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Jean-Georges Readies the Debut of abcV, Leuca Signage Peeping, and More Intel

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The Spotted Pig team is going to serve smoked tofu banh mi on the Upper West Side, plus more news and gossip from around NYC

[The bar at The Gander on West 18th Street]
[The bar at The Gander on West 18th Street]
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Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s long-delayed vegetarian restaurant abcV is now slated to open next month in the ABC Carpet and Home building near Union Square. Breakfast will roll out before dinner, and the restaurant will have a juice bar and a to-go counter. The morning menu will likely include congee, dosas, crepes, and a lentil-and-rice dish called kitchari. JGV tells The Robs about the inspiration behind that last dish: "We took the recipe from Deepak Chopra’s home and it’s absolutely amazing....A special spice makes it delicious, and not too heavy for breakfast." Stay tuned for more details on the opening of Jean-Georges’s third ABC restaurant as they become available.

A chef by the name of Damon Baehrel runs an eponymous tasting menu restaurant on his property near Albany, New York that might very well be the most elusive dining experience in America. But is the chef lying about the demand for reservations? Nick Paumgarten parses through the fact and the fiction in the pages of the New Yorker — it’s a sensational read.

Larry Wilmore and the staff of his cancelled late night show drowned their sorrows at El Original in Hell’s Kitchen on Thursday.

Gerardo Gonzalez, the chef who earned raves from the critics at El Rey Luncheonette, is gearing up to open his new Chinatown project in the old Winnie’s space with the people behind Dudley’s. Called Lalo, the restaurant will serve what Gonzalez calls "hippie chicano" cuisine. Expect a smoked-sable scramble, a vegan Caesar, a version of mofongo, and squid stuffed with chorizo and hibiscus. The chef tells New York: "You will probably never see a kale salad from me again." It’s slated to open in October.

— Signage is now up in the doorway of Noho Hospitality Group’s forthcoming Italian restaurant in Williamsburg’s William Vale Hotel:

A photo of the new Andrew Carmellini restaurant
[Leuca in Williamsburg]

Curbed NY got a tour of the shiny new hotel last week, which includes New York’s longest outdoor swimming pool and an elevated park structure that’s reminiscent of The High Line. At Leuca, Andrew Carmellini and his crew will serve Southern Italian fare with an emphasis on "coastal cuisine." Noho Hospitality is also operating a rooftop bar called Westlight, plus one more dining venue that's currently under wraps. Westlight is less than two weeks away from opening, and Leuca will make its debut later this fall.

White Gold, the new Upper West Side butcher shop/restaurant from the Spotted Pig crew, will offer hot dogs, smoked tofu banh mi sandwiches, rotisserie chickens, and steaks, as well as cuts of meat and charcuterie to take home. It’s slated to open next month in the Amsterdam Avenue space that previously housed Risotteria.

— The owners of Thai-style rolled ice cream parlor 10Below are planning a new shop at 42 1/2 St. Mark's Place in the East Village.

— A new Seamless billboard in Williamsburg advertises "food delivered faster than this neighborhood is gentrifying." A spokesperson for the company tells Gothamist that the brand wanted to "appeal to the no-nonsense nature of New Yorkers, and to showcase the fact that Seamless is a staple in the life of many of the folks who live in NYC."

— The tomato pies of Philadelphia and New Jersey are proof that you don’t need cheese to make great pizza.

Tribeca Citizen counts 129 vacant storefronts in his neighborhood, including the spaces that previously housed The Butterfly, Pakistan Tea House, and Aamanns Copenhagen.

— Lower East Side cocktail bar Ghost closed earlier this month.

— And finally, here’s an up-close look at the bleeding, meatless Impossible Burger:


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