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Yet Another Old-School Diner Bites the Dust, This Time After 36 Years

Plus, Zucker’s opens a flagship in Flatiron — and more intel

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Another longtime diner shutters, plus a fast-casual closure

After 36 years in the West Village, diner Village Den has closed. Owners posted a note on the door at 225 West 12th St. that didn’t give a reason for the shutter. The closure comes on the heels of two nearby diners closing — Silver Spurs and Hudson Diner — in the last few months. Across town, fast-casual Brazilian restaurant Market Ipanema at 66 Kenmare St. has closed after two years.

John Fraser is no longer involved in Dovetail

Chef John Fraser has left Dovetail, the Upper West Side Michelin-starred restaurant where he made his name. Fraser sold to his partners, and chef de cuisine Stanley Michalski will lead the kitchen. Since he opened the restaurant — the only Michelin-starred venue above 66th street on the west side — Fraser has spawned a mini-empire downtown with venues Narcissa, Nix, and the Loyal.

Zucker’s opens flagship bagel shop in Flatiron

Rapidly expanding bagelry Zucker’s has opened its new flagship location in Flatiron. The 1,800-square-foot space at 40 East 23rd St. between Madison and Park avenues is Zucker’s biggest yet, with a few new food options. Starting today, the store will give away 1,000 mini sandwiches — 100 per day starting at 6:30 a.m. of the new Flatiron sandwich, with everything-seeded salmon, scallion cream cheese, and avocado on any bagel or bialy, followed by 100 mini sandwiches per day beginning May 29 at 11 a.m., with pastrami.

A smoothie shop that sells enchanted drinks, and 2 more new restaurants

HealHaus, a 1,100-square-foot wellness center in Clinton Hill, has opened at 1082 Fulton St. with a ground-floor coffee shop that sells and casts spells on coffee, smoothies, and elixirs. Over on the Upper West Side, the owners of Marlow Bistro have opened Infamous Chicken at 1012 Amsterdam Ave. with roast chicken and various globally influenced sides. Nearby, the owners of Harlem Pizza Co. have opened another slice shop, Sliced, at 1215 Amsterdam Ave.

Scott Conant is still opening up restaurants

Scott Conant, the celebrity chef most famous for spaghetti in tomato sauce, has added a steakhouse to his repertoire up in the Catskills. Cellaio is in the Resort World casino and serves typical Italian steakhouse fare: aged meat, salads, and pastas. The wine list has over 500 bottles.

A spotlight on Scarr’s Pizza

Turns out Scarr’s Pizza on the Lower East Side mills its own flour in the basement. Owner Scarr Pimentel thought the NYC pizza scene was lacking, and isn’t shy to say it: “Nothing against these old spots, but they suck. You’re gonna wait three hours for that? I just didn’t understand the culture of pizza,” he told Bon Appetit. So instead he focused on the techniques of big bread guys Chad Robertson from Tartine in San Francisco and Chris Bianco of Pizzeria Bianco in Arizona.

Village Den

225 West 12th Street, Manhattan, NY 10011 (212) 691-0303 Visit Website