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Bouley's Extended Engagement, Gael Greene Digs White Gold, and More Intel

Westway Diner has a run-in with the Department of Health, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

High chairs are pulled up to a table at a tavern-style restaurant. In the background, the front windows of a restaurant are visible and a street can be seen through them.
[The dining room at Hanjan on West 26th Street]
Daniel Krieger

— Back in June, David Bouley announced plans to shutter his flagship restaurant Bouley "in a few months," and reopen it in a new location somewhere down the road. The fine dining restaurant is still open and the team is now offering an extra night of service (on Sundays) from now through New Year's Day. A rep for the restaurant tells Tribeca Citizen that it will "definitely be open into the new year and beyond until further notice." Bouley also previously announced plans to consolidate some of his other Tribeca restaurants — including Brushstroke — but last week, the team revealed that the the high-end Japanese establishment would be staying put for the time being.

— An awful scene unfolded at the Lower East Side Diner on East 14th Street early on Sunday morning when a man went off on a racist rant directed at two Chinese-American customers. The guy allegedly started berating the woman about Mike Pence's reception at Hamilton the night before. One of the women splashed water in his face, which prompted him to call 911 and block the doors to the restaurant until the authorities arrived. The police showed up to assess the scene, and the ladies left after talking with the cop. Following their departure, the guy got into an argument with another customer about the incident, which ended with the aggressor blasting the other guy in the face with pepper spray. The cops returned to the diner and arrested the man on assault charges.

— The Department of Health shuttered Hell's Kitchen's 24-hour standby Westway Diner on Friday because an inspector found food stored at the wrong temperature and "evidence of mice activity," among other violations. The team quickly made the necessary changes and aced the re-inspection. Now the diner is back open for business, as usual. Legend has it that this is the diner where Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld came up with the idea for Seinfeld. Two years ago, Eater spent a full 24 hours within its walls, and it was a delight from start to finish.

— Gael Greene has a few exciting first meals at April Bloomfiled and Ken Friedman's White Gold on the Upper West Side: "A spoonful of the bone broth is an instant high. I take another and swoon. Till now, I've resisted the bone broth this it? Or is this a Bloomfield hallucination: kabocha, Taleggio cheese and pumpkin seed oil. I pass the soup plate around again and take yet another taste. There are moans and exclamations all around for this virtuoso $11 puddle."

— Voice critic Zachary Feldman visits King, the new Soho hot spot form a handful of River Cafe alumni: "King's well-dressed crowds snack on $9 finger foods — stacks of fried chickpea panisse, maybe, or battered artichokes with only a wedge of lemon for spritzing — and sip cocktails that rely heavily on French spirits. These make fine precursors to a meal, but you'd be forgiven for skipping right to small plates like plump, buttery Roman semolina gnocchi or malfatti, Lombardy's beloved spinach-ricotta dumplings, here rendered exceptionally pillowy."

— Silicon Valley-based prepared meal delivery service Munchery has a new CEO: James Beriker, who previously worked at Simply Hired.  According to a Bloomberg report, the company regularly throws away a ton of food, and it might start offering dishes made with fewer organic ingredients, to cut costs.

— Hester Street Brazilian restaurant Barzinho has closed after four years of business.

Hackers stole credit card info from visitors who paid for concessions and merchandise at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, and The Beacon Theater between last November and October of this year. The authorities are investigating the security breach. No word yet on how many guests at these venues were affected by the scheme.

— And finally, here's how to make Momofuku-style kimchi at home: