Hotel that’s home to Jean-Georges restaurant gets real lit
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten may have a reputation for fine dining and parent-friendly, vegetable-heavy restaurants, but his recently opened LES restaurant Public Kitchen shares a space with what is apparently New York’s newest hotspot for sexual voyeurism. Guests at the new Ian Schrager development Public Hotel, where Public Kitchen is the flagship restaurant, have been having lots of sex without closing the blinds, according to nearby residents. Locals say they see nudity from the hotel about four times a week — the Post even captured some underwear-clad women through the window on Tuesday night. Besides the coitus, guests also seem to be getting rowdy on the hotel’s rooftop bar. Locals say that it is frequently noisy well into the night.
Luzzo’s BK team brings pizza to LIC
A new Italian restaurant called Levante opened in Long Island City this week, run by people who’ve worked on Brooklyn Heights pizzeria Luzzo’s BK. The new Queens restaurant serves pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven, pasta, salads, and panini. It will serve a limited menu for a few weeks, until it gets a liquor license. It’s one of a swathe of restaurants expected to debut in the neighborhood. A recent survey found that locals are hungry for more dining options.
New fast-casual Italian The Sosta takes a beating
Post critic Steve Cuozzo doesn’t think the food at new Nolita restaurant The Sosta is bad, but he takes major issue with the way it’s marketed as “fresh, authentic Italian.” It’s decent, cheap pasta in cardboard bowls that’s comparable to other grab-and-go places in the city, he writes, “ So why were my beef-and-pork meatballs so sinewy that my Sicilian grandmother would have hung her gentle face in shame?” He calls it pretentious and says Sosta “begs for a little gratuitous face-slapping.”
Rising commercial rents unsustainable in Park Slope, experts say
Five-year-old French-Hungarian bistro Cafe Dada shuttered its Seventh Avenue location last week — the latest in a string of commercial closures in the corridor. Retail rent rose a whopping 35 percent between winter 2016 and winter 2017, a report showed. Real estate experts say that retail rent on the avenue is “not sustainable” for small businesses, meaning don’t be surprised to see more Starbucks and nail salons instead of mom-and-pops.
35-year-old East Village deli says goodbye
Golden Food Market at the corner of First Avenue and 7th Street is no more. EV Grieve hears that a new rent price from the landlord was too high for owner Ali Fardos. The Fardos family also owns East Village Organic, and notably, they stayed open for locals during Sandy.
Bushwick favorite flips into ‘Fine Time’
Recently closed Bushwick restaurant Central Station will reopen tonight as a bar called Fine Time. Owner Casey Spindler also runs local wine bar The Evergreen, and here, she’s serving frozen margaritas, painkillers, draft beer, and eventually, late night eats like sausage and fries. Speaking of sausage, check out how the Meat Hook makes theirs: