An Eleven Madison Park investor is causing parking drama
Noam Gottesman — a hedge fund billionaire and investor in restaurants like Eleven Madison Park, the NoMad, and Shuko — allegedly illegally crafted his own parking space at 777 Washington St. in the West Village according to the Department of Buildings, and neighbors aren’t happy. One even tried to defiantly park in the spot, calling it “all a scam,” and was promptly towed. Allegedly without securing the proper permits, Gottesman performed illegal curb cut by slicing into the sidewalk’s edges to make it look like a driveway belongs there. A rep for Gottesman claims he did get the permits to do the curb cut, but the DOB continues to refute that in an ongoing kerfuffle. “It’s outrageous to put that sign up when you have this huge mansion,” his neighbor Eyal Levin said.
Mah-Ze-Dahr is embarking on a massive expansion plan
The D.C.-based restaurant and design firm KNEAD Hospitality + Design is partnering with Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery and its cult favorite pastry chef Umber Ahmad to grow the business in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The bakery, known for its dark chocolate brownies, brioche doughnuts, and signature Mah-Ze-Dahr bars, will also continue to expand in NYC and beyond the U.S. through international licensing. It started as a celeb-favorite wholesale operation before Ahmad opened her first brick-and-mortar in 2016. This new partnership will start with the opening of Gatsby, a full-service American restaurant across from National’s Park that will include a a Mah-Ze-Dahr bakery. It’s slated to open in 2020.
Suzuki changes up its concept
The Midtown sushi restaurant Suzuki has flipped its main dining room into a casual izakaya and tapped a new executive chef for the transformation. Atsushi Yoshimoto serves homestyle Japanese food a la carte as well as part of two set meals. There’s a fried pork cutlet, salmon teriyaki, and grilled eel. The set menus at dinner include a multi-course sushi menu with a meat or cooked seafood choice, as well as a six-course kaiseki menu of seasonal dishes. The sushi bar at Satsuki remains the same.
The new Calexico outpost at 99 Second Ave. in the East Village is inching closer to opening, now hiring. Meanwhile, the eight-year-old LES restaurant Dudley’s at 85 Orchard St. has temporarily closed in order to execute its expansion into the adjacent corner space at 261 Broome St. It will remain closed for at least three weeks.
Critic is not a fan of By Chloe’s take on a hot dog
The Post’s Steve Cuozzo does not mince words when it comes to By Chloe’s new “carrot dog,” a plant-based take on a hot dog. He writes that it’s “extremely terrible,” despising the oak-and-maple smoked carrot. “The dog’s eerie orange hue lends itself to Instagram,” he writes. “Its bizarre taste offends the human gullet.” The brand’s carrot dog was an invention of the team behind Harry & Ida’s in East Village.
A watch heist after 10ak
After a night out at the Chelsea club 10ak, a woman allegedly stole a $20,000 Rolex from a man’s Battery Park apartment after he fell asleep. They had met at the club, according to police, and she is still at large with the watch.