— Merchants NY will close on Feb. 28 after 25 years at 112 Seventh Ave. DNAinfo reports: “Developer A&H Acquisitions — which reportedly bought a controlling interest in the restaurant's building and the one next to it, at 116 Seventh Ave. — plans to convert the two buildings into a single, three-story retail building, a Department of Buildings spokesman said.”
— With locations in San Francisco and New York, Boba Guys are opening the newest spot today at 11 Waverly Pl., with opening profits going to the ACLU. Look for a menu of Hong Kong-style milk tea and customizable bubble teas.
— In signage sightings, they’re up at Sister Jane East Side Tavern in the former Redhead space in the East Village, slated to open in the spring. . . . . Things are coming along at Made Nice, the Eleven Madison Park sibling that’s opening in March(8 W. 28th St.). The menu at the fast-casual spot will include dishes like smoked salmon with greens, cod over fennel and crispy chickpeas, and confit pork with quinoa and kale.
—Moroccan restaurant Chouchou is opening March 1 at 215 E. 4th St. in what had been In Vino for over a decade. Here is the menu:
— Ligaya Mishan goes to Weekender Billiard in Woodside, a Bhutanese pool hall that’s serving ema datse, the Bhutanese daily meal, which is, “soup, stew or curry, none of which seem to fit its texture here: fresh green chiles, split and still armed with seeds, under a sheen of mollifyingly mild cheese.”
— For the Daily News, Rachel Wharton (also in this week’s Times) gives a shout-out to Bushwick spots Little Mo, for Vietnamese eats and Slavic flavors at Dillinger’s, serving plov, shashlik, and brunch specials like “‘sweet toast,’ currently topped with farmer cheese, house-made blueberry compote, blood oranges, buckwheat honey, and edible seeds and flowers.
— Consider the sensory pleasures of a drink — beyond getting drunk — after watching this video.