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Artichoke Basille’s Pizza Is On an Expansion Tear — and More Intel

Plus, more new restaurants about to open

Artichoke Basille’s pizza Artichoke Basille’s Pizza/Facebook

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza is getting even bigger. Williamsburg — which didn’t already have a location — is receiving one at 148 North 7th Street, and the original 328 East 14th Street store is moving across the street to an expanded space at 321 East 14th Street. According to owner Francis Garcia, the lease is up, so they took that as an opportunity for bigger and better. The new location will allow for expanded offerings, like cauliflower fritters, broccoli rabe sandwiches, and more. — Beth Landman

— A new restaurant called Yuan Noodle will try to make the space at 157 Second Avenue, which last held Biang! and Alder, work next. Details are slim on exactly what kind of noodle shop it will be, but more is sure to be revealed at the upcoming Community Board 3 meeting.

— 92 Rivington Street will become seafood restaurant Harvest of the Sea, from owners May Liu (M Shanghai Bistro & Garden) and Gustavo Fria. The Lower East Side is getting a bit of a seafood infusion — the new restaurant is in addition to Simply Hooked, the fish and chips restaurant that recently debuted nearby.

— A sports-heavy beer garden is headed to 93 Bowery. The Bowery Beer Garden, as it’s so aptly-named, will have a year-round covered space, open for brunch, oyster happy hour, and more. There will be 80 TV screens, 40 beers on tap, and an “exclusive underground lounge.” May 1 is the opening date.

— Bushwick artists are going up against the man, which in this case is McDonald’s, for using their street graffiti without permission. Six artists threatened to sue, and the fast food giant has responded by pulling the promotional videos that feature the content.

Ando’s downtown delivery area
Ando’s downtown delivery area

— Momofuku founder David Chang’s delivery service Ando has expanded to include downtown service, and it launches today. It’s not nearly all of downtown Manhattan, but the service area — pictured above — is crawling every closer to the majority of workers. Order at your own risk, though, as according to Eater’s Ryan Sutton, “Not everyone who orders delivery wants culinary bliss, and that's fair enough. Sometimes the nice thing about delivery is that it provides you with a reasonable supply of calories to keep you chugging through until dinner during a busy workday.”

— Two ex-Cafe Altro Paradiso cooks are opening Chez Ma Tante, a Canadian-inspired restaurant in Greenpoint (92 Calyer Street). Chefs Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber have teamed up with restaurateur Josh Cohen for this remake of Jimmy’s Diner, which has hot dogs and French fries at lunch, plus shellfish, charcuterie, salads, and more at a slightly more refined dinner. Chez Ma Tante opens Wednesday, April 26.

— 310 Bowery Bar owner Rick Aurigemma is applying to revive the Epstein’s Bar space at 82 Stanton Street, but as Bowery Boogie notes, it would require first paying $95,000 in penalties for past violations in the space. Aurigemma will be at the next CB3 meeting to address those issues.

— Leading Bay Area chef Daniel Patterson (Coi, Locol) is teaming up with Momofuku Ssäm Bar chef Matthew Rudofker for a four-course, “mid-spring” dinner. If you want in, tickets to the Thursday, May 4 event are $100, and right this way.

— Finally, take a look at how healthcare impacts restaurant workers, as told by the Robicellis: