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Street Food Trucks and Carts Will Get Health Grades Starting in December

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Plus, a Filipino restaurant is headed to the Lower East Side — and more intel

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The Health Department is cracking down on NYC street food

Thousands of street food carts and trucks around NYC will be slapped with sanitary grades ranging from “A” to “C” starting December, the Post reports. But it’ll take a whole two years for the Health Department to grade the 5,500 carts authorized to sell food in the city. It’ll be a similar grading system to the restaurant one, and the carts will be tagged with GPS locators so inspectors can find them — a move street vendors fear could be used to target illegal immigrants, according to the Post.

Openings, closings, and coming attractions

After a year and a half of construction, Filipino restaurant Tsismis is four weeks out from opening on the Lower East Side at 143 Orchard St., with spam burgers and a crispy pork knuckle sandwich with pickled enoki mushroom from chef Shane Walsh (Prune, Bubby’s) and Stephen Young. Nearby tea cafe Zenchai Cafe at 94 Rivington St. has closed after 16 months, blaming “market conditions.” But in Tribeca, a cafe called 87 Walker is on the way with a liquor license and comfort food.

Critic finds “unorthodox” momos in a Queens restaurant

Times critic Ligaya Mishan spills her love for deep-fried momos at Momo Crave, where she finds tandoori chicken-like dumplings that are cooked on skewers over a smokey grill. The results are “dark orange-red globes” with “crisp” skins that give way to an “earthy and fervid” taste, like tandoori chicken. The tandoori momo — filled with beef, chicken, soy patties, chives, and cilantro — is “juicy” on the inside and “crunchy” on the outside, she writes. The Queens restaurant, which sits on the border of Woodside and Jackson Heights, dishes out “unorthodox dumplings,” such as the tandoori chicken one and a Mexican-inspired black bean option, to compete with similar restaurants in an area where the Himalayan-born dumplings are plenty, she writes.

1 OAK nightclub founders are caught in a legal battle

One of the co-founders behind the famed 1 OAK nightclub is suing his former partner for allegedly lying to him about the nightclub’s and other shared ventures’ profitability to dupe him out of a lucrative sale, the Post reports. The plaintiff, nightlife businessman Richie Akiva, allegedly told Scott Sartiano that their nightclubs were losing money, prompting Sartiano to sell his shares to Akiva in a series of “low-ball payments” over the past few years, the Post reports. Akiva then sold his former partner’s shares for a whopping $60 million, according to the lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court. Sartiano is suing Akiva for $15 million, according to the Post.

The River Café is home to one of Brazil’s musical gems

There’s a Brazilian musical gem “hiding in plain sight” at the River Café under the Brooklyn Bridge, where Dom Salvador has played piano for the past four decades, a recent Times profile shows. The reporter highlights the influential jazz musician’s life — 41 years of which were spent at the iconic, Michelin-starred restaurant known for playing an important role in the farm-to-table movement. Salvador, now 80 years old, quickly rose to fame within the samba-soul genre in Brazil, but he moved to NYC in the 1970s hoping to make it as a jazz pianist here instead. He settled in at the River Café in 1977 — and has been there ever since.

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