— Hotel titan Ian Schrager is planning a massive new project in Dumbo which will have an "observatory-like" rooftop restaurant. The hotelier tells the Post that it could be "Brooklyn’s answer to the Rainbow Room." Schragosaurus has not yet announced who will be running the restaurant at the Dumbo Heights complex, which is slated to open in 2017.
— Superiority Burger's neighbors don't want people sitting on their planters while they eat veggie burgers and vegan nachos. To make sure that people keep off these little ledges, the NIMBYS have glued sharp rocks to the wood. They also spray-painted the words "no bikes" on the surface of the planters.
— East Village wing dispensary Unidentified Frying Chicken is officially dunzo:
Less than a year ago, the space was home to Scott Bryant's Apiary. It then hosted a restaurant called Apres for approximately one fortnight. The team from bro-tastic burrito chain Blockheads applied for a liquor license in the space earlier this spring.
— Enrique Olvera's crew makes 2,500 corn tortillas from scratch at Cosme every single day.
— According to a bunch of historians, Coney Island helped popularize al fresco dining.
— John's of 12th Street is the subject of a new short documentary. Jeremiah Moss notes: "They almost sold the place recently, and you just never know when your last meal will be your last." It's available for rental or purchase here.
JOHN'S OF 12TH STREET from Grand Motel on Vimeo.
— When Hall and Oates crave red meat in Atlantic City, they head to Old Homestead Steakhouse.
— Popular Greenpoint pizzeria Paulie Gee's is expanding to Columbus, Ohio. No word yet on an exact address or opening date.
— Carnitas whisperer Alex Stupak is now offering an early 10-course tasting menu at Empellon Cocina for $85. As you may recall, Stuperfly recently started serving a 20-course tasting menu in the dining room, as well. That menu now costs $165 — a $15 increase since it launched in May.
— And finally, here's a peek inside the new Jams space in Midtown. Soon these tables will be topped with rotisserie chickens: