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Fung Tu Is Cooking With Gas, Murray's Is Toasting Bagels, and More Intel

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Is Chick-Fil-A headed to the Financial District? Find out about that hot rumor, plus more restaurant news:

[Root & Bone, a solid choice for lunch today or dinner this evening.]
[Root & Bone, a solid choice for lunch today or dinner this evening.]
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— Chinatown critical darling Fung Tu was forced to cook using electric burners for the last few months because of gas issues in the building, possibly related to construction next door. But now, the team sends word that the gas is back and the restaurant is once again serving sweetbreads, fried rice, chicken wings, and noodles. Earlier this year, Ryan Sutton gave the restaurant two stars.

— George Mendes' excellent Chelsea restaurant Aldea is back in action after a brief renovation. Now the restaurant has an expanded bar area with an a la carte menu that includes some of the hits from the previous iteration of the restaurant. Mendes and his crew are now serving two different menus in the dining room: a four course prix fixe for $79, and a nine-course tasting for $135. Earlier this year, Mendes opened a hit spinoff, Lupulo, a few blocks away.

Rumor has it that a Chick-Fil-A is headed to the unusual building at 144 Fulton St. in the Financial District. Tribeca Citizen hears that the company is planning a three-story outpost of the chicken sandwich restaurant with rooftop seating.

— And speaking of Chick-Fil-A, here's a peek at the current state of the New York flagship location of the chain coming to 1000 Sixth Avenue in Midtown:

[Photos by Greg Morabito]

Starting this week, Murray's will now toast its bagels upon request. This is breaking a long-held "no toast" tradition that was maintained by Murray's and classic bagel stores like B & H and the original Ess-A-Bagel.

Spanky and Darla's on First Avenue has been replaced by a bar called Big Lee's. EV Grieve reports that the proprietor — Big Lee — previously worked as a bouncer at Hogs & Heifers and Coney Island High.

— Here's your daily dose of hospitality industry zen: Danny Meyer and the Meatball Shop guys talking about the importance of finding the right staff.

Do or Dine's Justin Warner won $16,000 for the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger by competing on Guy's Grocery Games last week.

A Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich shop called Hank's Juicy Beef is coming to 84 Chambers St., which is a space that formerly housed a Quizno's location.

— The oven at Blackseed's East Village outpost arrived this week. It's slated to open later this month in the hold DeRobertis Bakery space on First Avenue.

— Upscale sports bar The Ainsworth is expanding to Midtown this week with a new, 8,500 square-foot, bi-level location at 45 East 33rd St.. This will be the Ainsworth's third Manhattan location. If everything goes according to plan, it will open tomorrow.

— And finally, here's how to prepare bone marrow like Toro's Ken Oringer:

Fung Tu

22 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 (212) 219-8785 Visit Website

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