Hell Square home to another fight
This weekend Lower East Side bar No Fun was the scene of a fight that broke out after a long night of drinking. The video below shows groups going at it in the street — one of the reasons the bar-saturated area of Houston Street to Delancey Street and Allen Street to Clinton Street, full of drunken crowds on weekend nights, has been dubbed Hell Square for years now.
Openings, closings, and coming attractions
Williamsburg coffee shop Devocion has added a 1,700-square-foot location in Downtown Brooklyn at 33 Bond St. Chinese restaurant Lumos Kitchen has reopened, but at 188 Second Ave., and right next door, Flushing Chinese restaurant Dunhuang has added an East Village outpost. At 116 Madison St., a brewery called That Witch Ales You looks to open. Meanwhile, East Village cocktail bar Suffolk Arms has been closed for the last week.
Simon & the Whale continues to pull in positive reviews
Restaurateur Gabriel Stulman’s new Gramercy venture Simon & the Whale has unequivocally been popular so far. Beyond visits from major power players like Bill Clinton, reviews are now filing in. While the New Yorker had mixed feelings, the Post had good things to say, and now New York magazine’s Adam Platt notes that Stulman “has a history of finding promising chefs and empowering them to do ambitious things, and the executive chef, Matt Griffin, has clearly been brought in with this in mind.” He particularly likes the lamb carpaccio, pork Milanese, and spaghetti acqua pazza.
Jue Lan Club in trouble with community board
Clubby Chelsea restaurant Jue Lan Club is in hot water with its community board, which cites the Chinese restaurant for “hosting rowdy guests and DJs who rattle the stained-glass windows.” But owner Naiome Ram calls it a “witch hunt,” claiming that since the space was formerly rowdy club Limelight, she’s being “stigmatized.” She also tells the Post she is on the receiving end of “blatant racism” as community board members allegedly told her they find the minority clientele “undesirable.”