— Newsday (paywall) has some additional details about EMP Summer House, the Hamptons home for Will Guidara, Daniel Humm and the Eleven Madison Park crew. “EMP House will offer indoor and outdoor seating with a seafood-focused menu and, under a big tent out back, lobster rolls, burgers, salads, and grilled fish. Diners can reserve large-format meals (including Humm’s take on a fried chicken dinner and a lobster boil) and order takeout baskets for home or the beach.” Also? They’ll have bar service and games like cornhole on the beach. The catch, as you may recall, is that you’ll need an Amex to pay credit card and to hold reservations.
— Take a look around the newly-opened Museum of Chocolate from French chocolatier Jacques Torres, that’s now open at 350 Hudson St. from Wednesday to Sunday. It “operates like a natural history exhibition, examining the origins of chocolate from Mayan and Aztec civilizations and looking into the process of transforming the cacao bean into chocolate.”
— Steve Cuozzo is not into the venison sandwich at Arby’s. “I’ve never eaten the actual flesh of a thoroughbred — nor of a rhinoceros. But the new Arby’s venison sandwich gave me an idea of how either beast might taste. It’s the least-palatable dish I’ve had since they slipped me giraffe at the Carnivore restaurant near Nairobi, Kenya, 30 years ago.”
— A man stole a dedication plaque for the World’s Fair clock at the Waldorf-Astoria at 1 a.m. the day before it closed for years-long renovations. The clock, crafted in 1893 and sold to the hotel in 1931, is the centerpiece of the national landmark lobby. The plaque is worth about $100.
— It’s looking like Gloria will open around March 17, the sustainable seafood restaurant at 401 W. 53rd St. from Contra alums Diego Garcia and Phil Johnson, as well as Leland Meibeyer. The menu will feature dishes like scallop with sea beans, green apples for $17, lionfish tartare with watermelon radish, jalapeno, and barley for $16, and stuffed squid with peas, edamame, an yuzu butter for $14.
— Hill & Dale at 115 Allen St. is about to close. “According to paperwork filed with Community Board 3, owner-operators of Bareburger, Nikolaos Marolachakis and Nikolaos Galanis, hope to take control of the business.”
— Georgian cuisine is headed to the East Village with the build-out of Ciala, a 49-seat restaurant with a a five-seat service bar at 77 Second Ave. The applicant, listed as David Kurtanidze, is proposing hours of 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
— For your viewing pleasure, it’s Eater old-school, at Veselka: