Emphasizing Kobe beef, Midtown East’s 212 Steakhouse is the first eatery on the East Coast to be certified by the Kobe Beef Distribution & Promotion Council. The kitchen also cooks up freshly caught seafood. 212 Steakhouse, 316 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-858-0646.
Italian chef Davide Scabin has announced he'll open a restaurant in the Meatpacking District (337 W. 14th St.) called Mulino a Vino. His restaurant in Italy, Combal.Zero, is one of the most lauded on the Italian peninsula. There's not yet an exact date or month for when Scabin’s new venture will debut. Mulino a Vino, 337 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
The Spanish chain of mini-sandwich shops, 100 Montaditos, has opened its second outpost in New York City, this one on the Lower East Side. 100 Montaditos, 177 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002, 646-666-0993.
BV's Grill, brought to you by Alan Rosen, the owner of Junior's (the unofficial cheesecake king of New York), is in the spot of his failed restaurant Enduro. BV's Grill will serve cheesecake at an adjoining café. BV's Grill, 919 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-935-6800.
Calle Dao is a Cuban-Chinese mash-up meant to evoke the cuisine of the Chinatown in Havana. The menu includes duck empanadas with ginger glaze, among other items. The chef is Humberto Guallpa. Calle Dao, 38 W. 39th St., New York, NY 10018, 212-221-9002.
Midtown’s Maison, which once served cuisine inspired by the French region of Burgundy, has changed its name and its fare. It is now called Torino and offers all manner of food from the northern Italian region of Piedmont. Torino, 1700 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, 212-757-2233.
Le Bernardin is expanding with Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, overseen by personable and knowledgeable sommelier Aldo Sohm. On the menu: 200+ bottles, light foods, plus beer and spirits. Look for it to open in Fall 2014. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, The AXA Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
It's Brooklyn all the way at the new Brooklyn Proper. Set in Windsor Terrace, the restaurant is helmed in the kitchen by Buvette and Chez Panisse alum Caite Whitbeck. The seasonal fare includes sun-dried tomato pesto toast and braised pork shoulder. Brooklyn Proper, 471 16th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 347-844-9853.
The new Big Smoke Burger, located on the border of Chelsea and the West Village, is a burger emporium with a maple leaf twist. This is the first south-of-the-border venture for the Toronto-based chain. In addition to 14 different types of burgers, hungry eaters can also order sides of poutine. Naturally. Big Smoke Burger, 70 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10011, 917-475-1995.
The new Washington Market Tavern has an old tavern feel on the ground floor and a more elegant dining area upstairs. The menu includes dishes such as lamb tartare and a 28-day dry-aged New York strip steak. Washington Market Tavern, 41 Murray St., New York, NY 10007, 646-964-4860.
Charlie Palmer has debuted Crimson & Rye, a casual restaurant off of the lobby of the Lipstick Building in Midtown East. The casual, hearty fare is paired with cocktails dominated by rye whiskey. Crimson & Rye, Lipstick Building, 198 E. 54th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-687-6692.
Unidentified Flying Chickens, also known as UFC, has opened in the old Apiary space in the East Village. The restaurant made a name for itself with its original location in Jackson Heights, Queens. On the menu is all manner of Korean-inspired fowl, including whole chickens, wings, and even bulgogi. Unidentified Flying Chickens, 60 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Awadh, a new Indian restaurant on the Upper West Side, focuses on food from the northern part of the country. Gaurav Anand, the top toque at Moti Mahal Delux and Bhatti Indian Grill, is doing duties in the kitchen here as well. Awadh, 2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, 646-861-3604.
Obicà Mozzarella Bar, the cheese-centric eatery that started in Rome and has an outpost in Midtown Manhattan, opened another location. The new spot, Obicà Mozzarella Bar Flatiron, which will be Obicà's flagship, is on Broadway and 21st Street. It serves the usual variations on the theme of mozzarella, but there’s a lot more than cheese being rolled out. Pizza is refreshingly thin, made in the Roman fashion and bucking the Neapolitan hegemony that is so pervasive throughout the Big Apple. Heartier dishes include a winning take on pesto with short and slender trofie pasta and a pistachio-encrusted pork chop. Obicà Mozzarella Bar, 928 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, 212-777-2754.
While the team behind Torrisi Italian Specialties, ZZ's Clam Bar, Parm and Carbone haven't yet opened their Gallic restaurant, Dirty French, in The Ludlow Hotel (that will happen on September 4, 2014), the restaurant's bar has just started pouring booze. Thomas Waugh, who created the drinks at ZZ's Clam Bar, is the man behind the cocktails. Dirty French, The Ludlow Hotel, 180 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002, 212-432-1818.
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have added an extension to their much lauded restaurant The NoMad: a bar. The NoMad Bar, located next to the restaurant, is a handsome, plush space, with classic cocktails and a menu of its own. Fare includes duck sausage, pork schnitzel, and even a hot dog. Dinner nightly. The NoMad Bar, The NoMad Hotel, 10 W. 28th St., New York, NY 10001, 212-796-1500.
Chef Polo Dobkin and his wife Stephanie Lempert have launched Meadowsweet. The Williamsburg restaurant is in the space that once housed Dressler, where Dobkin was the chef. The menu's focus is modern American fare and the dining room is open for dinner nightly. Meadowsweet, 149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-384-0673.
Fields Good Chicken, a bird-centric casual eatery, has opened in the Financial District. The restaurant cooks up fowl via the grill or the oven (nothing fried here) and serves it whole, in sandwiches or in salads. Fields Good Chicken, 101 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, 646-895-6831.
Cherche Midi is the latest venture of restaurateur Keith McNally. The French restaurant, named after a street McNally lived on in Paris, is located in the space that housed the failed Pulino's. The chefs are Daniel Parilla and Shane McBride. Cherche Midi, 282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, 212-226-3055.
Heartwood, the Italianesque restaurant in Chelsea, has opened up an attached bar and lounge: The Parlour (note the British spelling) is a 25-seater serving cocktails and wine. Food from Heartwood can be ordered from the bar. The Parlour at Heartwood, 184 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 646-476-5458.
Landhaus at The Woods is a new restaurant inside the bar and DJ venue, The Woods. The menu's focus is on American and international classics. Dishes include crab Rangoon, fish tacos, lamb burgers, and maple bacon on a stick. Landhaus, 48 S. 4th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-710-5020.
Justin Hilbert, the erstwhile chef at Williamsburg's Gwynnett St., is the toque at new West Village eatery Blenheim. The focus of the 45-seat restaurant is seasonal, new American fare. Blenheim, 283 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-243-7073.
Another location of chef Ilan Hall's hot LA restaurant The Gorbals has opened in Williamsburg. This outpost is just above the menswear section of Space Ninety 8, an Urban Outfitters spin-off store. Hall also runs the rooftop bar. The Gorbals, 98 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-387-0195.
The NoMad, that venerated restaurant run by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, has expanded upwards. The second floor of the hotel is now a cabaret space that serves drinks and snacks. The NoMad Upstairs, The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, 347-472-5660.
The "Chipotle of Sushi"
Chris Jaeckle, the chef at hot restaurant All'onda, has announced he's part of a group that will open Uma Temakeria, a fast, casual, and budget-friendly sushi spot that has already been called the "Chipotle of Sushi" for its ingredient-driven, eco-conscious ways. The restaurant, located on the edge of the West Village and Chelsea, is slated to open sometime in October. Uma Temakeria, 64 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Mission Delivery: Not Impossible
Mission Cantina, Danny Bowien's hot Mexican eatery on the Lower East Side, has expanded its delivery zone. You can now get burritos, tacos and more delivered all the way up to 59th Street. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-2233.
La Bottega to Become La Batali
Mario Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich will take over La Bottega, the restaurant inside The Maritime Hotel, sometime next year. The menu will focus on food from the coast of Italy. La Bottega, Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-242-4300.
Big Apple Revolutionario?
There are rumors that Los Angeles-based chef Farid Zadi and his North African-Mexican mash-up Revolutionario may be making a Big Apple splash someday soon. New York City is ready for shakshuka tacos!
New Zealand-accented NoLIta restaurant The Musket Room has a new bar snack menu. Dishes include bone marrow with uni and orange, Buffalo sweetbreads, and truffle toast. The Musket Room, 265 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-0764.
Smorgasburg Goes Manhattan
Smorgasburg, the popular Brooklyn food extravaganza that happens on weekends, is coming to Central Park for one night only. Over 30 food venders --- from Mighty Quinn's to Ramen Burger to the Milk Truck, plus some new favorites --- will set up shop on Friday, September 19, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rumsey Playfield (Fifth Ave. & 72nd St.). Come hungry! For more information, visit www.smorgasburg.com
Anthony Weiner Restaurant
Anthony Weiner, the embattled erstwhile congressman and Big Apple mayoral candidate, has announced his next move: restaurateur. Weiner is opening up an eatery in Rockaway Beach called Rockaway Restoration Kitchen, which will offer training and experience and jobs to a community that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. There's no word yet on when it will open.
Aldea, Part Dois
George Mendes, chef-owner of Portuguese-inflected restaurant Aldea, has announced he's opening a rustic Portuguese tavern-like place a few blocks away from that establishment. There's no word yet on the opening date or the name (or even the exact location), but the news has certainly whet the appetites of fans of Portuguese cuisine. Aldea, 31 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-675-7223.
Mission Chinese Food Manhattan Pop-Up Goes to Mile End
Since chef Danny Bowien's popular Lower East Side eatery Mission Chinese Food had to shut down, he's been doing pop-ups at Brooklyn-based Frankies 457 Spuntino (457 Court St., 718-403-0033). Now comes word that Bowien and company are coming back to Manhattan. Mission Chinese Food will pop-up in the Mile End space on Bond Street. Dates of the pop-up are still in the works. Stay tuned.
It's the fifth anniversary of Daniel Boulud's downtown meat mecca DBGB Kitchen & Bar. To celebrate this birthday, the restaurant is offering a special dish at a special price from now until Labor Day: the $10 AC/DC-inspired Back in Black Birthday Banger, a pork and mushroom sausage on a poppy seed bun. For an extra $10, diners can get a beer flight to accompany the sausage. DBGB Kitchen & Bar, 299 Bowery St., New York, NY 10003, 212-933-5300.
Dopo East now serves an Italian brunch from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Options include a variety of salumi and cheeses as well as carbonara and lasagna. Brunchers can wash it all down with blood orange mimosas. Dopo East, 345 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10065, 646-484-6548.
Cooking Under the Big Top
Le Cirque is now offering cooking lessons. For $200 per person per class, or $700 for four classes, would-be chefs can learn from Le Cirque's pro toques. The classes run from July 12 to September 27 and happen only on Saturdays. Le Cirque, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
M. Wells Steakhouse with a View
M. Wells Steakhouse, the meat-centric eatery in Long Island City, has opened a new terrace. But this is no typical terrace: it has a bar and kitchen, complete with a wood-burning oven that chef Hugue Dufour built himself. M. Wells Steakhouse, 4315 Crescent St., Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-786-9060.
Kittichai Space to Go Italian
Downtown restaurateur John McDonald (Lure Fishbar, El Toro Blanco) will open an Italian restaurant in the space that is currently Kittichai, the Thai eatery in the SIXTY SoHo hotel (60 Thompson St.). An opening date has not yet been announced. Kittichai, SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-2000.
Noma co-founder Claus Meyer is opening a food hall in Grand Central Station dedicated to the cuisine of Scandinavia. There will also be a brasserie serving high-end Nordic cooking. No word yet on exactly when the food emporium will debut.
Pok Pok Phat Thai, chef Andy Ricker's closet-size Thai spot on the Lower East Side, will relocate in November. Ricker plans to move the restaurant closer to his other two spots in Brooklyn. Pok Pok Phat Thai, 137 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, 212-477-1299.
Le Bernardin Is Expanding
In Summer 2014, Le Bernardin will unveil an additional private dining space called Le Bernardin Privé. For more information, visit www.le-bernardinprive.com. Le Bernardin, The AXA Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-554-1515.
Booker a Table
Booker and Dax, the cocktail bar connected to David Chang's Momofuku Ssam Bar, now takes reservations --- though a majority of its tables are still reserved for walk-ins. Booker and Dax, 207 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-254-3500.
A New Dante
Caffe Dante, the old Italian coffeehouse in Greenwich Village, has reinvented itself. You can still spend an afternoon sipping espresso but the place now has a full menu of pizza, sandwiches, desserts and wine. The 70-seater has been open since 1915. Caffe Dante, 79 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012, 866-681-0299.
Relive 1954 at Veselka, At Least for an Hour
Veselka, the popular Ukrainian diner in the East Village, will celebrate its 60th anniversary by turning back the menu prices to the year it opened: 1954. Nothing on the menu will cost more than $1.60. The catch, though, is that the deal will only be available for 54 minutes and the lucky hour will be announced on the restaurant's twitter feed. Veselka, 144 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-228-9682.
wd-50 to Close
Avant-garde wd-50 will shut down at the end of November. Chef Wylie Dufresne announced on twitter that November 30, 2014, will be the last day for the lauded Lower East Side restaurant. wd-50, 50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 212-477-2900.
Juni Goes Veggie
Juni is now offering a five-course vegetarian menu at lunch only. The meal costs $50 (plus $25 if you want wine pairing) and includes dishes such as arugula soup, gnocchi with freeze-dried goat cheese, and garden peas with lemon essence. Juni, Hotel Chandler, 12 E. 31st St., New York, NY 10016, 212-995-8599.
Bar Primi, the new Italian restaurant on the Bowery from chef Andrew Carmellini, is now serving lunch Monday to Friday. The menu is largely the same as at dinner but there are a few daytime novelties, such as a roast beef sandwich. Bar Primi, 325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, 212-220-9100.
The Spotted Pig's porcine mascot, which has hung above the door of the West Village gastropub since it first opened in 2004, has been stolen. No culprits have come forward but security camera tape is being looked at in the hope of finding the pig stealer. The Spotted Pig, 314 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-620-0393.
Kelvin Fernandez is the new chef at northern Manhattan’s La Marina restaurant. La Marina, 348 Dyckman St., New York, NY 10034, 212-567-6300.
Chef Damon Wise is leaving his post at Lafayette. After one year on the job, he is moving on to other projects. For now, chef Andrew Carmellini will oversee the kitchen. Lafayette, 380 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003, 212-533-3000.
Chef Nick Curtin has left Rosette, the Nordic-leaning eatery on the border of the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Curtin is headed to Copenhagen to begin a new restaurant project there. The new chef at Rosette is Carl Kristian Frederiksen. Rosette, 171 E. Broadway, New York, NY 10002, 212-933-1176.
Marc Aumont, who has been the pastry chef at The Modern since it opened a decade ago, is leaving the restaurant. His replacement has not yet been announced. The Modern, The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, 9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-333-1220.
Le Bernardin has a new pastry chef. Thomas Raquel, who previously worked at Chicago restaurants Acadia and L20, is taking over pastry at the New York restaurant. Le Bernardin, The AXA Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-554-1515.
Chef Ryan Tate, who was the chef at recently closed Le Restaurant in TriBeCa, is now the toque at two-month-old West Village restaurant Blenheim. Blenheim, 283 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-243-7073.
Kierin Baldwin, the former pastry chef at Andrew Carmellini's The Dutch, has left that restaurant to work at chef Carmellini's Locanda Verde. Locanda Verde, The Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-925-3797.
Marcus Jernmark, the chef who took over Aquavit after Marcus Samuelsson's departure, has left the restaurant after four years in the kitchen. The restaurant's pastry chef, Emma Bengtsson, has been named the new executive chef. Aquavit, 65 E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-307-7311.
Fulton, the six-year-old restaurant from the team that opened upscale supermarket Citarella, has closed. Fulton, 205 E. 75th St., New York, NY 10021, no phone.
Mas (la grillade), the sister restaurant to nearby Mas, has shut down. The owners plan to open a different restaurant at the same location in October. Mas (la grillade), 28 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Twenty-two-year-old restaurant Di Fiore Marquet near Union Square has closed. Di Fiore Marquet, 15 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Rouge Tomate, the lauded vegetarian-friendly and health-conscious restaurant in Midtown, has shut down and will try to find a new location in downtown Manhattan. Rouge Tomate, 10 E. 60th St., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
The W. 52nd St. location of Empire Steak House has temporarily shut down due to construction work on the building that houses it. The W. 54th St. branch of Empire Steak House, however, remains open. Empire Steak House, 36 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Mercadito Grove, the West Village outpost of Mercadito in the East Village, has shut down. The East Village restaurant remains open. Mercadito Grove, 100 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Simpson Wong has closed his eponymous West Village restaurant, Wong. The chef plans to open a Vietnamese place in the space called Vuong (which is Vietnamese for Wong), focusing primarily on street food from the Southeast Asian country. Wong, 7 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Chat 'n Chew, the casual comfort food spot near Union Square, has fried its last corn dog. The restaurant had been open for 20 years. Chat 'n Chew, 10 E. 16th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Corvo Bianco, the Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side, has shut down. The owner plans to reopen a restaurant in the space with an entirely new concept. Corvo Bianco, 446 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, no phone.
Now closed is Trattoria Toscana, the six-year-old Italian eatery in the West Village. Trattoria Toscana, 64 Carmine St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Cody's Bar & Grill, the salt-of-the-earth TriBeCa mainstay, has closed. Cody's Bar & Grill, 282 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
West Village German bakery and restaurant Landbrot has turned off its ovens for good. Landbrot, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Jinya, the well-regarded Japanese ramen spot in the West Village, has mysteriously shuttered. Jinya Ramen Bar, 24 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Apt-13, the cocktail-centric restaurant in the Alphabet City portion of the East Village, has shut down. Apt-13, 115 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
The 1970s are over. And so is Golden Cadillac, the '70s-themed cocktail bar and restaurant in the East Village. It has now --- to reference a song from that era --- climbed the stairway to (cocktail bar) heaven. Golden Cadillac, 13 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Bereket, the Lower East Side Turkish spot that was popular for late-night, usually booze-inspired munchies, has closed. Bereket, 187 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Carroll Gardens Vietnamese restaurant Nightingale 9 has temporarily closed and will reopen in a nearby location. Chef Robert Newton has debuted a new Southern restaurant called Wilma Jean in Nightingale 9’s former home. Nightingale 9, 345 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, no phone.
Gabe Stulman closed Chez Sardine, his Japanese-esque restaurant on the corner of W. 4th and W. 10th Streets. It has reopened as Bar Sardine and has a new menu of bar food. Chez Sardine, 183 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10014, 646-360-3705.
After 15 years in business, the original Sushi Samba, located on Park Avenue, has closed for good. The spin-off restaurant, SUSHISAMBA 7 in the West Village, remains open. Sushi Samba, 245 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang has closed its original location on E. 12th St. The eatery plans to reopen across the street sometime this autumn. In the meantime, for those in need of a Cambodian sandwich fix, the Chelsea Market outpost is still operating. Num Pang, 21 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Due to a rent increase, the diminutive West Village eatery August has shut down. August, 359 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Dirt Candy, chef Amanda Cohen's popular East Village vegetarian restaurant, will serve its last dish on August 30. But fans can hold their breath. Cohen plans to open a redux of the place a few months later in a bigger location at 86 Allen St. on the Lower East Side. Dirt Candy, 430 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10009, 212-228-7732.
Mole, the Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side that spawned a couple additional outposts in New York City, has shut down. The other locations of Mole remain open. Mole, 205 Allen St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's once-pioneering restaurant that has been open almost 30 years, will close when its lease expires at the end of next year. It will seek a new location with a more affordable rent. Union Square Cafe, 21 E. 16th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-243-4020.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood’s only Big Apple location has shut down. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood, 1285 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, 212-459-1222.
Vic & Anthony's, the national chain of steakhouses, has closed its only New York City outpost: the restaurant on Park Avenue in Gramercy Park. Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, 233 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10003, 212-220-9200.
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