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Breaking the Code of Silence about PDT’s WCs

We figured the new cocktail speakeasy next to Crif Dogs would have remarkable restrooms. After all, its name is PDT (Please Don’t Tell) and we’ve always had that same policy when it comes to East Village loos — you’ll certainly never hear our stories about the ones at Lit circa 2002. At least, not until you buy us a few El Diablos at this decidedly more civilized boîte. In which case, like the Strokes song goes, meet us in the bathroom.

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Oh, Baby, Bay Ridge Likes It Raw

Bay Ridge: People desperate for raw milk have launched a black-market dairy ring. [Brooklyn Paper] Boerum Hill: Donna da Vine garden, not being pruned, set to open April 20. [Eater] East Village: Carne Vale churrascaria has just opened an outdoor patio and started serving lighter fish options to ease anxiety over impending spandex-legging separation syndrome. [Restaurant Girl] Where will heroin enthusiasts linger once Alt coffee becomes kid-friendly Hopscotch? [Gothamist] A knife fight in front of the Bowery Hotel part of that “Old New York experience,” according to hotelier-owner Sean MacPherson. [NYM] Prospect-Lefferts-Gardens: “Whole in the wall” [sic] Lenny’s has bitten the dust. [across the park] Soho: The Neoprene booze tote at Sur La Table can keep a bottle cold for hours! [Gothamist] Upper East Side: Brian Young debuted his menu at Tavern on the Green Sunday; his à la carte creations will be available in June. [Upper East Side Informer] West Village: Tea shops, cutesy stores flourish; sex shops get no respect. [Manhattan Offender]

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Trump Eyes Tavern on the Green, Tavern Blushes; Steingarten in a Bathrobe

Donald Trump covets the most vulgar thing in New York that doesn’t already have his name on it: the Tavern on the Green, which has two years left on its lease. [NYP] A Zeitgeist moment: The East Village’s alt.coffee gives up the ghost, remaking itself as a “Hopscotch, a café tailored to the needs of children and families.” [Gawker] Candela owners shutting down and reopening as Irving Mill Restaurant and Tap Room in the fall, with Gramercy Tavern alum Johnny Schaeffer doing his Greenmarket thing in the kitchen. [Strong Buzz]

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