Gitano is already where it’s at
Just a few days old, Gitano in Soho is already scalding hot. The fashion crowd is flocking to the Tulum, Mexico import, which is packed to the gills with palm trees and beachy, jungle vibes. Beyond the minor celebrities at the opening party last week — Chloe Sevigny, Dean Winters, Real Housewives of New York’s Dorinda Medley, and more — a post-Pride party on Sunday also drew some recognizable names. Lance Bass, Prabal Gurung, Christian Siriano, and others celebrated after the LGBTQ parade, and a line reportedly wrapped around the block to get in.
Seven-year-old Jewish bakery Zucker will close
Zucker Bakery, at 433 East Ninth St. between First Avenue and Avenue A, will close at the end of the month. The charming seven-year-old Jewish bakery has been serving pastries such as rugelach, chocolate babka, and spiced honey cookies, as well as food like matzah ball soup, challah, and potato knish since 2011. Owner Zohar Zohar hasn’t given a reason for the closure.
Five new restaurants to get on the radar
The Upper East Side is about to get a fun new addition in the form of fast-food favorite Taco Bell, located at the corner of Lexington Avenue and 85th Street. In other chain news, there’s a new Dunkin’ Donuts at 2b West 14th St. Williamsburg Chinese restaurant Kings Co Imperial — a Sichuan restaurant from a white chef who’s said his restaurant is like “a traditional Chinese restaurant — but with good food” — has opened a Lower East Side location at 168 ½ Delancey St. A fast-casual falafel bar called Falafix is now open at 96 Stanton St. with a $5 menu of pitas and platters. Finally, Morristown pizzeria Millie’s has expanded to Staten Island at 187 Bricktown Rd., bringing its pizzas, calzones, meatballs, and more to the borough.
Following a fire, UWS Broadway diner will reopen tomorrow
Here’s a comeback to cheer about as more and more diners shut down across NYC: After a January fire, Upper West Side diner Broadway Restaurant will reopen tomorrow at 2664 Broadway between 101st and 102nd streets. The 48-year-old, old-school spot has a very similar look, with a tipster telling West Side Rag that it has the “same cushions and seats inside.”