— Two-month-old veggie burger restaurant By Chloe is expanding to 60 West 22nd St. next spring. Just like the original, the new Flatiron District restaurant will serve vegetable burgers, juices, salads, and vegan ice cream. By Chloe is part of the ESquared mega-group, which also operates BLT Steak, The Wayfarer, and Casa Nonna.
— Steve Cuozzo is a big fan of Mix, the bar/restaurant in Pier A Harbor House: "A gigantic warm pretzel ($12) with beer and honey mustard is enough to serve four. Pulled pork on a brioche bun oozes maple-mustard barbecue sauce ($14). A $70 'Long Hall platter' offered a Maine lobster, eight East Coast oysters, eight clams and eight shrimp — all excellent except for (no surprise) the shrimp, which tasted of nothing, not even iodine." Cuozzo digs the restaurant more for the vibe than for the food, but he still gives it two stars out of four.
— The owners of the Cinnamon Snail Truck are expanding to a permanent restaurant space in Midtown. The team has not announced the specific location, and no word yet on what the menu will look like.
— The city will hold a hearing early next month to discuss a new proposal that would require large hotels, stadiums, and giant food manufacturers to separate their organic food waste from the rest of the trash for composting. Small restaurants would be exempt from these regulations. Andrew Rigie, executive director of the NYC Hospitality Alliance, will attend the hearing to warn policy makers about the potential difficulties of extending this mandate to smaller businesses.
— The team from Maman got initial approval from the CB1 this week for a liquor license in the old Maslow 6 space at 211 W. Broadway. If everything goes according to plan, the new cafe will open this fall.
— The new restaurant at 425 Park Avenue from the Eleven Madison Park team is still two or three years away, but chef Daniel Humm recently told the Daily Meal that he wants to "show that farm-to-table can be a true white tablecloth experience."
— Ligaya Mishan digs the crispy fried snacks at Lower East Side newcomer Sam's Spring Roll: "[H]ere is a spring roll in its lustrous armor, hiding the soft heart of an Indian samosa. Inside are mashed potatoes infiltrated by green curry paste, then riddled with peas and diced carrots that still retain crunch. Wrapped tight, the roll is equal amounts shatter and yield."
— Restaurant delivery service Caviar is now working with the Umami Burger chain, which currently has outposts in Brookfield Place, Greenwich Village, and Williamsburg. The delivery menu includes the Mindy Burger, which was co-created by actress Mindy Kaling. One dollar from each Mindy burger goes to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
— And finally, here's how to make salted chocolate chip cookie sandwiches like the team from Ovenly: