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Trump’s Unstoppable Taco Tweet, Nishi Rolls Out Zombie Bowls, and More Restaurant News

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Michael White brings Nicoletta to Pennsylvania, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The dining room at La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels on Centre Street]
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— On Cinco de Mayo, Donald Trump made the internet melt when he shared a photo of himself eating a pile of slop from his restaurant with the caption: "The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill! I Love Hispanics." This week, the Huffington Post reveals that recently-demoted Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort tried to stop the tweet, to no avail. Apparently, Trump was already plowing through the hillock of beans and cheese when a family member suggested he tweet something about it, at which point Manafort "politely suggested that this might be seen as condescending and cautioned against it," according to HuffPo. Months before the incident, Eater’s senior critic Robert Sietsema ate this dish and wrote that it was "so devoid of flavor, it rendered an insult to Mexicans every bit as profound as Trump’s previous pronouncements."

— The Summer of Whatever continues at David Chang’s most unusual establishment, Momofuku Nishi. Although the restaurant opened with a menu of Korean-Italian fare, the team has since added Dagwood sandwiches and tuna poke buns during lunch, plus a veggie burger that bleeds. And now, the beverage list includes zombie bowls:

The restaurant is offering three large-format drinks, each for three to five people, priced from $35 to $42.

— The pizza snobs of NYC didn’t care much for Michael White’s thick-crust pies at Nicoletta when it opened four years ago, but that hasn’t stopped the chef from expanding his pizzeria across the land. White’s Altamarea Group already operates an outpost in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and today he’s opening a new location of the pizzeria in Pennsylvania's King of Prussia Mall:

— Today, Seamless launches its "turnkey" service in Manhattan, which means that if a restaurant wants to offer delivery but it doesn’t have any delivery people, the company will have its own network of employees ferry the food. Restaurants like Ivan Ramen and Black Seed will be using this service.

— In other delivery news: Dozens of restaurants are now offering late night delivery via Caviar from midnight to 2 a.m. Participating Manhattan restaurants include Corner Bistro, Joe’s, Kati Roll Company, Blue Ribbon Sushi, and Sweet Chick. In Brooklyn, users can get Motorino, M Noodle Shop, Pork Slope, and Artichoke Basille’s pizza delivered late at night.

— Here’s a clue as to why Times critic Pete Wells has a certain fondness for Señor Frog’s:

The Times Square location of the margarita mill closed earlier this week.

— The owners of Shoolbred’s and Kingston Hall are planning a New Orleans-themed restaurant in the old Flea Market Cafe/10 Degrees Bistro space at 131 Avenue A.

A new outpost of Chick-Fil-A is slated to open in the Queens Center Mall in a few weeks. This will be the chain’s third NYC location. Just like when the original Manhattan branch opened, this one will be offering free meals for a year (one per week) to the first 100 customers.

Chi Snack Shop, a small storefront specializing in Asian sweets, is slated to open in the old Mamoun’s space at 22 St. Mark’s Place soon. Mamoun’s moved to a bigger space down the block earlier this year.

— And finally, here’s peek inside the Sun Noodle Factory in Teterboro, New Jersey:

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