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New Limelight Restaurant, Cooklyn Expansion, and More A.M. Intel

Everything you need to know about New York dining today, Wednesday, August 12.

[The dining room at Toro in Chelsea. Not a bad place for a Wednesday night meal.]
[The dining room at Toro in Chelsea. Not a bad place for a Wednesday night meal.]
Daniel Krieger

Former Philippe partner Stratis Morfogen is opening a new Chinese restaurant in the Sixth Avenue space that formerly held legendary club The Limelight. Robert Collins, a longtime GM at Lure Fishbar, is a partner in this new project — which they're calling the Jue Lan Club — and investors include football stars Karlos Dansby and Marcell Dareus. The 275 seat restaurant is slated to open in November. Morfogen opened and closed Cucina Ciano on the Upper East Side last year.

Vanity Fair's monster profile of dating apps features a cameo by Sake Bar Satsko owner Amy Watanabe, who says that she's seen men "come in with more than one Tinder date in one night." In that same piece, an investment banker explains why he uses multiple dating apps: "If you had a reservation somewhere and then a table at Per Se opened up, you’d want to go there."

— Mission Chinese Food is now open on Mondays and Mission Cantina is serving all sorts of burritos for lunch, once again.

— Eight-month-old Prospect Heights restaurant Cooklyn is expanding to Palm Beach, Florida, of all places. If everything goes according to plan, chef/owner Anthony Theocaropolous will open the new restaurant in November.

The one-story space at 99 Seventh Avenue that currently houses The Garage is up for lease. The restaurant will stay open through December. A listing agent tells DNAinfo: "We have had interest across the board from both restaurant and non-restaurant tenants."

A few Webster Hall veterans want to open a cocktail parlor with Asian street food at 69 Mulberry called Mul-Bay Cocktail Lounge. Fearing that this will actually be a club in disguise and not a bar/restaurant, the neighbors have already started a petition against the team.

The nominees for the 2015 Vendy Awards were announced yesterday. The trucks/carts that are up for the big "Vendy Cup" award this year are Biryani House, Hard Times Sundaes, Guandong Cheong Fun, Snowday Food Truck, and Souvlaki Lady. Check out the full list of nominees here.

— Primo from Big Night lands at #1 on Eater.com's list of the 13 best movie chefs.

— And finally, here are dumpling making tips from dim sum master Joe Ng:

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