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Everything you need to know about New York dining today, Thursday July 30.

[The main dining room at Lafayette. What if you just left work right now and had a meal here? And never went back? And what if nothing bad happened because of that decision?]
[The main dining room at Lafayette. What if you just left work right now and had a meal here? And never went back? And what if nothing bad happened because of that decision?]
Daniel Krieger

— Mission Cantina needs a Krispy Kreme-style neon sign outside the restaurant that indicates whether or not it's serving burritos. Last night they were on the menu in a major way. And who knows? Maybe tonight they will make another guest appearance:

— Chef Artist Thorton is expanding his Harlem soul food restaurant SpaHa to the Lower East Side. Spaha Soul (too) 2, as it's being called, will open this fall at 167 Rivington Street.

— Nightlife heavy hitter Richie Akiva is moving the offices of his Butter Group from 17th Street to 14th Street, right across the street from the Apple Store. That means that he and his crew will form a perfect symbiotic relationship with the Meatpacking District, and the party will never stop. In other MePa real estate news, Madewell is moving into the old Florent space at 69 Gansevoort.

[Sessanta. Photo: Daniel Krieger]

— John McDonald's Italian restaurant in the Sixty Soho, Sessanta, is now serving breakfast daily from 7 to 11 a.m. The menu includes fancy juices, a summer frittata, Nutella French toast, and a breakfast sandwich with prosciutto. Check out the full menu here.

— Avenue A fixture Ray's Candy Store is scaling back its hours a bit. Instead of staying open 24 hours a day, the snack shop will now operate from 2 p.m. till 2 a.m. daily. 82-year-old proprietor Ray Alvarez recently had heart valve replacement surgery, but by all accounts, he's doing great.

Juliana's in Dumbo was named America's #1 pizzeria by travel site Trip Advisor. Its bitter rival, Grimaldi's, didn't even make the list.

— It's hard to keep a good life/work balance in the restaurant industry, but Marc and Pamela Schein Murphy have cracked the code, maybe. Pamela tells the Times: "Part of the positive side of us working together is that it allows for flexibility...He takes the kids to school every day, unless he’s shooting ‘Chopped’ and has to leave at 6 in the morning. He may not be there in evening, but I take the evening shift."

— Pies' n' Thighs, arguably one of New York's finest fried chicken restaurants, is hosting a communal dinner in its "secret" garden space next Thursday, August 6, for $36 per person or $48 with booze.

—  Here's a menu observation from Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal:

McDonald's is testing all-day breakfast in some markets, although odds are that this won't help the beleaguered chain boost sales.

— And finally, here's two minutes of sushi zen courtesy of Ichimura at Brushtroke:

Sessanta

60 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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