A Brooklyn restaurant was shot into 10 times
Carroll Gardens Italian restaurant Marco Polo Ristorante was shot up on Sunday, with an employee arriving to find the front window and door full of bullet holes. Ten shell casings were found across the street. NYPD tells the Post that they expect it to be some sort of “message” to owners. In 2008, founder Joseph Chirico pleaded guilty to laundering money for the Gambino crime family, but his son and co-owner Marco Chirico claims to the Post that Marco Polo was caught in crossfire between battling gangs in Gowanus and Red Hook. Police disagree, saying the restaurant was the target.
Wallsé goes tasting menu only
Just two months after a glowing Times review, West Village Austrian stalwart Wallsé is switching things up. The menu no longer has a la carte options, instead offering three tiers of prix fixe: two courses for $59, three for $79, and four for $89. The beloved veal wiener schnitzel is still on the menu, but not on its own anymore.
Frenchette previews itself with a meatball recipe
In advance of the debut of Frenchette, an updated French brasserie in Tribeca from Balthazar and Minetta Tavern vets, duo Lee Hanson and Riad Niasr shared a recipe from the opening menu. Expect lamb ricotta meatballs in a spicy tomato sauce to be on offer when the restaurant opens in early March.
NJ’s Koreatown rivals NYC’s, Post says
The Post uncovers one of New Jersey’s many dining secrets, this time at what it calls Koreatown in nearby Palisades Park. Spotlighted are a massive 24-hour sauna with a food court (King Spa & Sauna), a custom latte art coffee shop (Kudo Society Cafe), a billiard hall (King Billiards), and of course a karaoke bar (Encore) and some Korean barbecue (Muk Eun Ji).
Brooklyn closures and reopenings
Over in Brooklyn, both locations of Jr. Bella’s Pizza, at 760 Coney Island Ave. and 1955 Flatbush Ave., have closed. So has Factory Cafe at 1724 Sheepshead Bay Rd., But, Rocky’s Pizzeria at 474 Coney Island Ave. has reopened after a fire.
A Holi food celebration
Holi, the colorful Indian celebration that welcomes spring, will be celebrated at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum with lots of food. On Saturday, March 3, Pondicheri, Chaatco, and Malai Ice Cream will be on hand with snacks and ice cream, alongside Bollywood dance classes and lots of color powder. Tickets and more information here. In the meantime, here’s a primer on Indian candy: