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Tavern On the Green Gets Panned; Historic Schooner Oyster Bar

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

1) East Village: Halal Guys, the kings of Middle Eastern street food, will be opening their brick-and-mortar shop in the East Village tomorrow. Despite the new local on 14th Street, the expanding business will keep their original 53rd Street and Sixth Avenue cart, as well as their other outposts. Expect only more from the Guys, they recently signed onto a franchised expansion that will turn them into an international chain.

2) West Village: Historic schooner the Sherman Zwicker will be docked at Pier 25 for the summer, where it will operate as a floating oyster bar to be known as Grand Banks. The schooner arrived at the pier for its stint this week, just ahead of the restaurant's menu unveiling. The restaurant opens on Thursday.

3) Meatpacking District: It's been a tough, uphill climb for Ninth Avenue's Pastis building, which has, until recently, held the upscale eater. Now, Restoration Hardware has filed documents with the city indicating that they may take over the lease of the entire building. Even if the high design chain does take over the site, its unclear whether or not Pastis will return.

4) Central Park: New York Times food critic Pete Wells visited the newly reopened Tavern on the Green restaurant and, well, he had nothing nice to say about it. The bigwig filed a zero star "satisfaction" review for the revamped classic. Eater dissected the best lines from the cringeworthy analysis (and added talking sheep to the mix, too, as seen above).
· Eater NY [ny.eater]