Alleged sexual harassers get taken down at The Palm
The Palm, the global steakhouse chain known for its celebrity and regulars caricatures on the walls, has reportedly hidden three infamous faces: Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Bill Cosby. The three men — all accused of sexual harassment — had their cartoon faces prominently placed, but Page Six saw that pieces of paper now hide the men.
Update: The Palm says in a statement: “We are not the judge or jury on these folks, but we do respond to customer complaints about anything that they don’t like in our restaurants ... When we receive complaints from our guests, we respond by doing what we believe will make The Palm the best experience and most comfortable place for our customers.”
Italienne will henceforth be known as Trattoria Italienne
Semi-upscale Flatiron Italian restaurant Italienne is rebranding to try to draw in more of a neighborhood crowd. As of today, it is now Trattoria Italienne, and changes include lower prices, more homestyle fare, and more casual service. The menu — in full below — has been rejiggered to put a focus on snacks, shared plates, and pasta. Plus, brunch begins on April 8. Despite a primo location, an experienced chef in Jared Sippel, and splashy space, Italienne never quite caught on, and so owners are now trying to play to what they think the city will respond.
Get ready for a new, downtown Moxy
Another location of the Moxy Hotel is set for 26 Ann St. in the Financial District. Though the food and beverage operator has not been announced, the Times Square Moxy is managed by Tao Group, so that could be the case here, too. Uptown, restaurants include an egg sandwich breakfast spot, a rooftop bar with games, a seafood-focused brasserie, and more.
Pete Wells gives budgeting advice
A new Smarter Living column in the Times focuses on “How to Enjoy Fine Dining on a Fast Food Budget,” and critic Pete Wells weighs in with a few nuggets of advice. Namely: Don’t drink, eat at the bar, take food to go, order soup, and eat at restaurants in lower-rent areas.