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Chinatown Cheap Eats Destination Yummy House Shutters After Decade-Plus

Plus, a quirky egg museum is coming to NYC — and more intel

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Yummy Kitchen
Chicken with hot pepper and scallion on rice at Yummy Kitchen
Photo by Robert Sietsema

Yummy Kitchen closes after many years in Chinatown

After serving affordable stir fries over rice for more than a decade, Yummy Kitchen in Chinatown has closed. The cheap eats destination was beloved for its dishes like chicken with hot pepper and scallion; fish cake with pickle, baby shrimp with scrambled egg; and pork with taro, all served in heaping portions over rice for as little as $5. Devoted diners have been leaving eulogies on Yelp, where one person noted that the restaurant lost its lease.

David Burke will take over food operations at Long Island hotel

Chef David Burke is wading into the Long Island food scene, taking over food operations at Garden City Hotel in Garden City. There, he’ll stamp his name onto everything, opening Red Salt Room by David Burke and King Bar by David Burke. Guess if the hotel is paying him, they want it to be known, though surely his signature clothesline bacon will announce that, too.

A new chef and menu for all-day restaurant De Maria

De Maria, the fashion crowd-attracting all-day restaurant in Soho, has a new chef and a new menu. Adriana Urbina has cooked at Atera, Rouge Tomate, and French Louie and has created a menu based on her upbringing in Caracas, Venezuela. Dishes, alongside a good selection of natural wine, include scallop crudo with coconut cheese, brown butter, preserved lemon oil, and raspberries; the full menu is below.

Pineapple is so hot to drink right now

The Times is declaring pineapple juice as cocktails’ hot new ingredient. Apparently it’s super hot right now — was it ever not? — with bars and restaurants like Simon & the Whale, Grand Army, Leyenda, and Slowly Shirley pouring the fruit juice into its cocktails in drinks like the “Sweep the Leg” at George Washington Bar in the Freehand Hotel, a mix of shochu, clarified pineapple-Thai-basil juice, and lime.

Five coming attractions

Tribeca’s 20 Warren Street looks like it will become a sushi spot, according to community board application documents; a French restaurant called Papilles is headed to 117 E. Seventh St.; 58 Second Ave. is set to become an Italian restaurant called Daniela Mia; Bushwick will get a Nicaraguan restaurant called Chicha at 198 Randolph St. with dishes like baho quesillo, or a corn tortilla served with quesillo cheese and beef braised in beer; Mediterranean restaurant Pergola will open a second location near Union Square at 116 E. 16th St.

An egg museum is coming

The Egg House, NYC’s newest niche museum, will be dedicated to eggs, and it’s a very quirky one. The Lower East Side museum’s premise is following the story of fictional character Ellis, a personified egg who is a new transplant to NYC and must learn to survive in its concrete world. An anonymous donor started the museum, with recently graduated artists from NYU, Parsons, SVA, and Pratt Institute bringing it to life. On hand will be egg dishes from Egg Shop and Eggloo; tickets go on sale here on March 15. Until it opens, egg lovers can try out a popular Minnesota beverage: egg coffee.

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