Celebrity Dining:

Chef David Burke is getting into nightlife

A restaurant with burlesque shows and magicians will open with food that celebrity chef David Burke helped create as a consultant. Mister French — opening this week at 218 Bowery in Nolita — splits up the old Rebelle space into three different areas: a main dining room, bar area, and “atrium” with an open kitchen and eight-seat chef’s counter. The dining room is where burlesque takes place three nights a week, with dancers and magicians.

Burke — famous for his clothesline bacon — consulted on the French food that executive chef Guillaume Thivet will execute. To start, there are cheese puffs, a fancy take on poutine with lemon parsley crab bearnaise, and peppered bacon, while mains include skate meuniere and steak frites. Mister French is also slated to open in Los Angeles.

In others news

— Holiday pop-up markets are back.

— Two new restaurant reviews: Eater’s sibling publication New York magazine praises the food at recently revamped Greenwich Village icon Gotham Bar & Grill, while the Times’s Hungry City column adores Jackson Heights Tibetan restaurant Khampa Kitchen.

— Ten Japanese restaurants in NYC are participating in Fukushima Sake Week, highlighting 23 varieties of sake from 13 Fukushima, Japan breweries, a rep tells Eater. Participating restaurants include Sakagura, Tonchin, and Wokuni; see the full list and their offerings here.

— There’s a massive shortage of Long Island’s prized Peconic Bay scallops, with more than 90 percent of the shellfish dying this ­season for unknown reasons. It’s hitting farmers and restaurants hard.

— McDonald’s is fighting a 545 percent rent increase in Prospect Heights.

— The Plaza Hotel’s Rose Club has been rebranded as the Elle Decor Cafe. It’s a marketing partnership with the decorating magazine that offers a new line of furniture created by the magazine for sale.

— Permission granted:

folks…you are allowed to make mashed potatoes whenever you want

— andy dubbin (@dubnib) December 2, 2019

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