— Page Six reports drama at the eleventh hour before Carnegie Deli shutters at the end of service today. A former employee-turned-restaurateur, Sammy Musovic — whose restaurants include Sojourn, Vero and Selena Rosa on the Upper East Side— has offered to buy it for $10 million. Owner Marian Harper Levine isn’t hearing it. A spokesperson’s response: “We have not received a serious offer from Musovic. There is no interest in discussing the sale of Carnegie Deli on Seventh Avenue.”
— In keeping the erosion of New York’s vanishing diner culture, Evergreen will close at noon on New Year’s Eve, having served Midtown West for over twenty years. The real estate firm that owned the building sold the property in the spring.
— Another location of Lobster Press is now open in Westfield World Trade Center, Marc Forgione’s fast-casual concept in partnership with the lobster-direct company, Homarus. The signature dish is inspired by the chili lobster with Texas toast at his namesake restaurant in Tribeca. The menu includes lobster panini, and coconut lobster bisque. It’s the second food hall location following its debut in The Pennsy above Penn Station.
— With a ramen bar, a coffee and juice spot, a cheese and charcuterie counter, and second location for the Chelsea-based Hudson Market will open in the ground level of the Helena building, formerly Hudson Eatery at 601 W. 57th St. in May, DNA Info reports. David Grotenstein, director of retail, said the site will also have a vegetable and grain bar and a carving station with roasted meats.
— If you’re still on the fence about New Year’s plans, Bushwick Daily has the neighborhood roundup for this corner of Brooklyn. The Four Horsemen has a New Year’s Day brunch, with pastry chef Katy Peetz and Alex Leonard (Lowlife, Blanca), which a menu of chicken pot pie ($25), kohlrabi slaw salad ($10) and ginger sherbet ($10). . . . . With the temperature drop, there’s always fondue.
— Last, here’s the last A.M. Intel video of the year, on one of the most-Instagrammed foods: