Big Cheeses From a Chicago Contest Found at Murray’s; Southern BBQ on Smith Street

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Carroll Gardens: Jim Mamary has been slapped with a stop-work order at his new Oyster Bar for construction that either violated city zoning or was done in an unsafe manner (or both). [Eater]
A former Primehouse sommelier is opening a southern spot with BBQ on Smith Street this fall. [Strong Buzz]
Soho: Shorty's.32's desserts, like peach cobbler and warm chocolate cake, are now made in-house. [NYS]
Upper West Side: When Grand Tier reopens for dinner at the Metropolitan Opera in September, it will have a new menu imported from Alle Murate, a restaurant housed within a fourteenth-century frescoed palace in Florence. We hope the food lives up to such surroundings. [NYT]
West Village: You can find two washed-rind winners (a raw milk goat cheese and a domestic riff on taleggio) from a 1,000-cheese competition held by the American Cheese Society in Chicago at Murray's Cheese. [NYT]