Celebrity club 1Oak now also an alleged crime hotspot
Club for the rich and famous 1Oak is also apparently a place for thieves to pick up people up. One woman allegedly swiped a $30,000 watch, a $12,000 watch, and $2,500 in cash from a Saudi diplomat after he took her home from the celebrity favorite. Earlier this summer, police said a woman took a $50,000 Rolex and $20,000 worth of gold jewelry from a man that she met at the bar. It might not be the same perp, but either way, the Saudi diplomat said he’s done going to the club. “Right now I’m not about it at all,” he told the Post.
Dumpling and noodle destination closes
Popular Chinatown restaurant Lam Zhou Handmade Noodle suddenly closed for unknown reasons. Bowery Boogie hears the owners are looking for a new space, but it’s not a sure thing. It’s been open for at least a decade, and despite the name, the 144 East Broadway dive was also well-known for fresh, juicy pork dumplings.
A new wings restaurant with a taste of Biggie
Crown Heights will soon be home to a wings spot called Brooklyn Wing House, a restaurant at 1218 Union Street that will offer flavors like pineapple teriyaki and sweet chili rum glaze. Neighborhood native Andrew Spaulding owns it with his friend David Spence, and besides the wings, they’ll sell fried chicken and waffles, fried catfish, and sandwiches like “the Notorious B.I.G. Catfish Sandwich,” a cheddar bay biscuit creation named after the Brooklyn artist.
Majorelle is overpriced and mediocre, critic says
Steve Cuozzo at the Post declares that he is “finished” with Majorelle, the Upper East Side French restaurant that went through some chef changes earlier this year. “[With] a $110 three-course French meal ranging from borderline awful to just OK, Majorelle is also the city’s — if not America’s — most overpriced restaurant in a long time. Oy, flambé,” Cuozzo writes.
Some openings and closings
A Japanese restaurant called Izakaya Ida opened on the Upper West Side recently, serving a broad menu of Japanese fare like ramen, yakitori, and sushi rolls. Meanwhile, Greek restaurant Anthi’s Greek Food is dunzo after the landlord took legal possession of the space, and yet another Starbucks makes its way to the neighborhood.
Over in Queens, the owners of popular Forest Hills bar Forest Hills Station House plan to open a similar restaurant and bar in Astoria, this time called The Astorian.
Organic health cafe keeps expanding in NYC
Miami-based healthy dining chain Dr Smood already has four locations in New York, and it looks like it’s not stopping its growth. Yet another outpost is opening on the Lower East Side at 181 East Houston Street near Orchard Street. The grab-and-go chain serves “anti-inflammatory” foods, aka mostly vegetables. If that’s not the right speed, take a look at this kosher brisket restaurant instead: