Bottoms Up: The Ludlow Hotel cocktail bar from Major Food Group — the team behind Torrisi and Carbone — makes its debut tonight. Bar vet Thomas Waugh (ZZ's Clam Bar) worked on the cocktail list, which features tipples like the Muddy Water (cumin-rye, Irish whiskey, cinnamon) and L'usine (banana chip-black rum, coffee bean vermouth, amaro). Their Gallic-themed restaurant Dirty French is slated to open later this summer. [Eater NY]
Cream of the Crop: Ohio's cult-favorite parlor Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is setting up shop at Gotham West Market this summer with flavors such as wildberry lavender, lemon froyo and milk chocolate Bombay (a New York exclusive). In other frozen treat news, Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. will hand out a free scoop of its special Independence Day flavor at the East Village location on July 3rd and 4th.
Indoor Only: Restaurants in Long Island City are having a hard time getting approval for backyard seating since the local community board is concerned about increased noise pollution. [Brownstoner]
Counting Bagels: How much does your bagel-and-schmear habit cost? Around $800 if you buy one every day. [Serious Eats]
Steak Swap: The recently-shuttered Rothmann's steak house will be replaced by the first New York outpost of Charlie Palmer Steak, which is set to open in September. [NY Post]