— The newest McDonald’s (809 6th Ave.) in Chelsea has opened and the focus is croissants, chocolatines, and pastries— like a similar version in Paris. Plan on interacting with more employees in the dining room as opposed to taking orders, since it’s self-service touch screens. Welcome to the future.
— If funfetti is your thing, the newest Milk Bar has a sprinkle wall, at 74 Christopher St., opening today. All day, the shop is offering $1 Cereal Milk soft serve and $1 Cereal Milk white hot chocolate.
— We hear that the gas has been turned on at abcV (38 E. 19th St.) the newest restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, which would mean that friends and family would start next week, with the official opening to follow.
— “It hasn’t been the same since the grimy but beloved Chinatown Fair arcade lost its Tic-Tac-Toe-playing chicken a few years ago.” Steve Cuozzo is at his best in “Chinatown slowly losing its charm — and it’s restaurants,” a neighborhood where “. . .the most worrying trend is the changing restaurant scene.”
— Having opened a few weeks ago, Mandolino has its leopard-spotted dough, at 137 E. 13th St.
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— Kimbap Lab is now open within the Williamsburg Whole Foods, with Korean-style rolls with pork, tuna, bulgogi, and vegan options.
—Bill McDaniel, who had been the chef de cuisine at The Red Cat, will be cooking at the New American 60-seat restaurant, Motel Morris (132 7th Ave.) slated to open in Chelsea in March. It’s a project from the people behind The Commons Chelsea.
— Rebelle (218 Bowery) is launching all-day dining between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. with Little Rebelle, with a menu of all-day eats and delivery options via UberEats, Grub Hub, and Try Caviar. Breakfast includes banana and zucchini breads or granola and yogurt, lunch ranges from chicken soup or a grated carrot salad, as well as sandwiches like fried porgy or grilled sausage.
— King now offers Sunday lunch, a four-course meal inspired by regional Italian and French dishes. Seatings are at noon and 2:30 p.m. and can be reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
— In the event you thought otherwise, the cocktails at Cheesecake Factory are not for chumps.