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Ai Fiori Is Still Accepting New Year’s Eve Reservations; East Village Mainstay Polonia Shuttered

Astoria: MexiQ will offer a Hangover Brunch on January 1 from noon to 4 p.m., featuring Mexican Chilaquiles for $11. [Grub Street]
Bed-Stuy: A somewhat mysterious new bakery, Brooklyn Kolache Co., has sprung up on Twitter and Facebook to advertise its treats, which are apparently headed for “upscale street fairs and markets” in early January. We’ll keep an eye out. [Eater NY]
Chelsea: Ring in the New Year on the Spanish time zone at a 6 p.m. New Year’s Eve dinner at Socarrat Paella Bar. Along with a menu of pork and paella, patrons will have the opportunity to participate in the Spanish New Year’s tradition of eating twelve grapes as the clock strikes midnight. [Grub Street]

East Village: Polonia, a mainstay Polish diner on First Avenue, has closed after over twenty years in business. One rumor attributes the restaurant’s demise to rent increases. The owners have also announced their next project: NYC Pierogi Factory. [EV Grieve]
Gramercy: A comedy club–restaurant combo will fill the spot left behind by Truffle at 239 Third Avenue sometime in March, heralded by a window sign that says, “The future home of something funny!” Seth Levine of Wine & Roses and Sons of Essex will be the executive chef at the street-level comfort-food restaurant. [DNA Info]
Greenwich Village: Mexican food lovers, take note! Two new Mexican restaurants are set to open early next year just around the corner from each other. Dorado (28 East 12th Street) will serve tacos and quesadillas, while Tortaria (94 University Place, profiled here) will focus on tortas and taquitos. [Fork in the Road/VV]
Midtown: And another last-minute New Year’s Eve idea: Ai Fiori is still accepting reservations for its twenties-themed dinner. The prix fixe menu at the five o’clock seating is $92, while the second seating from 8:30 to 10 p.m. will feature a seven-course tasting menu and Champagne toast for $289. Check out the menus here. [Grub Street]

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