New York Restaurant News
Fowler & Wells from Tom Colicchio has opened at boutique hotel The Beekman. Lower Manhattan, where the property resides, inspires the menu. Dinner nightly. Fowler & Wells, The Beekman, 5 Beekman St., New York, NY 10038, 212-658-1848.
Ignacio Mattos and Thomas Carter, the chef and restaurateur behind Estela, now have a coffee bar and restaurant on the lower level of The Met Breuer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s contemporary art space. The coffee shop serves sandwiches and salads, and Flora Bar features fresh seafood, like tuna tartare with toasted flaxseeds. Flora Bar, The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021, 646-558-5383.
After nearly a decade, Chumley's 1920's-inspired West Village speakeasy is back. Restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone of Sushi Nakazawa and chef Victoria Blamey will serve creative takes on classic cocktails and upscale bar food, like a burger with bone marrow and beef tartare with hazelnuts. Chumley’s, 86 Bedford St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Ops Pizza has transformed a former Bushwick garage into a warm and welcoming spot, replete with an oven for wood-fired sourdough pizza, seasonal cocktails, craft beers and rustic non-pizza menu items like braised lentils with toast. Ops Pizza, 346 Himrod St., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 718-386-4009.
Chef Hemant Mathur has opened an homage to Northern India at Sahib on Lexington Avenue. The menu includes meats simmered in copper pots (the wazwan cooking style). Lunch & Dinner daily. Sahib, 104 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016, 646-590-0994.
Brothers Tom and Anthony Martignetti of The East Pole and Brinkley’s Broome St. have unveiled their new Upper East Side spot, Cafe Americano, which is a café by day and a cocktail bar by night. The all-day menu features local, seasonal and organic produce and dishes to share like burrata with Black Mission figs. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Cafe Americano, 964 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021, 646-870-9007.
Celeb baker Christina Tosi has opened a seventh Manhattan location of Milk Bar, this one in NoLIta. It has two counters so those passing by can get their fix of cereal milk, cake truffles and soft serve. Open daily. Milk Bar, 246 Mott St., New York, NY 10012, 347-577-9504.
CUT, Wolfgang Puck's much-anticipated first restaurant in NYC, has opened in the posh Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. Executive chef Raymond Weber is at the kitchen's helm. Like CUT's other locations, the spot serves premium beef from the U.S. and Japan grilled over hardwood and finished in a 1200° broiler. CUT, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, 27 Barclay St., New York, NY 10007, 646-880-1999.
Matthew Maddy, James Freeman, and John De Piper of Sweet Science and Featherweight opened this tropical-themed spot with a funky diner theme. Sally Roots features festive cocktails, jerk chicken, and bowls with oxtail or curried vegetables, and there's a spacious patio. Sally Roots, 195 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 347-425-0888.
French restaurateur Claude Louzon and his daughter Julie are collaborating with architect Philippe Starck for Miss Paradis, their 116-seat Soho version of health-focused restaurant Le Paradis du Fruit. The new, two-level spot inhabits a plot on Prince and Mulberry that used to be a parking lot. Chef Adir Cohen will serve veggie and fish-focused dishes, and an expansive dessert menu including tasting options. Miss Paradis, 47 Prince St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Rouge Tomate's new incarnation is open in Chelsea. The Upper East Side veggie-centric restaurant closed in 2014. Chef Andy Bennett and master sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier's new spot still highlights veggies with dishes like cauliflower with buckwheat and pistachio, and features 1,600 bottles of wine. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Rouge Tomate, 126 W. 18th St., New York, NY 10011, 646-395-3978.
Megu, a Japanese “clubstaurant," has moved into the former home of subterranean upscale spot Cherry in the Dream Downtown hotel. (Two former Megus in NYC closed abruptly several years ago.) Megu serves dishes like nori salmon belly taco and Wagyu carpaccio in a technicolor, 2,800-square-foot space. Megu, Dream Downtown, 355 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-885-9400.
Quality Branded, the hospitality team behind restaurants like Quality Eats, opened a nigtclub called Squares. The swanky design features 25,000 Japanese glazed tiles and smoky mirrors. Squares will serve custom cocktails and small bites like caviar and salmon checkers. Squares, 360 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010, 646-455-0042.
Drunken Dumpling brings giant soup dumplings to the East Village. The mother-son team behind the eatery serves something called XL Xiao Long Bao, a gigantic soup dumpling. The signature item is stuffed with crab, scallop and shrimp and is nearly the size of a bowl. They will also offer smaller soup dumplings, pork buns, saké, wine and beer. Drunken Dumpling, 137 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-982-8882.
Online bakery Mah-Ze-Dahr has opened a brick and mortar outpost in the West Village. Baker Umber Ahmad now has a storefront to sell her beloved cocoa-cookie-crusted cheesecake, brioche donuts and brown butter blondies. She also offers buttermilk biscuits, savory pies and gluten-free treats. Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery, 28 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-498-9810.
ReViVer is a fast-casual spot offering a health-driven menu of tacos, salads and sandwiches. It’s the second location of the restaurant (the other outpost is at Columbus Circle, 934 8th Ave., 917-475-1711). Balanced meals like mahi curry and a steak and fig salad are prepared with wholesome ingredients. The cheery space sports a colorful mural by local tattoo artist June Jung. ReViVer, 303 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010, 646-952-0014.
The PokéSpot serves up customizable bowls of poke, the Hawaiian raw fish dish. Select from various bases, proteins, mix-ins, toppings and sauces. Several signature bowls are also available. The PokéSpot, 120 Fourth Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-933-0971.
Chefs Clare de Boer and Jess Shadbolt met at London's The River Café. At King, the team’s new spot on King Street in SoHo, dishes will take their inspiration from the south of France and Northern Italy, and strive to be both refined and satisfying. King, 18 King St., New York, NY 10014, 917-825-1618.
Neapolitan pizza spot Motorino has opened a location on the Upper West Side. The newest outpost of this beloved mini pizza empire serves nine wood-fired pies and starters like salads, chicken wings and baked clams. Motorino Upper West Side, 510 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, 917-675-7581.
Classic burger and milkshake spot Harlem Shake, which has a cheerful, vintage feel, has opened a second location in East Harlem serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant will also offer artisanal sodas and wines by the bottle and glass, and have an expanded beer program. Harlem Shake, 2162 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10029, 212-222-8300.
Pizza man Roberto Caporuscio, of Don Antonio by Starita and Keste Pizza & Vino, and his daughter Giorgia will open a pizza school and restaurant at 77 Fulton St. in the South Street Seaport. Professionals, amateurs and children can learn the art of pizza-making and feast on pizza and other Italian eats. The place does not yet have a name, and is slated to debut in October 2016.
A steakhouse chain born in Dallas, Bob’s Steak & Chop House is set to open in Midtown’s Omni Berkshire Place November 1, 2016. It will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant prides itself on offering "big drinks, fine wines and large cuts of the finest prime steaks, chops and seafood." Bob's Steak & Chop House, Omni Berkshire Place, 19 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-753-5800.
Samui serves modern Thai cuisine by the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A defunct garage was reborn as this brightly colored 109-seat restaurant, run by chef A Napadol and her husband. The menu features Thai classics like satay, noodles, curries and turmeric garlic chicken wings. Samui, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, 917-909-1032.
OCA Positive Food has opened in SoHo offering Brazilian tapioca crêpes. When Brazilian buddies couldn't find their favorite comfort food, tapioca crêpes, in NYC, they decided to make their own. They're gluten-free and organic. OCA, 250 Mott St., New York, NY 10012, 407-712-4433.
Silvia Barban has teamed up with the owners of AITA and The Mayflower in Clinton Hill to open LaRina Pastificio e Vino, a temple to all things pasta. Plus, they serve five different Negronis and sell pasta for guests to take home. LaRina Pastificio e Vino, 387 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-852-0001.
Lala Sahab, named after executive chef Lala Sharma, the man behind Surya in the West Village, features Indian classics with an innovative spin on the Upper West Side. Lala Sahab, 489 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-875-1400.
Casey Lane (The Tasting Kitchen, Venice, California) is behind Casa Apicii, located in a 19th-century townhouse. Adam Nadel is the executive chef of the Greenwich Village restaurant and the menu offers seasonal Italian fare. Casa Apicii, 62 W. 9th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-353-8400.
Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's once-pioneering restaurant, will reopen in fall 2016 in a new location with a new menu, private dining space and more. Union Square Cafe, 101 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
The second Big Apple location of Eataly, situated on the third floor of World Trade Center Tower 4, opened its doors on August 11, 2016. The Italian marketplace includes a bakery, Osteria della Pace (separate dining room inspired by the cuisine of Southern Italy), juice bar, mozzarella bar, fresh pasta counter and more. Eataly Downtown, World Trade Center Tower 4, 101 Liberty St., New York, NY 10006, 212-897-2895.
Chef/restaurateur Gray Kunz (Grayz, Cafe Gray) opened Salt & Char, a modern steakhouse in Saratoga Springs. Kunz is also working on two additional culinary concepts for The Adelphi next door. The historic hotel is undergoing renovations and is scheduled to re-open in 2017. Salt & Char, 353 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, 518-450-7500.
Chef Fredrik Berselius has re-opened Aska in a new Brooklyn location. The restaurant serves New Nordic cuisine and reservations are required in the 24-seat dining room. Aska, 47 S. Fifth St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, 929-337-6792.
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.
Beer Classes at The Cannibal
Every Saturday at 3 p.m., head to The Cannibal Beer & Butcher for a fun, not-so-basic introductory class on all things beer. Learn the best-kept secrets of the Cannibal Beer Sommelier. Visit here for more information. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher, 113 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-686-5480.
Alain Ducasse’s Midtown Restaurant is Back
Benoit, the American spinoff of Alain Ducasse's 104-year-old Parisian bistro, has reopened with a new look and a bright blue awning. Expect some fresh dishes on the menu, too, like lamb chops served with confit lamb shoulder. Benoit, 60 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019, 646-943-7373.
Mekelburg's Offers a New Late Night Menu
Mekelburg's, the gourmet store, bar and restaurant in Clinton Hill, is now open late, from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. during the week and from 12 a.m. to 4 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The place will serve a special late night menu, and all wine and beer will be $1 off for a late night happy hour. Mekelburg's, 293 Grand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-399-2337.
Jean-Georges Summertime Hot Dogs at The Mark
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is operating a hot dog cart outside of The Mark hotel through the end of September 2016. Hot dogs are made with organic, grass-fed chicken and beef and can be complemented by a kimchi relish. Open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Mark, 25 E. 77th St., New York, NY 10021, 212-744-4300.
A Tribute to Michel Richard
The culinary world mourns the passing of chef/restaurateur Michel Richard, who died August 13, 2016, at the age of 68. In New York, he briefly operated the since-shuttered Villard Michel Richard. Read André Gayot’s tribute.
The Four Seasons Restaurant’s 2017 Home
The Four Seasons Restaurant closed its location at 99 E. 52nd St. in July 2016. 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, 280 Park Ave., New York, NY 10017, no phone.
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.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten to Open Restaurant in L.A.
Chef/restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open a restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The name for the concept has not yet been announced. The opening is scheduled for 2017. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90067, no phone.
NoHo Italian spot Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria has appointed a new chef: Garrison Price. Price has worked at Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurants and Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York. Price will introduce new menu items, including flavors inspired by his international cooking experience. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, 53 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012, 212-837-2622.
Mina Pizarro is the new pastry chef at Midtown favorite Betony. Betony, 41 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-465-2400.
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurant JoJo on the Upper East Side closed for renovations on October 15, 2016. It is scheduled to re-open in winter 2017 with a fresh interior design. JoJo, 160 E. 64th St., New York, NY 10065, 212-223-5656.
New York institution Carnegie Delicatessen will close its doors on December 31, 2016. It's one of the best places to get top-quality (and lean) corned beef and pastrami, enormous overstuffed sandwiches and real New York deli ambience. Carnegie Delicatessen, 854 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-757-2245.
The much-loved Blue Ribbon Bakery and restaurant will close at the end of November, when the owners' lease ends. The restaurant fopened in 1997 after the Blue Ribbon team spent years restoring its 150 year-old oven, and became famous for its updated American classics like fried chicken and bone marrow. Blue Ribbon Bakery, 33 Downing St., New York, NY 10014, 212-337-0404.
A Voce Columbus in the Time Warner Center has shuttered. The Madison Avenue location of A Voce remains open. A Voce Columbus, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., Third Floor, New York, NY 10019, no phone.
The Lower East Side location of Pies 'n' Thighs closed at the end of July 2016. The original Brooklyn location remains open. Pies 'n' Thighs, 43 Canal St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Todd English's Ça Va brasserie at the InterContinental New York Times Square hotel has closed, but the lounge remains open. Look for a new concept to open in Fall 2016. Ça Va, 310 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036, no phone.
Mas (farmhouse) is temporarily closed due to fire damage. Mas (farmhouse), 39 Downing St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1790.
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