Momofuku Ko Hoping to Open in Two Weeks; No Malice Palace Prevails

During last night's CB3 meeting, partner Andrew Salmon would reveal only that Momofuku Ko will hit capacity at fourteen, with no waiters and with fixed menus changing daily. “You sit directly across from the cook,” Salmon told the board. He kept the “vaguely Asian” food quiet, conceding only that it would include “all local ingredients … all sustainable development.” Unfortunately, he didn’t take the time to make sure a petition was including in the application, so no motion could be passed. Projected opening date: two weeks' time!

Meanwhile Veselka owner Tom Birchard ticked off the reasons his Bowery location should have a full bar, citing Eastern European liquor as the salve for “escalating rents and improving taste of the clientele.” Some board members just didn’t see the necessity of mixing pierogi and liquor, bemoaning the oversaturation of bars in the area, while others deemed Veselka Bowery a counterpoint to the typical bar. The proposal is currently shelved for the next State Liquor Authority meeting.

Finally, good news for those mourning the temporary closure of No Malice Palace. It was an uphill battle, but owner Phil Sherman managed to be recommended for renewal. The board berated the bar for the numerous noise complaints and police violations concerning violence, but recent good behavior — no doubt due to newly hired security — provided Sherman with another chance. —Lucy Tang

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