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Happy Ending Has Closed — and More Intel

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Plus, Esquire names NYC’s best bars in a national roundup

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Diamond Reef in Brooklyn, one of Esquire’s best new bars
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New York’s best bars, according to Esquire

Diamond Reef (1057 Atlantic Avenue) in Brooklyn, the Bar Room at the Beekman (5 Beekman Street), Death & Co. (433 E. 6th Street), ROKC (3452 Broadway), Slowly Shirley (121 W. 10th Street), and Bar Goto (245 Eldridge Street) make the cut for Jeff Gordinier’s and Kevin Sintumuang’s 24 Best Bars in America in Esquire today, with super curated suggestions for what to order. At Slowly Shirley, for example, it’s this: “Bartender Jim Kearns's FAF martini is, yes, absurdly expensive at thirty bucks, thanks to Beefeater Burrough's Reserve gin, but that and a perfect California-style cheeseburger might represent the closest you're going to get to a cosmic portal.” Or you can cross check best bars over here, with our recently updated best cocktail bars and best dive bars.

Bramble on!. . . . #bramble #gin #blackberry #cocktails #springcocktails #westvillage #nyc

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No more Happy Ending

Bowery Boogie reports that it looks like Happy Ending (302 Broome Street) has closed, with a tipster giving the heads up that the location has been shuttered since earlier in the month. “The purported closure could be related to recent raids here. In fact, the nightclub fell victim to two inter-agency M.A.R.C.H. raids in the last five months, most recently in early April, resulting in a total of seventeen summonses, police said.” The bar’s social media doesn’t announce the closure. Sushi Belly here is also closed.

Eric Ripert, hero

We like Eric Ripert more than we already did with this tweet showing a confiscated fidget spinner at Le Bernardin. They are the ubiquitous gadgets that quite possibly make users dumber.

Oyster shells to save the Hudson

Middle school kids from West End Secondary School went to the State Capitol to lobby for a bill that would “establish an oyster shell recycling tax credit, incentivizing restaurant owners to save shells and help reintroduce them into local waterways,” West Side Rag reports. Introduced by local Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, it provides a tax credit of ten cents a pound of oyster shells recycled, for up to $1,000 a year. Already, 60 restaurants in NYC participate in oyster shell recycling.

Name swap at a West Village legend

For a few days as Amazon films TV series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel about a 1950s housewife who decides to become a stand-up comedian, the cash-only diner Le Bonbonniere (28 E. 8th Street) becomes The City Spoon. Maybe it’ll stick.

Robert Sietsema

A beer for Pride

Brooklyn Brewery is pairing up with The Stonewall Inn with a beer to celebrate Pride month called The Stonewall Inn Wit: a bright, zesty wheat beer brewed with tangerine peel. It’s available starting June 1 at The Stonewall Inn, Duplex, and the Brooklyn Brewery tasting room. The partnership will help raise funds for Stonewall’s new venture, The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative by donating 50 cents for every pint sold.

How to become a brewmaster

Garrett Oliver tells us how:

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