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Sassy East Village Residents Blast ‘Mediocre’ Coffee Shop Closing

Plus, Oxalis now does brunch — and more intel

Nobletree’s St. Marks location

Closings and coming attractions

In the East Village, Nobletree Coffee closed back at the end of May less than six months in the neighborhood, but residents have apparently taken issue with the reason the coffee shop provided. A notice posted outside of the building stated that the location shuttered “because of the slow foot traffic at the location.” A printed sign has been attached under the notice reading: “Please don’t blame the neighborhood for slow foot traffic. Maybe it was your mediocre coffee and bad service? Sincerely, East Village Residents.”

Elsewhere in the neighborhood, Chong Qing Xiao Mian II shuttered at 82 Second Ave., at East Fifth Street. It opened in 2017 and was a sibling restaurant to Hell’s Kitchen’s Chinese restaurant and takeout spot Chong Qing Xiao Mian. At least four other restaurants have closed at this location in the past seven years.

On the Lower East Side, Cafe Petisco, which was closed back in March following a health inspection, is showing signs of a potential rebirth. The restaurant’s Instagram handle has switched over to Petisco Vegano, suggesting a potential pivot to vegan food. And after a brief pause, construction has resumed on the Hard Rock Hotel planned for 151 West 48th St.

A new brunch in Brooklyn

Daniel alum chef Nico Russell’s Prospect Heights restaurant Oxalis will debut Sunday brunch this weekend. The menu will rotate and go for $30 a person, including four dishes served family-style. There will also be an a la carte menu of add-ons. This weekend, the first iteration of the menu will feature brioche cinnamon rolls served with strawberry-osmanthus jam and toffee sauce for dipping; fried eggs over grilled mustard greens with salsa verde; a fingerling potatoes, ramps, and harissa hash; and a salad with butter lettuce. A la carte options include a French omelette with comte cheese, duck sausage with ginger and lemongrass, and a fig leaf yogurt with seasonal fruit. Beverage director Piper Kristensen has also crafted brunch cocktails, including a “breakfast martini” made with burrata water, gin, gomme syrup, bergamot, and lemon. Brunch is served Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud have a new somm

Ian Smedley has been tapped as the new head sommelier for both of Daniel Boulud’s Upper West Side restaurants. He previously served as a sommelier at the now-closed East Village restaurant DBGB, as well as at the more upscale Daniel.

A fatal shooting outside of a Harlem deli

The Post reports that a 29-year-old man named Leroy Phinazee from the Bronx was shot and killed while exiting the Funfair Deli on Lenox Avenue near 137th Street in Harlem on Monday night around 7 p.m. A police source told the Post that the victim was possibly shot once inside the deli and once outside on the sidewalk. The shooter has reportedly not been apprehended.