Beer-centric Stanton Street Kitchen on the Lower East Side presents meaty, brew-friendly fare and there's even a chef's table in the cellar room. Stanton Street Kitchen, 178 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002, 917-963-6000.
An import from London, Burger & Lobster has a name that says it all. The Flatiron restaurant will serve up 10-ounce burgers and pound-and-a-half lobsters, both priced at $20 each. Burger & Lobster, 39 W. 19th St., New York, NY 10011, 646-833-7532.
An Upper West Side outpost of Parm has opened. Its original location is next to sister restaurant Torrisi Italian Specialties in NoLIta. Menu offerings here are more extensive, with a full range of pastas as well as secondi like pork Milanese. Parm, 235 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023, 212-776-4921.
Another week, another newfangled Mexican restaurant opens in New York City. This time it's La Loteria, brought to you by chef Julieta Ballesteros (Crema Restaurante/Los Feliz). The restaurant serves dishes like cheesy quesadillas filled with lobster. La Loteria, 29 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-858-9096.
Threes Brewing is a multi-dimensional space: it acts as a microbrewery, bar, coffeehouse and event venue all in one. The in-house-brewed beers include a melon-infused saison and a fruity pale ale. Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St., Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-522-2110.
Tijuana Picnic, the much-anticipated Mexican-Chinese mash-up, has finally fired up its burners on the Lower East Side. The restaurant serves tuna belly tacos, duck- and foie gras-stuffed empanadas, and a Thai-spiced pork chop marinated in coconut milk. Tijuana Picnic, 151 Essex St., New York, NY 10002, 212-219-2000.
Adalya in Gramercy Park offers a mostly Mediterranean menu, which includes lamb-topped flatbreads and pastas. Adalya, 55 Irving Pl., New York, NY 10003, 646-896-1441.
The Folly has opened in SoHo. This gastropub features a rustic interior with wooden accents. The menu offers oceanic cuisine, including oyster shooters, octopus skewers and seaweed salad. The Folly, 92 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012, 646-726-4740.
Rossopomodoro, a European chain that also happens to operate the pizza-making in Eataly in New York, has opened a branch in the West Village. The restaurant serves pasta, too, and Italian food products are for sale. Rossopomodoro, 118 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-242-2310.
Chef Sue Torres, who recently closed her beloved Suenos restaurant in Chelsea, is back: she's opened Espoleta, a Spanish restaurant in the space that was Forcella. Espoleta, 334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, 212-466-3300.
Eli Zabar, of the famed gourmet food shop Zabar's, has renovated Taste, an eatery inside the shop, and turned it into a new restaurant. Eli's Table serves porchetta sliders, various pasta dishes, and even a rib-eye. The chef is John Carr, who was previously seen in the kitchen at Sfoglia. Eli's Table, 1413 Third Ave., New York, NY 10028, 212-717-9798.
La Gringa in the West Village is an LA-style taqueria and an outpost of the original in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The restaurant serves an array of tacos, burritos and nachos. La Gringa, 82 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
LYFE Kitchen has opened its first location in New York. The restaurant features fast, healthful, nourishing fare, with no dish containing more than 600 calories. Menus cater to meat eaters as well as vegans and most special diets, including gluten free. LYFE stands for "love your food every day." LYFE Kitchen, 248 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-265-5933.
Mu Ramen, the buzzed-about ramen spot that was housed inside a bagel shop for a while, now has a location of its very own. Joshua Smookler, who logged time in the kitchen at Per Se, is the chef and owner. Mu Ramen, 1209 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101, 917-868-8903.
David Chang's Momofuku Ko has relocated to 8 Extra Place, a small alley near Bowery and E. 1st Street. The restaurant serves a 17-course dinner for $175. Momofuku Ko, 8 Extra Pl., New York, NY 10003, 212-500-0831.
The West Village space that was formerly Mas (la grillade) is now Almanac. The restaurant offers à la carte dishes as well as a few prix-fixe options. Almanac, 28 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1795.
The new Pier A Harbor House, set in a Beaux-Arts building on the southern tip of Manhattan, boasts a massive 400-seat beer hall on the ground floor and, coming in January, a more formal restaurant on the second floor. The structure originally housed the city's docks department. Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Pl., New York, NY 10004, 212-785-0153.
Via Carota is the new restaurant from chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, located just up the block from Williams' Buvette and around the corner from Sodi's eponymous establishment. Situated in the space that housed Betel, Via Carota is named after a street Sodi lived on in her native Italy. Via Carota, 51 Grove St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1962.
The Happiest Hour, housed in the West Village space that was Aussie gastropub Kingswood, is a bi-level cocktail bar from Jim Kearns, who has mixed up libations at Pegu Club and The NoMad. The spot has a 1950s and early '60s vibe. The Happiest Hour, 121 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-243-2827.
Mastro's Steakhouse has opened its first East Coast outpost in Midtown. The steak and seafood chain's inaugural restaurant was in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mastro's Steakhouse, 1285 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-459-1222.
Chef Franklin Becker has opened The Little Beet Table, a 72-seat eatery serving up dishes like whole Hudson Valley roasted chicken, roasted squash, and slow-cooked salmon. There's an emphasis on gluten-free fare. The Little Beet Table, 333 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010, 212-466-3330.
In the revamped Smyth hotel in TriBeCa comes Little Park, a Mediterranean-inspired eatery from chef Andrew Carmellini that utilizes hyper-local ingredients. Little Park, Smyth, 85 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10007, 212-587-7000.
Korilla BBQ, which began as a food truck, now has its own brick-and-mortar restaurant. The East Village location, with a tiger-striped facade, is serving up the same menu of Korean-Mexican mash-up fare. Expect kimchi-laden pork tacos and burritos. Korilla BBQ, 23 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, 646-823-9423.
Restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Justin Smillie have teamed up to open Upland. The restaurant serves fresh takes on California-inspired cuisine that have rustic, sometimes Italian accents. Upland, 345 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010, 212-686-1006.
In Bushwick, Brooklyn, comes Arrogant Swine, a Carolina-style barbecue joint and beer hall/garden from chef Tyson Ho. Arrogant Swine, 173 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 347-328-5595.
Cosme, the much-anticipated new restaurant from acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera serving elevated takes on Mexican fare, "officially" opened on Tuesday, October 28. If you had hoped to eat at the restaurant any time soon, think again: it’s already booked up until 2015. Cosme, 35 E. 21st St., New York, NY 10010, 212-913-9659.
Alex Stupak, erstwhile pastry chef at wd-50, has opened his third Mexican restaurant. Empellon al Pastor, right on the corner of St. Marks Place and Ave. A, is an eatery dedicated to slow-roasted pineapple-studded pork, often stuffed in a corn tortilla to make one fine taco. The menu will also include other Mexican classics as well as plenty of varieties of margaritas and micheladas. Empellon al Pastor, 132 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, 212-367-0999.
Another food hall has opened in New York City. The 8,000-square-foot Gansevoort Market, located in a nineteenth-century brick building in the Meatpacking District, boasts nearly two dozen stands, including Donostia for Basque tapas, The Pig Guy for all things porcine, Cappone's Salumeria for Italian sandwiches, and Yiaourti for Greek yogurt, among many other eating options. Gansevoort Market, 52 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-1701.
After a five-year absence, the legendary Rainbow Room has reopened. The chef is Jonathan Wright, who hails from England, and the menu focuses on seasonal fare. The restaurant, sadly, is only open on Monday evenings, most holidays, and for Sunday brunch. Other than those times, the Rainbow Room will be rented out as a private party space. Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, 212-632-5000.
Chef Joël Robuchon is bringing his eponymous restaurant L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon back to New York City two years after it shut down. The chef will open in Battery Park City, where many quality restaurants have been popping up lately. It's scheduled to debut in March 2015 and will be modeled after the London location of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10080, no phone.
Bernheim & Schwartz is a new beer hall near Columbia University. The 250-seat space offers 10 brews from Greenpoint Beer Works and beer-friendly snacks like bacon mac ‘n’ cheese. Bernheim & Schwartz, 2911 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, 212-335-2911.
Chef Floyd Cardoz, late of Tabla and North End Grill, has opened White Street. Along with partners Dan Abrams and Dave Zinczenko, Cardoz will oversee a restaurant serving up American fare with global influences. White Street, 221 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212-944-8378.
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.
The world's largest white truffle recently went on auction at Sotheby's in New York. The 4-pound 16-ounce beauty sold for about $60,000 to the highest bidder, who preferred to remain anonymous. For those New York diners hoping to get a piece --- or some shavings --- of the truffle at a local restaurant, the only thing Sotheby's would reveal about the buyer was that she or he lived in Taiwan.
The Wylie Burger
Now that wd-50 has closed, chef Wylie Dufresne has some time to dedicate to his more casual tavern-like eatery in the East Village, Alder. For example, he's just put a burger on the menu --- his first --- and it looks good: a Pat LaFrieda beef patty topped with beer cheese. It costs $13. Alder, 157 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-539-1900.
Pre-Paid Per Se
It's been announced that Per Se, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in New York City, is going pre-paid. Along with chef Thomas Keller's other venue, The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., Per Se will use a service that asks diners to pay upon booking. The system is set to begin in spring 2015. Per Se, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., New York, NY 10019, 212-823-9335.
A Greek Seasonal?
Chef Maria Loi, whose eponymous Upper West Side Greek restaurant recently closed, has announced she may be taking over the Austrian restaurant Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar. The catch? She'd turn it Greek. Stay tuned for details. Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar, 132 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-957-5550.
Mission Cantina Goes Vietnamese ... in the Morning
Danny Bowien's hit Mexican eatery on the Lower East Side continues to surprise. Starting on Thanksgiving, the restaurant begins serving breakfast --- Vietnamese breakfast. The menu is loaded with delights from the Southeast Asian country: chicken pho, fried eggs on bread, and rice porridge are a few of the morning items available. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-2233.
Torrisi Italian Specialties to Say Arrivederci
Torrisi Italian Specialties, the restaurant that helped chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone launch a mini Big Apple empire, will close for good after December 31, 2014. The two chefs plan to turn the space into a 15-seat eatery with a new name and a new concept. Torrisi Italian Specialties, 250 Mulberry St. , New York, NY 10012, 212-965-0955.
The NoMad offers a two-course prix-fixe lunch for $29, available Monday to Friday. New dishes include a chicken burger with foie gras mousse. The NoMad, The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, 347-472-5660.
Piora New Tasting Menu
West Village restaurant Piora has added a couple new options to its menu: diners can now enjoy a two- and three-course meal for $55 and $75, respectively. All options are savory and dessert may be ordered separately. Piora, 430 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-960-3801.
Cafe Edison to Shut Down for Good
Cafe Edison, what some have called "Times Square's last real restaurant," will shut down for good at the end of the year. The beloved but mediocre restaurant has long been a favorite among the city's theater community. Cafe Edison, Hotel Edison, 228 W. 47th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-354-0368.
The Harrison to Close
After 14 years, TriBeCa’s beloved The Harrison is shutting its doors for good at the end of the year thanks to a massive rent hike. The restaurant was the first new eatery to open in the neighborhood after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. It will be missed. The Harrison, 355 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-274-9310.
Momofuku Ko Relocating
Momofuku Ko, the gem in David Chang's collection of restaurants, has shut down in order to move to Extra Place, a small lane near E. 1st St. and Bowery. Chang has not given any indication when the relocated venue will actually open. Momofuku Ko, 163 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-500-0831.
The people behind Pearl & Ash are teaming up with Daniel Eddy, a New York native who was recently the chef de cuisine at Paris restaurant Spring, to open Rebelle, next door to Pearl & Ash. It's slated to launch sometime next spring. Rebelle, 218 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Updated Pastis Plans
Keith McNally has confirmed that Pastis will not reopen in its original Meatpacking District location. The Gallic eatery, set on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Little West 12th Street, had shut down due to building renovations. But, alas, it's just been announced that a store is opening in the space. McNally has vowed to reopen Pastis in the Meatpacking District as soon as 2016, but there are no other details for now.
Four Seasons to Party Like It's 1959
The owners of The Four Seasons Restaurant are planning a serious party for July 30, 2016, to coincide with the storied eatery’s lease running out. The theme will be 1959, the year the restaurant opened. They'll serve 1959 vintages of vino and will charge $1,959 per person for the evening’s food and festivities. Mark it on your calendar and start saving those pennies. The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-754-9494.
The Original Shake Shack Temporarily Closed
The original Shake Shack, the kiosk in Madison Square Park that birthed a burger empire, closed after October 13 for a complete revamp. Shake Shack, Madison Square Park, New York, NY 10010, 212-889-6600.
Another Decade of Balthazar
For the last year there have been persistent rumors of Balthazar Restaurant’s demise. Or that at least it would be moving. Owner Keith McNally just put those rumors to rest by signing a 10-year lease on the SoHo space that houses the legendary restaurant. Balthazar Restaurant, 80 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 212-965-1414.
Eataly to Open Downtown
Mario Batali has announced that he and his culinary crew will open a second Eataly in New York City in fall 2015. The new branch will be located at 4 World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. Batali also will launch an Eataly outpost in Los Angeles at the Westfield Century City mall in 2017.
Danny Meyer Eyeing Bryant Park?
According to a liquor license application, Danny Meyer may be eyeing the new glass tower at 7 Bryant Park (1045 Sixth Ave.) for his next restaurant. Stay tuned.
Anne-Sophie Pic in the Big Apple
Chef Anne-Sophie Pic is bringing her Parisian eatery, La Dame de Pic, to New York City. The restaurant will actually be two in one: on the ground floor will be Metcafé, an outpost of her Monaco establishment, and on the second floor will be La Dame de Pic. The chef's eponymous restaurant, Pic, in Valance, France, earned an 18 rating from GAYOT. La Dame de Pic & Metcafé, 510 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
Gramercy Tavern chef Michael Anthony has been named the executive chef of Untitled, the restaurant inside the soon-to-open Whitney Museum of American Art, the Renzo Piano-designed museum in the Meatpacking District. Untitled, 99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
After the reopening of Tavern on the Green and the loss of its chef, Katy Sparks, the legendary New York restaurant has a new top toque: Jeremiah Tower, a veteran of Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Stars in San Francisco. Tower plans to tone down the formality of the dining room and introduce some more casual dishes. He's already in the kitchen but his new menu will not be fully rolled out until the beginning of 2015. Tavern on the Green, Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-877-8684.
URBO, the new restaurant situated on the corner of W. 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., already has a new chef. Michael Gibney has replaced Brian Young in the kitchen. URBO, 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036, 212-542-8950.
wd-50's pastry chef, Malcolm Livingston II, has landed a job at august eatery Noma in Copenhagen. wd-50 will close for good on Clinton Street at the end of November and eventually reopen in a different location. wd-50, 50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 212-477-2900.
Just-over-a-year-old Villard Michel Richard at The New York Palace hotel has shut down. The restaurant never really took off with Big Apple diners. Richard’s French market/bakery Pomme Palais remains open. Villard Michel Richard, The New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-891-8100.
Marco's, the short-lived Italian restaurant from the team that brought you Franny's, closed on December 13. In a note to patrons, the owners said the business just wasn't profitable enough to remain open. Marco's, 295 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
Chip Shop, long anchored on the corner of Fifth Ave. and 6th St. in Park Slope, will be shutting down its deep-fat fryer for good on December 24, 2014. The nearby Chip Shop at 129 Atlantic Ave. will remain open for those in need of a fish ‘n’ chips fix. Chip Shop, 383 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-832-7701.
Chelsea’s short-lived Heartwood has shut down. Donatella Arpaia, who ran the previous restaurant in the space, is said to be opening up another place at the same address. Heartwood, 184 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Chef Wylie Dufresne's avant-garde restaurant wd-50 shut down at the end of November. wd-50, 50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Open for not even a year, chef Bill Telepan's downtown eatery, Telepan Local, has closed. Telepan Local, 329 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
Lachlan, the Williamsburg gastropub that had formerly been the acclaimed Gwynnett St. eatery, went on a summer hiatus but now has officially shut down. Lachlan, 312 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, no phone.
Closed in the West Village is Kingswood, the scene-y Australian-accented gastropub and restaurant. Kingswood, 121 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Upper East Side French restaurant L'Absinthe has shut down due to a problem with the landlord and the building. In a letter posted to restaurant regulars, the owner said it was "unforeseen and urgent" and has said that maybe in six months he will seek out another location. L'Absinthe, 227 E. 67th St., New York, NY 10065, no phone.
Five Points, the NoHo brunch standout, has closed. The owners have transformed the space into a farm-to-table Italian restaurant called Vic's. Five Points, 31 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
The General, the Bowery pan-Asian restaurant that was a mecca for trendy scenester types, has closed. The space, for now, is being used for private events and parties. The General, 199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, no phone.
The Marrow, helmed by chef Harold Dieterle of Kin Shop and Perilla in the West Village, had its last night serving vaguely German-inflected fare on October 11. The Marrow, 99 Bank St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
After losing a couple of chefs in a short amount of time, Brooklyn’s once-promising Italian restaurant Krescendo has closed. Krescendo, 364 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
Kittichai, the once-acclaimed Thai restaurant in the SIXTY SoHo (né 60 Thompson), has closed. A restaurant with a new concept will open up in the space sometime next year. Kittichai, SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson, New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Gordon Ramsay at The London has finally closed. There had been rumors for years, especially after the restaurant's namesake, Mr. Ramsay himself, left it in 2009. Five years after that, it closed after service October 11, 2014. Maze by Gordon Ramsay at The London, the more informal spot, remains open. Gordon Ramsay at The London, The London NYC, 151 W. 54th St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Brooklyn Fish Camp's 10-year lease has expired and the owners decided not to renew it. The parent restaurant, Mary's Fish Camp, located in the West Village, remains open. In the now-vacated Park Slope space will be a Vietnamese gastropub headed by veterans of San Francisco eatery Slanted Door. Brooklyn Fish Camp, 162 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
Now closed in the East Village is Yaffa Cafe, the longtime 24-hour restaurant that served big salads and healthy sandwiches. Yaffa Cafe, 97 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Charlemagne, the underappreciated French restaurant in the West Village that was open for nary a year, has closed. Charlemagne, 679 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
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