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NEW RESTAURANTS IN NEW YORK

London chain Burger & Lobster has launched a second outpost in Manhattan, and it’s in the same building as the Stephen Sondheim Theater. The restaurant serves only burgers, lobsters, and lobster rolls with salad and fries, and is decorated with hundreds of lobster traps. Burger & Lobster, Stephen Sondheim Theater, 132 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036, 917-565-9044.
 
The owners of speakeasy Tanner Smith's and chef Hugo Orozco are behind Midtown’s Vida Verde. The bright, two-story restaurant serves modern Mexican cuisine and ceviche, along with creative cocktails. Vida Verde, 248 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019, 646-590-2034.
 
Modern Indian restaurant Old Monk has opened in New York Restaurateur Sushil Malhotra and chef/co-owner Navjot Arora have introduced Old Monk. This modern Indian restaurant serves dishes like free-range lamb in a minty cream sauce and Punjabi power greens. Old Monk, 175 Ave. B, New York, NY 10009, 646-559-2922.
 
Chef Megan Johnson (Gramercy Tavern, Gottino, Casellula) and Jen LaPorta have opened Hudson Jane, an all-day café, restaurant and wine bar in Fort Greene. It is named after the park bench on the corner of Hudson and Jane, where their relationship began. Hudson Jane, 360 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, 347-987-3881.
 
Hiroki Yoshitake (Sola in Paris) is the chef behind Midtown East’s modern Japanese restaurant Mifune, which is named after the actor Toshiro Mifune. The menu features a miso foie gras terrine, beef tataki, and sushi and sashimi. Mifune, 245 E. 44th St., New York, NY 10017, 212-986-2800.
 
Sushi Zo Hanare in Midtown offers a $250 omakase in its nine-seat space on 39th Street. The sushi bar also has two outposts in Los Angeles (Sushi Zo, 9824 National Blvd., Ste. C, 424-201-5576; and Zo, 334 S. Main St., Ste. 1106, 213-935-8409), another NYC location (88 W. 3rd St., 646-405-4826) and one in Bangkok (63 Wireless Rd., 66 02 168-8490). Sushi Zo Hanare, 127 E. 39th St., New York, NY 10016, 917-265-8054.
 
by CHLOE. founder Samantha Wasser is behind the pasta-focused fast-casual restaurant in NoLIta called The Sosta. Ali LaRaia is co-founder and executive chef. The menu features spaghetti pie and mini Nutella sandwiches. Lunch & Dinner daily. The Sosta, 186 Mott St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
 
Tatsuya Sekiguchi, formerly of Sushi Yasuda, is at the helm at Omakase Room by Tatsu. The tiny eight-seat restaurant offers à la carte selections and an eight-course tasting menu for $120. Omakase Room by Tatsu, 14 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014, 212-367-2067.
 
Hoda Mahmoodzadegan and executive chef Joseph Nierstedt's fast-casual Bushwick restaurant, Molly's Milk Truck, offers hot chicken sandwiches, burgers and homemade ice cream all day and late into the night. For breakfast, choose from pancakes, poached eggs with hash browns, and more. Molly's Milk Truck, Brooklyn, 214 Knickerbocker Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 718-628-3663.
 
Belly serves a nine-course bacon omakase Korean pork belly is the star at Belly, a Brooklyn restaurant from Phillip Cho and Anna Lee. Chef Brian Crawford serves a nine-course bacon "omakase" for $45 featuring dishes like pork belly schnitzel with spicy Korean mustard. Belly, 219 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 888-777-0087.
 
Beloved Upper West Side cookie shop Levain Bakery (167 W. 74th St.) has opened an additional location two blocks away. This outpost is a larger storefront, with more seating and longer hours. Other branches are at 2167 Frederick Douglass Blvd. in Harlem; and in the Hamptons at 354 Montauk Hwy., which operates seasonally. Levain Bakery, 351 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-874-6080.
 
Owner Mya Zoracki sells cookies, babka, spanakopita and coffee at Feed Your Soul Cafe on Wall Street. Each sale includes a cookie donation to The Coalition for the Homeless. Feed Your Soul Cafe, 14 Wall St., New York, NY 10005, 201-204-0720.
 
Parklife serves Mexican food from Taqueria El Atoradero and drinks in an old printing warehouse in Gowanus. The space boasts a 4,000-square-foot outdoor area, while the menu includes tacos with fillings like carnitas, chorizo, suadero, and poblano and mushrooms. Parklife, 636 Degraw St., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
 
Claus Meyer's latest addition to his Grand Central eateries is the 65-seat The Restaurant, which serves cheeses, charcuterie, crudo and veggie dishes. The Restaurant, Vanderbilt Hall West, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017, 646-568-4020.
 
Island Oyster, a beer garden-like spot from the team behind Grand Banks, is the first standalone restaurant on Governors Island. In addition to drinks, expect great views of the Lower Manhattan skyline and New York Harbor. Upcoming are food offerings like a raw bar, lobster rolls, fish tacos and burgers. Island Oyster, The Ferry Landing, Governors Island, New York, NY 11238, 917-268-0200.
 
Alinea Group has opened The Office NYC Chicago's Alinea Group, headed by chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas, has opened The Office NYC in Mandarin Oriental, New York. This speakasy serves up classically inspired cocktails, vintage spirits and bites like caviar, oysters, salmon rillette, foie gras terrine and Wagyu steak tartare. Meanwhile, sister establishment The Aviary NYC is scheduled to open in late Summer 2017. The Office NYC, Time Warner Center, 80 Columbus Cir., New York, NY 10023, 212-805-8800.
 
Regina's Grocery in the LES offers 14 sandwiches, all with family-member names. Choose from the Cousin Anthony (smoked chicken, mozzarella, balsamic, arugula) and the Lil Phil (smoked ham, provolone, tomato, lettuce), both built with a classic hero. Regina's Grocery, 27 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 347-680-4361.
 
Chef Gaurav Anand offers modern Indian food with a global twist at aRoqa in Chelsea. Menu items include duck leg confit with coconut curry and poppadams, and sea bass with lemongrass-makrut curry and beaten rice pilaf. Stephen Thomas is the mixologist. aRoqa, 206 9th Ave., New York, NY 10011, 646-678-5471.
 
A 500-gallon aquarium greets guests at Inwood's Seawalk, which serves fish, seafood and pasta dishes by executive chef Fernando Mayers, a db bistro moderne alum. Seawalk, 261 Dyckman St., New York, NY 10034, 212-568-9014.
 
Charred mackerel with avocado; lamb with carrots, skyr, farro and pine nuts; and Key lime pie are served at this South Slope, sustainable-minded restaurant. Camperdown Elm's chef is Brad Willits, formerly of Agern. Camperdown Elm, 441 7th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 347-294-4786.
 
Ariel Arce, the former wine director at Birds & Bubbles, has opened Air's Champagne Parlor in Greenwich Village. The wine list features 125 Champagne and sparkling selections with 50 bottles priced under $50. Food-wise, look for oysters, caviar service and more. Air's Champagne Parlor, 127 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012, 212-420-4777.
 
Erna Kaaber and Helen Olafsdottir have opened a New York outpost of their Reykjavik restaurant, Icelandic Fish & Chips, offering sustainably harvested seafood flown in from Iceland. Look for wolf fish, cod and tusk fish, roasted or fried and paired with a skyr dip. Icelandic Fish & Chips, 28 7th Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 646-922-8473.
 
Millie Stallings has debuted her first restaurant, Minnie's, located on the Lower East Side. New American fare is the focus, seen in dishes like crispy pork belly with green papaya slaw and lamb neck flatbread with labne and Fresno pepper sauce, along with fluffy pink cake prepared from a Stallings family recipe. Minnie's, 29 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 646-726-4245.
 
Canal Street newcomer Cervo's offers fresh seafood, with preparations from Portugal and Spain. On the menu are octopus a la plancha, Spanish mackerel crudo and monkfish liver on toast, while the wine list features bottles sourced solely from the Iberian Peninsula. Cervo's, 43 Canal St., New York, NY 10002, 212-226-2545.
 
Sweeping views and a menu of grilled meats, seafood and sushi by chef Seth Levine are in store at Estate Garden Grill. The outdoor-indoor restaurant in Ravel Hotel by the Queensboro Bridge also serves up wine and craft beer on tap. Estate Garden Grill, Ravel Hotel, 8-08 Queens Plaza S., Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-289-6118.
 
From a London-based Italian restaurant group, Cecconi's Dumbo offers outdoor seating, views of Manhattan and a menu ranging from salads to small bites, and pizzas to mains like veal Milanese and branzino in broth. Look for classic cocktails, too. Cecconi's Dumbo, 55 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-650-3900.
 
More than 40 food vendors fill DeKalb Market Hall’s 60,000 square feet of underground space in downtown Brooklyn. You’ll find the first outpost of Katz’s Deli, Cafe d’Avignon, Wilma Jean, Ample Hills Creamery, Lioni Italian Heroes, Arepa Lady and more. Lunch & Dinner daily. DeKalb Market Hall, 445 Albee Square W., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 929-359-6555.
 
From the team behind Prospect Heights’ Look by Plant Love House, Mondayoff in Ditmas Park sports a new neon sign that reads “All day I dream of Mondayoff.” The restaurant serves thoughtful Thai dishes like Isaan sour sausage, pineapple fried rice with shrimp, and mango with ice cream and pandan-coconut sticky rice. Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun.. Mondayoff, 752 Coney Island Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11218, 718-941-2022.
 
Brooklyn bakery Bien Cuit has opened a Manhattan outpost in Grand Central Market. Zachary Golper and his wife, Kate Wheatcroft, sell their crusty French breads alongside curried choux puffs and croissant bread pudding. Bien Cuit, Grand Central Market, 89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017, 718-697-0526.
 
Felipe Mendez, chef/owner of La Superior and Cerveceria Havemeyer, has opened La Milagrosa Agave Bar & Listening Room in Williamsburg. The storefront is a Mexican deli, offering chorizo, dried chiles, prickly pear and fresh juices and coffee. The back room, accessed through a freezer door by telephone number reservation only, is an intimate mezcal/tequila bar and listening room. La Milagrosa, 149 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-599-1499.
 
French chef Joël Robuchon will open a branch of Joël Robuchon Restaurant in New York French chef Joël Robuchon will open a branch of his fine dining concept Joël Robuchon Restaurant at luxury residential tower One Hundred East Fifty Third Street. The space will also include a gourmet marketplace. The opening is scheduled for late 2017. Joël Robuchon Restaurant, One Hundred East Fifty Third Street, 100 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
 

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NEW YORK RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Lower East Side Chinese restaurant Fung Tu will shutter at the end of August 2017. Fung Tu, 22 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-219-8785.
 
Bouley closed after service on July 31, 2017 David Bouley’s eponymous restaurant, Bouley, closed after service on July 31, 2017, to become a private events space. Bouley, 163 Duane St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
 
Celebrity chef Carla Hall's restaurant Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen in Red Hook is closed. Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen, 115 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, no phone.
 
Brooklyn pizzeria Franny's will shutter after August 20, 2017. Franny's, 348 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-230-0221.
 
Birds & Bubbles on the Lower East Side is temporarily closed. Birds & Bubbles, 100 Forsyth St., Ste. B, New York, NY 10002, 646-368-9240.
 

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