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Chefs from Italian Michelin-Starred Restaurants Pop Up in NYC This Week

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Plus, the original Liquiteria shutters after 22 years — and more intel

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Chefs Club Counter is hosting Italian chefs for dinners this week
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Chefs Clubs Counter has meals from Italian chefs behind Michelin-starred restaurants

Chefs Club Counter in Soho, the fast-casual outpost of chef pop-up concept Chefs Club, is doing another more formal full-service pop-up meal this week, starting tonight. It’s a collaboration with Italian coffee brand Illy and features chef Alfio Ghezzi and Antonia Klugmann, each offering a five-course meal for $75 a piece. Ghezzi is behind two Michelin-starred restaurant Locanda Margon and Klugmann leads L’Argine di Vencò, which has one Michelin star. Buy tickets — and see the full menus — here.

Randall’s Barbecue takes some heat for tone deaf message

Newish LES barbecue spot Randall’s apparently had a sandwich board out with the message “Let us get you drunk and fill you with our meat?” in hopes of bringing people into the restaurant. Not exactly the most sensitive message considering all the date rape news happening; one reader tells Bowery Boogie: “Really obnoxious, particularly given recent headlines (i.e. Brett Kavanaugh). What a bunch of dopes—or worse.” It opened in August and has had middling reviews so far. Update: Owner-chef Jared Male says that he has now updated the sign and plans to “be much more sensitive moving forward.” “We truly apologize for any offense taken by the sign outside the restaurant. We were trying to be funny, and clearly missed the mark,” the statement says.

East Village location of Feltman’s has closed, with plans for new outpost

The St. Marks outpost of popular hot dog shop Feltman’s has left its tiny window at Theatre 80. The New York City-style hot dog shop — named for the inventor of the hot dog bun Charles Feltman, who Nathan Handwerker of Nathan’s once worked for — also has a location in Coney Island. Owner Michael Quinn tells EV Grieve that they outgrew the location and plan to open in a bigger location soon.

Original Liquiteria location will shutter after 22 years, plus other openings

Juice and smoothie shops are dime a dozen now after a boom over the last decade, but chain Liquiteria started in East Village back in 1996. Now, that first Second Avenue outpost will close on Friday. Six other locations exist across the city. Elsewhere in the neighborhood, an acai bowl shop called Tropic Bowl looks like it will soon open on First Avenue between Second and Third streets. And in Soho, a bright new cafe called Frankie Goes to Bollywood will be opening on Wednesday. The 204 Spring St., at Sullivan Street, restaurant will serve frankies, where a gluten-free flatbread wraps fillings like creamed spinach curry or pan-fried okra. It’s the first restaurant for owner Yasir Chaudhry.

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62 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012

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