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Di Fara Spinoff, Burke Partners With ESquared, Wylie's Consulting Gig, and More Intel

White Street has a new chef and menu, plus more New York dining news.

[The dining room at L'Apicio. A fine place for dinner this evening.]
[The dining room at L'Apicio. A fine place for dinner this evening.]
Daniel Krieger

Dom DeMarco's legendary Midwood pizzeria Di Fara is opening a spinoff next week called Di Fara Dolce Fatts. The new shop, which is located down the block from Di Fara, will serve Italian pastries including fresh cannoli. Flo Fab reports that "the cafe will also provide a waiting area for the pizzeria." The opening of the new cafe coincides with the 50th anniversary of Di Fara this month. The DeMarco family also opened another spinoff in the neighborhood, MD kitchen, a few years ago.

David Burke just became a partner of ESquared Hospitality, the mega-group that runs the BLT restaurants, Casa Nonna, and The Wayfarer. The Times reports that "his mandate is to develop new projects and work on existing properties." As you may recall, Burke decided to "take a backseat" in the operations of the David Burke Group last year.

— Year-old Tribeca restaurant White Street has a new chef, Jason Lawless, who just changed up the menu. Now the restaurant is serving a wide selection of raw seafood, plus entrees like gnudi with corn, skate wing with sunchokes, chicken roulade, short ribs with risotto, and a burger. The prices are a bit lower than the previous menu.

The former pastry chef at Delmonico's, Shionie Williams, has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the restaurant. The suit claims that male employees frequently "smacked or groped [her] butt, made sexual advances, or engaged in other verbal and physical harassment of sexual nature." Williams worked at the restaurant from June 2012 to April 2015.

— Here's a look at the current state of Lilia, Missy Robbins's new Williamsburg restaurant:

[Photo by Kelsey Keith]

— While he gears up for the opening of his new Financial District restaurant, Wylie Dufresne is doing some consulting work for a fast-casual Indian restaurant called Soho Tiffin Junction at 42 East 8th Street. Flo Fabulous reports that he's "started changing their spice mixtures and is adding a sandwich."

— The Second Avenue space that was home to the original location of The Palm is now for rent. The sign explains: "First time available in 90 years."

The new LaGuardia Place outpost of Court Street Grocers is on track for a mid-October opening. The new restaurant will have a 10 seat counter and table seating for about 12 diners. Earlier this week, the team got initial approval from the CB2 for a beer and wine license.

— The cast of Hedwig and the Angry Inch had a farewell party at Jimmy at the James the other night.

The DOH closed Fuji Sushi in Midtown last week after finding evidence of rats and roaches. The restaurant was dark for a few days but it passed its inspection last Friday, and now it's open again.

— And finally, here is how to make eggs like Wylie Dufresne:

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