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Hudson Chef Daniel Nilsson Dies, Apizz Space Goes Dark, and More Intel

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McSorley's turns 162, plus more restaurant news from around NYC.

[The dining room at Au Za'atar in the East Village]
[The dining room at Au Za'atar in the East Village]
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Daniel Nilsson, the chef/owner of DaBa in Hudson, NY, was found dead of an apparent suicide earlier this month. He was 30. The chef had been working in Hudson for the last eight years. In 2011, he was nominated for a James Beard Award in the category of Best Chef Northeast. The restaurant's homepage notes: "It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that DaBa is closed due to the sudden passing of chef and owner Daniel Ulf Nilsson on February 4th, 2016. Daniel leaves behind his wife Ariana Nilsson, his three beautiful children Lars, Bee, and Felix, his brother Mikael, his sister Anna, his nephew Matti, his mother Barbro, and his father Ulf, in addition to his extended family and all of his friends. He will be greatly missed, wonderful human being that he was."

Apizz on Eldridge Street has been dark for over a week now, and Bowery Boogie notices that the pizzeria is no longer listed on OpenTable. The website has also expired. Apizz opened in 2003.

The Robs gives four U.G. stars (out of five) to Erik Ramriez's Williamsburg newcomer Llama Inn: "Ramirez is a master of contrast and prizes the crunch, which in the case of that corvina ceviche takes the form of a blanket of crisp plantain chips; underneath, sweet fried plantains balance the concentrated tang of the dish-defining leche de tigre (to the classic commixture of lime, chile, red onion, and fish stock, Ramirez adds dashi). The thinner slips of red snapper tiradito are immersed in yuzu-persimmon leche de tigre and garnished with poppy seeds and candied ginger."

— Aziz Ansari and Jennifer Lawrence had a platonic dinner date at The Commodore in Williamsburg on Valentine's Day.

Yesterday was McSorley's birthday. The storied East Village pub is now 162 years old.

Lucky Cheng's is looking for a new home. After leaving the East Village, the drag bar briefly lived in Midtown. After owner Hayne Suthon passed away, her daughter revived the venue on the second floor of the DL. Now the team is looking for a permanent space Downtown or in Midtown.

— On Saturday, Andrew Carmellini shared dishes from all of his restaurants on CBS This Morning

— Fuku sandwiches are available on UberEats today:

The Tick Tock Diner on Eighth Avenue recently got a revamp. Gael Greene likes the new look more than the food: "Tick Tock is not the diner of my dreams. Still, it's great-looking. Virtually untouched by the 21st century, the menu is amusing, so full of possibilities."

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

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