— New Yorkers are one step closer to being able to legally drink alcohol at restaurants before noon on Sunday. Yesterday, Governor Cuomo proposed a bill that would overturn the blue law that forbids restaurants from serving booze between 4 a.m. and noon on Sunday. At a brewery ribbon-cutting ceremony in Rochester yesterday, Cuomo remarked: "The law was created 80 years ago right after prohibition....It is the most bizarre, arcane, frustrating, maddening law that you could imagine." Last month, Cuomo created the "Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Working Group" to help work on the proposal. The bill would also modernize the "Two Hundred Foot Law," by allowing some businesses to serve alcohol near schools and churches. Now the set of bills is going to the state Legislature for consideration.
— As part of Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem EatUp festival, a bunch of big-name chefs will be cooking collaborative meals tomorrow night for an event called Dine In Harlem. Andy Ricker will be cooking with the Mountain Bird team, Alex Guarnaschelli will be working with Joseph "JJ" Johnson at Minton's, and Justin Smillie will be collaborating with Lance Knowling at BluJeen. Harlem EatUp will also feature a grand tasting in Mornigside Park this weekend. Check out the full line-up with ticketing information here.
— A new Asian noodle/wrap shop is coming to the First Avenue space that previously housed Weschler's Currywurst. It's called The Tang.
— Steve Cuozzo has a bone to pick with vegans like Pure Food & Wine's criminal restaurateur Sarma Melngailis, who was recently arrested after ordering from Domino's: "Phoniness bleeds through every pore of the vegan scene. I have nothing against people who shun meat. Eat and let eat, or not, I say. But my tolerance runs out when they’re sanctimonious about their calling, which some regard not merely as a diet, but as a 'social justice movement' — at least until they’re caught cheating."
— Astoria residents who live near the strip club Aces New York are complaining about patrons puking and pissing in the street late at night. Last weekend, a patron of the club got shot in the foot. At a meeting this week, members of the local community board told the neighbors that they were trying to get the SLA to suspend the club's liquor license.
— Danny Bowien has been hosting a bunch of his west coast friends at Mission Cantina lately. The next collaborative meal is a "casual Thai toga party" with Pok Pok's Andy Ricker and Kris Yenbamroong of Night + Market on Saturday:
— Is the Soho House team eyeing the Comfort Inn space at 136 Ludlow for a new hotel project? Bowery Boogie hears that the private club's owners want to open a counterpart to the forthcoming Ludlow House, which is slated to make its debut over the next few weeks.
— Long Island City's first-ever Chipotle is currently under construction at 26-14 Jackson Avenue.
— And finally, here's how to make chocolate chip cookies like the team from Ovenly: