— Arthur Lee is now the chef at Ristorante Morini, Michael White's Upper East Side restaurant. Lee replaces chef Gordon Finn, who decamped to Quality Italian this week.
— Eli Zabar may be best known for his family's Upper West Side market Zabar's (he left the business decades ago), his line of breads, and his various restaurants and markets, but he is also an avid wine collector with an impressively deep cellar. He is particularly taken by Burgundy, Barolo, and Barbarescos, but not Bordeaux, which he has never liked.
— Despite opening right across the street from longtime neighborhood butcher Model T Meats, the new home of The Meat Hook hasn't caused any friction. The old school neighborhood butcher shop and the new school pasture-raised specialist offer very different products at very different price points.
— There is nothing humorous about the manager of Funny BBQ in Sunset Park attempting to bribe a Department of Health inspector. Wei Dong is accused of offering a $300 payoff to ignore violations for improperly refrigerated food and food exposed to contamination.
— On March 17, Will Elliott will bring the Maison Premiere experience to Chef's Club by Food & Wine. He will recreate the Maison Premiere menu, showcasing some of his most popular cocktails for the restaurant's "bar takeover" series. The takeover menu will be offered à la carte, walk-ins are encouraged.
— Pizza Beach is hosting Sunday night pizza making classes at their Lower East Side location. The two-hour class includes hands-on instruction and unlimited pizza and wine.
— East Village Filipino restaurant Bago is officially dunzo, with the tell tale brokers signs now displayed in the window. The restaurant went dark back in January, and the restaurant's social media feeds have not been updated since.
— Tribeca Mexican restaurant Anejo is relaunching its basement lounge Abajo tonight. Chef Ricky Camacho will debut a new menu focusing on street food, with drinks by William Aporih. Here is a look at the menu:
— Finally, here is a look at the ulitmate feast at Hometown Barbecue: