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Élan restaurant in the Flatiron to close at the end of February

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We get word from the New York Times that Élan restaurant in the Flatiron (43 East 20th Street) will close at the end of February. The restaurant was opened by David Waltuck (Chanterelle) and George Stinson in 2014 and features contemporary global cuisine ranging from Waltruck’s seafood sausage to grilled shrimp lo mein to rice paper salmon and duck fat hash browns.

The decision seems to be an economic one, based on the high rents of the area, the cost of running a business, and the new model of eating in which people want to try the latest new restaurant rather than supporting their favorites on an ongoing basis. It’s a reminder to locals in the neighborhood that if you like a restaurant and want it to stay in the neighborhood, you have to frequent it. Full disclosure, MadParkNews never go a chance to eat there (sometimes time passes quickly and you just assume it will be there when you get the time) but it does look good.

For the rest of the month, Élan will offer a $40 three-course menu (which includes a glass of sparkling wine!) so get in there before it closes. You can book on Opentable.

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Jue Lan Club restaurant opens up in old Limelight spot in the Flatiron

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A new restaurant, the Jue Lan Club, has opened up in the old Limelight spot at 49 West 20th Street (near 6th Avenue) in the Flatiron. While the old and infamous Limelight dance club is long gone, Jue Lan Club is the latest in a string of attempts to remake the space into something interesting and successful. The Limelight marketplace (now Limelight Shops) is in there, a Grimaldis, and a couple of failed restaurants (Todd English’s Château Cherbuliez and Crossbar) have come before.

Jue Lan Club pays homage to the Limelight club, with photos from the wild club days and an emphasis on music and interesting art/graffiti in the restaurant’s 7 unique rooms. It gets its name from the Jue Lan Society, a group of avant garde artists in Shanghai in the 1930’s. The menu is contemporary Chinese, with a selection of raw items, dim sum, noodles and rice and more hearty main courses. They are tagging it #FarmToChopsticks. You can see the dinner menu at http://juelanclub.com/menus/dinner/. Interestingly, the chef is Oscar A. Toro, who is of Cuban/Colombian background but has cooked in restaurants from the Four Season Hotel’s Fountain Restaurant, Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia, Asiate, Del Posto, Sushi Samba, to Buddakan.

They serve lunch and dinner weekdays, and a Dim Sum Brunch and dinner on the weekends.

We have not eaten at Jue Lan Club, but will review the food if and when we do.

(All images from http://juelanclub.com)

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Turn of the century photo of kids in Madison Square Park fountain on hot day

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Going back to somewhere between 1910-1915, this library of congress photo depicts kids swimming in the Madison Square Park Fountain. While we are mid-winter here, it’s a reminder of the that comes each summer. It’s interesting that everyone wears almost the exact same hat, and even in the heat, jackets stay on. The photo is from the George Grantham Bain Collection of hodtorical photos. For a larger version of the image, see http://cdn.loc.gov/service/pnp/ggbain/09800/09815v.jpg.

Photo via LOC.GOV

Photo via LOC.GOV

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Perfectly unique Valentine’s Day Gift treats from Farm To People (Get a $10 credit!)

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V-day_bunlde_small_1_of_1_largeI have been buying from Brooklyn’s Farm To People for a few years now, and love the artisan food products they curate from their Fire Cider Health Tonic to their Siracha Mayo, to their amazing sweet treats.

For Valentine’s Day, they have a selection of sweet gift boxes or you can piece one together yourself. Personally I love the Raspberry Pâte De Fruit Basket and artisan chocolates.

Best of all, here is a $10 credit! https://www.talkable.com/x/rz9ll1

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The 2016 Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery runs all February

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The annual Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery is happening again running from February 1-28th at City Bakery (3 West 18th Street near 5th Avenue).

So as the weather cools, you can warm up with a morning or afternoon treat, and sample one of the daily flavors that range from “Happy Hot Chocolate” (Feb 6 and 16) to “Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate” (Feb 13), to “Beer Hot Chocolate (Feb 18) to the Love Potion Hot Chocolate on Valentine’s Day.

Here is the full calendar:

city bakery hot chocolate 2016

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