The West Village space that was formerly Mas (la grillade) is now Almanac. The restaurant offers à la carte dishes as well as a few prix-fixe options. Almanac, 28 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1795.
The new Pier A Harbor House, set in a Beaux-Arts building on the southern tip of Manhattan, boasts a massive 400-seat beer hall on the ground floor and, coming in January, a more formal restaurant on the second floor. The structure originally housed the city's docks department. Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Pl., New York, NY 10004, 212-785-0153.
Via Carota is the new restaurant from chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, located just up the block from Williams' Buvette and around the corner from Sodi's eponymous establishment. Situated in the space that housed Betel, Via Carota is named after a street Sodi lived on in her native Italy. Via Carota, 51 Grove St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1962.
The Happiest Hour, housed in the West Village space that was Aussie gastropub Kingswood, is a bi-level cocktail bar from Jim Kearns, who has mixed up libations at Pegu Club and The NoMad. The spot has a 1950s and early '60s vibe. The Happiest Hour, 121 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-243-2827.
Mastro's Steakhouse has opened its first East Coast outpost in Midtown. The steak and seafood chain's inaugural restaurant was in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mastro's Steakhouse, 1285 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-459-1222.
Chef Franklin Becker has opened The Little Beet Table, a 72-seat eatery serving up dishes like whole Hudson Valley roasted chicken, roasted squash, and slow-cooked salmon. There's an emphasis on gluten-free fare. The Little Beet Table, 333 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010, 212-466-3330.
In the revamped Smyth hotel in TriBeCa comes Little Park, a Mediterranean-inspired eatery from chef Andrew Carmellini that utilizes hyper-local ingredients. Little Park, Smyth, 85 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10007, 212-587-7000.
LYFE Kitchen will open its first location in New York in November 2014. The restaurant features fast, healthful, nourishing fare, with no dish containing more than 600 calories. Menus cater to meat eaters as well as vegans and most special diets, including gluten free. LYFE stands for "love your food every day." LYFE Kitchen, 248 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Korilla BBQ, which began as a food truck, now has its own brick-and-mortar restaurant. The East Village location, with a tiger-striped facade, is serving up the same menu of Korean-Mexican mash-up fare. Expect kimchi-laden pork tacos and burritos. Korilla BBQ, 23 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, 646-823-9423.
Restaurateur Stephen Starr and chef Justin Smillie have teamed up to open Upland. The restaurant serves fresh takes on California-inspired cuisine that have rustic, sometimes Italian accents. Upland, 345 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010, 212-686-1006.
In Bushwick, Brooklyn, comes Arrogant Swine, a Carolina-style barbecue joint and beer hall/garden from chef Tyson Ho. Arrogant Swine, 173 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 347-328-5595.
Cosme, the much-anticipated new restaurant from acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera serving elevated takes on Mexican fare, "officially" opened on Tuesday, October 28. If you had hoped to eat at the restaurant any time soon, think again: it’s already booked up until 2015. Cosme, 35 E. 21st St., New York, NY 10010, 212-913-9659.
Alex Stupak, erstwhile pastry chef at wd-50, has opened his third Mexican restaurant. Empellon al Pastor, right on the corner of St. Marks Place and Ave. A, is an eatery dedicated to slow-roasted pineapple-studded pork, often stuffed in a corn tortilla to make one fine taco. The menu will also include other Mexican classics as well as plenty of varieties of margaritas and micheladas. Empellon al Pastor, 132 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, 212-367-0999.
Another food hall has opened in New York City. The 8,000-square-foot Gansevoort Market, located in a nineteenth-century brick building in the Meatpacking District, boasts nearly two dozen stands, including Donostia for Basque tapas, The Pig Guy for all things porcine, Cappone's Salumeria for Italian sandwiches, and Yiaourti for Greek yogurt, among many other eating options. Gansevoort Market, 52 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-1701.
After a five-year absence, the legendary Rainbow Room has reopened. The chef is Jonathan Wright, who hails from England, and the menu focuses on seasonal fare. The restaurant, sadly, is only open on Monday evenings, most holidays, and for Sunday brunch. Other than those times, the Rainbow Room will be rented out as a private party space. Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, 212-632-5000.
Chef Joël Robuchon is bringing his eponymous restaurant L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon back to New York City two years after it shut down. The chef will open in Battery Park City, where many quality restaurants have been popping up lately. It's scheduled to debut in March 2015 and will be modeled after the London location of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10080, no phone.
Bernheim & Schwartz is a new beer hall near Columbia University. The 250-seat space offers 10 brews from Greenpoint Beer Works and beer-friendly snacks like bacon mac ‘n’ cheese. Bernheim & Schwartz, 2911 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, 212-335-2911.
Chef Floyd Cardoz, late of Tabla and North End Grill, has opened White Street. Along with partners Dan Abrams and Dave Zinczenko, Cardoz will oversee a restaurant serving up American fare with global influences. White Street, 221 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212-944-8378.
BTH (By The Hudson) in Harlem serves Nouveau American fare and offers views of the Hudson River. BTH, 712 W. 125th St., New York, NY 10027, 212-222-2841.
Sarah Simmons, of City Grit fame, has launched Birds & Bubbles, a Lower East Side eatery that pairs --- you guessed it --- chicken with sparkling wine. One of the signature dishes is Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, a whole fried chicken, a bread basket of biscuits and cornbread, and a selection of sides. Birds & Bubbles, 100 Forsyth St., Ste. B, New York, NY 10002, 646-368-9240.
The new Charlie Palmer Steak, which has other locations in Reno, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., offers 11 steak options. The chef is Matthew Zappoli. Charlie Palmer Steak, 3 E. 54th St., New York, NY 10022, 646-559-8440.
Nick Anderer, the chef at Danny Meyer's Maialino, has opened Marta, a Roman-style pizzeria in the NoMad neighborhood. The restaurant looks to chip away at the Neapolitan pie hegemony that has taken over the New York pizza landscape in the last few years. Marta, 29 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-651-3800.
The Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, overseen by personable and knowledgeable Le Bernardin sommelier Aldo Sohm, is now open. On the menu: 200+ bottles, small plates, plus beer and spirits. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, The AXA Equitable Building, 151 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-554-1143.
Perbacco, the once cutting-edge Italian restaurant in the East Village, shut down after losing its chef. The restaurant is reopening with Roman toque Clelia Bendandi. Perbacco 2.0 emphasizes Italian wine, with up to three dozen available by the glass. The menu focuses on small and shareable plates. Perbacco, 234 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10009, 212-253-2038.
From the people who brought you Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea comes the new Berg'n, a beer hall with some seriously good food options in Crown Heights. Ramen Burger, Asia Dog, Pizza Moto and Mighty Quinn's are all set up inside the beer hall. Berg'n, 899 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-857-2337.
Emphasizing Kobe beef, Midtown East’s 212 Steakhouse is the first eatery on the East Coast to be certified by the Kobe Beef Distribution & Promotion Council. The kitchen also cooks up freshly caught seafood. 212 Steakhouse, 316 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-858-0646.
Italian chef Davide Scabin has opened a restaurant in the Meatpacking District (337 W. 14th St.) called Mulino a Vino. His restaurant in Italy, Combal.Zero, is one of the most lauded on the Italian peninsula. Mulino a Vino, 337 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-433-0818.
Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone and Jeff Zalaznick, the team behind Torrisi Italian Specialties, ZZ's Clam Bar, Parm and Carbone, have opened their Gallic restaurant, Dirty French, in The Ludlow Hotel. The menu is classic French with some modern and updated stylings. Thomas Waugh, who created the drinks at ZZ's Clam Bar, is the man at the bar. Dirty French, The Ludlow Hotel, 180 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-3000.
Cherche Midi is the latest venture of restaurateur Keith McNally. The French restaurant, named after a street McNally lived on in Paris, is located in the space that housed the failed Pulino's. The chefs are Daniel Parilla and Shane McBride. Cherche Midi, 282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, 212-226-3055.
Marco's, the short-lived Italian restaurant from the team that brought you Franny's, has announced it will close on December 13. In a note to patrons, the owners said the business just wasn't profitable enough to remain open. Marco's, 295 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-230-0427.
Beginning December 8, The NoMad will offer a two-course prix-fixe lunch for $29, available Monday to Friday. New dishes will include a chicken burger with foie gras mousse. The NoMad, The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, 347-472-5660.
Piora New Tasting Menu
West Village restaurant Piora has added a couple new options to its menu: diners can now enjoy a two- and three-course meal for $55 and $75, respectively. All options are savory and dessert may be ordered separately. Piora, 430 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-960-3801.
Cafe Edison to Shut Down for Good
Cafe Edison, what some have called "Times Square's last real restaurant," will shut down for good at the end of the year. The beloved but mediocre restaurant has long been a favorite among the city's theater community. Cafe Edison, Hotel Edison, 228 W. 47th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-354-0368.
The Harrison to Close
After 14 years, TriBeCa’s beloved The Harrison is shutting its doors for good at the end of the year thanks to a massive rent hike. The restaurant was the first new eatery to open in the neighborhood after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. It will be missed. The Harrison, 355 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-274-9310.
Hungry for Tokyo Restaurant Month
During Hungry for Tokyo, a month-long dining promotion in November, 21 New York restaurants will feature special Tokyo-themed menu items. Guests who order from the Hungry for Tokyo menu will receive a copy of the “Tokyo Gourmet Guide,” a booklet on destinations for foodies in Tokyo. Participating restaurants include Sushi Nakazawa, Ivan Ramen and En Japanese Brasserie. For more information, visit www.gotokyo.org
Momofuku Ko Relocating
Momofuku Ko, the gem in David Chang's collection of restaurants, has shut down in order to move to Extra Place, a small lane near E. 1st St. and Bowery. Chang has not given any indication when the relocated venue will actually open. Momofuku Ko, 163 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-500-0831.
The people behind Pearl & Ash are teaming up with Daniel Eddy, a New York native who was recently the chef de cuisine at Paris restaurant Spring, to open Rebelle, next door to Pearl & Ash. It's slated to launch sometime next spring. Rebelle, 218 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Updated Pastis Plans
Keith McNally has confirmed that Pastis will not reopen in its original Meatpacking District location. The Gallic eatery, set on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Little West 12th Street, had shut down due to building renovations. But, alas, it's just been announced that a store is opening in the space. McNally has vowed to reopen Pastis in the Meatpacking District as soon as 2016, but there are no other details for now.
Four Seasons to Party Like It's 1959
The owners of The Four Seasons Restaurant are planning a serious party for July 30, 2016, to coincide with the storied eatery’s lease running out. The theme will be 1959, the year the restaurant opened. They'll serve 1959 vintages of vino and will charge $1,959 per person for the evening’s food and festivities. Mark it on your calendar and start saving those pennies. The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-754-9494.
The Original Shake Shack Temporarily Closed
The original Shake Shack, the kiosk in Madison Square Park that birthed a burger empire, closed after October 13 for a complete revamp. Shake Shack, Madison Square Park, New York, NY 10010, 212-889-6600.
Another Decade of Balthazar
For the last year there have been persistent rumors of Balthazar Restaurant’s demise. Or that at least it would be moving. Owner Keith McNally just put those rumors to rest by signing a 10-year lease on the SoHo space that houses the legendary restaurant. Balthazar Restaurant, 80 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 212-965-1414.
Eataly to Open Downtown
Mario Batali has announced that he and his culinary crew will open a second Eataly in New York City in fall 2015. The new branch will be located at 4 World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. Batali also will launch an Eataly outpost in Los Angeles at the Westfield Century City mall in 2017.
Danny Meyer Eyeing Bryant Park?
According to a liquor license application, Danny Meyer may be eyeing the new glass tower at 7 Bryant Park (1045 Sixth Ave.) for his next restaurant. Stay tuned.
Anne-Sophie Pic in the Big Apple
Chef Anne-Sophie Pic is bringing her Parisian eatery, La Dame de Pic, to New York City. The restaurant will actually be two in one: on the ground floor will be Metcafé, an outpost of her Monaco establishment, and on the second floor will be La Dame de Pic. The chef's eponymous restaurant, Pic, in Valance, France, earned an 18 rating from GAYOT. La Dame de Pic & Metcafé, 510 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
Pok Pok Expansion
Andy Ricker, chef of the perpetually buzzworthy Pok Pok Ny, has announced he’s not only opening one Pok Pok in Los Angeles, but two. There will be a Pok Pok LA and a Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown.
Mission Chinese Food Finds a Home
It appears Mission Chinese Food, once anchored on the Lower East Side and then resigned to pop-up status, has a new permanent home. Chef Danny Bowien's hot restaurant will take up residence in the space that recently housed now-shuttered Rosette. The restaurant should be up and running sometime this autumn. Mission Chinese Food, 171 E. Broadway, New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Vive la Rotisserie Revolution
Word on the street is that Antoine Westermann, the Parisian master of rotisserie chicken (and owner of Paris' Le Coq Rico), is scouting locations in New York City for a restaurant. Details are scant but if true it will add more evidence that rotisserie chicken is the new pork.
RESY Mobile App May Change How You Make Dinner Reservations
Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal has introduced RESY, a mobile app that allows diners access to last-minute tables at in-demand restaurants. Some reservations require a fee, while others can be made with no charge. RESY has partnered with 30 New York restaurants, including Bar Bolonat, Aldea and El Toro Blanco, with plans to increase that number to 200 in the near future. “Next we’re looking to expand to Los Angeles and also launch a desktop version,” Leventhal told GAYOT. RESY is available for download on the iPhone and Android. For more information, visit resy.com or watch the YouTube videos Resy Concept: PopQuiz or Resy Concept: Email for more explanation.
Le Bernardin Expands
Le Bernardin has unveiled an additional private dining space called Le Bernardin Privé. For more information, visit www.le-bernardinprive.com. Le Bernardin, The AXA Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-554-1515.
Black Seed, Late Night
Black Seed Bagels, that über-popular Montreal bagel shop in NoLIta, will be making bagels late into the night now on several evenings. It will be open Thursday to Saturday from 10 p m. to 4 a.m. Black Seed Bagels, 170 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10012, 212-730-1950.
A Voce Happy Hour
The Madison Square location of A Voce has a new happy hour that should make cocktail lovers very happy. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, cocktails, Prosecco and Peroni beers are $7. A Voce, 41 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-545-8555.
The "Chipotle of Sushi"
Chris Jaeckle, the chef at hot restaurant All'onda, has announced he's part of a group that will open Uma Temakeria, a fast, casual, and budget-friendly sushi spot that has already been called the "Chipotle of Sushi" for its ingredient-driven, eco-conscious ways. The restaurant, located on the edge of the West Village and Chelsea, is slated to open sometime in October. Uma Temakeria, 64 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Mission Delivery: Not Impossible
Mission Cantina, Danny Bowien's hot Mexican eatery on the Lower East Side, has expanded its delivery zone. You can now get burritos, tacos and more delivered all the way up to 59th Street. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-2233.
La Bottega to Become La Batali
Mario Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich will take over La Bottega, the restaurant inside The Maritime Hotel, sometime next year. The menu will focus on food from the coast of Italy. La Bottega, Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-242-4300.
wd-50 to Close
Avant-garde wd-50 will shut down at the end of November. Chef Wylie Dufresne announced on twitter that November 30, 2014, will be the last day for the lauded Lower East Side restaurant. wd-50, 50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 212-477-2900.
After the reopening of Tavern on the Green and the loss of its chef, Katy Sparks, the legendary New York restaurant has a new top toque: Jeremiah Tower, a veteran of Chez Panisse in Berkeley and Stars in San Francisco. Tower plans to tone down the formality of the dining room and introduce some more casual dishes. He's already in the kitchen but his new menu will not be fully rolled out until the beginning of 2015. Tavern on the Green, Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-877-8684.
URBO, the new restaurant situated on the corner of W. 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., already has a new chef. Michael Gibney has replaced Brian Young in the kitchen. URBO, 11 Times Square, New York, NY 10036, 212-542-8950.
wd-50's pastry chef, Malcolm Livingston II, has landed a job at august eatery Noma in Copenhagen. wd-50 will close for good on Clinton Street at the end of November and eventually reopen in a different location. wd-50, 50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 212-477-2900.
Sam Hazen, once the chef at now defunct Veritas, has a new gig. He's the culinary director overseeing the BR Guest restaurant group’s seafood-centric restaurants: Atlantic Grill, Ocean Grill and Blue Fin. Atlantic Grill, 1341 Third Ave., New York, NY 10021, 212-988-9200.
Angela Pinkerton, the pastry chef at Eleven Madison Park and an eight-year veteran of the acclaimed restaurant, is leaving her post to seek cooking opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. There's no word yet on her replacement. Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-889-0905.
Open for not even a year, chef Bill Telepan's downtown eatery, Telepan Local, has closed. Telepan Local, 329 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
Lachlan, the Williamsburg gastropub that had formerly been the acclaimed Gwynnett St. eatery, went on a summer hiatus but now has officially shut down. Lachlan, 312 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, no phone.
Closed in the West Village is Kingswood, the scene-y Australian-accented gastropub and restaurant. Kingswood, 121 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Upper East Side French restaurant L'Absinthe has shut down due to a problem with the landlord and the building. In a letter posted to restaurant regulars, the owner said it was "unforeseen and urgent" and has said that maybe in six months he will seek out another location. L'Absinthe, 227 E. 67th St., New York, NY 10065, no phone.
Five Points, the NoHo brunch standout, has closed. The owners have transformed the space into a farm-to-table Italian restaurant called Vic's. Five Points, 31 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
The General, the Bowery pan-Asian restaurant that was a mecca for trendy scenester types, has closed. The space, for now, is being used for private events and parties. The General, 199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, no phone.
The Marrow, helmed by chef Harold Dieterle of Kin Shop and Perilla in the West Village, had its last night serving vaguely German-inflected fare on October 11. The Marrow, 99 Bank St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
After losing a couple of chefs in a short amount of time, Brooklyn’s once-promising Italian restaurant Krescendo has closed. Krescendo, 364 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
Kittichai, the once-acclaimed Thai restaurant in the SIXTY SoHo (né 60 Thompson), has closed. A restaurant with a new concept will open up in the space sometime next year. Kittichai, SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson, New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Gordon Ramsay at The London has finally closed. There had been rumors for years, especially after the restaurant's namesake, Mr. Ramsay himself, left it in 2009. Five years after that, it closed after service October 11, 2014. Maze by Gordon Ramsay at The London, the more informal spot, remains open. Gordon Ramsay at The London, The London NYC, 151 W. 54th St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Brooklyn Fish Camp's 10-year lease has expired and the owners decided not to renew it. The parent restaurant, Mary's Fish Camp, located in the West Village, remains open. In the now-vacated Park Slope space will be a Vietnamese gastropub headed by veterans of San Francisco eatery Slanted Door. Brooklyn Fish Camp, 162 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
Now closed in the East Village is Yaffa Cafe, the longtime 24-hour restaurant that served big salads and healthy sandwiches. Yaffa Cafe, 97 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Charlemagne, the underappreciated French restaurant in the West Village that was open for nary a year, has closed. Charlemagne, 679 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Health-conscious restaurant Gobo has shut down. This West Village outpost as well as the Upper East Side location (on Third Avenue) have both closed. Gobo, 401 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Haru, the Upper East Side sushi spot, has shut down for renovation. The restaurant will reopen toward the end of 2014 with a new interior design and a full cocktail bar. The downtown Manhattan location of Haru remains open. Haru, 1329 Third Ave., New York, NY 10021, 212-579-5655.
Due to a rent increase, the Upper West Side location of seafood-leaning Ditch Plains has shut down. The West Village outpost of Ditch Plains remains open. Ditch Plains, 100 W. 82nd St., New York, NY 10024, no phone.
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