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Cocktail Masters of Dear Irving Open a James Bond-Style Bar With a View

Plus, a Tex-Mex favorite reopens — and more intel

Dear Irving on Hudson
Dear Irving on Hudson
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A new cocktail bar with views debuts in Midtown

Meaghan Dorman, partner and bar director at drinking dens Raines Law Room and Dear Irving, added another cocktail bar to her collection. Dear Irving on Hudson opened on the 40th and 41st floors of the Aliz Hotel and offers small plates but focuses on the drinks. As previously reported, the uptown Dear Irving will have more space than the original location in Gramercy, and it takes its design cues from James Bond and art deco. Only the 40th floor is currently open, with standing room for 80, seating that includes stools and long lounge couches, and sprawling views of Midtown. The 41st floor will open February 1 and will have seating that can be reserved.

Beloved Park Slope restaurant makes a comeback with some changes

Santa Fe Grill shuttered in September after 34 years in Park Slope, but it’s back with a new name and new owners. Antonio Garcia, who first worked as a busboy before eventually becoming a manager of 15 years at the restaurant, bought the restaurant with his family from the original owner Joseph T. McFeely. The Garcias relaunched the Tex-Mex restaurant as Santa Fe Veracruzano in December, and it has the same chef, staff, and menu as before.

More openings, closings, and coming attractions

Bar Veloce is open at 466 Amsterdam Ave. on the Upper West Side, serving bruschette and panini. The former Grassroots Tavern in East Village will undergo extensive renovations ahead of new owner Bob Precious opening a new bar in the space called Subterranean. Black Seed Bagels will open its sixth NYC location this spring in 30 Rockefeller Center.

Meanwhile, the UWS Italian restaurant Isola has shuttered, and a new restaurant called Ortomare will open in the space with the same chef. Sweets shop Treat House is closing after over five years on the UWS, and Coco Fresh Tea and Juice is closed for a month for renovations.

Diner argument escalates to face slashing

According to police, two men started fighting in the 24/7 diner Remedy Diner at 4 a.m. on the morning of January 11. One of the men then slashed the other across the face and fled. The victim was taken to Mount Sinai Beth Israel in stable condition, and the NYPD is still looking for the assailant.