— A four-alarm fire broke out in Chinese restaurant, New Flushing Noodle Shop, at 135-42 Roosevelt Ave. in Flushing. Quickly after the fire broke at 2:00 p.m., it began spreading to adjoining businesses. Two firefighters were injured and the 7 station had been flooded, but service resumed Wednesday night.
— A new omakase restaurant is opening on the Upper East Side, this time run by the former executive chef of O Ya. Chef Don Pham plans to open his new restaurant Sushi Ishikawa at 419 East 74 Street in the spring. It will have a ten-seat sushi bar and about a dozen seats at tables. He will offer a variety of set menus, starting at around $100. Despite the name, it has no connection to the three Michelin Ishikawa in Tokyo. — SD
— Florence Fabricant reports in the Times that X Bar will open at 316 East 84 St. The restaurant is from Danny Brown, who received a Michelin star for his restaurant, Danny Brown Wine Bar & Kitchen in Forest Hills. X Bar is a 23-seat bistro named for the now-closed Bar de l’X (a restaurant in Paris). It offers a copper bar with 10 seats with the remaining seats in the small dining area.
— A 30-year Upper West Side stalwart, Bella Luna has moved and will be opening at today 574 Columbus Ave. “New features added by the owner, Turgut Balikci, include a brick pizza oven and a 1930s mural of Central Park that has been restored,” reports FloFab.
— A frozen food restaurant, Babeth’s Feast, has opened on the Upper West Side at 309 Amsterdam Avenue. At least they’re honest about it.
— Bushwick bar Boobie Trap is providing a public service by offering one free bottle of booze in exchange for a man bun. So far, the bar has four nailed to the wall.
— Fifteen restaurants and bars around the Meatpacking District, including High St. on Hudson and Untitled at the Whitney, are donating portions of drink sales to the American Civil Liberties Union through the end of the month.
— This weekend provides no shortage of options when it comes to Chinese New Year feasts, with restaurants like Fung Tu (22 Orchard St.) celebrating the Year of the Rooster on Jan. 27 and 28. Whether it’s the $68 Cockerel feast, the $88 Rooster spread or the $111 Deluxe Rooster banquet, the menus offer dishes like red envelope wontons with golden beets to symbolize coins. Inside, it’s Maine scallops, scallions, sesame oil, and Amontillado with a bit of shrimp. They’re served with a Superior stock that had been simmered with shrimp shells, chicken feet, ham, and more. Check out the website for menus and to make reservations.
— For today’s video, behold the Peking duck: