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NYC Has Chosen Its First ‘Nightlife Mayor’

Plus, Nur adds brunch — and more intel

The newly appointed NYC nightlife mayor used to own Sutra in East Village
Photo via Sutra

NYC appoints its first nightlife mayor

Former nightclub owner Ariel Palitz only ordered Manhattans every time she had a drink for a month, superstitiously believing it would secure her the position of New York’s first nightlife mayor. Apparently it worked: City Hall appointed Palitz to the position on Tuesday, making her the go-to person for conflicts involving the city’s bar, club, burlesque, and cabaret scene. In her first act as nightlife mayor, Palitz says she will host listening tours in order to hear the complaints of residents bothered by vomit on their streets and loud noise late at night. Palitz used to own the now-closed Sutra nightclub in East Village.

New brunch and lunch options in town

Popular Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant Nur will launch its new brunch this weekend. Starting on Saturday, March 10, the Gramercy Middle Eastern restaurant will offer a pre-paid brunch service every Saturday and Sunday. For $42, diners will share about 10 small plates per table, but there will be no printed menu. Turkish coffee and Moroccan tea service are also a part of the brunch, and there will be Middle Eastern takes on classic brunch cocktails, which are not included in the set price.

Plus, Scott Conant’s restaurant Fusco has added lunch, offering an a la carte menu as well as a two-course espresso lunch that comes with an appetizer, pasta, espresso, and biscotti for $28 and a three-course prix fixe lunch option that comes with an appetizer, an entree, and dessert for $40.

Two UWS restaurants reopen after brief closures

Indian restaurant Awadh on the UWS has reopened after a 12-day closure caused by a gas outage. To mark the reopening, the chef is offering a free appetizer to customers through March 20. The UWS location of dim sum parlor Jing Fong has also reopened, but after being shut down by the Health Department for violations including evidence of mice. In a statement, the restaurant pointed to burst water pipes as the source of some of its issues.

Another Clinton Hall, and more coming attractions

A new bar opening in the former HiFi space on Avenue A, between 10th and 11th streets will be called Coney Island Baby. Little else is known about the venture, so stay tuned for updates. The fourth location of Clinton Hall is set to open in the Pod 51 hotel on March 16th. The rapidly expanding casual restaurant — known for its beers, burgers, and Instagrammable food creations — has tapped former Lilia executive sous chef Eric Rentz as new executive chef. For a deeper look at Instagrammable food, check out this video:


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