Jimmy Fallon, Paul McCartney, and Lauren Sanchez spotted at NYC restaurants
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon dined at hot Gramercy Indian restaurant Gupshup this week and while there, he spotted actor Anupam Kher, who is starring in the new NBC show New Amsterdam. Meanwhile, Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’s girlfriend and former news anchor Lauren Sanchez dined at UES Italian restaurant Sette Mezzo this week, coincidently on the same night that legendary singer Paul McCartney was there, Page Six reports. McCartney was dining with his wife Nancy Shevell at the restaurant, which was once dubbed a “billionaire’s canteen” by Gotham.
Non-alcoholic “bars” are coming to NYC
An alcohol-free “bar” named Getaway is slated to open in Greenpoint this spring. The menu will have mixed drinks, coffees, teas, and bitter sodas — but no booze. Owner Sam Thonis tells the Wall Street Journal he came up with the idea when his older brother got sober a few years ago, yet he missed having conversations over drinks at bar-like venues. So he decided to offer an option to people like his brother. Meanwhile, Listen Bar founder Lorelei Bandrovschi — who hosted a series of alcohol-free pop-ups at East Village bar Von — is plotting a permanent space somewhere in the city. She’s now raising money via an online crowdfunding campaign on ifundwomen.com
Another opening and two closings
Billy’s Bakery has opened on the Upper West Side at 410 Columbus Ave., between 79th and 80th Streets, serving icebox cakes and red velvet cupcakes. But Basque wine and tapas bar Donostia has apparently closed its Alphabet City location and may be relocating elsewhere. On the UWS, bakery chain Le Pain Quotidien has closed its storefront at 2463 Broadway, near 91st Street.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the victims of the Brooklyn restaurant hammer assault
A GoFundMe page has been set up for the victims of a violent assault that left two dead and one critically injured in a Brooklyn Chinese restaurant earlier this month. A man carrying a hammer entered the Seaport Buffet in Sheepshead Bay on January 15 and hit three restaurant workers on the head with the weapon, killing chef Fufai Pun on the spot. A 60-year-old man died later at the hospital. The online fundraiser was set up by a family friend with a goal of $150,000 to help pay for funeral and medical expenses.
Nightlife jobs are flourishing in NYC, new study finds
Unemployment is down and wages are up for NYC’s nightlife industry, according to the WSJ. Those jobs — most of which are in the food-service sector — grew 5 percent yearly from 2011 to 2016; whereas other jobs in the city grew at a 3 percent rate. Meanwhile, wages grew 8 percent each year, double the rate as other citywide wages.
A “sustainable seafood” festival heads to LIC this weekend
Dubbed Aquarius, a sustainable seafood festival this weekend in Long Island City is aiming to highlight environmentally friendly practices regarding seafood. Midtown Greek restaurant Kellari Taverna, Smorgasburg vendor Ca’pisci, and food truck Neapolitan Express will be among the food vendors. Cocktails and beer will also be available. The festival takes place inside the Foundry event space at 42-38 Ninth St. on Saturday, January 26, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets can be purchased here.