— A new location of Northern California-style taqueria chain Dos Toros is now open at the corner of Lexington and 54th Street, in the old Clarke's Standard space. The menu is identical to the ones at the other nine locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Later this year, brothers Leo and Oliver Kremer will open another outpost of Dos Toros at 119 W. 40th St., near Bryant Park.
— A Fuku crispy chicken sandwich at Madison Square Garden costs $12, which is $4 more than the same dish at the original East Village location. David Chang was working the stand last night:
Here's a bold statement from Times sports reporter Andrew Keh:
I think the new Fuku at Madison Square Garden is the best sports stadium concession food in the United States— Andrew Keh (@andrewkeh) January 20, 2016
— Work is now underway at the new location of Prosperity Dumpling at 365 Broome Street. Bowery Boogie notes that a decorative ornament from the old restaurant made the move over to the new space. As you may recall, the cheap eats favorite was shut down by the DOH after photos of a rat-infested back alley kitchen hit the Internet.
— The building on the corner of 7th Avenue and 54th Street that previously housed The Famous Oyster Bar is getting demolished soon. The old-timer seafood restaurant vacated the space two years ago, and it's been empty ever since. The signage from Famous Oyster Bar now hangs above the Grey Lady on the Lower East Side.
That is still going to happen. That is a fact ... I thought about if I wanted to put Cuban in the Perla space on Minetta Lane. And I didn't think it was the right layout. I think the right Cuban restaurant, when I build it, it's not going to be long and rectangular. It's going to be more square and rocking and rolling with that Latin energy.
— The crew from Fleischer's Craft Butchery will be doing a residency at Three's Brewing in Gowanus from January 25 through February 7. The menu will include sausages, spätzle, currywurst, a burger, and a pot roast. Large items will be priced from $12 to $16.
— After closing their Jersey City restaurant Thirty Acres in November, Kevin and Alex Pemoulie moved to Seattle, Wa. Now the duo is planning to open a sandwich shop called Mean Sandwich in the Ballard or Wallingford neighborhoods. Alex tells Eater Seattle: "It will be very different from Thirty Acres. We loved that restaurant, but we really wanted to return to Seattle. We're excited for a new thing to do, and we're both really obsessed with sandwiches. It gives us such a cool outlet for our creativity that's different and fun but doesn't take itself too seriously."
— The Two Boots team is planning to open a new pizzeria in Washington D.C. this summer.
— The old Limelight space has hosted a number of flops over the years, but that did not deter Stratis Morfogen from opening his Asian restaurant, Jue Lan Club, in the building. The restaurateur tells the Times: "The history of New York City night life — it’s pretty incredible what this building represents...You had Andy Warhol hosting events here. You had Keith Haring painting the stairs. You’ve got to embrace the art and history of this." The club's old shampoo room — which was blocked off in previous iterations of the space — is now one of the main dining areas.
— And finally, here's a look at how the spicy papaya salads are prepared at Larb Ubol