Late-Night Cookies and Cocktails Hit Williamsburg; Frank Bruni Finds Something to Like at Bar Milano

East Village: The Chocolate Bar has moved across town to 127 East 7th Street, near First Avenue. [Strong Buzz]
Murray Hill: Bar Milano might not be getting raves yet for its food, but Frank Bruni considers a specialty cocktail of “rosemary-infused Hendrick’s gin, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a touch of reduced Balsamic vinegar, fresh basil and strawberries…a lively dance of flavors, and it’s not excessively sweet.” It also didn’t taste excessively alcoholic when we tried it. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
Park Slope: Applewood’s annex, Applewares, now sells house-made sweets, and will soon carry savory items from the restaurant team. [NYS]
Soho: Former Top Cheftestant Nikki Cascone’s first food job was slicing meat at a pork store in Staten Island. [Restaurant Girl]
Upper East Side: Serendipity’s latest cookbook focuses on party planning. [NYDN]
Upper West Side: A former Frederick’s chef has opened his own Mediterranean restaurant called Vai, at 225 West 77th Street. [NYT]
Williamsburg: A new spot called Bedford and Berry serves house-made cookies and milky cocktails, like the “Sixto” (French press coffee, Baileys, Kahlua and Drambuie) until 4 a.m. [Bottomless Dish/Citysearch]
Metropolitan Bar has been closed by the Department of Health. [Eater]