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Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse has closed on Park Avenue South

vic anthony closedVic & Anthony’s Steakhouse recently closed their location at 233 Park Avenue South (between 18th and 19th Street) after a little over 2 years in business. They still have their locations in Houston, Atlantic City and Las Vegas, but could not make it work in this neighborhood, which already has other steakhouses including BLT Prime, Ben & Jack’s, and Les Halles, plus others that tried and failed (Primehouse New York, Parea Prime, Hurricane Steak & Sushi).

For this long time neighborhood resident, it seems difficult to crazy to try to successfully run a new steak-house or Italian restaurant at this point in the area., given all of the competition.

No word yet on what will go into that spot at 233 Park Avenue South.

Sushi Samba Park, the original, closes

The original Sushi Samba, right here in the neighborhood at 245 Park Ave South (at 20th Street) has closed down after 15 years. The Latin Japanese fusion spot still has plenty of locations open around the US (Miami, Las Vegas, West Village) and the world (London, and Dubai, Hong Kong, and Mexico City coming soon) but the original is done.

A note form their management: “Thank you for all of your support over the past 15 years! From Park Avenue South in New York City to the top of London’s skyscraper Heron Tower, SUSHISAMBA has reached unprecedented heights since opening in 1999… and the next chapter of our story is just beginning! As Samba Brands Management Founder and CEO explains, “When we opened the door to SUSHISAMBA park, we opened the doors to SUSHISAMBA’s future…

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Free lobster rolls and sliders from the US Open on Monday in Madison Square Park

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On Monday, August 11th, a special US Open tennis tournament food truck will be on location at Madison Square Park with free lobster roll and slider samples. It all happens at 12 noon on what looks to be the southwest corner of the park (23rd and 5th Avenue).

The 3 free samples will be Lobster Rolls from Liberty Pier Seafood Co, the David Burke Filet Slider, and Meatball Sliders From the Pat LaFrieda Meat. They will be available while supplies last so get there early.

See photo right to see what the truck will look like. More info at


Uncle Sam’s, Chinese burger restaurant, to open in Nomad

We get word from the Real Deal that Uncle Sam’s, a Chinese restaurant ironically featuring American burgers, will open in Nomad at 307 Fifth Avenue (between 31st and 32nd Street). This will be the first spot in the United States for the Bejing-based burger chain, and they will apparently be trying to compete against Shake Shack quality burgers, rather than say McDonalds.

They chose the location based on foot traffic from locals and tourists (a block down from the Empire State Building). Uncle Sam’s will reportedly open by the end of the year. The previous tenant in the space was Cafe Feastro.

If anyine has eaten at an Uncle Sam’s in China, please comment below!

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Obicà Mozzarella Bar now open in the Flatiron

obicaWe get word that Obikà Mozzarella Bar will open Monday, July 21st in the Flatiron at 928 Broadway (between 21st and 22nd Street).

As you can imagine, the casual Italian spot features mozzarella, with 4 kinds available (Bufala Classica, Bufala Affumicata, Burrata, Burrata al Tartufo) along with a very robust Italian menu (everything from small plates, to antipasti, to insalate, to pizze to hearty entrees such as Bone-in Breaded Veal Cutlet. The mozzarella is reportedly flown in from Campania, Italy. You can see the full dinner menu at,32,-1,5844/15418-att.pdf and the lunch menu at,32,-1,5844/15419-att.pdf. They will also serve brunch,32,-1,5844/15416-att.pdf.

The original Obika opened 10 years ago and there are currently locations in Italy, Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, Dubai and uptown in New York City at Madison and 56th Street. Obika joins a competitive landscape for Italian cuisine in the Madison Square Park area including A Voce, Maialano, Manzo, Birierra, the rest of Eataly, plus Zio, Lulu & Me, SD26, Granduca di Sicillia trattoria, Aselina, Basta Pasta, i Trulli, Magia Osteria Italiana, and pizza spots Forcella, Waldy’s, La Pizza Fresca, Grimaldis, Zero Otto Nove, Tappo, and Eataly le Pizze.




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