New York Restaurant News
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 in October 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.
Chumley's, the historic (and former) speakeasy pub in the West Village that shut down nearly a decade ago for infrastructure reasons, will re-open in October 2016. Chumley's, 86 Bedford St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's once-pioneering restaurant, will reopen in October 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.
Wolfgang Puck, who has an international collection of restaurants, is finally opening a place in New York City. The chef will debut a Big Apple outlet of his CUT steakhouse in downtown Manhattan. The opening is slated for September 2016. CUT, 99 Church St., New York, NY 10007, no phone.
Popular West Village vegan spot by CHLOE. has expanded. The newest location is in the Flatiron District and boasts a similar menu of meat-free goodness as that at the original outpost. by CHLOE., 60 W. 22nd St., New York, NY 10010, No phone.
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Smeltz, former beverage director at Roberta's, is the new wine director at Boulud Sud and Bar Boulud (1900 Broadway, 212-595-0303). Boulud Sud, 20 W. 64th St., New York, NY 10023, 212-595-1313.
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 restaurant opening in fall 2016 at The Lowell New York. Majorelle, The Lowell New York, 28 E. 63rd St., New York, NY 10065, no phone.
David Chang plans to temporarily close Momofuku Ssäm Bar for a facelift, and after five years, food-science whiz Dave Arnold’s cocktail hotspot Booker and Dax will leave the spot as well. The team is looking for a new space. Booker and Dax will close after service October 15, 2016. Booker and Dax, 207 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-254-3500.
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.
Spice Market, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's 12-year-old Meatpacking District restaurant, will shut its doors on September 29, 2016. The search is on for a new location. Spice Market, 403 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-675-2322.
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.
Resto, the Belgian-inflected eatery in Gramercy Park, closed in August. The space will be reborn as Cannibal Liquor Bar in October 2016. Resto, 111 E. 29 St., New York, NY 10016, 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.
Chevalier, the French restaurant at Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York (20 W. 53rd St.), has closed. At this time, the property is offering light dining and cocktails in The Bar and an expanded menu in the Grand Salon.
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