— Ravi DeRossi is planning to reopen his shuttered Carroll Gardens restaurant Bergen Hill at 64 Cooper Square in the East Village. Bergen Hill quietly closed in April, and now the space is home to a new bar called August Laura. If everything goes according to plan, the seafood-focused restaurant will reopen next month. In other DeRossi news, the prolific East Village restaurateur is close to signing a lease for a new project in Los Angeles, and he’s thinking about bringing Death & Company to Denver. Also, DeRossi claims that food sales at his cocktail den Mother of Pearl have doubled since the kitchen switched to an all-vegan menu earlier this year.
— Karim Raoul, the second generation proprietor of Raoul’s in Soho, is vying to take over the Prince Street space that previously housed storied Soho tavern Milday’s. Brian McGrory, one of the restaurateurs behind Highlands, is also eyeing this corner for a different project. No word yet on what these restaurateurs are envisioning for 160 Prince, which has sat empty since January 2014. Stay tuned for more details on the future of the Milday’s space as they become available.
— Post curmudgeon Steve Cuozzo balks at Estela’s inclusion on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list, especially considering that so many other acclaimed NYC establishments didn’t make the cut. The critic writes: "I can’t say how wise the '50 Best' is about Moscow, Oslo or Copenhagen. But on my home turf, it’s as useful as a dining guide as a 50-year-old subway map would be for getting to Columbus Circle."
— A homeless man accidentally shot himself in the leg at Zabar’s yesterday morning. He headed to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s immediately after the gun went off. The man was treated for the gunshot wound at the hospital, and the police apprehended him there. The cafe at Zabar’s was briefly closed after the incident. One of the store’s general managers, Scott Goldshine, tells the Times: "It was very quick....Nobody got hurt. Our staff is fine, and we’re back open for business."
— The proprietors of Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Company are expanding to a space in Long Island City at 5-43 48th Ave. No word yet on when the fish shop will open, or whether it will have a restaurant component, like the original.
— A Thai seafood restaurant from the OBao team is moving into the Bond Street space that was home to Le Philosophe. It's called Fish Cheeks.
— The Bouley space at 163 Duane is now on the market with an asking price of $15 million. David Bouley is going to close his flagship restaurant later this year. He plans to reopen the restaurant in a much smaller space nearby.
— Michael and Tara Gallina, two veterans of Blue Hill at Stone Barns, are planning to open a new farm-to-table restaurant in St. Louis this fall called Vicia.
— And finally, here’s how to make a "naked cake" in the style of Milk Bar: