Carbone Now Has Its Own Hip Gear at Kith

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Uber-hip streetwear brand Kith has partnered with Major Food Group’s Italian-American restaurant Carbone for some new gear. Kith’s founder Ronnie Fieg is apparently good friends with MFG’s Jeff Zalaznick, leading to a series of hoodies and T-shirts emblazoned with the names of Kith and Carbone. It’s yet another move in building up the myth of Carbone — the super-exclusive and snazzy red sauce restaurant has also been immortalized in Drake songs. The clothes go on sale Monday at 11 a.m.

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Man in Trump Hat Who Sued Bar for Discrimination Claims It’s a Spiritual Symbol

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A discrimination lawsuit against West Village burger and cocktail bar The Happiest Hour for allegedly denying service to a man wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat just took another turn.

The Daily News reports that Greg Piatek — the Philly man who claimed that the bar wouldn’t serve him because of his hat — now says his MAGA gear was not a political statement, but part of his “spiritual beliefs,” according to the suit.

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Grand Central Is Going Hard on a Plan to Be a Hip Dining Destination

Grand Central is doubling down on a plan in place to transform itself into a dining destination for a newer, hipper clientele. The transit hub is replacing five of its longtime food vendors with trendier restaurants and cafe — including a restaurant and whiskey bar from Oprah Winfrey’s former personal chef, the Post reports.

Heading in next year will be Soho French open-faced sandwich restaurant Tartinery, as well as Art Bird & Whiskey Bar from chef Art Smith, who formerly cooked for Oprah and has since turned into a TV chef. Art Bird is replacing Dishes, a grab-and-go spot, with a $4.1 million-per-year rent compared to Dishes’ $3.3 million offer.

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Meat Shines at Chez Ma Tante, Greenpoint’s French-Canadian Bistro

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If you were a fan of Greenpoint in the days when it was a bucolic Brooklyn backwater — before entire streets became paved with trendsetting boutiques and noisy cocktail bars — Chez Ma Tante (“My Aunt’s House”) may be your serene place.

Located at the corner of Calyer and Franklin near the East River’s Bushwick Inlet, the immediate neighborhood remains tree-shaded and slow moving. Houses with small gardens in front line the streets in neat rows. Pale flagstones cover the façade, while a sidewalk café with red umbrellas extends along the north side of the building.

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See the Menu for DaDong, the Michelin-Starred Roast Duck Chain Landing in NYC

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One of Beijing’s most acclaimed roast duck chains DaDong starts serving its signature dishes in New York City on December 11 — and reservations are live now.

The restaurant’s multi-level New York location, located at 3 Bryant Park at 42nd Street, will be serving the flagship duck for $98, enough for at least four people. Half a duck costs $58. Either way, it’s accompanied by pancakes and sauces, and for $42 additional dollars, diners can add a caviar supplement. They’re clearly aiming for a higher end of dining; by comparison, a whole duck at Peking Duck House costs $56.

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Chelsea Gets a Buzzy New American Restaurant — and More Openings

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Chelsea: Two restaurateurs with serious experience — former Le Turtle executive chef Greg Proechel and Major Food Group vet Charles Seich, who’s leading operations — have teamed up on Ferris, a seasonal New American restaurant. Dishes like blood sausage with grilled dates and toasted seeds, as well as Iberico pork collar with mushrooms and peppers in black bean sauce, fill the menu (in full below). The cocktail list comes from Jeremy Oertel and Natasha David, who have worked with Death and Company, Maison Premiere and Nitecap. The 40-seat restaurant is inside Made Hotel. 44 West 29th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue

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Shake Shack’s New Cashier-Free Location Really Does Reduce Wait, So Far

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The new Shake Shack in the East Village certainly enjoys an auspicious location. At 51 Astor Place and across the street from NYU and Cooper Union dorms, it faces a long-running McDonalds that recently tanked and occupies the same building as IBM’s Watson, the computer that won Jeopardy. That computer connection may be significant for another reason: The Astor Place Shake Shack is the first to dispense entirely with cashiers.

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