The Grill team went hard with celebrating that Times review
Pete Wells filed a glowing three-star review of Major Food Group’s theatrical midcentury chophouse restaurant The Grill yesterday, and the crew celebrated with a fittingly outrageous giant ice sculpture with three stars. From the look of MFG events staffer Peri Izzo’s Instagram, it was also a luge.
Chef Mario Carbone, who has been in charge of The Grill, also chilled out with a cigar. Over-the-top and outrageous has been the general theme at the restaurant in the landmarked Seagram Building restaurant. Earlier this year, MFG launched the restaurant with accoutrements like a champagne pyramid and oyster-shaped ice sculptures.
Wd~50 and Alder alum takes over fairly new East Village seafood restaurant
Out East, the pink-imbued and Long Island-inspired East Village restaurant that opened in the spring, already has a new chef. Former Wd~50 chef de cuisine and Alder executive chef Jon Bignelli now helms the kitchen and will put in a new menu at the restaurant, which still focuses on seafood. Expect dishes like a diver scallop crudo and seafood fritto misto. The restaurant also just started brunch, with dishes like a lobster avocado toast with green goddess dressing.
Thieves finding victims at upscale clubs
Two women stole close to $16,000 worth of property from a 79-year-old man that they met in Club Macanudo, a pricey cigar club and restaurant on the Upper East Side. The man brought the women to his hotel after meeting at the club, and once there, the women grabbed a $13,000 watch and cash and left. Earlier this month, similar crimes were happening after people met at celebrity hangout 1Oak.
Police under investigation after accusations of racism at neighborhood barbecue
A video of two officers busting a Harlem sidewalk barbecue went viral this week — with people accusing the police of being racist for pouring water on the grills. Now, NYPD says it’s investigating the case. NYC has rules about using portable grills outdoors, but it’s not entirely clear what happened in this instance.
Openings, closings, and potential re-openings around town
Ludlow Street Thai restaurant Hi Thai shut its doors this summer after a decade on the Lower East Side. Over on First Avenue in the East Village, a Korean restaurant with “tapas influences” called Space Mabi plans to open next month. Signage at shuttered old school Chinatown diner Cup & Saucer has come down, fueling rumors that the owners plan to reopen elsewhere. And in Harlem, a new coffee shop called Ganache Coffee looks like it’s opening on Frederick Douglass Boulevard near 119th Street.
Big chefs team up for health in schools
Chef Bill Telepan is hosting Angie Mar, Alfred Portale, Claudia Fleming, and Michael Schwartz for an annual dinner benefiting Wellness in the Schools, a non-profit aiming to change health culture in schools. The dinner will be at Oceana on Thursday, September 14, and the chefs will serve a five-course dinner. Individual seats start at $1,250. If that’s not in the budget, other places around town have been trying to combine activism in their restaurants, like Crown Heights bar Butter & Scotch: