In the West Village comes Baker & Co., an Italian restaurant from the team behind NoLIta Roman favorite Emporio. The name is a nod to Zito's Bakery, an 80-year-old spot that closed up shop in 2004. Baker & Co., 259 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1234.
The new Beautique is not a hair salon. It's a restaurant where Craig Hopson, the erstwhile toque of Le Cirque, churns out creative and inventive dishes. The pastry chef is Jiho Kim, who had previously logged time at Gordon Ramsay at The London. Beautique, 8 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-753-1200.
Chef Ilan Hall's hot LA restaurant The Gorbals is setting up shop in an Urban Outfitters in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The restaurant will be on the third floor and will also have rooftop, outdoor dining. The Gorbals, 98 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, no phone.
From China Grill Management comes East & West, a new restaurant inside Yotel New York on W. 42nd St. Chef Bradley Day cooks up his takes on both Eastern and Western dishes, as the name suggests. East & West, 570 Tenth Ave., New York City, NY, 1 877-909-6835.
Le Bernardin is expanding with Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, overseen by personable and knowledgeable sommelier Aldo Sohm. On the menu: 200+ bottles, light foods, plus beer and spirits. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, The AXA Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Newly opened Tessa, located on the Upper West Side, serves elevated Mediterranean fare like duck lasagna and grilled rouget. The chef is Cedric Tovar. Tessa, 349 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-390-1974.
Savoury is a new Indian restaurant on the Upper West Side. The owners of the now-closed Surya chain of Indian restaurants are behind it. Typical dishes include seared scallops in a tamarind sauce, baby lamb chops, and a lot of freshly baked bread. http://www.savourynyc.com/. Savoury, 489 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-875-1400.
On Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village comes Carroll Place. The restaurant is in the space that housed the erstwhile Kenny's Castaways bar. The kitchen serves up wood-fired pizzas, burgers, salads and pastas. Carroll Place, 157 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012, 212-260-1700.
Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi, the two chefs behind popular eateries Torrisi Italian Specialties and Carbone, among others, have announced they are opening a new restaurant called Dirty French. It will be a Gallic-accented bistro inside Ludlow Hotel on the Lower East Side. There's no word yet on when it will debut. Dirty French, 180 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Au Za'atar is a new French-Arabian bistro in the East Village. The menu is Lebanese-leaning and includes fig crostini and, of course, several dishes spiked with the Middle Eastern spice za'atar. Au Za'atar, 188 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009, 212-254-5660.
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.
Lunch with Emily
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, darling Emily is now open for lunch. The daytime menu includes kale salad, sandwiches and, of course, wood-fired brick-oven pizzas. Lunchtime service is Wednesday to Friday. Emily, 919 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 347-844-9588.
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria has just launched a new fixed-price lunch option: three courses of regularly changing, greenmarket-inspired Italian fare for $35. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, 53 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012, 212-837-2622.
New Jacques City
French gastropub Jacques 1534 has unveiled a new cocktail and food menu. Now diners can feast on classics like steak frites and even such British pub grub as Chatham cod and chips. The signature drink is a Blackberry Collins. Jacques 1534, 20 Prince St., New York, NY 10012, 212-966-8886.
Amanda Freitag's Chelsea restaurant, Empire Diner, is now open for lunch, with a menu that includes burgers, sandwiches and salads, like the popular Tuscan kale Caesar salad. Empire Diner, 210 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-596-7523.
Le Colonial Turns 20
Le Colonial, the elegant French-Vietnamese restaurant in Midtown, is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Between April 9 and May 31, diners will have the option to choose a six-course tasting menu for the occasion (in addition to the normal à la carte options). The menu features new dishes and classic Le Colonial delights. The prix-fixe dinner costs $80 or $125 with wine. Le Colonial, 149 E. 57th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-752-0808.
Piggy Tuesdays at Benoit
Alain Ducasse's Benoit is bringing back its cochon Tuesdays for the month of April. Every Tuesday this month diners have the option to choose a portion of one of two slow-roasted suckling pigs. The meal, with beer or wine, is $30 per person. Reservations in advance are necessary. Benoit, 60 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019, 646-943-7373.
Tavern on the Green Redux
The legendary Tavern on the Green restaurant has announced it will finally re-fire up its burners on April 24. Its renovation was partly inspired by photographs from the 1940s. Tavern on the Green, W. 67th St. & Central Park West, New York, NY 10023, 212-877-8684.
James Beard Awards Finalists Announced
Finalists for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced. Among the New York restaurants and chefs that are up for awards are Betony, Carbone and Estela (Best New Restaurant), Bar Boulud (Outstanding Wine Program), The Bar at The NoMad Hotel and Maison Premiere (Outstanding Bar Program), and Hearth and wd-50 (Outstanding Restaurant). Gramercy Tavern's Michael Anthony has been nominated in the Outstanding Chef category.
Thanks for the Tip. Not!
Riki, a Japanese restaurant in Midtown, has a new no-tipping policy. Instead, the restaurant has raised its prices by about 15 percent to pay employees higher wages. Riki, 141 E. 45th St., New York, NY 10017, 212-986-5612.
Kaiseki Mondays at Brushstroke
Every Monday at David Bouley's Brushstroke is now Kaiseki Monday. That's right, start your week off right by indulging in the seven-course meal for $115 per person. The menu changes weekly but expect sashimi, cooked fish, meat, rice, sushi and dessert. Brushstroke, 30 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013, 212-791-3771.
Musical Mondays at Le Cirque Cafe
Le Cirque Cafe presents Musical Mondays, featuring live jazz music. The shows will be held from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. in March and from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. in April. No cover fee. Guests can also take advantage of the $38 prix-fixe dinner menu. For reservations, please call 212-644-0202. Le Cirque Cafe, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
Mission Cantina Burrito Lunch
At first, the burritos at Danny Bowien's hotspot, Mission Cantina, were only available via take-out. But it has just been announced that some of the best burritos in town are now offered for "eat in" during lunch. Lamb and carnitas burritos are the standouts so far. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-2233.
Jose Garces Is Coming to Town
Celebrated Philadelphia chef Jose Garces will open a restaurant later in 2014 (or early 2015) in Battery Park City. There's no word yet on the concept or the exact location.
Perla, the Greenwich Village Italian restaurant from Gabe Stulman, has rolled out a new lunch special: a three-course $35 meal, which is now offered Wednesday to Sunday. Options include risotto with saffron; black spaghetti with 'nduja, calamari and breadcrumbs; and a skate sandwich with artichokes and fennel. Perla, 24 Minetta Ln., New York, NY 10012, 212-933-1824.
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.
NoLIta New Zealand-accented eatery The Musket Room has a new pastry chef: Becca Punch, who has maybe the best name in pastry and recently logged time in the kitchen at Eleven Madison Park. The Musket Room, 265 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-0764.
Ron Wingwee Hsu, who logged eight years in the kitchen at Le Bernardin, is now the new chef at Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial. Le Colonial, 149 E. 57th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-752-0808.
Chef Gavin Kaysen will be leaving his post at New York's Café Boulud this summer to open an eatery in his native Minneapolis. Café Boulud's current chef de cuisine, Aaron Bludorn, will take over for Kaysen. Café Boulud, The Surrey, 20 E. 76th St., New York, NY 10021, 212-772-2600.
Volatile but talented chef Ryan Skeen, who can't seem to stay at a restaurant for longer than a year, has landed at pan-Latin Los Americanos in TriBeCa. Los Americanos, 305 Church St., New York, NY 10013, 212-680-0101.
Jason Hall is the new chef at The Fourth. He previously worked within John DeLucie's Crown Group (Crown, The Lion, Bill's Food & Drink). The Fourth, Hyatt Union Square, 132 Fourth Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-432-1324.
Angie Mar, who until recently was a chef at The Spotted Pig, has become the chef at The Beatrice Inn. The Beatrice Inn, 285 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10014, 917-566-7400.
The yet-to-open restaurant located in Union Square, The Pavilion, had named and then promptly lost a chef. Wayne Nish, formerly of March and also Nish, has already resigned from the position. The restaurant will open sometime later this year with a different chef.
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 has left his position at The Modern, is already planning his next venture. 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. The Modern, The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, 9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-333-1220.
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.
BLT Burger, the eight-year-old restaurant in Greenwich Village, has shut down. The restaurant group behind it, ESquared, plans to open Horchata, a Mexican restaurant, in late spring. BLT Burger, 470 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Il Bastardo, the Italian restaurant in Chelsea, is set to become the fourth outpost of the mini-chain Bocca di Bacco on April 8. Until that day, Il Bastardo will remain open. Il Bastardo, 191 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001, 212-675-5980.
El Sombrero, the old-school Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side, has temporarily shut down. El Sombrero, 108 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Aska, the acclaimed Scandinavian restaurant in Williamsburg, will close during the third or fourth week of March and reopen in the near future in a bigger space. There's no word yet as to where it will relocate. Aska, Kinfolk Studios, 90 Wythe St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-388-2969.
The Bowery Diner served 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, no phone.
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, has closed for good. Suenos, 311 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
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.
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.
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