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NYC Food Industry Guy Accused in Big College Admissions Scam

Plus, Steve Cuozzo did not love the Au Cheval burger — and more intel

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An NYC food and beverage distributor is caught up in that college scandal

NYC-based Gregory Abbott, CEO of International Dispensing Corp., which designs and manufactures packaging and other products in the food and beverage industry, is one of the many wealthy parents caught up in the college admissions fraud case that blew up yesterday. Abbott and his wife allegedly paid more than $100,000 to boost test scores for their daughter. The parents now face federal charges, along with other CEOs and actors such as Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

Steve Cuozzo doesn’t like the Au Cheval burger

Chicago’s much-hyped burger joint Au Cheval brought its patties to NYC earlier this month, quickly garnering long wait times. But the Post’s Steve Cuozzo claims it isn’t worth the wait. As a caveat, he writes that it is worth going to when there’s little or no wait, safest to bet at lunch. But “this world-famous, tell-all-your-friends burger’s more routine than revolutionary,” he writes, calling the cheese “flavorless” and the pickles “too thin.” He doesn’t think it’s the best in America or even in Tribeca, preferring Odeon, Square Diner, and American Cut.

Openings and closings

A new outpost for Original Nicky’s Vietnamese Sandwiches opened in East Village on Avenue A and 13th Street. The sandwich shop also has a location in Williamsburg. Meanwhile, Longtime Italian deli and grocery Todaro Brothers, open since 1917, is closing on April 2. The store included a restaurant and wine bar.

TabeTomo adds late-night and weekend brunch options

TabeTomo, the Japanese import serving tsukemen ramen that opened in December, is expanding its service with a late-night option from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring sake specials and a menu of small bites, including a Japanese omelette and other hors d’oevres. The regular menu will also be available. Only bar seating will be open, and jazz music will be pumping. The restaurant is also adding weekend brunch starting March 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A vegan pop-up hits Flatiron

Chefs Chloe Coscarelli and Tom Colicchio have teamed up to open Supernatural, a vegan pop-up in the Craft NY space at 43 East 19th St. It will offer lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day except Mondays. The menu includes cauliflower tacos, a veggie burrito, and beet mac and “cheese.” A schedule that also notes select days for dinner service can be found here.

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