— Starting this week, New York restaurants can choose to offer delivery via ChowNow and UberRush. ChowNow allows businesses to customize delivery options, and users can place orders directly from individual restaurants' sites or Facebook pages. If restaurateurs choose to use UberRush in coordination with ChowNow, a nearby courier will come pick up and deliver the food when it's ready. There's no threat of surge pricing, although UberRush adds a $3 flat fee for delivery, plus $3 per mile in NYC. This package is now available throughout most of Manhattan. Check the ChowNow homepage for the complete list of zip codes.
— The Cafe Grumpy team is opening a new cafe in the ground floor space at 177 Mott Street. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen live in this building.
— Is Sweet Chick partner John Seymour opening a cafe/barbershop combination in the old Pink Pony space at 176 Ludlow Street? Plans that Seymour filed with the DOB indicate that he wants to split the dining room area into a four-chair barbershop with an adjacent coffee bar, and an office space in the back. The storefront shares a wall with Sweet Chick.
— Eater critic Robert Sietsema — a guy who covers a lot of ground every day — chimes in with an observation about Chipotle:
Whether because of fear of bacterial contamination, burrito fatigue, or simple overbuilding, Chipotles around Manhattan are in big trouble. A cruise by several in the last few evenings have revealed nearly empty storefronts at peak dining hours, and my prediction is that within a few months, there will be a massive number of closures. Remember that the chain often occupies extremely high-priced locations. There are 19 between Canal and 34th Street, including two on a short stretch of 6th Avenue in Greenwich Village. This photo was taken at 7 p.m. last evening.
— ExpansionWire Part I: The proprietors of popular Noho vegetarian restaurant The Butcher's Daughter just opened an outpost in Venice, California. The new restaurant has a vegetable butcher and a market space. The Butcher's Daughter crew also plans to launch a juice truck in LA soon.
— ExpansionWire Part II: Michael Stillman is bringing his Midtown hit Quality Italian to Denver, Colorado. The new restaurant will open this summer in the Halycon hotel. In other Michael Stillman news, the restaurateur has rebranded his hospitality group — now Fourth Wall Restaurants is called Quality Branded.
— Popular Mulberry Street sustainable seafood restaurant Seamore's is now offering delivery via Caviar. Co-owner Michael Chernow will deliver one order at random this week along with a $50 gift card.
— Nonna's Pizza on Avenue A is under new ownership. The shop closed on New Year's Eve, but proprietor Jordan Baker hopes to reopen it soon.
— Post critic Steve Cuozzo is a big fan of the new brunch menu at Soho classic Raoul's: "The resulting lunch-brunch hybrid boasts a soufflé apple pancake that was worth waiting 40 years for, and a luscious smoked-salmon omelet that recalled a beloved favorite of mine at the original East 53rd Street Brasserie. Steak à cheval au poivre, a bavette cut, is a few ounces smaller than the dinner shell steak, and is crowned with a runny sunny-side-up egg."
— And finally, here's a look at how the giant burgers are made at Bosna Express in Ridgewood: