— After nearly a decade in business on East 13th Street, Meg Grace Larcom’s Southern charmer The Redhead is closing its doors on Saturday, December 16. Last month, the restaurant announced that it would close in January, and a New Year’s Eve farewell party was on the books. But now those plans have changed. You have six more days to eat some of New York City’s best fried chicken.
— SantaCon 2016 was not as rowdy as the event has been in years past. On Saturday, the cops handed out 100 summons, but made no arrests, whereas in 2015, five shabby Kris Kringles got cuffed in NYC. On Friday, someone plastered the East Village with fake signs announcing that the event had been canceled, but the prank did not stop the thirsty Santas from stumbling through downtown Manhattan. The costumed revelers were greeted by protesters using megaphones to shout things like: "You guys are doing a bad thing, and it makes everyone sad." Despite these protests, the party raged on. To cap things off, Gucci Mane performed at a SantaCon bash at Ainsworth Park on Saturday evening.
— Paul Nicaj, one of the owners of absurdly expensive Upper East Side Italian restaurant Nello, is suing his partner Thomas Makkos for allegedly cheating him out of $1 million. The suit claims that Makkos sent Nicaj 22 bad checks.
— The Robs gives Atoboy and Edda Bar at Aska three stars (out of five) apiece. Here are the New York cheap eats critics on a few of their favorite dishes from the former: "Sunchoke is cooked two ways — roasted soft, and fried into crispy chips — and deftly paired with oyster mushrooms and pops of fresh orange. Fork-tender carrot ‘ribs’ in a sweet marinade are wonderful, and so is fried octopus with chorizo-spiked kimchee."
— Here’s a Greenwich Village dispatch from Eater’s senior critic Robert Sietsema: "Sonja Morgan of Real Housewives of New York had big plans for her Tipsy Girl franchise, comprising a Greenwich Village bar right on West 8th and branded liquor products. The place is kaput with the realtor's sign in the window. Maybe the appeal of reality-TV-star-spawned restaurants and bars is on the steep decline."
Now the Post reports that Morgan is planning to open this bar in Hartford, Connecticut instead.
— 26 years after the original Midtown cart made its debut, the Halal Guys chain is on a massive expansion tear. The original proprietors, Muhammed Abouelenein, Abdelbaset Elsayed, and Ahmed Elsaka, retain that rights to open stores in NYC, but a company called Fransmart is helping the brand expand all over the world. So far, there are 30 locations of the street meat chain, but around 400 more are in the works. Crain’s notes that potential franchisees need $1 million in liquid capital to open a Halal Guys restaurant.
— According to a Post survey, nearly a quarter of the shops and restaurants in the "frozen zone" around Trump Tower, say that they will have trouble paying rent this month, and 12 percent of those establishments think they will have to close, lay off staffers, or move soon. 70 percent of the businesses surveyed claim that they’ve had problems getting deliveries on time because of the street closures and security checkpoints around the president-elect’s home/office.
— Made in Queens, a Long Island City pop-up selling food items and other gifts from New York City’s biggest borough, is closing three months earlier than expected, due to sluggish sales.
— Governor Andrew Cuomo is hosting a $10,000 per person fundraising dinner at a secret "intimate venue" in Midtown next week with food from Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich.
— And finally, here’s a look at how Minetta Tavern’s chocolate souffle is made: