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Pokemon Infiltrate NYC Restaurants, Shake Shack Fulton Center Opening Soon, and More Intel

A food market grows on the Bowery, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The bar at Bruno pizza in the East Village]
[The bar at Bruno pizza in the East Village]
Daniel Krieger

After 21 years of business, St. Mark’s Ale House has called it quits. EV Grieve notes that the bar has been dark for about a week. Rumor has it that a Greek restaurant might be moving into this space.

— The Fulton Center location of Shake Shack is slated to open this Friday with a menu that will include breakfast sandwiches from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily, plus three new concretes: the FiDi Fudge (made with chocolate truffle cookie dough), the Cold Fashioned (it includes Doughnut Plant cake doughnut chunks), and the Choculus (baked peanut butter crispy bar is thrown into the mix). The new Shack is located on Level 2 of Fulton Center.

If you’re not on board the Pokemon Go train, you should probably stop reading this post right now, download that app, and take it for a spin. This game is already more popular than Coca Cola, kissing, and cheese fries, combined.

Once you get in the thick of this game, you’ll probably visit PokéStops to get supplies, some of which are in (or in radius of) bars and restaurants. Know of any PokéStop restaurants in your neighborhood? Or — even better — PokéGyms? Let us know. Or if you spot any awesome monsters inside restaurants, please send screengrabs to or @eaterny on Twitter.

— A reminder about New York’s hottest delivery-only restaurant: Anyone can use Ando starting today. David Chang’s newest endeavor is also giving away free combo meals if you’re within the delivery zone (Midtown East) this week.

Work is now underway on Bowery Market, a tiny little food hall, of sorts, in the old Downtown Auto & Tire space on the corner of Great Jones and The Bowery. Cabilito Pupuseria is definitely one of the vendors, but the rest of the lineup has not been announced yet. A website is now live, but no word yet on when it will make its debut.

— Speaking of the Bowery, if you dine with your dog outside Bar Primi, the restaurant may give your pooch a special water bowl marked: "Drinkin’ on the Bow-wow-ry." According to a law that went into effect earlier this year, restaurants can opt to allow dogs in outdoor dining areas as long as there’s no food prep in these zones.

— A plywood dispatch from Robert Sietsema: "This place claims to be replacing the hapless Dumpling Go at 516 Hudson sometime in July. Though it calls itself an izakaya, they obviously don't know what the term means. First and foremost it should be a pub, and thus place has no liquor license."

[Robert Sietsema]

Salvation Taco is launching a lunch special today where guests can get three tacos with an empanada starter or chips & guacamole for $22 between noon and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Salvation Taco is also offering delivery during lunch via Caviar.

— East Village street art legend Chico touched up his handiwork on the Ray’s Candy Store signage recently.

— And finally, here’s a look at Matryoshka, a spa and Russian restaurant in the Financial District:

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