The new General Assembly, in the space of the erstwhile Hurricane Club, is a bistro with a French and Italian accent. Craig Koketsu, former Hurricane Club chef, is in the kitchen cooking up steak frites, burgers and fried skate, among other dishes. General Assembly, 360 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010, 212-951-7111.
Bustan, located on the Upper West Side, is a 74-seat Mediterranean eatery that serves up dishes like lamb terracotta, baked flatbreads, and organic free-range chicken. Bustan, 487 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-595-5050.
Dojo, the very affordable and very mediocre Asian eatery near NYU, temporarily shut down and has now reopened as a Japanese izakaya. The restaurant has a couple holdovers, such as the soy burger, but most of the menu is new and generally takes the form of Japanese-inspired small plates. Dojo, 14 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012, 212-505-8934.
Casual Italian eatery Arco has fired up its burners on the Upper West Side. The 42-seat restaurant focuses on the food on Sardinia with dishes like spicy mussels in tomato soup and meat-filled cannelloni. Arco Cafe, 886 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025, 212-665-0033.
Drew Nieporent has just announced that a new restaurant will be opening in the space that once housed highly acclaimed Corton. The TriBeCa address will become Bâtard and the new chef will be Markus Glocker, who served time in the kitchen at Gordon Ramsay at The London. The French restaurant is slated to open sometime this spring. Batard, 239 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, no phone.
The West Village’s new Hudson Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu that leans heavily toward Mediterranean cuisine. The owners run the four Mexican restaurants, Mole. Hudson Cafe, 628 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-390-1744.
In the spot that recently housed The Beagle comes Flinders Lane, an Australian-run restaurant that serves an Asian-inspired menu. Flinders Lane, 162 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009, 212-228-6900.
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.
Ariana Grinblat, a performer from Russia, is the force behind Ariana, a Russian restaurant in Greenwich Village that bears her name. Her intention is to update the cuisine. That task is charged to chef Vitalii Kovalev from St. Petersburg. Ariana, 138 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012, 646-678-4334.
John Fraser, who has wowed diners at his Upper West Side restaurant Dovetail, is the chef at Narcissa, located inside The Standard East Village NYC. The menu is American-inspired with some worldly flair, and includes a Greek-style lamb. Narcissa, The Standard East Village NYC, 25 Cooper Sq., New York, NY 10003, 212-228-3344.
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay (Mesa Grill, Bobby Flay Steak, Bar Americain, Bobby’s Burger Palace) has opened a new Mediterranean restaurant in New York called GATO. The eatery has a large bar and lounge area as well as an open kitchen. GATO, 324 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012, 212-334-6400.
The Wayfarer has opened inside The Quin hotel. The restaurant offers a seafood-heavy menu (with plenty of small plates for snacking) by chef Braden Reardon. The Wayfarer, The Quin, 101 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-691-0030.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Jean-Georges and ABC Kitchen in New York City, among many others) opened a restaurant in the Hudson Valley on January 21, 2014. The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges offers a market-driven menu executed by chef Blake Farrar. The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, 258 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, NY 10576, 914-764-1400.
GRK Fresh Greek will open a second location in Manhattan, joining the original GRK Fresh Greek in the Financial District. The restaurant offers a quick-service approach to Greek cuisine with a focus on high-quality ingredients. The menu keeps things simple with a few salads (Greek, lentil or garden salad), sides (potato chips, brown rice with herbs) and "yeeros" made from locally sourced meat. These are not your average gyros --- hence the creative spelling. Choose from chicken, pork or lamb and beef wrapped in a house-baked pita or served on a plate with a side. GRK Fresh Greek, 451 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10017, no phone.
Chef Michael White adds to the dining scene on the Upper East Side with Ristorante Morini, an upscale version of his SoHo restaurant Osteria Morini. The menu features many dishes from White's other venues (Marea, Costata, Ai Fiori, to name a few) as well as items unique to this restaurant. Dinner nightly. Ristorante Morini, 1167 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10028, 212-249-0444.
The Peacock and The Shakespeare are located inside the new hotel, The William. The Peacock is an elegant parlor serving elegant English fare, while The Shakespeare, down below, is an English-style pub serving up hearty pub grub. The Peacock and The Shakespeare, The William, 24 E. 39th St., New York, NY 10016, 646-837-6776.
Fogo de Chao, the chain of Brazilian steakhouses, has opened its first location in New York City. Waiters roam about the massive three-floor space in Midtown offering grilled meat to empty plates. Meats include top sirloin, pork loin, sausage, beef ribs, bottom sirloin and rib-eye. Find details on how to enter to win a dinner for two at Fogo de Chao on GAYOT's blog. Fogo de Chao, 40 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-969-9980.
A new restaurant in Hell's Kitchen, Bea puts an emphasis on craft cocktails and American-style tapas. Dishes include pork dumplings with ginger and a branzino filet. Bea, 403 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036, 212-602-1910.
Momofuku Ssam Bar has just announced a meaty new menu item: a giant rib-eye for three to six people. The 28-day dry-aged cut comes with several sides and condiments and costs $225 (not inclusive of tax and tip) for the entire table. Momofuku Ssam Bar, 207 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-254-3500.
James Beard Foundation Awards Semifinalists Announced
The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for this year's awards. The chosen include Betony, Carbone, The Elm, Estela and Uncle Boon's for Best New Restaurant; Hearth, Pearl Oyster Bar and wd-50 for Outstanding Restaurant; and, for Outstanding Chef, Michael Anthony, Andrew Carmellini and Gabrielle Hamilton. The finalists for each award category will be announced on March 19 and the actual awards ceremony will be May 5 at Lincoln Center.
Ma Peche Goes Dim Sum?
Ma Peche, David Chang's Midtown pan-Asian eatery, has ended its short love affair with the counter kappo bar. But it has added an additional menu of dim sum-like delights. Black bass with foie gras and shrimp balls are a few of the new items on the menu. Ma Peche, Chambers, 15 W. 56th St. , New York, NY 10014, 212-757-5878.
Pok Pok Lunch Lunch
Pok Pok NY, the ever-popular Thai spot in Red Hook/Columbia Waterfront, has begun opening for lunch on weekends. From 11 a.m. on and running continuously until the restaurant closes at 10:30 p.m., hungry lovers of good Thai food can eat their way through Andy Ricker's menu. Pok Pok NY, 117 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-923-9322.
Mission Cantina, Danny Bowien's hit Lower East Side Mexican eatery, is now delivering. You can get Mission's tasty burritos and other stylized Mexican fare delivered to anywhere below 60th Street in Manhattan. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-2233.
The River Cafe Reopening
The River Cafe, located on the Brooklyn waterfront, was shut for over a year. Severe damage from Hurricane Sandy forced the restaurant to close. But the restaurant finally reopened February 1, 2014. The River Cafe, 1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-522-5200.
Chef Dave Pasternack Is Going Downtown
Esca chef Dave Pasternack is reportedly teaming up with LDV Hospitality (that owns Scarpetta, among other restaurants) to open an Italian-accented seafood spot on West 23rd Street. The restaurant will open this coming spring. Esca, 402 W. 43rd St., New York, NY 10036, 212-564-7272.
Boulud Takes Boston
Daniel Boulud is heading to Boston. The French chef is taking over Asana, the restaurant housed in the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Boulud Sud's opening chef, Aaron Chambers, will be running the kitchen. Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-535-8880.
Egg, the popular all-day brunch spot in Williamsburg, is moving. At the end of February, the restaurant will relocate about two blocks to the space vacated by two-year-old Parish Hall (109 N. 3rd St.). Until that time, Egg will remain open at its original address. The new space is bigger, which will help alleviate the lines of hungry hipsters. Egg, 135 N. 5th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-302-5151.
Como se Dice "Reservations"?
Tertulia, the still-ever-hip and popular Spanish spot in the West Village, has had a no-reservations policy since it opened nearly two and a half years ago. But all that's changed recently and reservations are now accepted. However, be warned: reservations are limited as the restaurant prefers holding tables for walk-ins. Tertulia, 359 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10014, 646-559-9909.
Sirio Maccioni to Be Honored at James Beard Foundation Awards
The James Beard Foundation has announced that Sirio Maccioni, the restaurateur behind Le Cirque, will receive the 2014 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award at the James Beard Foundation Awards on May 5, 2014. Following the ceremony at Lincoln Center, Maccioni will also be honored at a VIP event featuring food prepared by chefs from his three New York City restaurants: Le Cirque, Circo and Sirio Ristorante. Maccioni was previously named Best Restaurateur in the U.S. (2008) in GAYOT’s Annual Restaurant Issue. Le Cirque, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
Bourdain Food Hall?
News has just broken that chef, author and TV food/travel personality Anthony Bourdain is working on bringing a massive international food hall/market to Manhattan. There's no word yet on the location, but Bourdain has said he wants to bring his favorite street food from around the world --- think Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Spain, Hong Kong --- and put them all in one spot.
No Adios Just Yet!
El Sombrero, the longtime Lower East Side Mexican restaurant, was set to close due to a lease issue. But the eatery has a new lease on life. At least for a while. The restaurant may still have to shut down in 2014. Stay tuned. El Sombrero, 108 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-4188.
RIP Joseph Santo
Restaurateur Joseph Santo has passed away at 84, after complications from heart surgery. Santo owned several restaurants on the Upper East Side. The most popular was Sign of the Dove, which was open for decades but shut down in 1998.
Flavor of the Month
Dominique Ansel, baker extraordinaire at Dominique Ansel Bakery and creator of the cronut, has announced the cronut flavor for the month of January: peanut butter. Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-2773.
Three Times a Charm for Stupak?
Chef Alex Stupak, who runs the kitchens at Empellon Cocina and Empellon Taqueria, has recently said he'd like to open a third restaurant. Rumors are swirling that the chef's next eatery will be at the now-vacant space on the corner of St. Marks Place and Avenue A. No definitive word yet on what type of restaurant it might be. Empellon Cocina, 105 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-780-0999.
Word on the street is that Daniel Boulud is scouting locations way downtown --- as in the Financial District --- for an outpost of his popular Upper West Side shop/eatery Epicerie Boulud. The plan is for the epicerie to open sometime in 2015. Epicerie Boulud, 1900 Broadway, New York, NY 10023, 212-595-9606.
Umami Burger, the Los Angeles-based burger chain that recently opened up its first outpost in New York City, has just unleashed the $65 hamburger. The M.N.O. Burger, an acronym for "Money's No Object," features Wagyu beef finished with shavings of white truffles. For $10 more, you can get a slab of foie gras on top. Umami Burger, 432 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-677-8626.
A Taste of Scandinavia in Three Courses
Aska, the acclaimed Scandinavian restaurant in Williamsburg, is now offering a three-course dinner at the bar. The meal costs $39 and can be paired with the new line-up of winter-inspired cocktails. Aska, Kinfolk Studios, 90 Wythe St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-388-2969.
Raphael Francois, a former toque at London's The Connaught, has crossed the pond to take over the top chef job at esteemed Le Cirque. Le Cirque, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
Gabriel Kreuther, who is on his way out at The Modern, is already planning his next venture. Sources say he'll be the top toque at a new restaurant in the Grace building which sits on the periphery of Bryant Park on 42nd Street. The restaurant is slated to open sometime in early 2015.
Abboccato, the Italian eatery in Midtown, has a new chef, David Arias, who was previously the chef de cuisine at the restaurant. Abboccato, 136 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-265-4000.
Cookbook author Diane Kochilas recently came on board at Greek restaurant Molyvos as a contributing chef. Molyvos, Wellington Hotel, 871 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-582-7500.
Rotisserie Georgette, the new French restaurant on the Upper East Side from Daniel Boulud's erstwhile PR person, Georgette Farkas, already has a new chef. Out is David Malbequi and in is another Boulud veteran, Chad Brauze. Rotisserie Georgette, 14 E. 60th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-390-8060.
Abram Bissell (The NoMad) has been named the new chef at The Modern. He will replace Gabriel Kreuther at the start of 2014. The Modern, The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, 9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-333-1220.
Travis Swikard is the new executive chef at Boulud Sud. He was previously executive sous chef and has been at the restaurant since it first fired up its burners in 2011. He replaces Aaron Chambers, who has moved to another position in the Boulud world. Boulud Sud, 20 W. 64th St., New York, NY 10023, 212-595-1313.
Diminutive West Village eatery Cafe Henri has shut down for good. Cafe Henri, 27 Bedford St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Chef Sue Torres' 11-year-old Mexican restaurant in Chelsea, Suenos, will close for good on March 23. Suenos, 311 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-243-1333.
Pastis, the achingly scene-y Meatpacking District restaurant, closed after February 28, 2014. The building that houses the bistro is being renovated. Owner Keith McNally has signed a 15-year lease on the space, so Pastis lovers should have no fear: the restaurant will reopen in 2015 and be around for a while after that. Pastis, 9 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Murphy & Gonzalez, the combination Irish pub and Mexican restaurant that was popular with NYU students, has closed. Murphy & Gonzalez, 21 Waverly Pl., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
The last (and original) Baoguette, among chef Michael 'Bao' Huynh's mini-empire of banh mi sandwich spots, has closed down. The chef now resides in Ho Chi Minh City, the place of his birth. Baoguette, 61 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10010, no phone.
Only open one year, Spanish restaurant Manzanilla in the Flatiron District has served its last pan con tomate. The restaurant shuttered for good. Manzanilla, 345 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010, no phone.
Arcane, the French-Caribbean eatery on Avenue C, has shut down. The owner has turned the space into a French-Cambodian restaurant called Cafe Cambodge. Arcane, 111 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
The Bowery Diner will serve its last pancake on Sunday, February 23. Owner Mathieu Palombino says he will turn the space into a new eatery. For now the main plan is to create a pop-up restaurant called Chez Jef that will open temporarily sometime later this year. The Bowery Diner, 241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, 212-388-0052.
Decade-old Lower East Side restaurant 'inoteca shut down for good on Saturday, February 8. 'inoteca, 98 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
West Village barbecue restaurant Bone Lick Park has closed. Bone Lick Park, 75 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
7A, a restaurant in the far East Village, has shut down. In its place, it is rumored that Paul Salmon, part owner of Miss Lily's and Joe's Pub, might be interested in opening up a restaurant. 7A, 109 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Peels, the Southern restaurant on the Bowery that was opened and run by the people who brought you Freemans, has closed. Rumors are swirling that space is being eyed by Andrew Carmellini for a casual Italian restaurant, not unlike his popular TriBeCa spot Locanda Verde. Peels, 325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Williamsburg eatery Gwynnett St. briefly shut down and then opened up as something entirely new: Lachlan, a gastropub serving up burgers and fried chicken sandwiches. Gwynnett St., 312 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, no phone.
Grotto, an Italian restaurant on the Lower East Side, has served its last plate of pasta. The restaurant is closed. Grotto, 100 Forsyth St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Greenwich Village mainstay Gray's Papaya, anchored on the corner of Sixth Avenue and W. 8th Street, has shut down. The other hot dog-slinging Gray's Papaya outlets around town remain open. Gray's Papaya, 402 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
After 20 years, the SoHo lounge Naked Lunch has poured its last cosmo. A new cocktail bar, the Regent Cocktail Club, will open up in the space in the coming months. Naked Lunch, 17 Thompson St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
Park Avenue Winter, the restaurant that changed its menu and décor based on the season, has shut down. It has been forced to relocate and has not yet found a new location. Park Avenue Winter, 100 E. 63rd St., New York, NY 10021, no phone.
Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria has closed. Owner Keith McNally has shuttered the largely failed pizzeria and will open a French restaurant in its space on Bowery and E. Houston Street sometime later this year. Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria, 282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Williamsburg Vietnamese restaurant An Nhau has shut down. An Nhau, 172 Bedford St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, no phone.
Chef Alain Allegretti has closed La Promenade, the Chelsea restaurant formerly known as La Promenade des Anglais, to focus on his Atlantic City-based eatery Azure. La Promenade, 461 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
The Broadway location of longtime restaurant Silver Spurs has shut down. Fans of the barbecue establishment can breathe easy, though: the Greenwich Village branch of Silver Spurs is still open. Silver Spurs, 771 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Alison Eighteen shuttered on December 19. The owners of Recette will take over the space and open a new restaurant on the site. Alison Eighteen, 15 W. 18th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
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