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Starbucks Death Star, Bowien on Charlie Rose, and More Intel

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A new gnocchi restaurant is headed to the East Village, plus more restaurant news and gossip from around NYC.

The dining room at Tijuana Picnic
The dining room at Tijuana Picnic
Daniel Krieger

Starbucks is planning to open a humongous "Eataly-style coffee center" somewhere in New York. The team is currently scoping out spaces for this new Starbucks Death Star. The Post reports that the coffee titan is also planning to open more of its design-heavy "Reserve" stores in New York City over the next year. Previously, they looked at a 25,000-square-foot space in the Meatpacking District for a roastery similar to one in Seattle.

A new sign for "Gnoccheria by Luzzo's" is up in the window of the old Perbacco space at 234 E. Fourth St. EV Grieve reports that Luzzo's pizzaiolo Michele Iuliano is behind this new project. Luzzo's partner Tony D'Aiuto claims that he's no longer affiliated with the restaurant, and he "may not have the legal right to use the name 'Luzzo's.'"

Danny Bowien was on Charlie Rose last week:

There are no major reveals in the interview, but it's a good conversation. Rose walks Danny through all the major points of his career, including the rough patch that he went through following the closure of Mission Chinese Food's original New York location, and its rebirth on East Broadway. Bowien remarks: "Everything can be going wildly wrong in my life, but if I can just cook, everything's going to be okay."

— And speaking of Danny Bowien, the chef will cook a Tex-Mex dinner with the team from San Francisco's Tartine at Mission Cantina tomorrow.

— Highly recommended: the Times' interactive gallery of celebrity photos from diners, pizzerias, and delicatessens.

Century-old New York City bakery Orwasher's is planning its first cafe at 308 E. 78th St. The menu will includes baked goods, sandwiches, and salads. It's slated to open in April.

— According to The Robs, Sasso chickens are so hot right now.

The developers at Aurora Capital will go before the Landmarks Preservation Commission tomorrow night to present their plans for a cluster of buildings on Gansevoort Street. One of those buildings is going to be the future home for Keith McNally's Pastis. (Current tenant Gansevoort Market is moving out soon.) Steve Cuozzo writes that the Aurora team has "modest changes" planned for the buildings, but the LPC still has to approve the adjustments because this block is part of the Gansevoort Market Historic District.

— Here's a peek at the Meat Hook's new home at 397 Graham Avenue:

The popular Williamsburg butcher shop inside Brooklyn Kitchen will close on February 21 and reopen on Graham Avenue five days later.

— The owners of Les Enfants de Bohème are planning to open a take-away shop in the space next door to the restaurant.

According to a new report from payment processing company First Data, San Francisco has a "more rapidly growing restaurant industry" than New York City. American and Italian restaurants are going strong in both cities, but French food is not as popular as it once was.

Tribeca comfort food restaurant Cornerstone Grill was closed last week. Tribeca Citizen suspects that it's done for good.

Last week, Cuba Gooding Jr. had dinner at Catch with John Travolta and Courtney B. Vance. After his meal, Gooding Jr. met up with Wiz Khalifa at nearby club Up & Down. The following evening, the actor continued the party at Marquee.

— And finally, here's hot to frost a cake like the team from Baked: