Jersey City's The Merchant Has Shuttered, Reopening in December as Park & Sixth 3.0

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Expect more ambitious comfort foods like these Stuffing Pancakes when Brian Dowling reopens The Merchant as Park & Sixth.

In downtown Jersey City, expiring leases and expansion plans have lately made an impact along Grove Street's original restaurant row south of Newark Avenue. Hard Grove Cafe is currently relocating to a storefront on Newark Avenue's pedestrian plaza; the former Bar Majestic is now home to Razza, one of New Jersey's top-ranked pizzerias; and its neighbor, The Merchant, shuttered on Saturday night after 12 years of service. That last space is scheduled to reopen in early December as the third home of chef and restaurateur Brian Dowling's original Park & Sixth (364 Grove Street, Jersey City; 201-918-6072), the first version of which opened in 2009 at its titular Hoboken cross-street.

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Breaking: Chef Ilan Hall Brings Knife Fight to Brooklyn

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Former Top Chef champion Ilan Hall made waves in the Brooklyn dining scene earlier this summer, opening his restaurant, the Gorbals (98 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-387-0195), to positive reviews. Now he's bringing his show, Knife Fight, to Williamsburg as well.

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Breaking: Pastis Will, Indeed, Be Forced to Relocate

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When Keith McNally indicated he'd have to close Pastis (9 Ninth Avenue) for a long remodel, rumors began swirling almost immediately that the restaurant titan would have to relocate the eatery. For his part, McNally remained steadfast that he'd reopen on the spot as soon as construction was finished.

But now we get word that he will, indeed, have to move.

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Breaking: At Long Last, Sarge's Deli Rises From the Ashes

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Sarge's Deli (548 Third Avenue, 212-679-0442), the beloved 24-hour Jewish deli/diner hybrid in Murray Hill, is finally reopening its doors at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, March 6, nearly a year and a half after a fire tore through the space in November of 2012.

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New York Vegans Have a New Reason to Go to Chipotle

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New York vegans have a new reason to go to Chipotle.

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Chobani Quietly Recalls Its Yogurt Under the FDA's Nose [UPDATE]

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Update: Chobani identified the mold as M. circinelloides, which food scientist Randy Worobo says should not pose a health risk to most consumers.

Original item, September 5: Some alarming news for fans of highly proteinaceous yogurt: This morning Upstate New York-based yogurt maker Chobani issued a formal recall of cups manufactured at its Idaho plant, around five percent of its total production. Chobani has been quietly contacting individual stores for a week after the company was flooded with reports from consumers of bloated cups, odd-tasting yogurt, and, in some cases, gastrointestinal illness.

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If You See a Snakehead in Central Park, Eat It

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Ugly but delectable: the snakehead fish


New Yorkers were shocked by recent news that snakeheads - fierce predatory fish that originated in Southeast Asia - had been discovered in Central Park's Harlem Meer. They were said to be bigger and more dangerous than piranhas. The Central Park Conservancy put up signs warning anglers, "If You Catch This Fish, Do Not Release: It's Highly Invasive And A Threat To The Ecosystem." TV and radio news outlets ran footage of nervous correspondents standing by the lake interviewing bystanders, who had supposedly seen the fish's dorsal find cutting through the water. These reporters wondered out loud if pets and babies were in danger. Well, long before these fevered reports surfaced, Fork in the Road was eating the fish at restaurants within the city limits...and thoroughly enjoying it.


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Fire on the Roof of Nathan's Famous Coney Island

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@NYCFireWire via @evgrieve
A fire has been reported prior to 11 a.m. this morning at 1310 Surf Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn, the home of Nathan's Famous, the frankfurter merchant. The building had been undergoing extensive repairs and renovation following Hurricane Sandy, and had not been yet opened for business. The fire was soon declared under control, and no damage estimates are yet available. Stay tuned to FiTR for further news.


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Here's the original tweet from @NYCFireWire

Update: According to the NY Post, the fire started at 9:45 a.m. as a result of ongoing contruction. It was extinguished in 20 minutes.


[thanks to @evgrieve]


Watertown Restaurant Strip-T's at the Center of Police Activity

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The picture of the restaurant on its Facebook page.


If you've been watching the coverage of the Boston bombing on any of the networks, you know the the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev took place on Willow Street in Watertown. Right around the corner, and front-and-center in many of the live video feeds, is a restaurant called Strip T's, at 93 School Street, which has become one of Google's top search terms over the last hour or so. Here is what FiTR has gleaned about the restaurant.


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NYC Al Fresco Dining Begins With a Bang

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The outdoor dining area at at Doma Na Rohu on Seventh Avenue South is demarcated with lovely pots of early-blooming forsythia.


As early spring temps soared toward an unseasonable 80 degrees, restaurateurs across the city hastened to push tables and chairs out onto the sidewalk pavement to attract outdoor dining enthusiasts. And come they did, as nearly every outdoor seat this afternoon was taken. Making FitR wonder, How did they all get off work for such a long interval?


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