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12th Street Osteria Reopens, Major Changes Planned for TWA Terminal, and More Intel

Antique Garage is expanding to Tribeca, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Bar Primi in the East Village]
[Daniel Krieger]

— Last week, East Village Italian restaurant 12th Street Osteria was seized by the marshal, because the owners owed the government more than $190K in unpaid taxes. The big fuchsia sticker was on the door and the lights were off inside, with a note on the window explaining that the restaurant was going to move to another location. Owner Roberto Deiaco must have worked out a deal with the Department of Tax and Finance last week, because now EV Grieve notes that the restaurant is back open for business, as usual. If you happen to spot any restaurants that recently opened or closed in your neighborhood, please send any intel or photos to the tipline.

High Line Hotel developer MCR Development is working with Jet Blue to turn the iconic TWA Terminal at JFK Airport into a 500 room hotel. The plans include eight new restaurants — one of which will be a food hall with vendors from Queens and Brooklyn — plus a nightclub. The developers have not announced any details about what type of food these establishments will serve, or who will be cooking it. Curbed NY has a look at the renderings of the space, which won’t be complete till at least the end of 2018.

Gastronomia Culinaria, an Italian restaurant on 106th Street that was listed as a Michelin Guide "Bib Gourmand" pick, has closed after four years in business. In other neighborhood shutter news, Amsterdam Avenue Belgian restaurant B. Cafe is going to close up shop soon. The owners have not announced a final date of service, or any plans to relocate.

— As noted last week, chef Daniel Burns is gearing up to close his Michelin-starred Greenpoint tasting menu restaurant Luksus at the end of the month. The chef tells Grub Street about the reasons why he's moving on: "In terms of tasting menus, it can be challenging, but financially, it was feasible....It’s more of a creative choice to try something new, and to celebrate what we did for the time that we did it. We planned to do the tasting menu, and it’s worked well, but for me, it just feels like the time has come to make changes." He’s going to be cooking some collaborative meals in Europe next year, but Burns has not announced any other future plans yet.

— The team behind Soho Mediterranean staple Antique Garage is planning to open a new location of the restaurant in the old Church Street Tavern space in Tribeca. Owner Utku Cinel says the menu will be the same as the one at the original. It’s slated to open in February.

— On December 26, over a dozen bars in Brooklyn will be participating in a new event called Kwanza Crawl. The website describes this as a "one day event where people of the African diaspora join together to support the black owned bars in their neighborhood." Tickets are $8.

— As a holiday special, local mini-chain Schnipper’s is serving a "latke burger" stuffed with a grilled beef patty, a potato pancake, horseradish sour cream, and grilled onions.

— On Thursday night, writer Derek Blasberg and Garage Magazine publisher Dasha Zhukova hosted a holiday party at Mari Vanna near Union Square that was attended by a slew of very famous people, including Mick Jagger, Huma Abedin, Tory Burch, Jessica Seinfeld, Karlie Kloss, Reese Witherspoon, Charlie Rose, Barry Diller, and Gayle King.

— And finally, here’s how to make chocolate chip cookie sandwiches like the crew from Ovenly:


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