New York Restaurant News
Former ABC Kitchen chef’s Dan Kluger's anticipated solo restaurant Loring Place is set to open in December 2016. The 120-seat restaurant will focus on veggies, pizzas and pastas, like a dish of cauliflower roasted with Indian spices, ginger and garlic, then fried until crispy. Loring Place, 21 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-388-1831.
A new location of Serafina, the NYC-based Italian restaurant chain, has taken over the former 'Inoteca space on Ludlow. The spot will serve their classics, like pizza, rigatoni bolognese and lobster spaghetti. A wine room on the lower level seats 12. Serafina, 133 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10022, 212-358-9800.
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.
Pastry chef Pichet Ong's new 70-seat Hell's Kitchen spot Chaan Teng serves up a modern take on Chinese food, like Singapore chili crab cakes, spicy pork shumai and a crab rangoon nacho. Chaan Teng, 698 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10036, 212-235-1886.
In the old Rat Cage Records space (where the Beastie Boys recorded) is a new Vietnamese restaurant called Chao Chao. Chef/owner Stephan Brezinsky, formerly of Il Mulino and Pok Pok, cooks up dishes like beef cheeks rendang and skate wing grilled in banana leaf. Dear Irving’s Tom Richter is the man behind the cocktail list. Chao Chao, 171 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009, 212-475-3171.
Southern-born and -raised Adam Lathan and Clay Boulware bring the bayou to Brooklyn with the opening of their first brick-and-mortar eatery in Cobble Hill. The Gumbo Bros serves authentic gumbo and po' boy sandwiches, plus New Orleans cold brew style chicory coffee. The Gumbo Bros, 224 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 212-749-5511.
London’s popular noodle chain Wagamama has its first New York City outpost. The three-story space looks over Madison Square Park and the menu offers ramen, fried chili squid and Korean barbecue beef buns. A second East Village restaurant is slated to open soon. Lunch & Dinner daily. Wagamama, 210 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-920-6233.
Gerardo Gonzalez of El Rey has opened Lalo in Chinatown. The menu takes its inspiration from Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern and Ashkenazi-Jewish culinary traditions, with dishes like Chamoy char siu ribs: baby-backs with a Mexican sour plum sauce. Dinner nightly. Lalo, 104 Bayard St., New York, NY 10013, 646-998-3406.
The Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room team has launched the 127-seat Shay & Ivy. Executive chef Brad Warner is cooking dishes like pappardelle with mushrooms, Amish free-range roast chicken and duck confit spring rolls. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Shay & Ivy, 39 W. 24 St., New York, NY 10010, 646-666-8635.
At F.O.B. on Smith Street, Daniel alum Armando Litiatco and partner Ahmet Kiranbay serve dishes like grilled duck breast with lemongrass and fish grilled in banana leaf from their open kitchen. Look for avocado tapioca shakes and halo halo for dessert. Dinner nightly. F.O.B., 271 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-852-8994.
Gowanus coffee counter and butcher shop A&E Supply Co. is owned by “Top Chef” alum Adam Harvey and his partner Ennio Di Nino. They serve Dough doughnuts and Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee, and offer Vermont Stonewood Farm turkeys for Thanksgiving. A sit-down restaurant in the space is forthcoming. Breakfast & Lunch daily. A&E Supply Co., 548 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 929-295-8025.
Restaurateur John McCormick of Maison Premiere and Vannesa Shanks, formerly of Nobu, have opened this bicycle-themed spot in the onetime Cafe Moto space. Bar Velo's all-vegetarian menu features a BBQ eggplant sandwich and a black bean portobello burger with garlic aïoli. Expect live music on weekends. Dinner nightly. Bar Velo, 394 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-599-6895.
The owners of Smith & Mills and Navy have opened this casual, sleek spot with chef Daniel Berg, formerly of Daniel and Locanda Verde. Yves serves dishes including grilled octopus with figs, and potato gnocchi with Manila clams and bacon. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Yves, 385 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-431-3385.
Don't be confused: the new H&H Midtown Bagels East is actually on the Upper West Side. It’s a cousin of the beloved bagel institution that closed in 2011, so the stakes are high. The shop sells hand-rolled bagels and prepared sandwiches. Breakfast & Lunch daily. H&H Midtown Bagels East, 526 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-734-7441.
Alamo Drafthouse, the highly anticipated dine-in movie theater from Austin, is now open in downtown Brooklyn. The cinema has two stories, seven screens and a cocktail bar with 19th-century wax figures. Food is served during the movie, like flatbreads, ropa vieja beef tacos and a porter ice cream float with agave nectar and bitters. Lunch & Dinner daily. Alamo Drafthouse, 445 Albee Square W., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-513-2547.
Hart’s is an intimate 30-seat Bed-Stuy restaurant serving elegant Mediterranean-inspired food, like pollack with squid and beans and clam toast with pancetta. Natural wine and cocktails like the Che Figata with Cynar, vermouth and soda are available, too. Hart's, 506 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-636-6228.
The Cannibal Liquor House is now open in the former Resto space. It’s a sister restaurant to the adjacent The Cannibal Beer & Butcher. The new spot is a cocktail lounge serving snacks and bar food from Cannibal chef Francis Derby. Look for veal cheek with Yorkshire pudding. The Cannibal Liquor House, 111 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-685-5585.
Restaurateur Keith McNally’s Augustine has debuted in The Beekman hotel. On the menu are classic French dishes, meats, fish and more. Augustine, The Beekman, 5 Beekman St., New York, NY 10038, 212-375-0010.
Brothers Max and Eli Sussman have opened the first standalone location of Samesa, which has been a pop-up in Brooklyn and Montauk. Their new spot has a market and a restaurant, serving tahini-date smoothies, avocado hummus, fish kofta and braised lamb. Lunch & Dinner daily. Samesa, 495 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-599-1154.
The Cheesecake Factory has finally come to New York City. The restaurant offers its 250-plus menu items and 50 cheesecake varieties in an 8,000-square-foot space that seats about 190 people. The Cheesecake Factory, Queens Center, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, NY 11373, 718-699-1212.
Fowler & Wells from Tom Colicchio has opened at boutique hotel The Beekman. Lower Manhattan, where the property resides, inspires the menu. Dinner nightly. Fowler & Wells, The Beekman, 5 Beekman St., New York, NY 10038, 212-658-1848.
Ignacio Mattos and Thomas Carter, the chef and restaurateur behind Estela, now have a coffee bar and restaurant on the lower level of The Met Breuer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s contemporary art space. The coffee shop serves sandwiches and salads, and Flora Bar features fresh seafood, like tuna tartare with toasted flaxseeds. Flora Bar, The Met Breuer, 945 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021, 646-558-5383.
After nearly a decade, Chumley's 1920's-inspired West Village speakeasy is back. Restaurateur Alessandro Borgognone of Sushi Nakazawa and chef Victoria Blamey will serve creative takes on classic cocktails and upscale bar food, like a burger with bone marrow and beef tartare with hazelnuts. Chumley’s, 86 Bedford St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Ops Pizza has transformed a former Bushwick garage into a warm and welcoming spot, replete with an oven for wood-fired sourdough pizza, seasonal cocktails, craft beers and rustic non-pizza menu items like braised lentils with toast. Ops Pizza, 346 Himrod St., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 718-386-4009.
Chef Hemant Mathur has opened an homage to Northern India at Sahib on Lexington Avenue. The menu includes meats simmered in copper pots (the wazwan cooking style). Lunch & Dinner daily. Sahib, 104 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016, 646-590-0994.
Brothers Tom and Anthony Martignetti of The East Pole and Brinkley’s Broome St. have unveiled their new Upper East Side spot, Cafe Americano, which is a café by day and a cocktail bar by night. The all-day menu features local, seasonal and organic produce and dishes to share like burrata with Black Mission figs. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Cafe Americano, 964 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021, 646-870-9007.
Celeb baker Christina Tosi has opened a seventh Manhattan location of Milk Bar, this one in NoLIta. It has two counters so those passing by can get their fix of cereal milk, cake truffles and soft serve. Open daily. Milk Bar, 246 Mott St., New York, NY 10012, 347-577-9504.
CUT, Wolfgang Puck's much-anticipated first restaurant in NYC, has opened in the posh Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown. Executive chef Raymond Weber is at the kitchen's helm. Like CUT's other locations, the spot serves premium beef from the U.S. and Japan grilled over hardwood and finished in a 1200° broiler. CUT, Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown, 27 Barclay St., New York, NY 10007, 646-880-1999.
Matthew Maddy, James Freeman, and John De Piper of Sweet Science and Featherweight opened this tropical-themed spot with a funky diner theme. Sally Roots features festive cocktails, jerk chicken, and bowls with oxtail or curried vegetables, and there's a spacious patio. Sally Roots, 195 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 347-425-0888.
French restaurateur Claude Louzon and his daughter Julie are collaborating with architect Philippe Starck for Miss Paradis, their 116-seat Soho version of health-focused restaurant Le Paradis du Fruit. The new, two-level spot inhabits a plot on Prince and Mulberry that used to be a parking lot. Chef Adir Cohen will serve veggie and fish-focused dishes, and an expansive dessert menu including tasting options. Miss Paradis, 47 Prince St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Rouge Tomate's new incarnation is open in Chelsea. The Upper East Side veggie-centric restaurant closed in 2014. Chef Andy Bennett and master sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier's new spot still highlights veggies with dishes like cauliflower with buckwheat and pistachio, and features 1,600 bottles of wine. Dinner Tues.-Sun. Rouge Tomate, 126 W. 18th St., New York, NY 10011, 646-395-3978.
Megu, a Japanese “clubstaurant," has moved into the former home of subterranean upscale spot Cherry in the Dream Downtown hotel. (Two former Megus in NYC closed abruptly several years ago.) Megu serves dishes like nori salmon belly taco and Wagyu carpaccio in a technicolor, 2,800-square-foot space. Megu, Dream Downtown, 355 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-885-9400.
Quality Branded, the hospitality team behind restaurants like Quality Eats, opened a nigtclub called Squares. The swanky design features 25,000 Japanese glazed tiles and smoky mirrors. Squares will serve custom cocktails and small bites like caviar and salmon checkers. Squares, 360 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010, 646-455-0042.
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.
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.
New Cocktail Program at Bustan
Bustan on the Upper West Side has debuted a new cocktail program from mixologist Kelsey Didit. It includes drinks like the Why So Serious, made with the Israeli anis spirit arak blended with Jamaican rum, loganberry liqueur and grapefruit. Didit is the beverage director at cocktail spot Wolf & Deer in Brooklyn, too. Brunch, Lunch & Dinner daily. Bustan, 487 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-595-5050 .
Beer Classes at The Cannibal
Every Saturday at 3 p.m., head to The Cannibal Beer & Butcher for a fun, not-so-basic introductory class on all things beer. Learn the best-kept secrets of the Cannibal Beer Sommelier. Visit here for more information. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher, 113 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-686-5480.
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.
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.
NoHo Italian spot Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria has appointed a new chef: Garrison Price. Price has worked at Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurants and Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York. Price will introduce new menu items, including flavors inspired by his international cooking experience. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, 53 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012, 212-837-2622.
Mina Pizarro is the new pastry chef at Midtown favorite Betony. Betony, 41 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-465-2400.
Midtown restaurant Betony is closing for good on New Year’s Eve. The owners have not offered any explanation for the closure, or shared any plans to reopen. Betony, 41 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-465-2400.
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurant JoJo on the Upper East Side closed for renovations on October 15, 2016. It is scheduled to re-open in winter 2017 with a fresh interior design. JoJo, 160 E. 64th St., New York, NY 10065, 212-223-5656.
New York institution Carnegie Delicatessen will close its doors on December 31, 2016. It's one of the best places to get top-quality (and lean) corned beef and pastrami, enormous overstuffed sandwiches and real New York deli ambience. Carnegie Delicatessen, 854 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-757-2245.
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