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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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The poke craze continues. The seafood restaurant Oceana has opened Oceana Poke, a spot devoted to the dish, which makes bowls and pick-your-own combinations, featuring seafood, fish, chicken, tofu and veggies. Oceana Poke, 1700 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, 212-713-0033.
 
The Crown, Dale Talde, David Massoni, and John Bush's rooftop spot atop the Hotel 50 Bowery, boasts stunning views. Asian-inspired cocktails and small plates of global street food are on offer. The Crown, Hotel 50 Bowery, 50 Bowery, New York, NY 10013, 646-630-8057.
 
Mayanoki, a pop-up omakase sushi spot featuring local and sustainable seafood, now has a permanent home. Certified by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch for sustainability, the restaurant offers a 15-course meal for $95. Mayanoki, 620 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
 
Chef Anne Burrell and barman Phil Casaceli have opened Phil & Anne's Good Time Lounge. The Brooklyn restaurant's walls are covered in vinyl records. Their menu features comfort food like grilled Korean short ribs, harissa crusted lamb chops and "Big Fat Chicken Soup." Phil & Anne's Good Time Lounge, 196 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 929-337-7817.
 
On the corner of Bowery and Broome, owners Kevin King and Cordell Lochin have opened Esther & Carol, a bistro that serves dishes like a Caesar salad with crispy artichokes and grilled pork chops. The restaurant's name pays homage to their mothers. There's also a recording studio downstairs. Esther & Carol, 341 Broome St., New York, NY 10013, 646-355-1840.
 
The sprawling arched city landmark on the boardwalk in Coney Island is home to Kitchen 21. It includes takeout from Coney Island Café, seafood and beer from Community Clam Bar, drinks at Parachute Bar, a rooftop wine bar called Boardwalk & Vine, and Test Kitchen, the collection's most upscale restaurant. Kitchen 21, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn, NY 11224, 718-954-9801.
 
As the name implies, Tramonti Pizza makes pizza inspired by the town of Tramonti, near the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. Chef and owner Giovanni Vittorio Tagliafierro makes a pizza called "Veracious" with Re Fiascone tomatoes from Tramonti, DOP buffalo mozzarella and basil --- plus salads, antipasti, and focaccia with nutella for dessert. Tramonti Pizza, 130 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10009, 212-260-1441.
 
Rahi (meaning "traveler" in Hindi) serves modern, creative Indian food from chef Chintan Pandya. Expect dishes like crab in squid ink and coconut milk, and lobster tail with ramps. Dinner nightly. Rahi, 60 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-373 8900.
 
The former Campbell Apartment, located in Grand Central Terminal, is now simply The Campbell. It features original, swanky details from the space that was once the business tycoon/railroad exec John Campbell’s office. The Campbell serves classic cocktails, craft beers, and small plates. The Campbell, Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., New York, NY 10017, 212-297-1781.
 
Tipsy Scoop makes liquor-infused ice cream, which is sold in scoops, sandwiches and cakes at its Kips Bay shop. Seasonal and "classic" flavors include maple bacon bourbon and cake batter vodka martini. Tipsy Scoop, 217 E. 26 St., New York, NY 10010, 917-388-2862.
 
Junzi Kitchen is a fast-casual eatery in Morningside Heights. On the menu are white or whole-wheat rolled chun bing pancakes and noodles paired with Chinese vegetables, braised meats, pickles and garnishes. Lunch & Dinner daily. Junzi Kitchen, 2896 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, 917-261-2497.
 
Located in The Lowell New York, Jacques serves classic cocktails and bites like chickpea and eggplant croquettes, blini with caviar, and a burger with fries. Leather and velvet contribute to the décor of this Upper East Side bar. Open daily 5 p.m.-midnight. Jacques, The Lowell New York, 28 E. 63rd St., New York, NY 10065, 212-935-2888.
 
Chef Tomer Blechman (Lupa, Maialino) helms the kitchen at Miss Ada in Brooklyn. Inspired by the Middle East, the menu features dishes like mussels with harissa, and swordfish with sumac, spring onions and asparagus. The backyard seats 30 diners and sports a colorful mural. Dinner nightly. Miss Ada, 184 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, 917-909-1023.
 
The Financial District outpost of Hole in the Wall serves brunch (Greek yogurt panna cotta, coconut quinoa porridge) every day until 4 p.m., followed by small plates of cheese and charcuterie, plus coffee and cocktails. Brunch & Dinner daily. Hole in the Wall, 15 Cliff St., New York, NY 10038, 212-602-9991.
 
Owner Paolo Alavian’s second outpost of Altesi features chef Paolo Nozzole’s wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, antipasti, pasta and mains like Mediterranean sea bass with leeks, shiitake mushrooms and blood orange. This Spring Street restaurant offers plenty of outdoor seating, too. Lunch & Dinner daily. Altesi Downtown, 200 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 212-431-1212.
 
Chef David Bouhadana (Sushi on Jones) will launch a new counter called Sushi by Bou, an omakase sushi spot in the Gansevoort Market. Also on offer will be sushi to-go. Check for the occasional collaboration with guest chefs. Sushi by Bou, Gansevoort Market, 353 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014, 917-870-1587.
 
Major Food Group’s The Grill has opened in the Midtown East space that was long home to The Four Seasons Restaurant. Sip a martini or a Champagne cocktail while you peruse a menu that highlights dishes prepared via the eponymous signature method: grilling. Look for honey mustard duckling, minted black bass and a classic porterhouse. The Grill, The Seagram Building, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-375-9003.
 
Jose Garces' Ortzi, located in midtown's LUMA Hotel Times Square, is a 50-seat restaurant with an open kitchen and a brick oven. On the menu are dishes like rabbit stew and hamachi with piquillo pepper, along with wine and cocktails. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Ortzi, LUMA Hotel Times Square, 120 W. 41st St., New York, NY 10036, 212-730-0099.
 
Chefs Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber cooked together at Café Altro Paradiso, and now they're reunited in the former Jimmy’s Diner space in Greenpoint. Chez Ma Tante pays homage to a hot-dog-and-French-fry shack in Montreal, and serves dishes like marinated mussels and clams and poached chicken with aïoli and carrots. Dinner nightly. Chez Ma Tante, 92 Calyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-389-3606.
 
Named after the term for 1920's Japanese flappers, Bar Moga serves comfort food like ramen and bifuteki skirt steak with fried fingerling potatoes. Creative cocktails include the “Sleepwalk,” with lemongrass shochu, Yuzu Omoi, coconut, ginger, lime and rosé. Dinner nightly. Bar Moga, 128 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012, 929-399-5853.
 
Chef Scott Conant has opened Fusco restaurant Fusco restaurant by chef Scott Conant is named after his grandmother, Carminella Fusco Varrone. The Gramercy spot offers a seasonal Italian menu featuring dishes like short ribs with fava bean salsa verde and horseradish, and escolar with black rice, cuttlefish and oxtail sauce, both available à la carte or as part of a tasting menu. Dinner nightly. Fusco, 43 E. 20th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-777-5314.
 
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.
 
Stephen Starr venue alums Ben Lowell and Sara Leveen, along with chef John Nguyen, have opened Hanoi House, a Vietnamese restaurant on St. Marks Place. Look for dishes like pomelo and shrimp salad, congee with roasted Manila clams and lemongrass and coconut braised brisket with marrow toast. Dinner nightly. Hanoi House, 119 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, 212-995-5010.
 
Seventy-five-seat Parisian-inspired bistro Little Frog is the project of Minetta Tavern alum chef Xavier Monge. It’s located in the former home of Italian restaurant Sotto Cinque. The menu includes dishes like pork belly with Spanish lentils, steak tartare and braised short ribs. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Little Frog, 322 E. 86th St., New York, NY 10028, 347-537-5786.
 
Mother-daughter team Babette Haddad and Melissa Haddad Malaga, in partnership with Quality Meats veteran chef Stratos Georgedakis, have opened Maxwell's Chophouse in a 1909 Beaux Arts-style building. The 126-seat restaurant serves oysters Rockefeller, dry-aged beef porterhouse and other steakhouse classics. Maxwell's Chophouse, 1184 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, 212-481-1184.
 
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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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Eleven Madison Park has closed for renovations Facelift for Eleven Madison Park
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara's fine dining mecca Eleven Madison Park is temporarily closed for renovations. Both the dining room and kitchen will get a facelift. The re-opening is scheduled for Fall 2017. In the meantime, the team will operate EMP Summer House, a casual pop-up in East Hampton. For more information, visit the official website. Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-889-0905.
 
Innovative Ice Cream at Daily Provisions
Portland-based ice cream favorite Salt & Straw is teaming up with Danny meyer's Daily Provisions to offer flavors like rye bread with strawberry jam and poppy seed cheesecake. Salt & Straw, 103 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-488-1505.
 

UPDATES ON NEW YORK CHEFS

Chef Melissa Rodriguez has taken over the kitchen at Del Posto, an operatic palazzo of Italian gastronomy owned by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and his mother, Lidia. Rodriguez succeeds Mark Ladner, who ran the kitchen since the restaurant debuted. Del Posto, 85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-497-8090.
 

NEW YORK RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

Celebrity chef Carla Hall's restaurant Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen in Red Hook is temporarily closed. Carla Hall's Southern Kitchen, 115 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-855-4668.
 
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.
 
When the lease ends on Keith McNally's Lower East Side Schiller's Liquor Bar in August, the restaurant will close its doors. Schiller's Liquor Bar, 131 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, 212-260-4555.
 
After thirty years, the Upper West Side mainstay Isabella's has closed. Isabella's, 359 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, no phone.
 

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