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In Defense of Historic Restaurants; Ice Cream Paradise; More!

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This week's top dish from Eater NY, Curbed's restaurant, bar, and nightlife blog...

1) Greenwich Village: The shuttering of famed local eatery Gray's Papaya has caused so much outrage that Eater's Robert Sietsema has proposed a system of selecting and protecting irreplaceable dining institutions. Mario Batali, Danny Meyer, and Pete Wells are already on board.

2) Soho: Neighborhood stronghold for the disparate masses, Milady's, shut its doors for good on Monday morning after the landlord decided not to renew the bar's lease. The soon-to-be-renovated space is being presented as a viable luxury rental conversion.

3) Meatpacking District: Fancy restaurant Pastis will be closing for 15 months while the building undergoes extensive renovations.

4) Midtown West: Hudson Yards will not be without a high-end food court, similar to Eataly, with a focus on prepared food from a variety of vendors. No word just yet on who exactly will be dishing out. The mega-development is also hoping to host one very upscale restaurant, like PerSe to the (former) Time Warner Center.

5) Gowanus: Prospect Heights' highly praised ice cream shop Ample Hills will be expanding to 305 Nevins Street, just down the block from that new neighborhood joint at Third Street and Third Avenue. The new paradise of frosty delight will also serve up retail items and indoor and outdoor seating.
· Eater NY [ny.eater]