— Scarpetta is moving from its 355 West 14th St. location to a new hotel opening in the fall: The James New York - NoMad, at 22 E. 29th St. John Meadow’s LDV Hospitality will be handling the food and beverage. "This location will offer guests the same intimate, casual yet elegant, dinner experience complimented by a more robust, casual, all-day-long bar-dining offering,'' says Meadow. Thomas Juul-Hansen will design the new place, and the menu will keep favorite dishes like spaghetti with tomato and basil and short rib bone marrow agnolotti, along with adding some new bar items. LDV will retain Scarpetta's original 14th Street space for a new concept. — Beth Landman
— Sweet Chick, backed by rapper Nas, allegedly owes a real estate agency $50,000 in commission after it went behind the broker's back and signed a lease for its planned Prospect Heights location, according to a lawsuit filed in New York Supreme Court. "We were very excited about working with them. We were fans of the brand. We were fans of the food. We were fans of Nas. So it resonated with us," Branded Concept Development president, Andrew Moger told DNAinfo.
— Among lovely options for this evening, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra will play at chef Kurt Gutenbrunner’s Blaue Gans (139 Duane St.), a stop before its performance at Carnegie Hall this weekend. Starting at 7 p.m. it’s $58 a person for three dishes a la carte.
— Open since 2008, Ost Cafe closes on Sunday. EV Grieve reports that the owners cite it’s too expensive to run a business in the neighborhood. “Unfortunately, our little corner of 12th St and Ave. A has become too expensive to stay open any longer. The East Village (the commoditized version of it that is controlled by the Real Estate industry) is moving on up, and they seem to have forgotten to set any place at the table for small businesses. The City of New York is complicit in this change, cheering from the sidelines for more, bigger, taller, and pocketing the tax revenue. Alas.”
— The New York Dog House in Astoria (37-06 30th Ave.) was shuttered by New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for owing $168,323.88 in taxes. Astoria Post reports this as the second time the restaurant has been closed, with the first go-round in October, when the restaurant owed $154,712, but was allow to reopen in November. “We have yet fallen to the unjust practices of the Department of State,” reads the sign on the door. “We will rise again!”
— A tipster points to what’s taking over the Belgian-themed BXL Cafe that resided at 125 W.43rd St. since 2004:
— On Sunday, it’s a collaboration dinner at Fung Tu between chef Jonathan Wu and No. 7 Restaurant’s Tyler Kord, with dishes that include roti double decker broccoli tacos, and Chinese custard with broccoflower, ricotta salt, lychee muchim, and pine nuts. It’s $50 per person, with spots available via Resy.
— Will the phoritto become a New York thing?