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Bargain Michelin Star Food in NYC, East Village Burger Expansion, And More Intel

Plus: Eataly goes beachy, and more news and gossip from around NYC

00 + Co.
The dining room at Matthew Kenney's 00 + Co.
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— An East Village art gallery will have an exhibit on Streit's Matzo Factory starting tonight, with archival photos, art, video, and original machinery. The factory's buildings, which were vacated last year, will soon be demolished to become condos.

— Hong Kong dim sum restaurant Tim Ho Wan — the world's cheapest Michelin star restaurant — will be opening a location in the East Village this fall. Owner and chef Mak Kwai Pui is currently looking for a local dim sum chef to head the project. All the options at his restaurant are under $5.

— Tribeca residents soundly rejected Buddha Bar's attempt to secure a liquor license for a new location at 62 Thomas St., a more than 12,500-square-foot space that used to house clubs like Megu and Obeca Li. Buddha Bar insisted that it would be a restaurant and not a rowdy club like its predecessors, but Community Board 1 was dubious. The board's vote is advisory, meaning the State Liquor Authority could still give Buddha Bar approval.

— Carroll Gardens ramen shop Dassara has closed its doors. The restaurant opened in 2012 and was known for its non-traditional ramen, including one with matzo balls and smoked meat. The owners may relocate Dassara, something that they considered as early as last year.

RampWatch2016: Chef Andy Ricker doubles down on trendy spring veggies with the debut of a ramp and fiddlehead fern special at Pok Pok. The two hottest greens of the spring join together in an oyster sauce stir fry at the Brooklyn Thai restaurant.

The Estela team's new Italian restaurant Cafe Altro Paradiso is also getting in on that ramp game, with a ramp spaghetti.

Cafe Altro Paradiso ramp spaghetti Robert Sietsema

— Steve Cuozzo takes a look at the $120 chicken dish at Le Coq Rico, a free-range, hormone-free specimen that's aged for 120 days before slaughter. "All of this makes for a bird that’s not only especially delicious but also uniquely nutritious," Cuozzo writes.

— Eataly's rooftop restaurant will soon be transformed into Sabbia, an Italian seaside and beach-themed restaurant. It debuts on Friday, April 29 and will have cabanas, beach umbrellas, and summer cocktails.

— East Village burger favorite Whitman's will soon have a West Chelsea location as well. The restaurant signed a lease for a more than 1,700-square-foot space at the Abington House on the High Line, a luxury rental building at 500 West 30th St. It's near Hudson Yards and will open this fall with breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It is their third location.

— Chef Matthew Kenney's vegan pizza restaurant 00 + Co. now serves lunch and brunch. Options include a tomato, basil, and cashew mozzarella pizza and a confit tomato, smoked almond ricotta, arugula, and chile pizza.

— And finally, here's how Brooklyn-based Brutus Bakeshop bakes graphic prints right onto her cakes:

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