Firefighter saves choking man in Staten Island restaurant
A FDNY firefighter saved a fellow diner’s life on Friday night after performing the Heimlich maneuver on him at Staten Island restaurant Da Noi. Stephen Cresci, 33, noticed Juan Camacho, 52, choking on lamb and jumped into action, freeing a piece of meat and saving Camacho’s life. “It was kind of like fate. How many chances do you have, a fireman sitting next to you when you’re choking?” Camacho told the Daily News.
A lovers’ spat in Alphabet City leads to a smashed window
The girlfriend of Richard “Handsome Dick” Manitoba — who co-owns Manitoba’s on Avenue B — smashed a window at the punk rock bar on Sunday night. Zoe Hansen reportedly came to the bar to demand money from Manitoba for their 15-year-old son, and when he refused, she smashed a wine bottle into the bar’s window. Manitoba was filing a police report about the incident on Monday. This isn’t the first physical fight between the couple; Manitoba was arrested on assault chargers earlier this month after allegedly assaulting Hansen.
Lobster Club launches bento box lunch
Starting Thursday, February 15, Major Food Group’s Lobster Club will launch lunch. The very colorful Midtown East Asian seafood restaurant will offer an a la carte menu — in full below — as well as a $35 Peter Marino-designed bento box that comes with a meat or fish entree, sauce, sushi roll, white rice, miso soup, sauteed pea greens, and spicy cucumber salad (wagyu beef is a $10 upcharge). Lunch runs weekdays from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with breakfast to come in mid-March.
Lots of closings and a coming attraction
Mini Mexican chain Otto’s Tacos will add a fourth location set to open this spring on the Upper East Side at 1568 3rd Ave. Newly opened sports bar Ainsworth at 64 Third Ave. has been shuttered by the Department of Health, though will presumably reopen. Cake fans are nervous to see that NY Cake, the epic sweets supply store in Flatiron, has announced it is moving, though hasn’t yet said where. Meanwhile, the original East Village location of Italian cafe Tarallucci e Vino at 163 First Ave. has temporarily closed until the end of March for a redesign. More permanently, Le Pain Quotidien will shutter its West Village branch at 550 Hudson St. at the end of March. And CoCo Bubble Tea’s Delancey Street shop is down for the count due to structural issues at the location.