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Everything you need to know about New York dining today, Tuesday July 21.

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[Barbuto, a wonderful place to go to lunch or dinner today, especially because its days are numbered.]
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— A 30-year-old woman named Faigy Mayer jumped to her death from Flatiron rooftop bar 230 Fifth Avenue yesterday evening at around 6:45 p.m. The bar is 20 stories above the street. The police have not released many details about the incident, but early reports indicate that this was not an accident. One witness tells the Post: "There was a big corporate party up there and she kind of ran through them [the partygoers] and jumped."

— La Taza De Oro — the Puerto Rican lunch counter that landed on Sietsema's list of "irreplaceable dining institutions" — has been closed since May because of an issue with the building. But now, Jeremiah Moss hears that the Chelsea greasy spoon will be making a comeback this November.  No word yet on what's going on inside the space.

— As expected, Hell's Kitchen's iconic Market Diner will be forced to close to make way for a new development. A manager tells DNAinfo that it will shutter for good "in the next six months to a year."

— The B & H team posted a message to Facebook yesterday afternoon outlining all the work that needs to be done before the East Village lunch counter can reopen:

Bowery Boogie notes that a "grand reopening" is in the works for the week after the relaunch. The restaurant has been closed since the Second Avenue explosion in March.

Parm now offers 12 types of ice cream cake including a version called the "Elvis," made with peanut butter, raspberries, bananas, and bacon. The Torrisi Boys and Girls are on a hot streak this summer. In addition to these significant additions to the ice cream cake menu, the team also launched a new location of Parm in Battery Park City and introduced one of New York's best new breakfasts over at Santina. By the end of the summer, the group will also debut Sadelle's, a Jewish bakery and appetizing store, in Soho.

Dave Chapelle hit up Sweet Chick on Sunday with eight friends. He ordered the steak and eggs.

Pizzeria Bruno is almost ready to start serving pizzas — and tasting menus! — on East 13th Street. This is the new project from restaurant designer Demian Rapucci and former Box Kite chefs Justin Slojkowski and Dave Gulino. The restaurant hosted a friends and family meal over the weekend, and Rapucci says it's going to open for good at some point this week.

Bill O'Reilly was spotted hanging out with "a horde of women" at Surf Lodge in Montauk over the weekend.

— Before news of his resignation was announced, Gawker's Tommy Craggs paid for a $400 lunch at Balthazar with a company credit card.

During an AMA on Reddit, a McDonald's manager recently acknowledged the existence of a "secret menu." Basically, the deal is that guests can order whatever customized items they want from the grill station, but the chain does not have official names for specific "secret" menu items.

Hell's Kitchen cafe is closing after service on July 31, because the landlord raised the rent and business dropped over the last few years. Owner Antone DeSantis tells DNAinfo: "Gotham Market and all these food courts are just hurting independent restaurants...It’s a mall mentality, it’s the total mall-ization of Manhattan. We lost customers to them."

S'Mac is offering its most basic version of mac and cheese for $1 today.

— And finally, here's a two-minute ode to Peppa's Jerk Chicken in Flatbush, Brooklyn:


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