— Nautically-themed Bayside seafood restaurant Pier 25A closed this week after 33 years in business. The landlord did not want to renew the lease. The owners are planning to reopen the restaurant in another location at some point in the near future. Sadly, the landlord is probably going to tear down the boat-shaped building.
— Joshua David Stein is a big fan of the traditional Mexican fare at Marc Meyer's Rosie's, and the modern cuisine at Enrique Olvera's Cosme. On the former:
Throughout the rather sizeable menu, the home flavors thousands of Mexicans brought with them sing out. Mr. Meyer, whose many trips to Mexico were often at invitation of his Mexican colleagues, relies on the family recipes of Angel Andrade, his chef de cuisine, and the acuity of Chester Gerl, another CDC, to execute the complicated web of tastes embodied in the pollo en mole poblano, whose chocolate is flown in from Mexico especial.
He gives Rosie's four stars out of five, and the critic awards five out of five to Cosme.
— Greenpoint bar Beloved has called it quits after three years in business on Manhattan Avenue. The owners thanked friends and customers on a local Facebook page, but they did not offer any reasons for the closure or announcements about future plans.
— At some point over the last few weeks or so, the owners of Tribeca Japanese restaurant Daruma-Ya switched the name to Azabu. A celebrated restaurant called Sushi Azabu has been in operation in the basement for many years, but now, according to OpenTable the upstairs and downstairs are doing business under the name Azabu. Tribeca Citizen also notices a new Azabu sign outside the space, and the Daruma-Ya Facebook page has vanished. It looks like the omakase experience is still confined to the downstairs space.
— The Empanada Mama team is almost finished with the build-out of the restaurant's new location in the old Sorella space at 95 Allen St. The restaurant was forced from its former home on Houston Street earlier this year.
— The owners of LES club Kitty's Canteen at 9 Stanton St. are expanding into the former pizzeria space next door with plans for a "Jewish soul food" restaurant.
— Ralph Scamardella, the executive chef of Tao Group, shares his thoughts on "vibe dining" in an interview with Lucky Peach that recently hit the web:
Going to a restaurant can be like a mini vacation, and other restaurants are catching on. Just look at the guys from Carbone. They’re doing what we’re doing on a smaller scale, with their style of food. You go to vibe-dining restaurants for the food and the experience. It’s not just dining. Dining is what I do when I take my kids out for pizza on the weekends.
— The Brooklyn Bar generator takes all the guesswork out of building a hipster hangout in Kings County.
— And finally, here's how to break down and prepare a duck like Anita Lo: