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Food Halls Aren’t as Successful as They Seem, Report Says

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Plus, the Philippe Chow founder is opening an upscale Asian steakhouse — and more intel

Gotham West Market
Gotham West Market
Daniel Krieger

Turns out food halls are not so great for restaurateurs

Popular at this point in New York City for years, food halls have exploded all over the country. But there’s a dark side to them, The New Yorker reports, one where the restaurants that open inside of them lose. “It was one of those deals that seemed kind of good on paper,” Saltie owner Caroline Fidanza told the magazine of opening in Gotham West Market. But she left the hall four months later. Plenty of other restaurateurs have similar stories, right this way.

Philippe Chow founder to open nearby fancy Chinese restaurant

Just 100 yards from upscale Chinese restaurant Philippe Chow, new restaurant Jade Sixty Asian Steakhouse will open from the same guy who founded Philippe Chow. Stratis Morfogen, who also owns Jue Lan Club, told the Post that the new restaurant is an “Asian steakhouse concept [that] has never been done before.”

Where Blue Ivy and Bruce Springsteen are eating around town

Want to catch rock legend Bruce Springsteen in the wild? It’s apparently as easy as heading to Freds inside Barneys uptown nearly daily around 3 p.m., where the Boss has been eating lunch before his Broadway show, the Post reports. Nearby, the very famous child of Beyonce and Jay Z, Blue Ivy, had the formative experience of downing a Serendipity frozen hot chocolate.

Lots of changes on the Upper West Side

A recent community board meeting revealed a lot of forthcoming changes on the Upper West Side. Another pub from the same owners called Frank’s would take over the McAleer’s Pub space at 425 Amsterdam Avenue; Amsterdam Tavern at 938 Amsterdam Avenue could become Dive 106 from the owners of Dive Bar, Dive 75, and Broadway Dive; the same owners would also flip Seven’s Turkish Grill at 158A West 72nd Street to Seven Hills Mediterranean Grill; and finally, new owners are looking to take over The West End at 955 West End Avenue. Approvals will — or won’t — come at the next full board meeting on December 5.

One thing that’s not changing in the neighborhood? Watch below for the neighborhood’s best breakfast sandwich:

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