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Political Punch Thrown at Bar Tabac, Gerardo Gonzalez Preps the Opening of Lalo, and More Intel

A Dean & Deluca vet heads to the East Village, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Beaubourg in the Financial District]
[Daniel Krieger]

Following an argument about the presidential election, a man punched a woman in the face at Boerum Hill bistro Bar Tabac on Saturday night. According to staff at the restaurant, two women were expressing their disappointment about Donald Trump’s victory, when the guy at the next table started arguing with them. He allegedly asked the staff to throw them out, but manager Jonas Leon instead moved him to another table. After his meal was over, the fellow left, but then returned to punch one of the women in the face. He then ran back out onto the street and jumped in his car. The victim did not go to the hospital, but she did file a police report, and now the authorities are investigating. Mayor de Blasio shared his thoughts on the incident yesterday:

El Rey Luncheonette’s former chef Gerardo Gonzalez will open his new restaurant in the old Winnie’s space, Lalo, on Thursday. The Mexican-American-influenced menu will include a four-ounce steak, cucumber salad with brown-mole vinaigrette, carnitas for one to four people, and a sardine tostada. Stay tuned for more details on the Chinatown restaurant later this week.

Björn Holm, the head of catering at Dean & Deluca, is opening a new cafe at 223 East 14th Street. Called Fat Cat Kitchen, the new restaurant will serve sandwiches, salads, quiches, and baked goods.

Globetrotting independent restaurant blogger Elizabeth Auerbach offers a detailed rundown of a recent meal at Eleven Madison Park. The finishing move: "Dessert was cantaloupe, barbecued tableside, brushed with wild flower honey, and served with creamy cantaloupe ice cream, a honey and cantaloupe gastrique, crème fraîche, an almond-flavoured biscuit, and some cream lightly flavoured with orange."

Charlie Sheen hit up Beautique in Midtown not once, but twice last week. According to a Page Six spy, he left the pricey restaurant on Thursday night at 4 a.m. with "around 20 people, mostly girls."

— Last year, Sharon Pachter and Charles Kiely closed their Carroll Gardens farm-to-table restaurant The Grocery and began using the space for private events. Now the space is for rent. Neighborhood blog Pardon Me For Asking notes that Kiely and Pachter still own the building.

Alex Leonard (formerly of Lowlife), Laurent Gras (formerly of L20), and Tim Dornon (formerly of EMP, where he was a sous chef) are going to be cooking a "halibut head-to-tail" dinner together at Rebelle on December 4. $75 tickets can be purchased via Tock.

Food writer/healthy eating advocate Mark Bittman is joining the faculty of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He’s going to be teaching as well as helping the department broaden its focus on food.

A new French bakery called Patisserie Florentine is coming to the former Cafe Silan space at 280 E. 10th St. The owners also operate another location of the cafe in Englewood, NJ.

Mexico City-based chain Cinemex is taking over the Cineplex at 400 East 62nd Street, with plans to turn it into a luxury theater with "plush seats and high-end food service," Steve Cuozzo reports.

The bakers behind local market fixture Bo’s Bagels are planing a permanent bakery on 116th near Eighth Avenue in Harlem. If everything goes according to plan, the new shop will open in January.

— And finally, here’s a look at how the Colson Patisserie team makes the bakery’s croissants:


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