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Wolfgang Puck Might Bring Spago to NYC, Fletcher’s Joins Seaport Smorgasburg, and More Intel

Ando is giving away free lunch next week, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at Public]
[The dining room at Public]
Daniel Krieger

Wolfgang Puck is gearing up to open an outpost of his high-end steakhouse chain Cut in the Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. Although he operates a grab-and-go shop at JFK, this will be the celebrity chef’s first-ever official, sit-down restaurant in New York City. Puck made his name in Los Angeles, which he calls the "hardest market" because people like to cook at home. But the chef tells Richard Vines: "In New York, if you have a nice two-bedroom apartment, you're not going to cook that often....You don’t have the space, and you still make good money." Vines notes that if Puck can find the right space, he might even bring his legendary fine dining restaurant Spago to New York. Cut is slated to open in September.

— Starting today, Matt Fisher and the crew from Fletcher’s Brooklyn Barbecue will be serving ribs, and sandwiches filled with chicken, pork, and brisket at the South Street Seaport location of Smorgasburg. Fisher’s dry-rubbed St. Louis-style cut ribs recently won the Rib Kings of NYC event, which is one reason why his team was asked to join Smorgasburg. The South Street Seaport market is open daily for lunch and dinner.

— David Chang’s delivery-only Momofuku restaurant Ando is expanding service to everyone — not just people with early access codes — starting on Monday. And, as a launch special, Ando will be offering a free combo meal to users Monday through Friday of next week from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free lunch special includes a half-cheesesteak, a mini Milk Bar cookie, and an orange soda. The only hitch is that it’s exclusively available within Ando’s Midtown East delivery zone.

—  Four bartenders at the Southampton outpost of Jue Lan Club were busted for serving booze to minors last Friday. Southampton Police Detective Sgt. Herman Lamison tells the Post: "We send undercover agents in and they buy alcohol, and the bartender is arrested." Now it’s up tot he SLA to determine what happens to the restaurant’s liquor license.

— A new location of wildly popular salad chain Sweetgreen is slated to open at 67 Wall Street down in the Financial District on July 12. This will be the chain's tenth New York City store.

— In other salad chain news: Chop’t removed its New England Harvest salad from the menu earlier this week, and customers immediately took to Twitter to complain about the change. Six dressings and three toppings were also axed, much to the chagrin of Chop’t's die-hard customers. A rep for the company tells the Daily News: "We’re honored that people have such deep loyalties to various ingredients, and when we remove or change items, there are many opportunities for them to return as specials, according to the season and availability."

— Unconfirmed Eater Village rumormongering: The old Dahlia’s space is going to become a salad shop. The Mexican restaurant temporarily lost its liquor license after hosting a cocktail party for teenagers in January, then it closed in May.

— And finally, here's a look at Semilla's tasting menu: