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Midtown's Zombie McDonald's, Eli Kulp Recovers, and More A.M. Intel

Everything you need to know about New York restaurants today, Monday, July 20.

[Schiller's, a fine place for lunch on this muggy Monday in July]
[Schiller's, a fine place for lunch on this muggy Monday in July]
Daniel Krieger

Junkies and addicts in recovery have taken over the McDonald's on Eighth Avenue between 34th and 35th. This crowd inhabits the space at all hours of the day, but the restaurant isn't doing much to stop them. One regular tells the Times: "The tourists don’t know anything...I love when they walk in here and look around and everybody is nodding out on a table. Because they have no idea what’s going on." The restaurant is located around the corner from a methadone clinic, a needle exchange, and a two substance abuse programs. Do take a minute today to read Kim Barker's excellent profile of "the Zombie McDonald's."

Chef Eli Kulp is still recovering from injuries sustained during the horrible Amtrak crash in June. The chef has limited movement in his arms and he can't move his legs. A doctor explains: "With Eli’s type of injury, it’s quite possible and most likely that he’s not going to walk again and he’s going to have limited, if any, use of his hands." Kulp is still planning to open a Hudson Street location of his Philly hit High Street this fall, and his restaurants are still chugging along. The chef tells the Post: "My dream was to come from the West Coast, learn how to cook in New York and to eventually have a restaurant in New York...That dream has come true. Obviously it's coming to fruition in a different way than expected." Tonight, a bunch of restaurant teams — including the Momofuku Ssam Bar and Del Posto crews — will be cooking at an event to raise money for Kulp's recovery.

— After dining at Carbone and Upland with their dad, Sasha and Malia Obama got some time to just chill out in Noho on Sunday. The sisters took some friends to dinner at Ruby's Cafe on Mulberry Street. Sasha had a cheeseburger and Malia got a chicken and avocado salad. They left a 34 percent tip.

[Nick Solares]

— Coming soon to the former Fatburger space on Third Avenue: Tequillaville Cantina.

Williamsburg ramen parlor Yebisu is expanding to Park Slope. The new restaurant will open soon at 52 Seventh Avenue.

— One month after shutting down their Lower East Side factory, the owners of Streit's Matzo plan to open a new production facility in Orangetown, NY.

Good Night Sonny, a new bar/restaurant from the Wayland team in the old Simone space, is in soft opening mode. EV Grieve notices that it was serving a limited menu on Saturday night. Check out the cocktail list and oyster selection here.

Hunt & Fish Club owner Eytan Sugarman saved a customer's life last week by performing the Heimlich maneuver. Once the dust had settled, the restaurateur sent two bottles of Champagne over to the guest's table.

The Robs are impressed by the farm-to-table cooking at Bushwick newcomer Maite: "[N]othing about the place seems phony or calculated, and the menu, limited as it is to a dozen or so dishes, manages to surprise even jaded locavores by focusing on the daily produce and inventive ways to integrate it." The critics give the restaurant three stars out of five.

East Village dive Lucy's is taking its annual summer holiday. The bar will return on August 14.

Midtown Lunch is not blow away by the cheese sandwiches at Lexington Avenue newcomer Croque Monsieur. The verdict: "The ingredients are good and the flavor combinations are exciting, but the value for this glorified cheese sandwich is still a bit lacking."

— And finally, from the archives, here's everything you need to know about the soppressata at Faicco's:

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