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Original Amor y Amargo, Acclaimed Cocktail Bar, Is Closing NYE

Plus, order the “Ocky Way” at a new dessert shop — and more intel

A sign that says Amor y Amargo
Amor y Amargo is closing on December 31.
Amor y Amargo

The original location of Amor y Amargo, the acclaimed cocktail bar that debuted from Ravi DeRossi and bartender Sother Teague in 2011, is closing on December 31 to make way for something new. The Amor y Amargo bar will live on through its neighboring Avenue A cocktail mixer store, located on the corner since 2020, which is staying put and has had an installed bar since the beginning. DeRossi is flipping the 443 East Sixth Street Street bar into something new. When it opens in March 2024, it will be called All Hands and will have a tropical theme, outfitted with 14 seats, according to the team. This isn’t the first closure for Amor y Amargo — it formerly expanded with a Williamsburg location in 2019, which has since shut down.

L’Artusi is expanding to the former I Sodi space

It’s official: Italian restaurant L’Artusi had filed a liquor license for 105 Christopher Street near Bleecker Street, which was originally the home of I Sodi, before it relocated earlier this year. A spokesperson confirms the Supper Club at L’Artusi will debut at the end of January 2024. With room for 45 standing and 30 seated, the space will be used for extended private dining as well as regular ticketed events.

Order the “Ocky Way” at this new dessert shop

Rahim Mohamed went viral on TikTok for making sandwiches he calls “ the Ocky Way” of the Red Hook bodega he manages. The souped-up sandwiches were stacked high with unlikely flavor combinations. Not only did it catch the attention of his four-million-plus followers, but also celebrities and the New York Times. This fall, Mohamed capitalized on that success, opening the Ocky Way Chocolate Factory, a dessert shop specializing in knafeh, waffles, crepes, and shakes. It’s now open at 6740 Fifth Avenue, at Senator Street, in Bay Ridge. Ask for your order “the Ocky Way” for something outrageous. Catering is also available.

A kitchen takeover in Bushwick

Mehreen Karim, a recipe developer who competed on Next Level Chef, is taking over the kitchen at Farm to People, a restaurant from the food delivery company, located in Bushwick. Karim’s residency will start January 4, through the end of the month. Tickets are already up for the launch party, where samples of dishes from her menu will be served from 7 to 8 p.m. followed by a dance party. 20 percent of the proceeds will go to Anera, a nonprofit, working to aid Palestinian refugees.