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Cinnabon Returns to Manhattan, Nobu Prepares for Its Big Move, and More Intel

Red Hook standby Rocky Sullivan’s is closing, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Great Jones Cafe]
[Daniel Krieger]

Cinnabon is plotting its triumphant return to Manhattan. The purveyor of engorged, frosting-slathered pastry swirls had an outpost in the basement of Penn Station for many years, but it closed 18 months ago. In November, the shop will replace a location of sister brand Auntie Anne’s Pretzels at 664 Eighth Avenue.

Steve Cuozzo is already a big fan of Tsurutontan, the udon restaurant in the old Union Square Cafe space: "I enjoyed their noodles with five different broths, and I look forward to going back for the 29 others — most hot, a few cold — all shown on a menu colorful and bright enough to read through sunglasses."

Drew Nieporent and Nobu Matsuhisa are gearing up to move their downtown trailblazer Nobu to the Financial District.  This new Nobu will have a large lounge area, a subterranean main dining room, a private sake tasting room, and a giant brushstroke sculpture hanging from the ceiling. The team sends word that the original Tribeca location at 105 Hudson will remain open until the move to 195 Broadway is complete, sometime in early 2017. This mean that New York will never have to experience a day without Nobu, which is a relief. In other Nobu news, the Midtown branch is rolling out a $55 three-course prix fixe lunch on Sundays, with options like yellowtail with jalapeño, handrolls, tuna sashimi, and a salmon omelet. Check out the full Nobu 57 prix fixe menu here.

— Buzzfeed CEO Jonah Peretti claims that his now-infamous encounter with Ivanka Trump happened at Tropical 128 in Nolita.

— Red Hook pub Rocky Sullivan’s is closing after service on October 27. On Facebook, the management explains: "As many of you are aware we are being forcibly removed from our current location at the end of this month." DNAinfo notes that the owners of Rocky Sullivan’s are planning to open another project down the block at 44-46 Beard St. Before moving to Red Hook 10 years ago, Rocky Sullivan’s had a decade-long run in Gramercy.

— Hot, totally unconfirmed rumor: Shake Shack is headed to the old Pearl Paint space at 304 Canal Street.

Adalberto Alonso, a bartender who worked at La Caravelle for over 40 years, died on Saturday. He was 78. Alonso was the creator of the Alberto No 1. cocktail, which was the subject of a New York Times rave in 2000. His son says that he never missed a day of work.

— Tom Galis, the owner of The Greek in Tribeca, is no long planning to open an all-day restaurant on the corner of Greenwich and Laight streets. Galis tells Tribeca Citizen: "The owners of the units were posing too many restrictions and it just wasn’t feasible."

— On Monday Night, Kate Hudson and her pals hit up both La Sirena and the Ear Inn.

— The Taqueria Diana team hopes to open a new outpost of the inexpensive Mexican restaurant at 69 Clinton Street next spring.

Solace Bar & Grill in West Harlem is collecting donations of cash and basic medical supplies to send to Haiti to help people affected by Hurricane Matthew.

— And finally, here’s a look at the doughnut-making operation at Peter Pan in Greenpoint: