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Amanda Cohen’s Great Canadian Beer Hall, 25 Year-Old Novecento Closes, New Dessert Places Everywhere, and More Intel

Poke Run to open, a slew of restaurant closings, and other NYC news

Robert Sietsema

— Chefs and staff joined the weekend Women’s March in droves, with New York restaurateurs like April Bloomfield taking a stand and Mario Batali his usual outspoken self on Twitter.

Tonight, chef, owner, and Toronto-native, Amanda Cohen hosts The Great Canadian Beer Hall from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Dirt Candy (86 Allen St.), a once-a-week outpost of the Great White North. “No matter how scary the world gets,” says the announcement, “Canada will always be there for you, America.” Look for Molson, Labatts, and Moosehead brews and a limited menu of poutine, nachos, Nanaimo bars, and beaver tails — fried dough topped with cinnamon and sugar, PB&J, or Nutella. It’s an all-Canadian soundtrack, along with a broadcast of the Toronto Maple Leafs game against the Calgary Flames.

Patisserie Chanson is opening this winter in the Flatiron at 20 W. 23rd St. from the former pastry chef of Hakkasan, the London-born Rory Macdonald. Chanson will be serving pastries, lunch, and afternoon tea by day, cocktails, Champagne, and “an elevated dessert dining experience” in the downstairs bar at night. Look for a selection of breads from sourdough to cheddar onion rye and apple thyme brioche. Sweets include bon bons, eclairs, and macarons. Sandwiches, salads, and toasts are listed among savory dishes.

Happy Ending on the Lower East Side is now serving sushi, with Olympic track athlete Michael Stember serving sushi Tuesday to Saturday nights. The guy who founded Sushi Belly Tower abbreviates name of regular service to Belly. It’s apparently a run-up to his opening a restaurant called Poke Run, with the LLC listed at 342 Bowery. Happy Ending, on the other hand, is still navigating a sea of troubles.

New Territories has opened on the Lower East Side from Peter Mei and George Tang, who put together a menu of Hong Kong-style waffle cones, and a lone Instagram-friendly milkshake dubbed the Unicorn Parade. Anticipate a secret menu to celebrate Chinese New Year Jan. 28th, which customers can access with the greeting of “Gong Hay Fat Choy.”

— The original location for Argentine restaurant Novecento at 343 W. Broadway that’s been open since 1991 has closed. The group has several U.S. locations in Miami, along with restaurants in Uruguay, Argentina and Mexico.

East of Eighth has also closed at 254 W. 23rd in conjunction with owner David Feldman’s catering group, Benjamin Catering, that had been in operation since the 70s, DNAinfo reported. “In an email, Feldman said East of Eighth couldn’t keep up with the wage hike and overtime regulations. The family closed Benjamin Restaurant & Bar in Kips Bay in October and Mumbles in Gramercy last year.

Uncle Sam’s Burgers has closed on 307 5th Ave., a short-run spot that debuted in 2015.

— And finally, a quick, sweet video for your Monday.

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