— The owners of shuttered Eldridge Street favorite Prosperity Dumpling are planning to reopen the restaurant at 2369 86th Street in Bensonhurst, Bowery Boogie reports. Previously, a rep for the restaurant hinted that it was going to reopen around the corner on Broome Street, but now that space is home to a shoe repair shop. Prosperity was shut down by the DOH last summer after a photo of its back alley kitchen hit the web. No word yet on when Prosperity Brooklyn will make its debut.
— Many of the Red Hook Food Vendors have seen a drop in business this summer because the city closed several of the local ball fields for extensive repairs. Marco Lainez, one of the vendors behind the El Olomega truck, tells DNAinfo that business has dipped around 30 to 35 percent this summer. The city is opening the neighborhood’s pool for the season this week, so that might bring some more business to the vendors.
— Post critic Steve Cuozzo is sick and tired of gazpacho. He hates this cold soup, and doesn’t understand why so many people serve it: "Gazpacho is the Zelig of culinary interlopers. From Memorial Day almost to Halloween, it pops up uninvited at every cafe table and garden party. It’s the notorious scourge of tented ‘tasting’ pigouts. At such events in the Hamptons, where guests pay $200 and up, I’ve found eensy cups of the elixir, and little else, at half the tables."
— Josh Stein takes a look at just what, exactly, makes an eating establishment a Great Neighborhood Restaurant (or GNR): "The prototypical GNR is neither just a great restaurant nor a neighborhood restaurant, or even simply the overlap of greatness and neighborhoodliness. It’s something more complex and fluid. A Great Neighborhood Restaurant must be great per se, but it also must be harmonious in its relationship to where it lives." Stein notes that The Red Cat in Chelsea is indeed a GNR.
— Three-year-old East Fourth Street American restaurant B4 closed recently. A marshal’s note hangs in the window.
— In other shutter news: A marshal’s note and a "for rent" sign went up in the window of Pakistan Tea House yesterday. As noted earlier this week, the Baluchi’s team decided to leave this space after a failed revamp.
— A new location of popular salad chain Sweetgreen is now under construction at 10 Astor Place.
— K-Town is getting a new chicken restaurant a few doors down from Woorijip:
— Chef Cesare Casella’s mom will cook a special meal at The Four Seasons before it closes next month. She’s flying in from Italy just for the occasion.
— A new location of Le Pain Quotidien is headed to the Bleecker Street space that previously housed a large American Apparel store.
— This week, Hungry City critic Ligaya Mishan visits two-year-old Staten Island Filipino restaurant Phil-Am Kusina: "Portions are generous, prices kind. Nothing ventures above $16, and for that you get humba, a whole pig’s leg that looks as if it were wrested from a beast whose steps once shook the earth. The meat gives and gives. Too bad it’s over-slaked with pineapple juice and brown sugar, caramelized only to the point of sweetness, not complexity."
— And finally, here’s how to eat a Katz’s hot dog: