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David Chang’s Fuku Is Blasting Into Rockefeller Center This Spring

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Plus, Fiaschetteria Pistoia reopens this week post-fire — and more intel

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Nick Solares

Three new spots to hit Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center is about to get a new food infusion: David Chang’s fast-food fried chicken restaurant Fuku, Montreal-ish style bagelry Black Seed, and vegan-friendly ice cream shop Van Leeuwen are all headed to the Midtown building. There’s no exact timeline for the openings beyond “spring,” though signage is starting to go up. This will be NYC’s seventh location of Fuku, sixth of Black Seed, and 13th of Van Leeuwen. Both Fuku and Van Leeuwen will also open next Friday, March 15 in Hudson Yards.

Fiaschetteria Pistoia reopens original location this week after a fire

Alphabet City pasta destination Fiaschetteria Pistoia is set to reopen this week following a December fire. The Tuscan restaurant, renowned for its pastas sometimes made in the dining room, kicks back open on Wednesday and will be open daily from 5:30 p.m. to midnight. Plus, its newer West Village location is now open for weekend lunch at noon.

Other openings, closings, and coming attractions

Vegetable-focused American chain Westville opens its seventh full-service location in Hell’s Kitchen this Friday at 809 Ninth Ave. Also in Midtown, sweets shop Milk Bar will close in the Chambers Hotel today, set to reopen in another to-be-announced location nearby in a few days. In brewery news, Braven Brewery in Bushwick has closed, while Big aLICe Brewing Co. has expanded to Industry City.

The Analogue team has opened a sports bar called Gold Bear in Murray Hill at 377 Park Ave. South, serving cocktails, whiskey, draft beers, and food like poutine and short rib tacos. Downtown, Essex Restaurant will move to 124 Rivington St. later this month, and longtime Irish bar St. Dymphna’s is set to return to 117 Ave. A after it closed in October.

Roman food expert has a food special at Good Stock this month

Katie Parla is the go-to expert on Roman food and restaurants in Italy, and she’s dropping a new cookbook, Food of the Italian South, on the subject. To celebrate, Good Stock’s 31 Carmine St. shop will host a meet and greet with a recipe from the book. Parla will be on site tonight from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. signing books and handing out her Italian wedding soup. Both Good Stock locations will serve the soup as their monthly special for the entirety of March.