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Seaport Vendor Rumble, Drift Inn to Replace Evelyn Drinkery, and More Intel

Clown Bar’s chef pops up in NYC for two nights, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Birds & Bubbles on the Lower East Side]
[Daniel Krieger]

Robert Ceraso and Jason Mendenhall, the proprietors of The Wayland, are planning to open a new bar in the Avenue C space that housed Evelyn Drinkery. Their plan is to build a casual neighborhood tavern with a small menu of drinks and tacos — but no fancy cocktail list or TVs. EV Grieve notes that Ceraso and Mendenhall were previously eyeing the spaces that housed Duke’s and Royale as possible homes for this new bar. The duo got approval for a liquor license at 171 Avenue C last month.

A hot dog vendor in the South Street Seaport was beaten and robbed of $600 plus his sales permit on Saturday morning. The suspect is still at large, but authorities believe that a rival vendor was behind the attack. The victim was treated for minor injuries at New York-Presbyterian/Lower Manhattan Hospital over the weekend.

— Sota Asumi, the chef behind Parisian hit Clown Bar, will be cooking at Chefs Club by Food & Wine on November 3 and 4. Tickets for the special six-course meal are $125.

— A dispatch from Eater’s senior critic Robert Sietsema: "Long-running Cuban-Chinese gem El Pariaso on West 14th is finally closed." This was one of the neighborhood's last remaining Chinese-Latin carryout restaurants.

— Here’s another Sietsema discovery: Duet, the French restaurant in the old Centro Vinoteca space on Barrow Street, has closed after less than two years in business.

The people behind Chelsea Market burger joint Creamline are opening a full-fledged version of the restaurant at 180 Seventh Avenue. It’s slated to open by the end of the year.

Tables for Two critic Jiayang Fan samples Matty Bennet’s Thai-influenced dishes at The Lucky Bee: "Start with the grilled whole shrimp, butterflied and brushed with Nam Jim, a signature dipping sauce that is tart, sweet, spicy, and addictive. The coconut-poached crab meat arrives on majestic betel leaves, a tender, zesty protein salad impossible to re-create at home. Leave room for the braised short ribs (inspired by Bennett’s English background), cooked in coconut milk with lemongrass and galangal for upward of four hours."

— Some joker with very good graphic design skills posted this on the plywood outside of the condo that’s going up on the site of the old Williamsburg White Castle:

[James Berry]

Sigmund Pretzel Shop’s Avenue B store has been dark for the last week, with no explanation from the management as to why it’s closed.

Esquire’s highly amusing tour of Trump Tower includes a visit to the kitchen of Trump Grill: "Stainless steel appliances are, as Trump would say, the best. They are tremendous. But they are a little more expensive than regular white, so what do you do? Theoretically, you put a stainless-steel sticker sheet over the white and fool someone into thinking they are seeing ‘the actual best.’" Right below that fridge is a cluster of empty Pat LaFrieda boxes.

— The location of oyster/wine bar Virgola at 111 East Seventh Street was just seized by the marshal.

— The Queens Kickshaw just got a full liquor license, so now the bar is serving seasonally-inspired cocktails, boilermakers, and boozy slushies.

The Nomad crew is now in Los Angeles selling chicken burgers and Humm dogs out of a food truck at the Line Hotel. Last night, chef Daniel Humm also made an appearance at LA hot spot Trois Mec, where he cooked a special dinner with Ludo Lefebvre.

— And finally, here’s how the Quality Italian team makes the restaurant’s completely insane pizza-shaped chicken parm: