Cozy Royale Is Shutting Down For The Winter, & More NYC Restaurant News

NYC restaurant news you can use for the week of November 30th.

Apparently, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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  • On Monday this week, the Mayor announced some new details about what’s happening with the tree at Rockefeller Center. To try to limit crowding, the city will block off 49th and 50th Streets between 5th and 6th Avenue starting Wednesday night when this year’s gawky tree is officially lit. Yes, since you were wondering, anyone who wants to have a socially-distanced hang with the tree has to make a reservation ahead of time (there’s a maximum of four per group, and each reservation lasts five minutes).

  • The team behind not-yet-open Eastern European spot, Agi’s Cafe, is hosting a Hanukkah jelly donut pop-up in partnership with Emma’s Torch in Carroll Gardens, a culinary school and restaurant that helps empower refugees. You can pre-order your donuts until December 8th online, then pick them up at Emma’s Torch between December 10th and 12th. All of the proceeds benefit the culinary training of refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of human trafficking. Find more restaurants offering latkes, gelt, brisket, kugel, and sufganiyot on our guide.

  • Looking for gift ideas for a cocktail drinker in your life? Check out our list here. We have one for coffee aficionados too.

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photo credit: Agi's Cafe

Restaurant Changes to Text Your Friends About

  • After opening this summer, Cozy Royale in Williamsburg is hosting their final dinner service for the winter this Sunday, December 6th. After that, they’ll transition into Meat Hook Burger Shop, an all-day spot for lunch and dinner to-go. Stay tuned for their menu, but expect things like salads, burgers, sandwiches, and more.

  • Daleview Biscuits And Beer in Prospect Lefferts Gardens started Happy Hour during weekday lunchtime. Just make sure your name on Slack is green while you’re there.

  • A few pieces of news from Teranga in Harlem, a fast-casual spot serving African-inspired bowls: they just opened a new location in Dekalb Market and their Harlem location now has its own shop where you can buy holiday gifts. All of the products at Teranga’s general store are made in or sourced from Africa.

  • Rule Of Thirds in Greenpoint now has a new Japanese prix-fixe menu to go with their snazzy winterized outdoor seating situation. You can make a reservation for a “heated private bungalow” on Resy here.

  • Starting Tuesday, December 1st, Niche Niche in Soho is debuting an après ski-themed winter set-up with a four-course menu and wine pairings. Every week, they’ll be highlighting different cuisines from the Alps. Book your reservation here.

  • Hunky Dory in Crown Heights recently transformed their dining room into a store. It’s called Hunky Depot, and they’re selling everything from homemade Cubist soap dishes to floral-decorated rolling papers. As of right now, you can only make purchases in-person.

  • After a lot of sh*tty weather, Strong Rope Brewery in Gowanus is calling it quits for outdoor dining. You can still stop by for indoor dining at a 25% capacity, or place an order for some beer to-go here.

The Latest Restaurant Openings & Closings

  • This week there’s a new casual Vietnamese spot on 106th Street and Amsterdam Avenue called Miss Saigon. Stop by for curries, banh mi, and spring rolls for lunch and dinner any day of the week.

  • A Georgian restaurant in Gramercy recently opened for outdoor dining, indoor dining, and takeout. Their menu has dishes that seem ideal to eat on a cold night, like soup dumplings filled with beef and pork, a few different varieties of khachapuri, and plenty of grilled meat that’s been marinated in wine and herbs. Chito Gvrito is open for dinner every day until 10pm.

  • If you’re looking for new dining options in Flushing, check out Mo:Den, a Korean wine bar that’s open for lunch and dinner every day. The menu is fairly small, with food that seems ideal for sharing. So bring someone in your pod for outdoor dining or takeout.

  • Unfortunately more restaurants continue to close. Some permanently, some until spring, and some for the “foreseeable future.” Most recently, Max Fish on the Lower East Side. You can read the full list, separated by neighborhood, here.

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