Tips for Jesus mystery gifter unmasked on the Upper West Side
Tips for Jesus has been sprinkling massive amounts of money on service workers across the country for years now, but he has managed to remain anonymous. Now, the Post outs him as Jack Selby, discovered after the former PayPal vice president left a $5,000 tip for an Upper West Side bartender at Guyer’s.
New openings and coming attractions
Queens Hawaiian bakery Mahalo New York Bakery is headed to 443 East Ninth Street, making this the third NYC location for tropically flavored cupcakes, shave ice, and more. Nearby at 110 Avenue A near Seventh Street, Tompkins Square Bar is now open with drinks, burgers, pizza, pool, and more. Over on the Upper West Side, the brother of AG Kitchen chef-owner Alex Garcia will be opening a new Asian-Latin taco shop at 522 Columbus Avenue. Zen Taco will serve dishes like nachos with queso, salsa, guacamole, fried wontons, duck sauce, and mustard sauce from chef Rene Garcia.
Another Health Department shutter
Following a 49 violation points in a November 16 Health Department inspection, arcade bar Two Bit’s is closed. The Lower East Side game bar was shuttered for things like live roaches, filth flies, and more. Ownership promises a return.
Roman’s longtime chef departs
The chef behind Andrew Tarlow’s Fort Greene Italian restaurant Roman’s has left the restaurant after eight years of turning it into a solid neighborhood spot. Dave Gould is gone, and in his place is his sous chef Frank Reed — a chef who’s spent the past year cooking for the U.S. Consul General in Naples and meeting with the restaurant’s purveyors in Italy. Reed’s new menu will debut after the holidays.
A local Thanksgiving disaster hotline
Meatball Shop owner Daniel Holzman is dedicating his Turkey Day to helping others not mess theirs up. The chef has created a text hotline — (833) HOT-BIRD — open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m on Thanksgiving Day for anyone with turkey-cooking questions. Or intrepid cooks can just try making this bacon-wrapped version instead: