Sirio Ristorante has returned, now set in the former Café space in Le Cirque restaurant at One Beacon Court. The menu offers straight-up Italian fare, organized by antipasti, secondi and dolci. Sirio Ristorante, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
Chef Scott Conant's latest venture is Impero Caffè, located at INNSIDE New York NoMad hotel. The menu is Italian with dishes like short rib osso buco and olive oil-poached octopus. Impero Caffè, INNSIDE New York NoMad, 132 W. 27th St., New York, NY 10001, 917-409-5171.
The new L'Appart, located inside the French food market Le District, is a 28-seat restaurant meant to evoke the feel of a dinner party. Guests are even handed a glass of Champagne upon arrival. L'Appart, Brookfield Place, 225 Liberty St., New York, NY 10281, 212-981-8577.
Masaharu Morimoto's first venture into the world of ramen, Momosan serves up bowls of Japanese noodle soup in Murray Hill. Not in a ramen-eating mood? The menu also has sticky ribs, soy-marinated tuna, and pork jowl with kimchi. Momosan Ramen & Sake, 342 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016, 646-201-5529.
Il Bambino is a new Astoria import to Greenwich Village that serves up various takes on the panino. For the sandwich averse, there are also salads and other snacks. Il Bambino, 48 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-228-2466.
The new Natsumi Tapas blends Japanese and Italian cuisines, resulting in dishes such as chicken katsu penne and grilled shiitake with pasta. Natsumi Tapas, 323 Third Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-889-2182.
Marc Forgione has opened a Midtown outpost of his beloved TriBeCa steakhouse American Cut. Located in The Lombardy hotel, American Cut Midtown is similar to the original with a few unique additions to the menu. American Cut Midtown, The Lombardy, 109 E. 56th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-388-5277.
Chef Wylie Dufresne (formerly of wd-50) is the culinary advisor for Soho Tiffin Junction, a new fast-casual Indian restaurant. Soho Tiffin Junction, 42 E. Eighth St., New York, NY 10003, 917-514-8409.
Studio Kraut is a new Teutonic-fueled Chelsea restaurant serving up meaty dishes like pork shank, burgers, sausages and schnitzel on a nightly basis. Studio Kraut, 160 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 646-449-8150.
Alsatian chef Antoine Westermann has imported his rotisserie chicken restaurant Le Coq Rico to New York City. In addition to chicken, the menu also features duck, Cornish hen and squab. Le Coq Rico, 30 E. 20th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-267-7426.
Pasquale Jones is an offshoot of Charlie Bird. The mostly Italian restaurant serves very good pizzas, variations on the theme of pasta, and grilled and roasted meats. Pasquale Jones, 86 Kenmare St., New York, NY 10012, 917-472-7230.
The New York City outpost of Indian Accent, one of the most acclaimed eateries in Delhi, if not all of India, is helmed by chef Manish Mehrotra. The menu includes a few fixed-price options, including a chef's tasting menu. The elegant restaurant's wine list proposes some nice options from India. Indian Accent, 123 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-842-8070.
Café Altro Paradiso is the second restaurant from Estela duo chef Ignacio Mattos and Thomas Carter. This SoHo eatery serves classics from the tip to the top of Italy. Chef Mattos makes a few changes to tradition, though, putting lard (instead of guanciale) and spaghetti alla chitarra rather than bucatini in his carbonara. Café Altro Paradiso, 234 Spring St., New York, NY 10013, 646-952-0828.
A new outlet of Taqueria Diana has opened in Hell's Kitchen. With locations in the East Village and Chelsea as well, the Mexican spot continues to create the best (and most mountainous) nachos this side of the Mississippi River. Taqueria Diana, 524 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10018, 646-684-4541.
Chef John DeLucie has a new restaurant: Bedford & Co., located in Midtown East and serving up grilled meats and pasta dishes. Bedford & Co., 118 E. 40th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-634-4040.
Dewey Dufresne, father of Wylie Dufresne (wd-50, Alder) is working on opening a sandwich shop called BYGGYZ. BYGGYZ, 37-39 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Popular Los Angeles restaurant Sushi Zo is slicing up sushi for raw fish lovers in New York City. Sushi Zo, 88 W. 3rd St., New York, NY 10012, 646-405-4826.
Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig and John Dory Oyster Bar fame have opened Salvation Burger, a casual eatery in The Pod Hotel 51. The thick namesake burger isn't cheap: at $25 it's one of the higher-priced burgers in town. The menu also boasts hot dogs, pies and shakes. Salvation Burger, The Pod Hotel 51, 230 E. 51st St., New York, NY 10022, 646-277-2900.
The latest from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich is La Sirena, an Italian eatery in The Maritime Hotel. The menu features half-moon pasta filled with duck, sweet-and-sour pork meatballs, and grilled swordfish, among other delights. La Sirena, The Maritime Hotel, 88 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-977-6096.
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 July 2016. CUT, 99 Church St., New York, NY 10007, no phone.
Chef Joël Robuchon is bringing his eponymous restaurant L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon back to New York City. The chef will open in Battery Park City, where many quality restaurants have been popping up lately. Look for a Fall 2016 opening. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10080, no phone.
Empellon Heads to Midtown
The chef/ringleader behind the three Empellon restaurants in lower Manhattan, Alex Stupak, has just announced he's opening a new outlet of Empellon --- reportedly the biggest one yet --- on Madison Avenue and E. 53rd Street. The new restaurant should have its burners fired up by the end of 2016. Empellon, 510 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
Tim Ho Wan to Bring Affordable Dim Sum to NYC
Tim Ho Wan, a Hong Kong dim sum restaurant that is known for its affordable yet high-quality fare, is opening an outpost in New York's East Village. There's no word yet on the exact location and launch date, but frugal lovers of dim sum are cleaning their chopsticks in anticipation.
Prix-Fixe Lunch at The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges
The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges has introduced a $20.90 prix-fixe lunch menu available on weekdays. Options on the three-course menu change weekly, but expect dishes like spinach pizza with herbs or chicken Milanese with peas and mint. The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, 258 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, NY 10576, 914-764-1400.
Del Posto's New Luxury
Mario Batali's Del Posto has just gotten that much more luxurious. Chef Batali has upped the opulent factor in the restaurant by installing new white leather chairs and waiters offering rosemary oil-scented towels to arriving diners, among other added upscale factors at the west Chelsea spot. Del Posto, 85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-497-8090.
Fried Chicken + Caviar = Momo-licious!
Momofuku Noodle Bar has unleashed a new large-format meal. For $500, four to eight diners get two full fried chickens, two types of caviar, biscuits, truffle cream and potato chips. The feast must be ordered in advance. Momofuku Noodle Bar, 171 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-777-7773.
Dominique Ansel/Deuki Hong's Korean French Dip
Pastry chef/wizard Dominique Ansel has teamed up with Korean chef Deuki Hong to create a Korean-accented French dip. The sandwich, debuting at Ansel's West Village spot, Dominique Ansel Kitchen, costs $22 and features tender seared beef with bacon-studded kimchi, among other ingredients. Only 300 are prepared per day so get in line early. Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-5111.
Anne Burrell Is Coming (Back) to Town
Celebrity chef Anne Burrell, who left her post as executive chef at the West Village's now-closed Centro Vinoteca back in 2008, has revealed she is opening a new restaurant. It will be in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill and focus on American small plates.
Jean-Georges Heads to the Lower East Side
Super Alsatian chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is launching an Italian restaurant in the yet-to-open Public Hotel (215 Chrystie St.) on the Lower East Side. The all-day venue will serve pizza, pasta and meaty dishes. Stay tuned for more information. Public Hotel, 215 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
RIP Bill O'Donnell
Bill O'Donnell, owner of the perennially lauded Corner Bistro in the West Village, has passed away. Corner Bistro, 331 W. Fourth St., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-9502.
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.
Momofuku Ko Lunch? Ko-rect
David Chang's Momofuku Ko has begun serving lunch, from Wednesday to Sunday each week. Lunch is about the same, give or take a few dishes, as the dinner service, and also costs $195 per person. Momofuku Ko, 8 Extra Pl., New York, NY 10003, 212-500-0831.
The Cecil's New Menu Additions
The Cecil chef Joseph "JJ" Jackson has added some new items to the menu, inspired by his recent travels in Africa and the Middle East. Expect to find delights such as tamarind-glazed oxtails, goat dumplings with peanut piri piri, and pan-roasted venison with cardamom celery root. The Cecil, 210 W. 118th St., New York, NY 10026, 212-866-1262.
The Dead Rabbit Is Alive with New Cocktails
Celebrated downtown cocktail bar The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog has a new list of cocktails. Among the handful of drinks that have debuted is the Hair Trigger, which boasts chai-infused bourbon, apple, honey and chipotle, while the Battle Annie is concocted with two types of Irish whiskey, ginger ale and lemon. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, 30 Water St., New York, NY 10004, 646-422-7906.
Cardoz & Indian Cuisine Reunite
After stints at North End Grill and White Street, chef Floyd Cardoz is going back to the cuisine that made him renowned. In summer 2016, Cardoz will open Paowalla, a SoHo Indian eatery that will have two tandoors. Cardoz had been the chef of lauded Tabla before it shut down. Paowalla, 195 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Gansevoort Market's New Home
The Meatpacking District's Gansevoort Market will be moving in the spring to make way for the latest incarnation of Pastis. Fortunately, the food hall has already found a new home: 353 W. 14th St. There is no word yet on when the newly relocated market will be open after the move. Gansevoort Market, 52 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-1701.
One of 2015's big restaurant announcements was that chef Wylie Dufresne was coming back on the scene with a venture in the AKA Wall Street in the Financial District. Now it has been reported that the avant-garde chef and the hotel have parted ways. We'll have to wait a bit longer to get another bite of Dufresne's molecular-like fare.
Since reopening in 2014, legendary New York restaurant Tavern on the Green can't seem to keep a chef. The latest shuffle has John Stevenson departing and former URBO chef Bill Peet taking over the kitchen. Tavern on the Green, Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-877-8684.
Alex Lee, who worked as executive chef at Daniel for a decade and then was the top toque at Glen Oaks Country Club on Long Island, has joined Stephen Starr. Lee will be culinary director of the large Starr Restaurants group, overseeing eateries in New York, Philadelphia and beyond.
Dan Kluger, former chef at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, will open his own restaurant at 21-23 West 8th Street. The name has not yet been announced. ABC Kitchen, ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E. 18th St. , New York, NY 10003, 212-475-5829.
Massimo Bebber, formerly the top toque at Sirio Ristorante, is the new chef at Le Cirque in New York. Bebber replaces Matteo Boglione, who has returned to his native Italy. This is the third new chef in as many years for the restaurant. Le Cirque, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
British-born Robert Aikens has taken over as chef of the legendary Rainbow Room. He has changed Sunday brunch to an à la carte menu. Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Fl., New York, NY 10112, 212-632-5000.
URBO, the multi-level Russian-owned New York City-themed restaurant on the corner of W. 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue, has shut down. URBO, 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036, no phone.
Cercle Rouge, the French bistro in TriBeCa, has closed permanently. Cercle Rouge, 241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, no phone.
The Park Avenue outpost of Les Halles --- the location where Anthony Bourdain worked in the kitchen --- has shut down. The John Street branch is still up and running. Les Halles, 411 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10016, no phone.
Salt-of-the-earth La Nacional, one of the oldest Spanish restaurants in the country, has sadly shut down. La Nacional, 239 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Montmartre, the French restaurant in Chelsea, has permanently closed. Montmartre, 158 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Now closed in the West Village is Syrian take-out spot Mirage Kitchen. Mirage Kitchen, 100 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
The 17-year-old kid-friendly Greenwich Village spot Peanut Butter & Co. has closed. Peanut Butter & Co., 240 Sullivan St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Sushi Zen, the longtime and excellent spot for sushi in Midtown, has shut down. The lease is up and they are not renewing it. Sushi Zen, 108 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036, no phone.
Bark, the popular and creative hot dog stand in Park Slope, has shut down. The owner blamed it on the newly opened and nearby Shake Shack, particularly during events at the Barclays Center across the street. Bark, 474 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11217, No phone.
Elan, the restaurant run by David Waltuck (of Chanterelle fame), will shut down at the end of March 2016. Open for around two years, the place just couldn't make a dent in the competitive Big Apple dining landscape. Elan, 43 E. 20th St., New York, NY 10003, 646-682-7105.
Northern Spy Food Co., the six-year-old East Village restaurant that helped spearhead the farm-to-table movement in New York, served its last meal on February 17, 2016. The beloved neighborhood joint will be missed. Northern Spy Food Co., 511 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
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