sexual harassment charges. Former staffer Genevieve Germain alleges that chef de cuisine Daniel Chavez made her feel "highly uncomfortable and sexually objectified" while working there. Germain claims that the chef would grope her breasts and rub up against her during service. She quit in June and now Germain is seeking monetary damages for the emotional stress she experienced at the restaurant. A lawyer for Bouley's group tells the Post: "David Bouley, LLC is a sophisticated employer, with zero tolerance against inappropriate behavior."

The proprietors of The Wayland, Robert Ceraso and Jason Mendenhall, are opening a new bar in the old Babel space at 129-131 called The Drift. Ceraso tells EV Grieve: "We envisioned The Drift as a laid-back bar that takes some slight inspiration from small seaside bars that we’ve been in over the years." The bar will offer tacos and a few salads in addition to drinks.

Danny Meyer loves the den in his comfy apartment on Gramercy Park, most of all: "It’s where everyone cuddles up, sometimes reading, sometimes it’s me taking a nap...It’s our all-purpose room. In your bedroom, there’s probably a drawer that has all your old favorite sweaters and favorite shirts, the things you feel most comfortable in. It’s like that." Do take a minute to tour Danny's sweet apartment.

New York critic Adam Platt is a fan of the breakfast menus at Dimes, El Rey, Baz Bagel, Okonomi, Santina, Pies 'n' Thighs, and The Clocktower.

— Pastry chef Meredith Kurtzman stepped down from her position at Otto at the end of September. She'd been making excellent gelato for the restaurant for 12 years. No word yet on where she's headed next.

A Pizza Rat-inspired installation appeared on First Avenue near St. Mark's Place over the weekend.

— Starting today, you can make reservations at four of Andrew Carmellini's restaurants— Little Park, The Dutch, Lafeyette, and Bar Primi — using Resy.

— The owners of popular burger joint Harlem Shake are planning a new location at the corner of Second Avenue and 111th Street. No word yet on an opening date.

The season premiere of SNL featured a sketch set in Katz's Delicatessen — it's four ladies riffing on the orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally.

— And finally, here's how Peter Luger selects its beef:

Bill's Food & Drink

57 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022 (212) 518-2727 Visit Website