1. Zigolini’s Closed by Department of Health

    Zigolini’s on 9th Ave was shuttered by the health department earlier this week, for “operating without a license”.

    The notice of closure on the front of Zigolini's
    The signage for Zigolini's

    The pizza bar was also closed by the department of health back in April for violations, so this isn’t their first encounter with The Notice™. We’ll keep an eye out for when they’re back open.

  2. Mamasita Open

    The new Mexican bar and restaurant on 10th Ave  Mamasita  has now opened, and they’re running a bunch of cheap drink specials to celebrate. We’ve got more information about it in our post from earlier this week.

    The signage outside Mamasita announcing its opening
  3. Free Kids Cookie Decorating Tomorrow

    Local favorite Schmackary’s are partnering with the InterContinental to host a free kids cookie decorating event tomorrow afternoon.

    The flyer for the kids cookie decorating event
    Source: InterContinental

    The hour-​long event starts at 2pm at the InterContinental Times Square on W 44th St. RSVP to ictsqsales@​ihg.​com if you’re interested in joining in. It’s Schmackary’s, so you know it’ll be good!

  4. Mamasita Incoming

    Mamasita, a new Mexican bar and grill, is gearing up to open on 10th Ave. Taking over the store of the former Manhattan Marketplace, the spot between 54th & 55th claims to be “the home of the original 60oz margarita”.

    The exterior of the incoming Mamasita Bar & Grill

    Their menu is online, and has all the staple Mexican dishes. They’re just one block over from the neighborhood favorite El Centro, as well as a handful of other Mexican restaurants and bars, but there’s not really any on 10th Ave near them.

    A close-​up on that “unique” sign:

    The signage for Mamasita Bar & Grill

    Their website is currently blank, so expect to see that come to life as they get closer to launching. And of course, they’re on Seamless.

    Here’s the same storefront just over a month ago:

    The signage and storefront of the closed Manhattan Marketplace
    June 2013

    We’ll check back again when they’re open and churning out burritos.

  5. A Taste of Australia Comes to 9th Ave

    This week, a new outpost of Pie Face, the Australian pie store known for their excellent savory pies and great coffee, opened up at the corner of 35th & 9th Ave.

    The exterior of the new Pie Face
    35th St & 9th Ave
    The decor inside the new Pie Face

    They’ve been running spin-​the-​wheel promotions all week, so if you grab a pie you can win a coffee or sweet pie to go with it:

    Pie Face staff with a prize wheel promotion set up

    Midtown Lunch have more details on the pies. Make sure you stop by this week for all the festivities, and to experience “authentic Aussie cuisine”. They’re open 24 hours, so they should make a popular 3am snack destination.

    Pie Face is slowly taking over the area  they’ve also got a store around Penn Station just a few blocks east of the new location, and another just south of Bryant Park a few further, as well as one further north at 53rd & Broadway.

  6. New Farmer’s Market on 42nd St

    Hell’s Kitchen welcomed a new farmer’s market to the area today. The market runs along the sidewalk on 42nd St between 11th & 12th Avenues, and will be running 8am-​6pm every Wednesday through to the end of November.

    The farmers markets on 42nd St
    The farmers markets on 42nd St

    Per the site, here’s the list of stalls that are participating so far:

    • Artisanal Bakery: Breads and baked goods from Bergen County, NJ
    • Dipaola Turkey Farm: Turkeys from Mercer County, NJ
    • Millport Dairy: Cheddar cheese, beef, pickles and baked goods from Lancaster County, PA
    • Morgiewicz Produce: Vegetables from the black dirt of Orange County, NY
    • Nature’s Way Honey: Honey & candles from Chemung County, NY
    • Norwich Meadows Farm: Certified Organic vegetables from Chenango County, NY
    • Toigo Orchard: Orchard fruit from Cumberland County, PA
    • Las Delicias: Baked goods New York County, NY

    They also had live music on in the middle of the day, as well as a free demonstration. With the dramas going on with the Big Apple Meat Market being bounced between locations, and the cancelled plans for a new supermarket on 45th St, it’ll hopefully help fill the void of fresh food in the area.

  7. Crispin’s Open on 10th Ave

    Crispin’s, a new restaurant on 10th Ave, opened last week:

    The exterior of Crispins
    The signage at Crispins

    They’ve been incoming for a while now  the sign out the front has been up for months, and a liquor license application for the location was filed back in February, so it’s good to see them finally up and running!

    The reviews so far seem pretty positive it looks like it’ll be a great addition to the area.

  8. Swizz to Marston’s

    A new restaurant/​wine bar, Marston’s, is coming to 53rd St. The name is still tentative, apparently, but they’ll be taking over from the recently-​closed Swizz  a seemingly-​liked restaurant and fondue spot:

    The exterior of the location Marston's is taking over

    The spot is almost next door to the Broadway Comedy Club, so it’s easy to imagine a decent amount of dinner-​and-​a-​show customers coming through.

    The old signage for Swizz Wine Bar & Restaurant

    Their application to take over the license from Swizz was discussed at the CB4 meeting on Tuesday, so depending on how that went, we can expect to see them moving in soon.

  9. Vynl Making a Massive Relocation

    Vynl, at 51st & 9th, is planning on moving. The restaurant has been around since 2005, and is an iconic part of the area.

    The new location they’re hoping for? Directly next door.

    Vynl's current store, and the neighboring Go Sushi store they hope to move to

    The space is currently occupied by Go Sushi. It’s right on the corner of the intersection, and considerably larger than Vynl’s current home. Applications were filed for the move (#10) for discussion at Tuesday night’s BLP Committee meeting. No word yet on the outcome, but it’s hard to imagine much pushback for the almost comical proposal.

    Their current venue:

    Vynl's current store's street frontage

    And a closer look at the new space:

    The outgoing Go Sushi's exterior

    Moving that window is gonna be fun.

  10. Broadway Bakes

    Local cookie store Schmackary’s Cookies just off 9th Ave on 45th St  teamed up with Broadway Cares/​Equity Fights AIDS to host “Broadway Bakes” last week, with a whole range of Broadway stars getting behind the counter and trying their hand at baking.

    Jeremy Jordan, Santino Fontana, Zach Schmahl, Laura Osnes serving at Schmackary's Cookies
    Source: Schmackary’s Facebook

    The store celebrated their 1st birthday, so hosted the event to give back to the neighborhood. The neighborhood, in turn, showed up in droves, with lines out the door and people lining the counter, to get face to face with cast members from Newsies, Smash, Annie, and countless others:

    The crowd of customers in Schmackary's Cookies for the Broadway Bakes event
    Source: Schmackary’s Facebook
    The exterior of Schmackary's Cookies

    The event was, from all accounts, a big success, and half the proceeds went straight to the BCEFA.

  11. Here Comes Bareburger

    Bareburger the organic, ‘environmentally-​sustainable’ burger chain that’s popping up all over the city  opened its Hell’s Kitchen outpost on the 15th of May.

    The exterior of the new Bareburger location
    The interior of the new Bareburger location

    Finally something to satisfy everyone’s ostrich burger craving.