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Trader Joe’s to Open First Upper Manhattan Store in Harlem

Plus, Blue Hill at Stone Barns announces the lineup of its new chef-in-residence program — and more intel

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Trader Joe’s store in Princeton, New Jersey... Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Trader Joe’s heads uptown with Harlem opening in 2023

Popular grocery chain Trader Joe’s is looking to Harlem for its 13th location in New York City and first grocery store in Upper Manhattan. The California-based company announced on Wednesday that it had signed a deal for a 28,000-square-foot space at the forthcoming Urban League Empowerment Center in Harlem, which is expected to open at 21 West 125th Street in 2023. The new grocery store ranks among the company’s largest in New York City and significantly outsizes the bi-level store it opened in the East Village in January 2020. The New York Post first reported news of the expansion.

Trader Joe’s shared a statement about the Harlem site, saying it is “focusing on neighborhood diversity as an important factor in selecting new store locations.” Nine of the 12 locations that Trader Joe’s operates in New York City are in Manhattan, but none are located above 96th Street. The company’s northernmost grocery store, located at 670 Columbus Avenue, between 92nd and 93rd Streets, is also among its most recent, having opened its doors on the Upper West Side in May 2018.

In other news

— Mayor Muriel Bowser announced this week that restaurant workers in Washington D.C. can expect to be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine by February 1. Here in New York, the timeline is less clear: Restaurant workers are likely included in phase four of the state’s vaccination rollout, which includes “all other essential workers,” though it’s unclear when that phase will begin (New York is currently in phase one).

— Greenpoint pizzeria Paulie Gee’s will not reopen until indoor dining returns in New York City, the restaurant shared in a post on Instagram this week. Edith’s, the popular Jewish-American pop-up that has taken up residency at the restaurant, will continue serving food from 60 Greenpoint Avenue, while nearby Paulie Gee’s Slice Shop on Franklin Street will remain open for takeout and delivery.

— Chef Dan Barber is stepping away from running the restaurant portion of Blue Hill at Stone Barns to focus on a new chef-in-residence program. Among the first four chefs to participate in the program is Victoria Blamey, who most recently helmed the kitchen at Gotham Bar and Grill.

— Taesung Kim and Hasung Lee, the head chefs at acclaimed Korean restaurants Atoboy and Atomix, respectively, are teaming up on a six-course tasting menu from now until January 31.

— East Village Tibetan mainstay Cafe Himalaya has reopened after work from ConEd forced the restaurant and an adjacent business to temporarily close in October.

— Asian home-cooking company Omsom just dropped two sets of its beloved Asian sauce kits targeted at vegan and gluten-free customers.

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