— This is the East Village in 2016: A former tattoo shop is turning into a place called Cupcake Market. The storefront's rusty red paint is now a mint green with pink lettering.
— Midtown Japanese-style Chinese restaurant Saburi is closing at the end of the month.
— The Vendy Plaza in Harlem returns May 1. Vendors like La Piraña and YourPanadas are returning, but it's still accepting applications. The organizer, Street Vendor Project, will be helping with local vendors for the Bourdain Market.
— In celebration of Purim next week, Breads Bakery is offering Hamaentaschen this month, including new flavors like coffee and cheesecake.
— At the Manhattan Community Board 3 meeting last night, neighbors gave their stamp of approval for The Flower Shop, a new bar and restaurant from William Tisch, a Major Food Group special projects manager. It will offer "staple Americana" food.
— LA Irish pub Rock & Reilly's will be opening a 10,000-square-foot venue with an 8,000-square-foot terrace in the Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel this spring. The restaurant and bar will serve fare like rib eye, Irish nachos with peppered bacon, burgers, and — for some reason — a horchata milkshake. Here's a look at the terrace, which has a retractable roof:
— Not everyone loves Brooklyn restaurateur Andrew Tarlow's switch to no tipping. A couple of servers at Roman's quit after the trattoria eliminated tipping on January 18, protesting a pay cut. "It's been weirdly emotional and frustrating and anxiety-causing," one employee says. Still, the turnover rate hasn't changed, and the people who stayed support the new system.
— Mexican food chain Rosa Mexicano is threatening to sue an Upper East Side mom-and-pop called Selena Rosa Mexicano for the similarity in its name and logo. Selena Rosa's owners say they've already spent more than $100,000 on branding and can't afford to change.
— Greenpoint's Adelina is hosting a vegan dinner packed with truffles.
— Williamsburg Japanese restaurant Okonomi's Kickstarter for a new fish market has raised more than half its goal. It still needs more than $14,000 in the next 16 days.
— Cocktail stalwarts like Attaboy, Dead Rabbit, Death & Co, and End of the Century Bar will be serving up drinks at the former Williamsburgh Savings Bank this weekend for an event called "Cocktail Magic." Tickets cost $124.50 and include three hours of open bar, a DJ, and bites from Roberta's.
— And finally, here's how Colson Patisserie makes 400 croissants at a time: