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

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. You can see the dinner menu at 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.

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

I 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. […]

The 2016 Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery runs all February

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:

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Capatosta restaurant opens just west of Madison Square Park at 39 West 24th Street

filejaCapatosta ( recently opened at 39 W. 24th St, the vision of Chef Antonio Mermolia and entrepreneur Gianroberto Cavagnaro.

After a brief stint at the Michelin starred La Capinera in Taormina (Sicily), Mermolia arrived in New York in 2012 becoming then chef de cuisine at 2 Michelin Star David Scabin’s Mulino a Vino.

The first sense you are heading in to an Italian restaurant is the small Fiat in the front courtyard displaying the menu in the window. Inside, a long white bar leads to a large interior terrace, with lighting that feels like a personal dome over each table. You can imagine the natural daylight creating the feeling of an outdoor space.

shrimpThe southern Italian cuisine ranges from classic arancinis, to fresh made pastas, to meat and fish secondis. The numerous vegetarian soup choices are perfect for the upcoming winter months. Mermolia pays tribute to his Italian background with a delicious grownup version of a typical childhood snack, the “Mozzarella in Carrozza”. The well-cultivated wine list showcases all the regions of Italy.

Capatosta is in the space previously occupied by Tre Stelle.

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Artisinal Restaurant to move closer to Madison Square Park at 387 Park Avenue South

Word is in from Real Estate Weekly that Artisinal restaurant to move closer to Madison Square Park. The acclaimed French restaurant known for its fondue, is currently up at 2 Park Avenue (at 32nd Street) and will be moving down to 387 Park Avenue South (between 27th Street and 28 Street) just northeast of Madison Square Park.

The new spot will include “the restaurant, a cheese store, bakery, and lounge, in addition to three private rooms available for events, a raw bar, and outdoor, sidewalk seating. ”

The timing for the move is reportedly summer of 2016.


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