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The Most Expensive Storefront Rent in Brooklyn — And More Intel

Plus, another Trader Joe’s for Manhattan

Tim Ho Wan
Line update: dim sum import Tim Ho Wan is still a hotspot on the weekend
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— Besides a new location on the Upper West Side, grocery store Trader Joe’s will also be opening a Soho outpost at 161 Sixth Ave., near Spring Street, at some point in the next year.

— The most expensive place to rent a commercial space in Brooklyn? Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn, which has gone up 8 percent in the last year. The Real Estate Board of New York credited it to the opening of projects like City Point, where Alamo Drafthouse and the upcoming food hall Dekalb Market live. Previously, the priciest corridor in Brooklyn was Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg. Rents there have gone down a whopping 18 percent, the most dramatic rent decrease that the REBNY saw in the borough.

— Today in sigh: Those spaghetti doughnuts were extremely popular at Smorgasburg’s opening weekend, selling out by 2 p.m. at the Saturday market in Williamsburg.

— Boozy brunch got bloody at Libation over the weekend. A fight started inside the Lower East Side restaurant around 4 p.m. The victim had spat on a woman, which prompted the woman’s male friend to punch the victim. As they walked out, somebody else hit the victim with an object, sending him to the hospital with a gash below the ear.

— Looks like the West Village location of Baby Brasa, in the former Empire Szechuan building, is almost open. The formerly red building is now painted white. Owner Franco Noriega — a model/chef/restaurateur — will be serving an expanded menu of Peruvian rotisserie chicken, including more “superfoods” from his native country.

Baby Brasa Robsert Sietsema

— The Robs found the LA-import Eggslut sandwiches at the new Chefs Club Counter slightly unwieldy but delicious: “You might not need to go to L.A. to eat one, but it’s worth a trip to Soho.”

— Steve Cuozzo writes about the history of Keith McNally’s seminal French brasserie in Soho Balthazar. It was the most hyped restaurant of its time when opening in 1997, and now it “is a much better, and more democratic, restaurant,” Cuozzo writes.

Red Hook Lobster Pound’s East Village location at 16 Extra Place is closed, at least for now.

— Lower East Side pasta restaurant Sauce will soon have a pizza counter. LES Pizza will be a takeout window next to the 78 Rivington St. restaurant and will offer “thin-crust, low calorie” pies.

— In collaboration with, a slew of local business are offering 20 percent discounts today to raise awareness about the pay gap between women and men. See a full list of participating businesses here, including Toby’s Estate Coffee, The Bean, and Verde Curated Greens.

— Finally, take a quick, visual look at the tasting menu at Contra: