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Masa’s Long-Delayed Tribeca Restaurant Sees New Life — And More Intel

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Plus, a Snoop Dogg-endorsed Jewish soul food restaurant makes changes

Cafe Altro Paradiso
The sunny dining room at Cafe Altro Paradiso
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— Pour one out for the East Village location of Mimi’s Hummus. EV Grieve notes this morning that the 245 East 14th St. location of the excellent Israeli restaurant closed on Monday. Mimi’s, which has been in Ditmas Park for years, serves some of the city’s best hummus and shakshuka. Chef Mimi Kitani opened the outpost in October 2015, along with a stand in Urbanspace Vanderbilt. Both of the other locations remain open.

— Jewish soul food and jazz speakeasy Kitty’s Canteen is also likely closed. The Lower East Side restaurant opened in 2014 and served dishes like matzo-ball fried chicken with pastrami-spiced gravy. Snoop Dogg was a “creative partner” in the restaurant.

Update: Owner Richard Kimmel says that Kitty’s Canteen has not closed permanently, but its next door sibling Go-Go has. A pop-up will be going into the space in April.

— Upscale sushi legend Masa Takayama’s long delayed Tribeca restaurant Tetsu might finally be making a debut. Word initially started spreading about the chef’s new restaurant back in 2012. Now, Florence Fabricant reports that Takayama’s restaurant at 78 Leonard St. has new life and might open in May or June. The chef applied for a liquor license at the space back in November of 2015, telling locals that he would open both a casual ground floor restaurant and a subterranean space for tasting menus. Stay tuned for more info soon.

Threes Brewing is extending its outpost in Greenpoint (113 Franklin St.) through the summer, Purslane, a catering sibling to Metta and Rucola. The Greenpoint outpost will have a line-up of live music starting in April, DJ nights and guest breweries each Wednesday.

— Leonardo DiCaprio’s longtime nightlife buddy, Richie Akiva, who owns club 1Oak, is opening an ‘80s and ‘90s rock ‘n’ roll-themed bar next month in the East Village called E.Vil. It will reportedly be more dad rock than flashy club, but Page Six seems to think that Leo will still be hitting it up with his model friends.

— More sweets are headed to Harlem. A bakery called L.a. Sweets NY is opening on Lenox Avenue near 119 Street, not far from a location of ice cream shop Sugar Hill Creamery.

— Steve Cuozzo at the Post dishes on his favorite New York lunches for under $6, including Pizza Regina and Gumbo Bros.

Che Cafe — a pop-up vendor serving “chechenitas,” or empanada pouches — is opening its first brick-and-mortar restaurants soon. The new restaurant opens April 1 at 86 E. Seventh St.

— Next Sunday, April 2, the Estela team’s West Village restaurant Cafe Altro Paradiso is hosting a bake sale to benefit Planned Parenthood. The restaurant at 234 Spring St. will be offering treats from their own bakeries and from restaurants around the city, including Gramercy Tavern, Le Bernardin, Le Coucou, Del Posto, and more.

— Smorgasburg Instagram hit Wowfulls will start serving its waffle and ice cream cone hybrid desserts in a brick-and-mortar location on the Lower East Side soon. The Hong Kong egg waffle spot will be at 309 East Houston St.

— Finally, consider going out for fried chicken and beer at Korean fried chicken spot Turntable:

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