Here's what you need to know about the dining world this evening:
— Super funny person Amy Schumer left a $500 tip on a $49 bill at Peter's Clam Bar on Long Island over the weekend. That's a 1000 percent tip.
— New York City's last outpost of The Sizzler quietly shut its doors earlier this month. The Lonesome George of Sizzlers was located in Forest Hills, far away from any Subway trains. Now the chain only has one location on the East Coast, and it's in Florida, of all places.
— A few of the restaurants that were knocked-out by the horrible Second Avenue building collapse in March are now slowly coming back to life. If everything goes according to plan, the new iteration of Pommes Frites will open at 128 MacDougal St. in late September or early October. Meanwhile, B & H Dairy owner Fawzy Abdelwahed says that his lunch counter should be back in business in a "couple of weeks to a month from now."
— This week, Adam Platt finds something that doesn't bore him to tears: Paris! It's like a more stately version Manhattan, with less funny business:
The grand old restaurants of Paris have for the most part aged better than the grand old restaurants of New York, and, for a number of reasons, the city's august chefs aren't under the same pressure to expand (i.e., open a burger bar) and innovate the way their contemporaries are on this side of the Atlantic.
He actually did find some restaurants that sold burgers, but they "weren’t on par with standard burgers in the States." So, at least this city has that going for it.
— Tonight, Michael Psilakis opens the beer hall/venue component to his new Williamsburg outpost of MP Taverna. The Hall at MP Brooklyn, as it's called, serves beer, wine, and cocktails, as well as bar snacks and large-format feasts. The space will also feature live music, comedy, and spoken word. It's an unusual project, to say the least, but Williamsburg is an unusual place these days, so who knows? Maybe it will be a huge hit.