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Chuck Schumer Lashes out at Trump Supporter at UES Restaurant — And More Intel

Plus, there’s a Crown Heights pizza fight underway

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— Sen. Chuck Schumer yelled at a Trump supporter in the dining room at Sette Mezzo on the Upper East Side this weekend. His ire was directed at Joseph A. Califano Jr.’s wife Hilary, daughter of CBS founder and chair William S. Paley. Page Six reports he was “incensed” that Hilary voted for Trump, even though her husband Joseph is a known Democrat and the former US secretary of health, education, and welfare under President Jimmy Carter.

One witness said of the restaurant rant, “They are a highly respected couple, and Schumer made a scene, yelling, ‘She voted for Trump!’ The Califanos left the restaurant, but Schumer followed them outside.” On the sidewalk, Schumer carried on with his fantastical filibuster: “ ‘How could you vote for Trump? He’s a liar!’ He kept repeating, ‘He’s a liar!’ “

A Schumer spokesperson says, “. . . .There were no heated exchanges with anyone.”

Pinch Chinese (177 Prince St.) starts weekday lunch service today from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. A prix-fixe menu includes a choice of Taiwanese beef noodle soup and chicken sao bing sandwich, dumplings, and a salad like seaweed and tofu. Prices range from $13 to $18.

— Three years after opening, MatchaBar in Williamsburg will be closing Friday due to lease issues. “ To our customers thank you for supporting us on our mission bring matcha to the people, you will always be part of our MatchaFam,” write founders Max and Graham Fortgang. On Friday, they will be throwing a farewell party starting at 10 p.m. in the space (91 Wythe Ave.)

— Florence Fabricant reports on the opening of Roth Bar, a pop-up designed with entirely salvaged materials. It’s debuting in the Hauser & Wirth gallery 548 W. 22nd St. by Bjorn Roth, son of Swiss artist, the late Dieter Roth, who constructed the original at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Zurich in the late 90s. This one includes food catered by Great Performances, with beer and wine to come. Below, an incarnation of Roth Bar at Art Basel:

Pop-Up Roth Bar At Les Trois Rois On Occasion Of Art Basel Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for Hauser & Wirth

Bite has moved next door to 333 Lafayette, and while it’s not spacious, it offers “slightly more legroom for the business and alleviates the less-than-stellar working conditions.”

— There’s a kosher pizza war in Brooklyn, “pitting 21st-century foodie-ism against the decidedly 19th-century world of an insular Hasidic neighborhood.” The fight between Daniel Branover, who owns Basil Pizza & Wine Bar in Crown Heights, and Shemi Harel, who just opened Calabria, a pizza shop directly across the street from Basil, are in a dispute over “cryptic interpretations of holy law set down in ancient Aramaic thousands of years ago.”

— An all-day cafe, East One Coffee Roasters is opening at 384 Court St. on April 6, a shop from Tom Cummings and Morten Tjelum of New Row Coffee and FreeState Coffee in London. They’re using a levered Slayer Steam from the Seattle-based company and serving mac and cheese casserole as well as malted pancakes for breakfast, and grilled cheese, Tuscan kale, and burgers for lunch or dinner.

— Tickets are now available for the Wellness in Schools gala — the group that focuses on fitness, wellness, and nutrition for 50,000 kids in 100 schools across the country. This year’s gala features dishes prepared by Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Rocco DiSpirito, Alex Guarnaschelli of Butter, and Bill Telepan of Oceana and more. Tickets are $300 and can be purchased here.

— And last, decide for yourself if sushi is worth expense:

Sushi Ginza Omakase

Is this $ushi worth the ca$h?

Posted by Eater on Thursday, June 9, 2016

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