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NYPD Steps Up Security Around Roberta’s, Le Coucou Gets a Parisian Sibling, and More Intel

White Gold starts serving its chopped cheese at night, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[A table at Da Silvano in the West Village]
[Daniel Krieger]

The head of the 90th Precinct vowed to step up police presence around Roberta’s following the disturbing phone calls and death threats that the Bushwick restaurant received from people who thought it was linked to the absurd, debunked PizzaGate conspiracy theory. Deputy Inspector William Gardner tells DNAinfo: "My guys know about it. They're giving it special attention." The baseless theory, which alleged that Hillary Clinton was tied to a child-abuse ring run out of a D.C. pizzeria, first bubbled up on Reddit and then moved over to Voat, where one user pointed out that Clinton had attended a private dinner at Roberta’s in 2012. Another Voat commenter wrote: "The more I dig those emails and new findings...the clearer it gets, most of those so-called elites made a cult out of pizza. Disturbing indeed."

— On a much lighter note, fresh off the success of Soho critical darling Le Coucou, restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Daniel Rose have opened another project together, this time in Paris. Earlier this fall, the duo revived an aging bistro by the name of Chez La Vieille. The dining room has 18 seats — small by Starr standards — and the menu includes a duck terrine, blanquette de veau, and herring with carrots and potatoes. Rose is no stranger to the Parisian dining scene — he’s operated a critically acclaimed restaurant, Spring, in the city for the last seven years. Starr tells the Times: "This was an investment, but a modest one. It isn’t going to be a super moneymaking project, but if both our New York and Paris outposts work well, there’s the prospect of other projects down the road....Maybe we take this idea to London."

— This week, Jared Kushner’s Observer drops a fawning profile of the new Chumley’s. As you may recall, the restaurant is owned and operated by Alessandro Borgognone, who just inked a deal to open a sushi parlor in a hotel owned by Kushner’s father-in-law.

The notorious holiday-themed pub crawl known as SantaCon returns to New York this Saturday, December 10. Although the drunk Santas cannot be contained to any one bar or area, the organizers of the pub crawl released a list of "seven spots" where participants are welcome to imbibe. The roster includes 230 Fifth, Webster Hall, Ainsworth Park, and Solas.

— The lunch menu at White Gold, the Spotted Pig team’s new Upper West Side butcher shop/cafe, has a fancy version of a chopped cheese sandwich. The dish has proved to be so popular that the restaurant is now adding it to the dinner menu during the last hour of service each night as a special. Here’s a photo at that sandwich from Eater’s resident carnivore Nick Solares:

The nighttime version of chopped cheese is available with a can of Narragansett lager on the side for $14 from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 11 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

— Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler stopped into Joe’s Pizza on Carmine yesterday to order two "extra crispy" pies.

After neighbors complained about excessive noise and rowdy patrons puking and fighting in the streets, the members of the CB8 voted to deny the liquor license application for Lava at 1134 First Ave. The hookah bar’s license was grandfathered in, but it’s going to expire in a few months. At the meeting, one nearby resident told the owners: "You guys are the worst neighbors ever."

— And finally, here’s a look at the raclette service at Murray’s Cheese Bar on Bleecker Street.


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