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Here Comes a ‘Real Housewives’ Restaurant — and More Intel

Plus, Chuko finally makes its Bushwick debut and other NYC restaurant news

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Kathy Wakile with Bethenny Frankel
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— Following the tradition of Real Housewives before her, NJ cast member Kathy Wakile is opening a restaurant. The Wyckoff, NJ spot — dubbed Pizza Love — will be Italian, focused on pizza, Mediterranean food, and dessert. Expect a June debut. Other coming attractions of note:

  • NYC restaurants sure do love rolling up to the Hamptons, with the latest — Upper East Side T-Bar Steak & Lounge joining the party this summer. It will open inside Kozu in Southampton.
  • Coming very soon to 146 Orchard Street is a Lower East Side outpost of Queens barbecue restaurant Butcher Bar. Butcher Bar LES will open on May 10 with a variety of barbecue styles, cocktails, and brunch.
Chuko’s vegetable ramen
Chuko’s vegetable ramen
Photo by Robert Sietsema

— Another week, another slew of restaurant openings. Leading the pack is the very-long-anticipated Bushwick location of Chuko, the popular ramen shop in Prospect Heights. It is now finally open at 144 Evergreen Avenue on Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Plus:

  • The Upper East Side outpost of taqueria La Esquina (1402 Second Avenue) debuted on Cinco de Mayo.
  • The DoubleTree at 346 West 40th Street is jazzing things up, with the double debut of a new rooftop lounge and ground floor restaurant. Lovage (on the roof) and Magnolia (on the street) are both now open.
  • Jack Kerouac-favorite San Remo Cafe has reopened at 201 Lafayette Street, and is attracting a different, less artistic crowd, Gothamist notes.

— A Department of Buildings issue has temporarily shuttered Brooklyn restaurant and event venue Glasserie. The closure, which started last week, forced a wedding to relocate, though manager Jen Brown anticipates a reopening early this week. “It involves the entire building and its paperwork, and we are caught in a crossfire. Our side will resolve very quickly,” Brown tells Eater, noting that an inspector is coming on Tuesday, May 9. The restaurant has been popping up at neighbor Fitzcarraldo in the meantime.

— In case you missed it, Mission Chinese chef-owner Danny Bowien will headline season six of the Anthony Bourdain-hosted Mind of a Chef. The popular PBS show has no return date yet.

— Longtime New York mag critic Adam Platt has visited Ichimura, the solo project from acclaimed sushi chef Eiji Ichimura (formerly at Brushstroke). Platt gives the $300-per-person meal just one star.

— A butcher at West Village institution Ottomanelli & Sons Meat Market has been arrested for allegedly handing a black delivery man a noose. Joe Ottomanelli reportedly gave Victor Sheppard the noose as a “gift,” prompting Sheppard to report him the police. Ottomanelli has been arrested on hate crime charges.

— Say goodbye to Chelsea’s Olive Garden, which quietly departed in January, along with East Village Thai restaurant Zabb City. Despite a note on its door saying management would return April 28, it remains shuttered.

Here’s Broad City actor Arturo Castro, appearing in a TV spot for Little Italy restaurant Di Palo’s. It’s part of the Department of Small Business Services’ “Love Your Local” campaign.

— Broadway fans can find some of the biggest theater stars hawking cookies at Schmackary’s next week. From May 15 through May 19 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., actors such as Andrew Rannells (HBO’s Girls, Falsettos), Christian Borle (Two-time Tony Award Winner, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), and Laura Osnes (Bandstand, Cinderella) will sell cookies for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, as the cookie shop has the past five years. Half of the proceeds and all of the tips will go to the charity during the event, which has raised $38,000 over the years.

— In honor of Chuko’s Bushwick opening, here’s a look at where its noodles come from: