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The Butterfly space hits the market, again, plus more restaurant news from around NYC.

[The dining room at Navy in Soho]
[The dining room at Navy in Soho]
Daniel Krieger

Two men were slashed outside of Slate nightclub near the Flatiron on Sunday morning. Slate's bouncer booted two unruly customers from the club. Those guys later got into an argument with a man walking down the street that ended with one of the club patrons slashing the passerby on the hand. Another reveler that was booted from the club tried to intervene, and he too got slashed. Both victims were treated at Bellevue. No arrests have been made.

Escuelita, a long-running Latin LGBTQ club on West 39th Street, closed recently. Jeremiah Moss notes that the venue "was an important part of the queer scene in the city" for decades. The club had numerous run-ins with the police and the SLA over the years. When the SLA threatened to take away the club's license four years ago, owner Sayvon Zabar told the Post: "I also believe that we are no longer welcome on West 39th Street as minorities scare the mostly white tourists who patronize the newly built and expensive boutique hotels." The club eventually won the battle. No word yet on why it closed this time, although as Moss notes: "Escuelita has closed and moved before, and it may do so once again."

Harlem restaurateur Dard Coaxum received a 15-month jail sentence for knocking a stranger so hard that he suffered brain damage and eventually died. Coaxum was found guilty of assault last month.

The newest Community Board 1 agenda lists a liquor license application for Pasta Shop LLC d/b/a Bar Primi at 325 Broadway. Although a Tribeca Location of Bar Primi would most certainly be a huge hit, sadly, Andrew Carmellini & Co. are not opening a new restaurant in this space. It turns out there was a mix-up of sorts: A Noho Hospitality rep explains that the team is renewing its liquor license at 325 Bowery — the original Bar Primi space — and the group is not applying for a new license at 325 Broadway.

— It was 61 degrees in New York City yesterday, so restaurants all across the five boroughs dusted off their patio furniture. Here's a look at how the restaurants of the West Village celebrated the unseasonably warm weather, courtesy of Robert Sietsema:

Via Carota
Robert Sietsema
Primo 135
Robert Sietsema
Hudson Diner/Oscar's Place
Robert Sietsema
Tue Thai Food
Robert Sietsema
The Quarter
Robert Sietsema

The West Broadway space that previously housed The Butterfly is on the market once again. The Flinders Lane team was recently eyeing this storefront, but they backed out.

— Momofuku Nishi, the hottest Chelsea Korean/Italian restaurant of all time, just changed its hours:

Two cutes-y fast casual restaurants are teaming up for a hybrid dish that will melt Instagram next month: Mimi Cheng's is turning By Chloe's guacamole burgers into dumplings.

The South Street Seaport is getting a new bar/gallery space called Artists Loft. Local gallery owner Harry Young plans to open the bar at 181 Front St. this May.

A new coffee shop is coming to the East 14th Street space that formerly housed Russian Souvenirs. No word yet on who is operating this new cafe.

— La Sirena is Seinfeld-approved:

— A new restaurant called Guaco Taco is coming to 91 East Second Street between First Avenue and Avenue A.

Here is the recipe for John Legend's favorite breakfast sandwich, from his wife, supermodel-turned-cookbook author Chrissy Teigan.

— The Carte Blanche Jazz Band — an ensemble playing hits from the 20s and 30s — will perform at Evening Bar in Tribeca's Smyth Hotel tomorrow night.

— And finally, here's a look at the ultra-thin pizza pies that are served at Joe & Pat's on Staten Island:

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