Harlem Indian Restaurant Chaiwali will close after six years


Chaiwali is leaving after six years in the neighborhood. Anita Trehan, the chef and owner of the famed Harlem Indian restaurant, attributed the closure to a drop in foot traffic in an email to customers on Thursday, according to patch. “Really, I did everything I could to keep it going,” she told the publication. The restaurant’s last day of service is Sunday, December 12.

Trehan opened Chaiwali in 2015, influenced by the flavors of her native Delhi and the lack of good chai in Manhattan at the time. The restaurant, located on the renovated first floor of the brownstone where the chef lives, caught the eye of New York Times criticism Pete Wells in 2016, who rented its eccentric decor – stuffed animals, flamboyant murals, etc. – and its “intensely flavored” menu in a one-star review.

In his email to customers, Trehan called the upcoming closure a “hard reset” and hinted that the restaurant may return to a different location in the future.

A vegetarian pop-up of a future gay-owned restaurant

Ahead of its opening in the East Village next year, queer restaurant Hags will be arise at Girl in Crown Heights next week. One-night dinner plans include a three-course vegetarian menu priced at $35, with wine pairings available from sommelier and Hags co-owner Camille Lindsley. The service operates from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 11; first come, first served.

The same week, different Trader Joe’s

Less than a week after Trader Joe’s arrived on the Upper East Side, the national grocer announced plans to open yet another New York outpost at 200 Kent Avenue, Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg. The store, which opens Friday, Dec. 10 at 8 a.m., is the borough’s third Trader Joe’s — after locations in Cobble Hill and Dekalb Market — and the first north of Brooklyn.

Nothing Stops Korean Corn Dog

Two Hands, one of the early pioneers of Korea’s burgeoning corn dog scene in the city, opened his last outpost at 95 MacDougal Street, near Bleecker Street. This Greenwich Village take-out is the third New York location for Two Hands, a national brand with more than a dozen stores across California, Texas and Arizona — and about 40 more in the pipeline, according to its website.

Do you remember ElfCon?

Turns out the borough-wide hot chocolate tour is hosted by a 15 year old.


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