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Fake Socialite Who Scammed Top NYC Restaurants Found Guilty

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Plus, Sweetgreen will begin accepting cash again later this year — and more intel

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Giudo Cacciatori, Gro Curtis, Giorgia Tordini, and Anna Delvey (right)
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Prolific NYC scammer Anna Delvey has been found guilty

Anna Delvey — the woman who faked being a wealthy German heiress and racked up massive bills at top New York City restaurants like Le Coucou and Sadelle’s — has been found guilty of several charges, including second-degree grand larceny and one count of first-degree attempted grand larceny. The prolific scammer now faces up to 15 years in prison, marking the end of a rampant fraud that was exposed two years ago when her attempts to secure a loan for a Soho House-like nightclub failed, exposing her made-up socialite persona and a slew of fraudulent activity well beyond pricey restaurant meals.

Sweetgreen will begin accepting cash again

Popular fast-casual salad chain Sweetgreen will start accepting cash again at six of its Philadelphia locations on July 1, with a plan to roll the policy out to all of its 94 locations by the end of the year, including in New York. The decision comes after mounting criticism against cashless operations, which can act as a discriminating policy against people who don’t have access to lines of credit or mobile payment apps. Sweetgreen switched to a cash-free policy in 2016, along with a slew of other establishments since. But even states are pushing back: Last month, New Jersey barred all cashless restaurants, effective immediately.

NYC wants its Trader Joe’s delivery back

New York City may get Trader Joe’s delivery back — local politicians are rallying for the grocer to restore its home delivery service, which was ended in March. State Senator Brad Hoylman, who represents Greenwich Village, wrote to the company’s CEO Dan Bane this month, saying that there are too few grocery stores in the neighborhood and that the Trader Joe’s delivery service helped mitigate a “problem for countless families.” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has also reached out to the company with a similar request.

Iconic restaurateur Keith McNally has a wallet rec

Famed Balthazar owner Keith McNally gushes about the time he found a wallet “so original and beautiful” that he couldn’t keep his eyes off it. It’s a thin, $15 wallet that looks like a folded airmail envelope — and the first that the restaurateur actually felt comfortable using. (Before the find, he says he would stuff his cash and credit cards into his jeans.) Now that his bills are neatly folded into the wallet, which he says doesn’t at all make him look like a banker, he’s become obsessed with the “immaculateness” of his cash (and with showing everyone his cool wallet).

Critic has a standout meal at new pan-African cafe Teranga

Though pan-African cafe Teranga is counter-service only, its seasonal bowls are “as satisfying as many more formal meals in town,” New Yorker critic Hannah Goldfield writes in her latest review. She especially digs chef Pierre Thiam’s fufu — “a slightly spongy, slightly stretchy doughlike substance” made from boiled vegetables or fruits, which are then pounded and rolled into balls and eaten with sauces or stews. The fonio, too, gets “star treatment,” whether it’s steamed in a “sweet” tomato broth or served cold as a pink, beet-juice-infused salad.

Razza Pizza Artigianale pizza pop-up at Fausto

Chef-owner Dan Richer of popular pizzeria Razza in Jersey City will be making pies at Fausto in Park Slope later next month. The pizza pop-up will be held on one day only: Sunday, May 19th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 348 Flatbush Ave. It’ll be $65 per person including tax and tip, an antipasto, a pizza, and a dessert, beverages excluded. Tickets go on sale this weekend on Resy, starting at 10 a.m. Sunday; see the full menu below.

San Loco could return to East Village

Tex-Mex restaurant San Loco may be heading back into the East Village, two years after it closed its longtime outpost at 124 Second Ave. Now, the restaurant has applied for a liquor license for a new spot at 111 Avenue C, between Seventh and Eighth streets.

Razza Pizza Artigianale pop-up at Fausto
Razza Pizza Artigianale pop-up at Fausto

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