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Gandhi Shutters, Trump Hates Food Carts, and More a.m. Intel

Everything you need to know about New York dining today, Monday, August 3.

[The bar at Buvette in the West Village. Good vibes all around.]
[The bar at Buvette in the West Village. Good vibes all around.]
Daniel Krieger

Curry Row staple Gandhi is now closed for good. A sign on the door redirects customers to Haveli around the corner. EV Grieve reports that the restaurant was pushed out by a rent hike. Although it never made any "best of" lists, Gandhi was in business for over 30 years on East Sixth Street.

Puffy buffoon Donald Trump is not a fan of food carts. The Daily News discovers that in a 1991 letter to local politician John Dearie, Mr. Moneybags asked: "Do we allow Fifth Ave., one of the world’s finest and most luxurious shopping districts, to be turned into an outdoor flea market, clogging and seriously downgrading the area?" Apparently, the billionaire doofus also complained about the vendors near the Trump Tower in a letter to Michael Bloomberg in 2004.

A new development is pushing out 45-year-old Essex Street pizzeria Vic's. A sandwich sign notes that the restaurant will close "in a couple of months." No word yet on whether the team plans to relocate. Bowery Boogie reports that another tenant in the building, Flowers Cafe, is looking for a new home.

— Now, anyone below 42nd Street can order food from Manhattan's Chinatown using a new service called So far 15 restaurants are working with the service, which uses messengers to delivery the food via bike or subway.

South Korea-based coffee chain Caffe Bene is expanding to two storefronts in the East Village. One cafe will be located on the corner of Avenue A and East 13th Street, and the other will inhabit the former Pinkberry space on St. Mark's between Second and Third avenues.

Adam Platt gives two stars to George Mendes's new casual Portuguese restaurant, Lupulo. Plattypants likes the fish dishes most of all: "During my visits, I dined on cool, crudolike slices of Atlantic salmon topped with little spoonfuls of salty American caviar; fat, silvery grilled Portuguese sardines with shreds of roasted bell pepper; and a smooth, milky helping of red snapper that the kitchen sinks in coconut milk and touches with jalapeño, Kaffir lime, and a scattering of benne seeds."

— Paper is up in the windows of Mezcla on Second Avenue near 19th Street. The name has been removed from the window, but a note on the door says that the restaurant is remodeling with plans to reopen in the fall:

— In case you're wondering what the vibe is like at Midtown Japanese restaurant/karaoke den/nightmare factory Sushi Roxx, Vincent Pastore — AKA Big Pussy from The Sopranoswas recently spotted belting out "On Broadway" in the dining room.

— HBO recreated the Max's Kansas City storefront for Martin Scorsese's new drama, Vinyl.

— Ariana Grande placed a gigantic order for cupcakes at Vegan Divas last week.

Popular Upper West Side bar/restaurant Jacob's Pickles was shut down by the DOH on Wednesday after an inspector tallied up 106 violation points. The team was able to resolve the issues and get the doors back open the following day.

— And finally, from the archives, here's an ode to essential Greenwich Village restaurant Joe's Pizza:


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