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A Limited-Run Omakase, More Breakfast Options, a New Tamale Shop, and More Intel

Burgers’ second coming, a birthday at Ray’s Candy Store, plus more NYC-related news

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Melissa McCart is the editor for Eater New York.

— Starting tomorrow night through Friday, Quality Meats (57 W. 58th St.) will transform the charcuterie bar into a six-seat surf and turf omakase with master chef Nozomu Abe, of Sushiden (19 E. 49th St. and 123 W. 49th St.) at the helm for the eight course dinner with beverage pairings by beverage director, Marc Passer. Tickets are $225 per person and include tax and tip. Expect dishes like aged pink snapper sashimi, abalone steak with ponzu emulsion, or Dungeness crab croquette.

— In “The Second Coming of a Burger Empire,” The New Yorker pairs Salvation Burger (230 E. 51st St.)— “a parade of well-executed dishes”— with Black Tap, that’s selling a burger that’s “still one of the best in the city.”

The Wild Son (53 Little West 12 Street) launched Monday service this week, serving breakfast and lunch from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Morning items like a bacon, avocado, and tomato sandwich on brioche with an egg; and buckwheat pancakes with honey, berries, and turmeric butter, are now available seven days a week. (Dinner is only available Tuesday though Saturday.)

— Speaking of breakfast, sales for McDonald’s all-day breakfast have dipped for the first time since it debuted in 2015, albeit a very small 1.3 percent last quarter.

Dover has closed in Carroll Gardens, the New York Times two-star restaurant from Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern, owners of Battersby. Ogrodnek told FloFab, “We’re not the only ones in this situation. We got people from Manhattan when we first opened, but those people go to what’s new.”

— Chef of Cosme in the Flatiron, Enrique Olvera is closing his flagship, Pujol in Mexico City and opening a new, more relaxed version of the restaurant nearby. “Mr. Olvera said his experience in New York made him realize that the constrained formality of Pujol, with its white tablecloths and sober lighting, no longer fit with what he enjoyed in a restaurant.”

Factory Tamal is now open at 13 Essex St., in the space that had been Cabalito, with a menu of tamales, $3 egg sandwiches, pressed sandwiches, and salads for $7 to $7.50.

Queens Dinner Club is hosting a Chinese banquet in honor of Chinese New Year at Asian Jewels (13330 39th Ave.) on Monday, January 30th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $70 per person for a dinner includes various dumplings and shiu mai, shrimp with garlic and pepper, dried seafood soup, stir fried steak with mango, braised noodles with mushroom and more.

— Look for a “Brooklyn-American” restaurant with a bit of New Orleans influence in a 75-seat Park Slope restaurant at 491 3rd Ave., from Andy and Piper Wandzilak. The proprietors of the now-closed Two Boots plan to open the yet-to-be-named spot in May.

— Happy Birthday to Ray Alvarez of Ray’s Candy Store on Avenue A, who turns 84 this month. Last night’s celebration at the shop, was “a Persian-themed event last night paying tribute to Ray's Middle-Eastern roots,” reports EV Grieve. “The evening included a reading from the "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyám," a variety of Middle-Eastern food and a belly dancer named Amanda.”

— And last, perhaps you’d like an egg in your coffee this morning.