In the News: Chef Ichimura Is on Medical Leave

••• “The architects of multiple residential buildings in Battery Park City have settled claims brought by United States prosecutors that their work on one of them violated the federal Fair Housing Act by failing to include adequate accommodations for disabled residents. SCLE Architects are credited with working on the designs of at least three buildings in the community: the Verdesian (211 North End Avenue), the Solaire (20 River Terrace), and the Hallmark assisted living facility [….] The resolution with SCLE architects announced on May 26 follows a larger settlement in a related complaint, announced in February, in which the Albanese Organization (the developer of the Verdesian and the Solaire rental buildings), agreed to make extensive retrofits at the Verdesian to cure the accessibility issues cited by prosecutors, while also inspecting the Solaire to identify similar shortcomings and make retrofits wherever necessary.” —Broadsheet

••• “Serving pitas, bowls, and salads, the shouty Texas-import Verts from co-founders Michael Heyne and Dominik Stein will roll out five more New York locations this year, starting with a 2,300 square-foot spot at 222 Broadway in July or August, a similarly sized location at 70 Pine,” and others in less-relevant parts of the city. —Eater

••• The New York Times gives Soho’s King restaurant two stars. Last time I went, I found it a little less special, although that could be because the panisse (“chickpea fritters are long, thin tongues that puff up like pommes soufflés”) were so heavy they ruined our appetites. I’ll be back to give the restaurant another try anyway; it has a charm.

••• The New York Times reviews Swell, a novel by Jill Eisenstadt about a couple who moves from Tribeca to the Rockaways after 9/11.

••• “Due to health issues, chef Eiji Ichimura has taken a leave of absence [from Ichimura], owner Idan Elkon tells Eater. A rotating group of sushi chefs will be covering for him while he’s gone. They have not yet been announced.” Here’s wishing him a speedy recovery. Below: Elkon and Ichimura at CB1 last June.

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