A tipster responds to our news about a Portuguese restaurant rumored to open alongside the Avalon Bowery Place:
Just to let you know. I talked to the Alfama people 2 weeks ago when I dined there and this is them. They wanted a new space that’s a bit bigger and has the capacity to be a bakery too. Then I guess it’s set. They hinted that they wouldn’t take a new place until someone takes the old place.
Rachel Zoe Insler at Bespoke Chocolates said she thought reps looking at the neighboring space hailed from Alfama. A manager at Alfama declined to get specific, but did confirm that the restaurant planned to relocate. We’re starting to smell sweet buns in the East Village.