— Post critic Steve Cuozzo has a tip for where to watch the round-the-clock mayhem surrounding Trump Tower, while enjoying some fine Italian food: "Armani Ristorante is the coziest, most welcoming place from which to take in the chaotic but colorful scene — especially if you wash down any anxiety with a glass or two of prosecco." Cuozzo also writes: "Business is off 50 percent due to a loss of walk-in traffic, an insider shared."
— Drunken Dumpling, the wildly popular new East Village shop specializing in gigantic soup dumplings, recently hired some more help in the kitchen. So now, the restaurant is serving around 50 humongous dumplings a day, as opposed to 25. Previously, chef Qihui Guan was the only person making them, and they sold out daily. Here’s a look at how those dumplings are put together:
— After neighbors complained about excessive noise and drunken people vomiting in the street, the CB3 voted to deny a new liquor license application for the space at 189 East Third Street that recently housed Lumiere and Casablanca. The proprietor of those establishments, Amar Patel, wants to open a new hookah bar in this space.
— East Village-born bar Coyote Ugly just expanded to Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
— Matthew Tivy, the chef who ran Cafe Du Soleil on the Upper West Side for many years, died in prison due to complications from a brain tumor last week. He was awaiting trial on charges related to child pornography and the sexual exploitation of a minor.
— The team behind Crown Heights seafood establishment Crabby Shack will be operating a pop-up version of the restaurant inside Gotham West Market’s forthcoming Fort Greene spinoff, Gotham Market at the Ashland. The market is slated to open early next year. Crabby Shack’s pop-up will serve seafood rolls, crab cake sliders, and tacos.
— Gael Greene likes the salad bar and the birthday cake at Harold’s Meat + Three in Hudson Square. Her advice: "Give Harold a chance. Maybe try the whole branzino for just $29 or green chili tripe, or beef potpie. Take a run at the sides. Give in to cakes. Start with a cocktail to get into the mood."
— First We Feast made a documentary called "Hometown Hero: The Legend of New York's Chopped Cheese," about the bodega sandwich that has been the subject of much debate on the internet ever since local media outlets started covering this dish like it was a recent discovery, and chefs like April Bloomfield began embracing the sandwiches and serving their own versions. You can watch the whole chopped cheese documentary right here.
— Voice writer Rebecca Dinerstein finds a lot to like at LaRina Pastificio e Vino in Fort Greene: "Burrata has by now become ubiquitous, but the LaRina preparation with peanuts and Castelvetrano olives is exceptional. For a rich starter, try the toasted focaccia with scallion-lemon butter, anchovies, and frisée; a lighter but equally pleasing choice is a bowl of slivered beets with figs and San Daniele prosciutto."
— Clubstaurant juggernauts Tao and Beauty & Essex are being replicated in LA. The new California versions of these venues are slated to open in winter 2017.
— Bed-Stuy is getting a new sports bar at 1446 Fulton St called Fulton Ale House. The bar will have seating for about 43 people inside, plus a 1000 square-foot outdoor space that will feature "pop-up-style vendors," DNAinfo reports. It’s slated to open in Mid-December.
— And finally, here’s a look at how the teams from Bronx Brewery and Sfoglini Pasta Shop make their BxB radiatore pasta: