— The operators of Gansevoort Market are planning a similar food court in the Empire Outlets development on Staten Island. Steve Cuozzo reports that the market will feature stalls from 25 vendors. Dubbed MRKTPL, the food hall will open in 2017 in a space near the Staten Island Ferry terminal in St. George.
— Marcus Samuelsson weighs in on whether or not he'd adopt a no-tipping system at his restaurants Red Rooster and Streetbird Rotisserie: "This is something we’ve had in Europe for a very long time, but we have a different tax system there. I want to take a wait-and-see approach. Now the front of the house makes a better living because tipping works for them, but I have to think about the kitchen staff, too."
— Danish hot shot Bo Bech cooked Virginia-inspired meals at his Bride of the Fox pop-ups at Cosme and Harry & Ida's last month. The chef got an apartment in NYC and he's scouting around for locations for a permanent restaurant.
— Amanda Freitag says that she didn't have anything to do with the closure of Empire Diner. The chef tells DNAinfo: "I haven’t spoken to my partners. I don’t know why they made [the decision to close] or why they discontinued rent payments." She stepped out of the kitchen back in July, but remained a partner. Freitag says she has been helping Empire staffers find new jobs at other restaurants.
— As a Christmas gift to the people of New York City, Superiority Burger will serve food during the day for the first time ever on December 25. Brooks Headley's wildly popular veggie burger restaurant will be open from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with "candy cane gelato" and "very limited price gouging and/or holiday music."
— The DOH temporarily closed Little Poland on Second Ave, after an inspector found 66 violation points. EV Grieve notes that the restaurant "always had excellent scores in the past."
— Danny Bowien is teaming up with Kellogg's for a brunch pop-up at Mission Chinese Food that kicks off today. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bowien will be serving $6 cereal dishes, and some of the proceeds will go to the Bowery Mission. The special menu will also be available on Saturday and Sunday:
— Sutton Place sports bar the Sin Bin was damaged in a fire in October. The owners are revamping the space and plan to reopen it next year as a new tavern called The Sutton Bar Room. Proprietor John Moloney tells DNAinfo: "The business has changed a lot in eight years, and it’s no longer ok to just have Heineken and Bud Light on draft."
— Greenwich Village hot spot Quality Eats is launching brunch this weekend with a menu that will include short rib hash, a smoked salmon tartine, a coconut quinoa bowl, and monkey bread. Bunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
— And finally, here's a look at how the Big Tray Chicken at Spicy Village is made: