Mira Sushi & Izakaya serves up creative and modern Japanese fare, as well as sushi. The top toque is Telepan alum Brian Tsao, and at the sushi bar is Owen Wu, who has logged time at Nobu 57. Mira Sushi & Izakaya, 46 W. 22nd St., New York, NY 10010, 212-989-7889.
New to the Lower East Side is Preserve24, offering a menu focused on fresh New York-inspired fare, such as oysters, Long Island scallops (paired with pork belly) and a grass-fed burger. Preserve24, 177 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10003, 646-837-6100.
Opening in the old Fiamma space in SoHo is Michael White's latest venture: Costata, an Italian restaurant with an emphasis on fine dining. The seafood-heavy menu includes lobster cocktail and 11 different types of crudo. Costata, 206 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 212-334-3320.
Newcomer One Twenty-Two First Avenue is not exactly easy to find, which makes it appealing to New York diners who like to "discover" hidden restaurants. Tucked away behind South Brooklyn Pizza in the East Village, the place serves pizza, Italian-American classics, and craft cocktails. One Twenty-Two First Avenue, 122 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-533-2809.
From the people who brought you Tocqueville and 15 East comes The Fourth, a spacious restaurant where Gilt alum Michael Davis is in the kitchen. The Fourth will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Fourth, 132 Fourth Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-432-1324.
Harlem Shake, named for the dance and recent internet meme, is slated to open May 16 at W. 124 St. and Lenox Ave. The restaurant will serve --- wait for it --- shakes, as well as burgers, hot dogs and fries. Harlem Shake, 100 W. 124th St., New York, NY 10027, 646-508-5657.
For those New Yorkers who frequent the Hamptons --- you know who you are --- there's a new restaurant in town. Enter Delmonico's of Southampton Est. 1837. The menu, which leans heavily toward seafood, incorporates vegetables and ingredients from the restaurant's on-site garden. Delmonico's will be open year-round. Delmonico's of Southampton Est. 1837, 268 Elm St., Southampton, NY 11968, 631-283-0202.
Fancy cocktails and expensive bites are what's happening at the Greenwich Project, a new spot from the people who brought you Mulberry Project and Vinatta Project. The food menu leans toward the Mediterranean. Greenwich Project, 47 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10012, 212-253-9333.
Elaine's, the legendary Upper East Side restaurant at Second Ave. and E. 88th St., which closed after its eponymous owner passed away, is getting a resurrection. In September, The Writing Room (a reference to the writers who would haunt Elaine's) will open up in the space.
Little Prince, a new 38-seat restaurant in SoHo, serves up classic Gallic delights with desserts and chocolate by Jacques Torres. Little Prince, 199 Prince St., New York, NY 10012, 212-335-0566.
ABC Cocina, an off-spring of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's wildly popular ABC Kitchen, has opened up in Manhattan. As the name suggests, the menu looks to Spain and Latin America with dishes like mezcal-cured salmon and variations on the theme of paella. ABC Cocina, 38 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-677-2233.
From the owners of West Village French restaurant Sel et Gras comes Charlemagne, also in the West Village. The restaurant serves classic French fare, sometimes with a slight Spanish twist. Charlemagne, 679 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10014, 646-558-5623.
Chef Michael Psilakis's MP Taverna turns out elevated Greek fare in Astoria. The menu features the meaty dishes Psilakis grew up eating. MP Taverna, 31-29 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, NY 11105, 718-777-2187.
Andrew Carmellini's much-hyped French restaurant, Lafayette, has officially fired up its burners. Gallic classics are served in a stately atmosphere that evokes another New York French restaurant: Balthazar. Lafayette, 380 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003, 212-533-3000.
Burger Joint, the famously "hidden" burger restaurant in the Le Parker Meridien New York, has opened up an outpost in Greenwich Village. The menu will be largely the same but the space is three times bigger than the original. Burger Joint, 33 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-432-1400.
Chef Jesus Nuñez has opened up Melibea, a restaurant adjacent to his West Village restaurant Barraca. While Barraca is about straightforward Spanish cuisine, Melibea is less so, harkening back to Nuñez's now-closed experimental eatery on the Upper West Side, Gastroarte. Melibea, 2 Bank St., New York, NY 10014, 212-463-0090.
The chef team of Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi have opened Italian-inflected hot-spot Carbone. Housed in the former home of an old-school red sauce joint, this new venture is --- an old-school red sauce joint. And intentionally so. Carbone and Torrisi try to capture the essence and atmosphere of middle-class Italian-American restaurants from 1950s New York City. Carbone, 181 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012, 212-254-3000.
Chef Chris Cheung oversees a menu of American fare with an Asian accent at Cherrywood Kitchen, a new bistro on Spring and Hudson Streets in SoHo. Cherrywood Kitchen, 300 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 646-559-2328.
Wild is a new addition to the pizza scene in the West Village, specializing in gluten-free and vegan pies. Expect vegetable-loaded pizzas with a crisp crust. Wild, 535 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-929-2920.
Wylie Dufresne is finally branching out from his experimental and successful wd-50. Enter Alder, Dufresne's second restaurant and his first in the East Village. The restaurant is meant to complement wd-50 with more casual (yet still avant-garde) dishes alongside cocktails, beer and wine. Alder, 157 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-539-1900.
The flagship location of Nathan's Famous at Coney Island is scheduled to re-open Memorial Day weekend. The iconic hot dog stand has been closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy. Nathan's Famous, 1310 Surf Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11224, 718-946-2202.
Hotelier Robert "Toshi" Chan has announced that Toshi's Penthouse Bar & Rooftop will open atop The Flatiron Hotel in May 2013. This 3,500-square-foot venue on the 12th floor will feature floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Manhattan skyline, as well as an open terrace. Toshi's Penthouse Bar & Rooftop will be open Mon.-Wed. from 5 p.m.-1 a.m. and Thurs.-Sat. from 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Toshi's Living Room & Penthouse, The Flatiron Hotel, 9 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-839-8000.
Chef Jonathan Benno of Lincoln oversees the menu at the new Stella 34 Trattoria, located inside Macy's department store. The restaurant serves authentic Neapolitan pizzas and classic pasta selections. Enjoy the view from the sixth floor while you tuck into a couple dishes. Stella 34 Trattoria, 151 W. 34th St., New York, NY 10001, 212-967-9251.
More Wine & Food, Please
The New York City Wine & Food Festival won't happen until October, but festival organizers have already released the line-up. It includes dinner events by Daniel Humm, Ivan Orkin, David Bouley and Bill Telepan, among many others. There will also be appearances by a slew of Food Network talent. The festival will take place October 17-20. For more information visit www.nycwineandfoodfestival.com.
New "De-Light" Dishes at Gaby Restaurant Francais
Executive chef Sylvain Harribey of Gaby Restaurant Francais at the Sofitel New York has launched a new "De-Light" menu featuring tasty low-calorie options. Start off with the citrus wild arugula salad ($11, 103 calories) or Atlantic smoked salmon "Two Ways" ($18, 174 calories). Main dishes include the Fisherman "Marmite" ($29, 298 calories) with monkfish, scallops and shrimp poached in a lobster bouillon with baby fennel and vegetables, and natural chicken breast roasted with Dijon mustard, apples, dried cranberries and honey roasted baby carrots ($26, 279 calories). Gaby Restaurant Francais, Sofitel New York, 44 W. 45th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-782-3040.
And the Beard Award Goes To...
New York did well at this year's James Beard Foundation Awards, held Monday, May 6, at Lincoln Center. Among other Big Apple winners, Mission Chinese Food's Daniel Bowien took home Rising Star Chef of the Year; David Chang of NYC's Momofuku Ssam Bar and Paul Kahan of Chicago's Blackbird were both awarded Outstanding Chef; and Blue Hill won for Outstanding Restaurant.
Late-Night at Maialino
Maialino has recently introduced a late-night menu. After 10:30 p.m., there's an off-menu Black Angus burger, plus $5 beers and $8 Negronis. Maialino, Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-777-2410.
With the Netflix premiere of the new season of cult-ish "Arrested Development" on the horizon, a pop-up frozen banana stand that is often in scenes in the show is about to appear in New York City. And not just any banana stand. This is Bluth's Original Frozen Banana. A location hasn't been announced yet but the giant banana should be appearing in the Big Apple sometime in May.
Koi SoHo is Looking Up
Koi SoHo is movin' on up. Sort of. The restaurant, located on the ground floor of the Trump SoHo New York, is taking over the space occupied by Bar D'Eau on the seventh floor, which has fountains and an outdoor deck. Cocktails and some dishes from the main menu will be served. Koi SoHo, Trump SoHo New York, 246 Spring St., New York, NY 10013, 212-842-4550.
Blumenthal in New York?
Heston Blumenthal has been dropping some hints that he'd like to open an outpost of his popular London restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, in New York. There's no word yet on how serious the chef is or where exactly he'd open in the Big Apple.
Chipotle, the Mexican fast food operation that has quickly spread throughout New York City, is introducing a new menu item: margaritas. That's right. Now you can nibble on that carnitas burrito and wash it down with a Patron margarita. Salud!
Le Bernardin Is Expanding
By early 2014, Le Bernardin will have a few extra rooms for private dining, which will increase the present 80 seats to 200. There will also be a wine bar, headed by sommelier Aldo Sohm. Le Bernardin, The AXA Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-554-1515.
Lunch with a View
Stone Rose Lounge, located in the Time Warner Center, has begun a new lunch service with two options: a quick 30-minute lunch (two courses plus coffee for $30) for a busy business person, and a lunch of leisure ($25 for an entrée, glass of Champagne and dessert). Stone Rose Lounge, 10 Columbus Cir., New York, NY 10019, 212-823-9769.
Rosemary's, the scene-y Italian eatery in the West Village, has had a garden on its roof since it opened last year. The garden has now been joined by a rooftop chicken coup. The six chickens will provide the restaurant's egg supply. Rosemary's, 18 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-647-1818.
Perry St. Reopens
After closing due to Hurricane Sandy damage, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Perry St., where his son Cedric is the toque, has reopened. The menu is the same but the kitchen has updated its equipment. Perry St., 176 Perry St., New York, NY 10014, 212-352-1900.
Donovan's Pub is Here to Stay
Donovan's Pub, the Queens institution that serves what many believe to be the best burger in the city, was in danger of closing. But new owners swept in and saved it. They've made some subtle changes, but Donovan's should remain the same for years to come. Donovan's Pub, 5724 Roosevelt Ave., Woodside, NY 11377, 718-429-9339.
The Upper East Side's 83 1/2, once the short-lived home for chef Ryan Skeen, has a new toque: Will Foden, who comes from BiNA Osteria & Alimentari in Boston. 83 1/2, 345 E. 83rd St., New York, NY 10028, 212-737-8312.
Missy Robbins, who has been the chef at A Voce for the last five years, has left both the Madison Avenue and the Time Warner Center locations. There's no word yet on who will replace her. A Voce, 41 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-545-8555.
Per Se's executive sous chef, David Breeden, has left his post to head back to The French Laundry where he's replacing chef Timothy Hollingsworth. Breeden first started with Keller at The French Laundry as a chef de partie in 2005, before moving to Per Se in 2007, where he rose to sous chef after two years. Before 2005, Breeden, a native of Tennessee, worked at Charleston Grill, the Woodlands Resort & Inn and McCrady's. Per Se, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., New York, NY 10019, 212-823-9335.
After many years serving as the pastry chef of Jean-Georges in New York, Eric Hubert has decided to return to France and now works at the restaurant Market in Paris. Jean-Georges, Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, 1 Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-299-3900.
The Ninth Avenue location of Pop Burger has shut down. Other locations sprinkled around the city remain open, including Pop Pub on University Place. Pop Burger, 58-60 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
The original location of popular sandwich and salad spot The Grey Dog's Coffee has shut down. There are still three other outposts in operation: W. 16th Street, Mulberry Street, and University Place. The Grey Dog's Coffee, 33 Carmine St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Centro Vinoteca, the seven-year-old Italian restaurant in the West Village, has closed. Centro Vinoteca, 74 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
The longtime and popular West Village sandwich spot, 'ino, has shut down for good. 'ino, 21 Bedford St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Ryan Skeen, who seems to have a proclivity for not sticking around his chef jobs very long, has already left 83 1/2, which recently fired up its burners for the first time, and the restaurant has closed. It will reopen in late winter or early spring with a new chef and a new concept but the same name. 83 1/2, 345 E. 83rd St., New York, NY 10028, no phone.
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