In the News: AOA Bar & Grill

••• Pelea Mexicana, in the Hilton Garden Inn on Sixth Ave., has evidently closed. In its place: “Dival Ramiro thinks Tribecans need a place to grab a burger and watch some sports, so he’s opening AOA Bar & Grill on Monday. Chef Nadav Cohen’s menu features wood-fired pizzas, fancy hamburgers, and upscale bar food like truffle macaroni and cheese and pulled-pork sliders. The restaurants holds 175, who can crowd around twenty TVs for football games or attend regular trivia nights.” Let’s hope AOA can break the curse. Here’s the menu. —Grub Street

••• “In the interregnum between the busy summer season and the holidays, the Battery Park City Parks Conservancy and Brookfield Properties have seized the moment for two facelift projects. In the South Cove, along the seawall across from Kaijou Restaurant, the Conservancy has begun a reconstruction project on the wooden walkway that runs along the seawall and the graded pedestrian walkway into the South Cove. Work is expected to finish by mid-December. Separately, on the circular lawn next to Two World Financial Center and Gateway Plaza, Brookfield Properties has begun preparing the grass field for a project (set to begin on November 14) that will lay a path across the field’s center.” That’s a shame. I liked being forced to take the long way. —Broadsheet Daily

••• Broadsheet Daily visits Blue Planet Grill,  the new restaurant on lower Greenwich.

••• “Occupy Wall Street’s gallery debut is today, only protesters say they have had no part in it. Fort Greene photographer Andrew Piccone’s show ‘Faces of Occupy Wall Street’ opens at the Frontrunner gallery in Tribeca tonight. The portraits of some 26 protesters will be sold for $200 a print, but Piccone, 24, said he hasn’t spoken to a single one of his subjects.” —Metro UPDATE: The show has been canceled “until further notice.”

••• Marc Forgione takes Eater on a tour of his restaurant’s stuff.


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