Good morning. Thank you to all those readers who volunteered to help sift through the Hell’s Kitchen data in the NYC Budget, Shuttered Venue Operators Grants and the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. Stories will be coming this week…

Living in the West 50s, we’ve been exploring up to Waterline Square, which is a 5-acre space between W59th and W61st Street on the far west side. There’s a lovely park in the middle of the luxury apartment buildings. Yesterday, we got to peek inside the vast new Harry’s Table by Cipriani after the paper was pulled down and as the windows were getting cleaned. More details and pictures here…

Apparently, “6pm is the new 8pm” Robert Guarino, co-owner of Marseille told the New York Post that he finds that the work-from-home trend is a major factor in the popularity of early dining.

“If you are working in your apartment all day, it’s like the bell rings at 5pm. and you are ready to go out,” Guarino said. “The pandemic has done so much to shift people’s behavior.”

We’ve got a reservation for dinner tonight at Il Melograno — at 6pm, of course.

What we’ve been reading

Do you see masks as a sign of class? (New York Times)

Down on the Bowery, there’s growing opposition to “junkyard” sheds for outdoor dining. (Bowery Boogie)

Here’s the voter turnout in the New York City primaries. (Gotham Gazette)

Restaurant Week is back — and these Hell’s Kitchen places are taking part. (Patch)

Freeze Frame

Thinking of getting The Vessel tattooed onto your calf? Someone beat you to it… Thanks to Owen Langan for this Tweet!