What are the noisiest bars in NYC?
Tech startup Localize.city gathers information and data about every address in NYC and has used that data to identify the noisiest bars and restaurants in the city based on the total number of days that complaints were issued. Brighton Beach nightclub Velvet Rope Lounge apparently has the most persistent noise problem with a total of 93 days of noise complaints for the year. It’s followed by UWS’s The West End Lounge and Bed-Stuy bar Brooklyn Nights, both with 66 days of complaints. Williamsburg’s notorious hook-up bar Union Pool follows with 65.
Almayass goes hard on mezzes
Lebanese-Armenian restaurant Almayass launched a new mezze lounge today, dedicated to small plates tasting menus. A $29 per person option includes 14 hot and cold mezzes like tabbouleh, labneh, and fried cauliflower. And a $39 per person option includes 17 hot and cold mezzes. For dessert, there’s baklava. Wine and cocktails are also available in the lounge.
‘Top Chef’ alum shows support for immigrants at his NYC restaurants
Katsuji Tanabe, who competed on season 12 of Top Chef and also won an episode of Chopped, is printing receipts at his restaurant Mexikosher that read: “Immigrants cooked your food and served you today.” Tanabe is doling out the receipts at both the Manhattan and Flushing locations of his restaurant. He told Forward that he employs immigrants from Israel, Mexico, England, Africa, South America, and Russia at his restaurants.
A casual vegan restaurant lands in East Village
Vegan Love is now open in the former Quintessence space at 263 East 10th St., between Avenue A and First Avenue. It serves a plant-based menu of burgers, including a mushroom burger, and customizable salads. There are also daily soups and vegan sides like squash mac and cheese. The spot comes from the chef of Quintessence, the raw-food cafe that closed after 17 years last month.