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Mu Ramen Wagyu Tasting, Nicoletta Scores Liquor License, And More Intel

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Babu Ji applies for a sidewalk cafe, and more NYC restaurant news and gossip.

Mu Ramen
Mu Ramen
Nick Solares

— Michael White's pizzeria Nicoletta scored a full on-premise liquor license last week. AMG beverage director Hristo Zisovski and Nicoletta GM Rob Cryan are working on a cocktail menu that will be rolling out in the coming weeks.

— Mu Ramen will serve a five-course tasting menu of a Miyazaki A5 Wagyu beef that has been dry aged 462 days. The menu includes nigiri, steak, and ramen and will cost $450 per person, with an optional beverage pairing on offer. There will be two seatings on March 28, with only 12 slots available. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (646) 820-2685.

— The guts of Nevada Smiths are being auctioned off today to make room for a possible Thin Lizzy themed bar/restaurant/cafe/yoga studio (we made the last one up).

— Speaking of guts, here is a peak inside the former space that housed Union Square Cafe, currently being turned into something far less interesting. Union Square Cafe will reopen a few blocks away later this year:

— There is a NIMBY battle brewing in Chinatown as a group of anonymous area residents have posted posters opposing the Gracias Mama Mexican themed bar planned for East Broadway.

— There is a new option available at Josh Capon's Burger & Barrel, and it is an early contender for most aptly named burger of the year  behold the double barrel:

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— Actress Jennifer Esposito is involved in a nasty lawsuit to the tune of $43 million over her East Village gluten-free bakery Jennifer's Way. Esposito accuses her business partners of pushing her out of the company that bears her name, while they contend that she has refused to transfer ownership of the East Village store to the corporation as required by their contract, as well as bad mouthing them on social media.

— East Village hot spot Babu Ji has applied for a sidewalk cafe license to seat 24 guests. The previous tenant had approval to seat 26.

— Finally here is a look at that Wagyu that Mu Ramen will be serving:

Mu Ramen

1209 Jackson Avenue, Queens, NY 11101 Visit Website

Babu Ji

22 East 13th Street, New York, NY 10003 (212) 951-1082 Visit Website

Jennifer's Way

263 E 10th St, New York, NY 10009 (646) 682-9501 Visit Website


160 2nd Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10003 (212) 432-1600 Visit Website