— Mamoun's is moving into the St. Marks Place space that previously housed Japadog and Red & Gold Boil. The storefront is just a few doors down from the current Mamoun's location at 22 St. Marks Place. According to an EV Grieve reader who spoke with the team, the restaurant will move into the new location this coming spring. No word yet on what will happen to the current Mamoun's space on St. Marks once the new restaurant is open.
— Long Island City restaurant/wedding venue Water's Edge is closed once again. After an FBI investigation earlier this year, the restaurant's owner, Harendra Singh, was slapped with bribery, fraud, and obstruction charges — 13 violations, total. Singh was indicted for allegedly underreporting around $17 million in wages and sales to the IRS. The staff walked out in October, and as a result, the restaurant briefly closed. It reopened in November, and now it's closed for construction with a sign indicating that it's "under new owners and new management."
— Rivington Street wrap shop Wolfnights is expanding into the space next door.
— Kossar's Bialys just shed its plywood, and it now has a shiny new sign. The old-timer is undergoing a $500,000 renovation. When it reopens in a few weeks, Kossar's will have a new grill and a sandwich counter.
— As expected, Soho lounge Sway closed with a party on Sunday night. The bar had been in business since the mid 90s. It hosted a popular Morrissey party on Sunday nights.
— Adam Platt's best restaurants of 2015 list includes Babu Ji, Oiji, Untitled, Noreetuh, and Gabriel Kreuther. The critic has some special praise for Wildair: "Pound for pound (and dollar for dollar), this might be the most satisfying new restaurant in town."
—Steve Cuozzo offers his list of "trends that need to die in 2016." Number seven: "More dolled-up, truffled-chicken rip-offs of the incomparable NoMad original."
— As a response to the Mast Brothers scandal, Pete Wells lists eight bean-to-bar chocolates from other confectioners that are worth trying.
— Danny Bowien is selling Mission Cantina's corn milling machine for a cool $500.
— Warren Street gastropub Tara of Tribeca is now closed. It opened just a few months ago.
— And finally, here's a look at how Peking duck is made: