Happy Friday — the weekend is nearly here! Woot woot…

Governor Cuomo is allowing indoor dining at 25% from today. We’ve run a survey each time that indoor dining has been opened, so we are checking again on your attitude to heading inside. Please take our two-minute survey…

Bars like Daltons and Gossip on 9th Avenue are reopening today — and over the weekend many of our restaurants, like Chez Napoleon and Ousia will be creating special Valentine’s Day menus.

We are working to update the W42ST Hell’s Kitchen is OPEN! app. Please message us if we’ve missed anyone, or details need to be changed.

Businesses are still closing. Yesterday, Ivan Orkin confirmed that he will not be reopening the Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop at Gotham West Market. Ivan was the anchor tenant to the Market, it’s sad to lose him and his ramen.

Mike Bergmann from Corner Slice (who was also the opening chef for Slurp Shop) told us: “If there is anything I hope people glean from this, and all the other permanent restaurant closings across the city, is that there has never been a better time to support your local neighborhood restaurant, bodega, market, or slice shop. The best way to support us is by ordering directly, to keep our profits from going to the third-party delivery services.”


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We featured Kelly McCann recently in our West Side Stories. She’s just published a fine art photo book, “Fragile”. There are over 100 images taken during New York City’s 2020 lockdown. Take a look…

If you are in the mood for a book — and not dining out this weekend — remember to check out the “Hell’s Kitchen at Home Recipebook”.


What we’ve been reading

Kids’ Week is going virtual at Intrepid. (Intrepid Museum)

Listen up soon on the subway! Famous New Yorkers will tell you to “stand clear of the closing doors”. (NY1)

There was a 58% leap in NYC renters in January. (Brick Underground)

Hustler Club founder Larry Flynt has died — and it’s not known what will happen to his 12th Ave club. (Vulture)

Here’s your guide to Hell’s Kitchen — AKA all the restaurants Gordon Ramsay owns! (Screen Rant)


Freeze Frame

Lewis Miller Design has delivered “their first fully frozen Flower Flash” at 30 Rock this morning. Go take a trip to see it and warm your Valentine’s Day weekend heart