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Celebrity Chef Roblé Ali Will Soon Oversee the Food at a Downtown Brooklyn Hotel

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Plus, classic Queens restaurant Shalimar Diner may reopen in a new location — and more intel

Roblé Ali in 2015
Roblé Ali in 2015
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Celebrity chef Roblé Ali has a residency at a Brooklyn hotel this summer

Celebrity chef Roblé Ali of Roblé & Co. has begun a residency at the Tillary Hotel in Downtown Brooklyn, bringing new options to its cafe and bar. The hotel is now serving continental breakfast, as well as local Brooklyn products and bodega-like fare (salads, wraps, sandwiches) from its T Room Café. Room service is also planned. Chef Roblé has a reputation for catering food to celebrities like Barack Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, John Legend, and Jack Nicholson, and he had a brief show on Bravo called Chef Roble & Co.

Classic Queens diner may reopen elsewhere, and more openings and coming attractions

Shuttered Queens restaurant Shalimar Diner may be relocating to Riverhead, Long Island, likely to reopen as a brewery and diner, according to a news release. It’s an effort between the following trio: New York City attorney Ronald Hariri, former pro baseball player Lenny Dykstra, and Forest Hills resident and preservationist Michael Perlman. The diner — which had a few brushes with Hollywood, even appearing in blockbuster the Wolf of Wall Street — closed last year after 45 years in Queens’ Rego Park.

A new bar called the Gradient recently opened in Bushwick at 17 Wyckoff Ave., and it serves a “secret” menu of vegetarian meals, too. Meanwhile in the East Village, “Cal-Mex” chain Calexico is opening at 99 Second Ave., between Fifth and Sixth streets. And signage is now up for Brasserie Saint Marc, a new restaurant opening at 136 Second Ave., between St. Mark’s Place and Ninth Street.

Finally, the music venue attached to the upcoming revival of the Turk’s Inn in Bushwick opens this weekend, with a show set for Saturday. Dubbed the Sultan Room, it’s a project from musicians and now restaurateurs Varun Kataria and Tyler Erickson, who are also behind the new restaurant inspired by the shuttered Wisconsin supper club. The venue will have a “wall-to-wall technicolored lighting system” and feature performances from DJ Bruce Easley, formerly of Le Bain at the Standard High Line.

One injured during a bar fight in Brooklyn

Over in Sheepshead Bay, a bar goer was injured at the Falada Lounge during an argument that escalated into a wine glass being thrown at the victim’s face. Two men were arguing last Friday inside the bar at 2011 Emmons Ave. when one of them hit the other with a wine glass, leaving the victim with cuts to his face and a scratched cornea. The suspect fled the scene.

Xi’an Famous Foods now selling branded sneakers

Spicy noodle shop Xi’an Famous Foods is the latest NYC restaurant to jump into the sneaker game: The beloved chain is now selling branded red and black Nike sneaks for $228, though they’re available this month only. They were designed by owner Jason Wang himself.

West Side Story reboot cast celebrates Pride at Hakkasan

The cast for the upcoming West Side Story reboot were spotted sipping on Pride cocktails at Midtown Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan on Monday. The group included actress Ariana DeBose and castmates David Alvarez, Julius Anthony Rubio, and Carlos Sánchez Falú. Aside from the themed cocktails, the group also ordered a steamed dim sum platter and grilled Chilean sea bass.

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