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Ichimura Eyes Leonard Street, Oiji to Host Honey Butter Chip Stand, and More Intel

A breakfast taco stand is coming to Brooklyn Heights, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Rossopomodoro in the West Village]
[Daniel Krieger]

Eiji Ichimura, the chef at David Bouley's Ichimura at Brushstroke, is planning to open a new sushi restaurant at 69 Leonard Street. At last night's CB1 meeting, chef Ichimura and a partner explained their plans to open a 10-seat sushi parlor called Ichidan in the space. The team agreed to a 12:30 a.m. closing time Sunday through Thursday, and a 1:30 a.m. closing time on Friday and Saturday. Presumably, the restaurant will open after phase two of the Great Bouley Shake-Up of 2016. Earlier this week, the Times reported that Bouley would be moving Brushstroke, Ichimura at Brushstroke, and Bouley's test kitchen to a new space in Tribeca. The application for a license at 69 Leonard suggests that Ichimura is branching out on his own. Eater has reached out to the Bouley team for more details on the switch-up. Meanwhile, David Bouley was also at the meeting last night vying for a catering liquor license for his event space, Bouely Botanical. Update: A rep for chef Ichimura says that the new restaurant will be called Ichimura, while a rep for Bouley says that "it is not a replacement for" Ichimura at Brushstroke.

— East Village Korean hot spot Oiji is opening a pop-up window this weekend that will sell the restaurant's popular honey butter chips with ice cream for $10 a pop. The stand will be open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Ryan Sutton praised these chips in his two-star review of Oiji: "Think of the candy-like crisps as a lighter, more uncomplicated answer to baklava, with the tuber acting as a fine stand-in for phyllo."

— The team behind Smorgasburg salsa stand Jalapa Jar is opening a breakfast taco kiosk right next to the entrance to the Clark Street 2/3 subway station in Brooklyn Heights. It's slated to open next month.

High Street on Hudson landed on Food & Wine's second annual Restaurants of the Year list.

The police are trying to track down a knife-wielding serial bandit that's been robbing fast food restaurants in New York City and Long Island. In the last week, he stole hundreds of dollars from Subway locations in Coney Island and Oakland Gardens. The police say that nobody was hurt during these robberies. The cops believe that this man is responsible for over two dozen recent stick-ups.

— More crime news: Cops are looking for a man who slashed a customer at 67 Restaurant in Washington Heights on Sunday night. The criminal fled the scene immediately after cutting a 54-year-old man in the arm. The victim was treated at Columbia Presbyterian, and released earlier this week.

George R.R. Martin recently stopped by Joe's Pizza for a slice.

— Here is a brilliant Chick'n Shack hack, courtesy of Slice founder Adam Kuban:

— Old-school East Village watering hole Grassroots Tavern now opens one hour earlier each day, at 3 p.m. Weekday happy hour now rolls from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

— A patron of Mudville 9 in Tribeca had her iPhone stolen by a teen passing by the bar's open window last Friday.

58 St. Mark's Place, the double-storefront space that most recently housed Hakata Hot Pot and Sushi Lounge, is now on the market. The landlord is asking for $9,500 per month for each half of the space, or $19,000 for the whole shebang.

— And finally, here's a look at Lhasa Fast Food, a great Tibetan restaurant in the back of a Jackson Heights cell phone store: