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Four Seasons Auction Fetches $4 Million, City Vineyard Grows in Tribeca, and More Intel

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The Bruckner Market will likely feature a Douglas Rodriguez restaurant, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[Cafe El Presidente in the Flatiron District]
[Cafe El Presidente in the Flatiron District]
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The pre-sale estimate for The Four Seasons auction was $1.33 million, but on Tuesday, the furniture, silverware, and other relics from the storied restaurant sold for a total of $4.1 million. The event was briefly interrupted by the sound of drilling in another part of the Seagram Building. Auctioneer Richard Wright told the Times: "That’s Aby trying to break in." He was, of course, referring to Seagram Building owner Aby Rosen, who gave Four Seasons proprietors Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder the boot.

— Michael Dorf, the owner of City Winery, is set to debut his new waterfront restaurant, City Vineyard, at 233 West Street near Pier 26 in Tribeca tomorrow. The massive space — which has been awaiting its first tenant for several years now — features an indoor dining room, a patio, and a rooftop deck. The restaurant will launch with wine, beer, cocktails, and a cold food menu. Once the gas gets turned on, City Vineyard will offer a number of seafood dishes, including lobster rolls.

— If everything goes according to plan, developer Keith Rubenstein will bring acclaimed Nuevo Latino chef Douglas Rodriquez to his forthcoming Bronx food hall, The Bruckner Market. DNAinfo notes that Rodriquez will likely operate both a restaurant and a take-out cafe in the market, both with affordably-priced menus. Rubenstein is shooting for a fall 2017 opening. Stay tuned for more details on the Rodriguez restaurants as they become available.

Alphabet A’s biscuit-centric restaurant Empire Biscuit has been closed for most of the year. Many months ago, the management hinted at plans to return via a sign in the window, but now EV Grieve notices that a summons from the Civil Court of the City of New York is taped to the front of the space. A waste management company is trying to collect on a debt. Empire Biscuit is likely closed for good.

— Two new dishes recently hit the menu of David Chang’s delivery-only Momofuku restaurant, Ando:

Merchants Hospitality signed a $40 million deal to take over the OUT Hotel in Hell’s Kitchen. Crain’s notes that the group plans to bring "a premier nightclub" to the OUT and "reposition the hotel's restaurants with celebrity chefs." The gay-themed hotel currently houses The Lindeman Restaurant, serving New American food, and a club called 42West.

Voice critic Zachary Feldman visits Greg Baxtrom’s Prospect Heights hot spot Olmsted: "Piping-hot chawanmushi, Japan's glorious egg custard, here prepared with spring onions and summer truffles, is deceptively hearty. Baxtrom's English pea falafel, meanwhile, comprises a mezze of cardamom labneh, pickles, and minted peas to stuff inside ‘peata’ — bread made from green-pea flour and baked à la minute in the tiny kitchen's salamander grill. And a carrot 'crepe' festooned with sunflower seeds is laid out in a single sheet over butter-sauced littleneck clams."

— A new location of Japanese comfort food chain Go! Go! Curry! is now under construction on 125th Street near Broadway in Harlem. No word yet on when it will open.

Ric Addison, whose Addison Hospitality operates the Monarch Rooftop, is planning a new 250 seat all-day restaurant in Midtown. This will be Addison’s first proper restaurant, and a rep sends word that he’s also planning another rooftop bar. Addison has not yet revealed the exact locations of these venues, but both projects are slated to open this fall.

Park Slope Australian restaurant Sheep Station will close for good after service on Friday. The owners have a sister restaurant, Zuzu Ramen, that’s still in business down the street.

— Reminder: Tonight is the last night in business for The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Terminal.

— Four decade-old Hester Street greasy spoon The Classic Coffee Shop is back in action after a week-long renovation.

A new Mexican restaurant from the owner of Tarros Bar in Corona is coming to the former Bierkraft space in Park Slope. Bierkraft closed last summer after 13 years in business. The new restaurant is slated to open in September.

— And finally, here’s a look at five ice cream creations from Morgenstern’s:

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