New York Restaurant News
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.
Chef Marco Canora has converted his East Village wine bar Fifty Paces (and the original Terroir before that) into Zadie's Oyster Bar, a diminutive spot for bivalves and beverages. Zadie's Oyster Room, 413 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10009, 646-602-1300.
Claus Meyer's upscale Scandinavian-themed restaurant Agern has opened in Grand Central Terminal. Icelandic chef Gunnar Gislason is the top toque, serving up dishes like beef heart and salt and ash baked beet root, among others. Diners have the option at lunch and dinner to choose between à la carte items and a few different tasting menus. Agern, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017, 646-568-4018.
Celebrity chef Carla Hall's much anticipated restaurant, Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen, has finally opened in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The place’s signature dish is hot chicken where guests can name their spice level. The hottest is called "Bookshakalaka." Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen, 115 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-855-4668.
Café Medi is the new restaurant in Hotel on Rivington. The Lower East Side eatery serves up a menu of northern Mediterranean delights, including fresh takes on the cuisines of Spain, France and Italy. Café Medi, Hotel on Rivington, 107 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, 212-796-8040.
Chicago-native Daniel Rose, who has made a name for himself in Paris with Spring and La Bourse et La Vie, has opened Le Coucou in the 11 Howard hotel in SoHo. The project is a collaboration with restaurateur Stephen Starr. Le Coucou, 11 Howard, 138 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10013, 212-271-4252.
Dizengoff, located inside the always-bustling Chelsea Market, is the first New York eatery for Philadelphia chef Michael Solomonov. The menu includes hummus, shakshuka and various salads. Dizengoff, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 646-833-7097.
Günter Seeger, a German-born chef known for his (now-shuttered) Atlanta restaurant, has a new venture in the West Village. Günter Seeger NY, with 42 seats, is a homey spot that offers a nightly tasting menu that skews Teutonic. Günter Seeger NY, 641 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 646-657-0045.
The pizza-choosing process is unique at PN Wood Fired Pizza in NoMad: diners can decide what type of flour they want in the dough as well as whether they prefer a thin-crust, Neapolitan-style or hand-stretched pie. There are also pasta and meat dishes on the menu. PN Wood Fired Pizza, 2 W. 28th St., New York, NY 10001, 646-964-4834.
The new 2nd City is a casual place in the West Village offering a hybrid of Filipino, Asian and Mexican cuisines. Menu items include butter-poached-barracuda tacos and quinoa bowls filled with tomato, cilantro and scallion. 2nd City, 525 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 917-639-3262.
Former Devi chef Suvir Saran has opened Tapestry in the West Village. The eatery blends the cuisines of India, Mexico and the Mediterranean. Tapestry, 60 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-373-8900.
Philadelphia chef Jose Garces has opened Amada, a lower Manhattan eatery that focuses on the cuisine of Spain in general, and the region of Andalusia in particular. Amada, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10080, 212-542-8947.
Sirio Ristorante has returned, now set in the former Café space in Le Cirque restaurant at One Beacon Court. The menu offers straight-up Italian fare, organized by antipasti, secondi and dolci. Sirio Ristorante, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
Chef Scott Conant's latest venture is Impero Caffè, located at INNSIDE New York NoMad hotel. The menu is Italian with dishes like short rib osso buco and olive oil-poached octopus. Impero Caffè, INNSIDE New York NoMad, 132 W. 27th St., New York, NY 10001, 917-409-5171.
The new L'Appart, located inside the French food market Le District, is a 28-seat restaurant meant to evoke the feel of a dinner party. Guests are even handed a glass of Champagne upon arrival. L'Appart, Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., New York, NY 10281, 212-981-8577.
Masaharu Morimoto's first venture into the world of ramen, Momosan serves up bowls of Japanese noodle soup in Murray Hill. Not in a ramen-eating mood? The menu also has sticky ribs, soy-marinated tuna, and pork jowl with kimchi. Momosan Ramen & Sake, 342 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016, 646-201-5529.
Il Bambino is a new Astoria import to Greenwich Village that serves up various takes on the panino. For the sandwich averse, there are also salads and other snacks. Il Bambino, 48 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-228-2466.
Blue Waters Go Dark
The 20-year-old Blue Water Grill, anchored at Union Square West, will pull in its reel on July 10, 2016, and dock itself for a million-dollar renovation. The restaurant will reopen sometime in autumn. Blue Water Grill, 31 Union Square W., New York, NY 10003, 212-675-9500.
Bourdain Market to Open in ... 2019
For those eagerly anticipating a late-2017 debut of Bourdain Market, the food hall at Pier 57 spearheaded by Anthony Bourdain, we have some bad news. The opening of the food emporium has now been pushed back to 2019. Bourdain Market, Pier 57, New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Sunday Brunch Just Got Way Better (and Boozier)
New York State lawmakers have repealed an archaic law from the 1930s about restaurants serving alcohol before noon on Sundays. Now Sunday brunchers can turn up at a restaurant before noon and have their mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Express Lunch at Monarch Rooftop Lounge
Monarch Rooftop Lounge has a new lunch to go along with the spectacular views. For $19.99, lunchers can get soup or salad plus a choice of one of the many sandwiches, panini, flatbreads or sliders. The Express Lunch is offered from noon to 3 p.m. Monarch Rooftop Lounge, 71 W. 35th St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10001, 212-630-9993.
The Modern to Become More Modern
The Modern, the restaurant located inside MoMA, is shutting down from August 8 to September 14, 2016, for a major revamp. Upon reopening, it will have more of an open kitchen and a chef's counter, among other changes. The Modern, The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, 9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-333-1220.
David Chang's newish Chelsea restaurant, Momofuku Nishi, is now serving weekend brunch. Menu options include a pork and fried egg sandwich and variations on the rice bowl theme, among other dishes. Momofuku Nishi, 232 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 646-518-1919.
The Four Seasons Restaurant’s 2017 Home
The Four Seasons Restaurant, currently located at 99 E. 52nd St., will close on July 16, 2016. But the owners have found a new home for the restaurant, and it will reopen in 2017 at 280 Park Ave. (at E. 48th St.). The restaurant taking the Four Seasons' place in the famed Seagram Building --- from the boys behind Carbone, etc. --- will have a new name. The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-754-9494.
Spice Market to Move?
Spice Market, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's 12-year-old Meatpacking District restaurant, might be looking for a new home next year. According to reports, the building's landlord wants a retail business in the space and so when the lease is up on Spice Market, the eatery would need to relocate. Spice Market, 403 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-675-2322.
Saul, Meet Norm
Saul Restaurant + Bar, located inside the Brooklyn Museum, has a new name: The Norm, named for Norman Feinberg, a museum trustee. Saul Bolton is still in charge of the kitchen, but the menu now has a more international range. The Norm, Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-230-0897.
Happy Hour at La Gamelle
French bistro La Gamelle has introduced happy hour from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. weekdays at the bar only. Patrons can enjoy drink specials, including $5 draft beers, $8 house wines and an $8 rotating house cocktail. There are also specials on bites like steak tartare, as well as $1 little neck clams and $2 oysters. La Gamelle, 241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, 212-388-0052.
Hester Street Fair Springs Back to Life
Good news for food-fair lovers: Saturday, May 14th marked the reopening of Hester Street Fair. This year's new food stalls include Gordo's Cantina and En Japanese Brasserie which will be dishing up Japanese fried chicken. Hester Street Fair, Hester & Essex Sts., New York, NY 10002, 917-267-9496.
Gansevoort Market Relocating
The Meatpacking District's food hall, Gansevoort Market, has shut down to make way for the new incarnation of Pastis. The market will reopen at 353 W. 14th St. New vendors will include Big Gay Ice Cream Shop and Luke's Lobster, among others.
New York's James Beard Foundation Award Winners
The James Beard Foundation Awards took place on May 2, 2016, in Chicago, and a handful of New York restaurants and chefs took home honors. Maison Premiere won for Outstanding Bar Program; Ken Friedman (The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, and others) was recognized as Outstanding Restaurateur; Daniela Soto-Innes of Cosme was named Rising Star Chef of the Year; Jonathan Waxman nabbed the Best Chef: New York City award; and Eleven Madison Park was awarded Outstanding Service.
Grand Banks is Back!
Grand Banks, the boat docked on the Hudson River that serves up cocktails and small plates for the water-loving masses, has reopened with the warm-weather season. Expect long lines, so get there early. Grand Banks, Pier 25, New York, NY 10013, 212-960-3390.
Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, who has wowed the Big Apple with his elevated Mexican fare at Cosme, has announced that he'll open a more casual Mexican restaurant in NoHo (372 Lafayette St.) by the end of 2016. The working title at the moment is Atla, but it's not yet set in stone.
Empellon Heads to Midtown
The chef/ringleader behind the three Empellon restaurants in lower Manhattan, Alex Stupak, has just announced he's opening a new outlet of Empellon --- reportedly the biggest one yet --- on Madison Avenue and E. 53rd Street. The new restaurant should have its burners fired up by the end of 2016. Empellon, 510 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
Tim Ho Wan to Bring Affordable Dim Sum to NYC
Tim Ho Wan, a Hong Kong dim sum restaurant that is known for its affordable yet high-quality fare, is opening an outpost in New York's East Village. There's no word yet on the exact location and launch date, but frugal lovers of dim sum are cleaning their chopsticks in anticipation.
Prix-Fixe Lunch at The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges
The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges has introduced a $20.90 prix-fixe lunch menu available on weekdays. Options on the three-course menu change weekly, but expect dishes like spinach pizza with herbs or chicken Milanese with peas and mint. The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, 258 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, NY 10576, 914-764-1400.
Del Posto's New Luxury
Mario Batali's Del Posto has just gotten that much more luxurious. Chef Batali has upped the opulent factor in the restaurant by installing new white leather chairs and waiters offering rosemary oil-scented towels to arriving diners, among other added upscale factors at the west Chelsea spot. Del Posto, 85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-497-8090.
Fried Chicken + Caviar = Momo-licious!
Momofuku Noodle Bar has unleashed a new large-format meal. For $500, four to eight diners get two full fried chickens, two types of caviar, biscuits, truffle cream and potato chips. The feast must be ordered in advance. Momofuku Noodle Bar, 171 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-777-7773.
Dominique Ansel/Deuki Hong's Korean French Dip
Pastry chef/wizard Dominique Ansel has teamed up with Korean chef Deuki Hong to create a Korean-accented French dip. The sandwich, debuting at Ansel's West Village spot, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, costs $22 and features tender seared beef with bacon-studded kimchi, among other ingredients. Only 300 are prepared per day so get in line early. Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-5111.
Anne Burrell Is Coming (Back) to Town
Celebrity chef Anne Burrell, who left her post as executive chef at the West Village's now-closed Centro Vinoteca back in 2008, has revealed she is opening a new restaurant. It will be in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill and focus on American small plates.
Jean-Georges Heads to the Lower East Side
Super Alsatian chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is launching an Italian restaurant in the yet-to-open Public Hotel (215 Chrystie St.) on the Lower East Side. The all-day venue will serve pizza, pasta and meaty dishes. Stay tuned for more information. Public Hotel, 215 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Gallic chef Christian Delouvrier, who was last seen in the kitchen of the Upper East Side's La Mangeoire, has come out of retirement to cook at Marjorelle, a French bistro opening in September 2016 at The Lowell New York. Majorelle, The Lowell New York, 28 E. 63rd St., New York, NY 10065, no phone.
Jason Wagner, who recently worked at Fung Tu, has been hired as the new beverage director at Union Square Cafe ahead of its reopening in a new location (101 E. 19th St.) later in 2016.
Chef David Waltuck, late of Chanterelle and most recently Elan, has landed at the Institute of Culinary Education as director of culinary affairs. Institute of Culinary Education, 225 Liberty St., New York, NY 10281, 800-777-2433.
Mina Pizarro is the new pastry chef at Midtown favorite Betony. Betony, 41 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-465-2400.
Juliette Pope, who has worked as the beverage director at Gramercy Tavern for almost 20 years, will leave her post. There’s no word yet on where she will land next. Gramercy Tavern, 42 E. 20th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-477-0777.
Roberta's chef de cuisine Nick Barker has left the hipster Italian spot in Bushwick. His replacement is David Selman, who has spent time in the kitchens of Corton, Brushstroke and Pujol in Mexico City. Chef Carlo Mirarchi is still overseeing the kitchen at Roberta's as well as Blanca. Roberta's, 261 Moore St., Brooklyn, NY 11206, 718-417-1118.
One of 2015's big restaurant announcements was that chef Wylie Dufresne was coming back on the scene with a venture in the AKA Wall Street in the Financial District. Now it has been reported that the avant-garde chef and the hotel have parted ways. We'll have to wait a bit longer to get another bite of Dufresne's molecular-like fare.
Since reopening in 2014, legendary New York restaurant Tavern on the Green can't seem to keep a chef. The latest shuffle has John Stevenson departing and former URBO chef Bill Peet taking over the kitchen. Tavern on the Green, Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-877-8684.
Alex Lee, who worked as executive chef at Daniel for a decade and then was the top toque at Glen Oaks Country Club on Long Island, has joined Stephen Starr. Lee will be culinary director of the large Starr Restaurants group, overseeing eateries in New York, Philadelphia and beyond.
After more than 40 years in business, the Upper West Side location of Jackson Hole has shut down. The other Manhattan outposts of the mini-chain remain open. Jackson Hole, 517 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, no phone.
Open for less than a year, Israeli/Spanish restaurant Combina has shut down. Combina, 330 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013, no phone.
Pravda, the once very trendy SoHo bar and restaurant with a proclivity for serving vodka and caviar to the see-and-be-seen crowd, will shut down for good at the end of June 2016. Pravda, 281 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012, 212-226-4696.
Juni, the domain of talented chef Shaun Hergatt, turned off its burners permanently on Saturday, May 28, 2016. There is no word yet on what the chef will do next. Juni, Hotel Chandler, 12 E. 31st St., New York, NY 10016, no phone.
Salvation Burger is temporarily closed due to a fire. Salvation Burger, The Pod Hotel 51, 230 E. 51st St., New York, NY 10022, 646-277-2900.
Longtime Vietnamese restaurant Mekong, anchored on the corner of Sixth Avenue and King Street, has closed. Mekong, 18 King St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Co-Op Food & Drink, the in-house restaurant at Hotel on Rivington on the Lower East Side, has shut down. It will be replaced by a Mediterranean place called Café Medi. Co-Op Food & Drink, Hotel on Rivington, 107 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
After about a decade in Brooklyn's Bushwick neighborhood, pioneering restaurant Northeast Kingdom has closed. Northeast Kingdom, 18 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237, no phone.
Tasca Chino, the one-year-old Latin-Asian fusion restaurant, has closed. Tasca Chino, 245 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Chef Bill Telepan's eponymous Upper West Side restaurant, Telepan, has shut down permanently. Telepan, 72 W. 69th St., New York, NY 10023, no phone.
Five-year-old Williamsburg restaurant Isa has shut down permanently. Isa, 348 Wythe St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, no phone.
URBO, the multi-level Russian-owned New York City-themed restaurant on the corner of W. 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, has shut down. URBO, 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036, no phone.
Cercle Rouge, the French bistro in TriBeCa, has closed permanently. Cercle Rouge, 241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, no phone.
The Park Avenue outpost of Les Halles --- the location where Anthony Bourdain worked in the kitchen --- has shut down. The John Street branch is still up and running. Les Halles, 411 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016, no phone.
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