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La Milagrosa and Haru to Open and More Intel

After a decade, Sugar Cafe rumored to close this week and other NYC news

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La Milagrosa opens tomorrow. Felipe Mendez , the chef owner of La Superior and Cerveceria Havemeyer, will debut his cocktail-centric spot at 149 Havemeyer St. next door to the cerveceria. The front room will offer fresh-squeezed juices and coffee from local purveyor, Oslo Coffee Roasters. The back room, accessed through a freezer door, will have tables booked through a private number, offering mezcal and tequila, as well as a menu of ceviche.

Haru, a New York City-based Japanese restaurant group, opened its seventh location at 859 9th Ave. in Hell’s Kitchen yesterday, serving specialty rolls, sake mussels, along with mandarin orange and fennel tuna sashimi.

Mimi Cheng’s Dumplings and Blue Hill are teaming up to combat food waste by offering wastED dumplings (380 Broome St. and 179 2nd Ave.) starting Feb. 1 through the month. The dumplings are a mix of Mimi Cheng’s typically discarded vegetable produce — bok choy or zucchini ends, kale stems— in a peanut ginger sauce. They’re $8.75 for six dumplings and $10.75 for eight dumplings.

Sugar Cafe on Allen St. may close by the end of the week. “This rumored closure might have something to do with the ongoing work at the southeast corner of East Houston and Allen Streets,” says Bowery Boogie, “The two buildings to which Sugar is attached – comprised of 175-177 East Houston – are in a state of construction flux. Both are stripped down to skivvies, head to toe. That includes the Preserve 24 space, too. It’s a complete gut job; Department of Buildings permits call for apartment renovations on floors two through four and “structural repair work.”

PokeSpot is moving to a bigger space, taking over what had been The Cleveland. “Owners Russell Yam and Alex Lam have signed a lease for a 1,200-square-foot venue at 25 Cleveland Place,” reports Steve Cuozzo of the New York Post. “Sources said the deal includes a 2,000- square-foot rear garden, which is expected to be open in time for summer.”

— Boston bartender who’s met some acclaim, Ran Duan of The Baldwin Bar is popping up at Middle Branch (154 E. 33rd) tonight after last night’s “F is for Fusion” dinner with New England chefs and bartenders at the James Beard House.

— For this morning’s temptations, behold the eclair:

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