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New York: Restaurant Openings

The new Washington Market Tavern has an old tavern feel on the ground floor and a more elegant dining area upstairs. The menu includes dishes such as lamb tartare and a 28-day dry-aged New York strip steak. Washington Market Tavern, 41 Murray St., New York, NY 10007, 646-964-4860.
Charlie Palmer has debuted Crimson & Rye, a casual restaurant off of the lobby of the Lipstick Building in Midtown East. The casual, hearty fare is paired with cocktails dominated by rye whiskey. Crimson & Rye, Lipstick Building, 198 E. 54th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-687-6692.
Unidentified Flying Chickens, also known as UFC, has opened in the old Apiary space in the East Village. The restaurant made a name for itself with its original location in Jackson Heights, Queens. On the menu is all manner of Korean-inspired fowl, including whole chickens, wings, and even bulgogi. Unidentified Flying Chickens, 60 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Awadh, a new Indian restaurant on the Upper West Side, focuses on food from the northern part of the country. Gaurav Anand, the top toque at Moti Mahal Delux and Bhatti Indian Grill, is doing duties in the kitchen here as well. Awadh, 2588 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, 646-861-3604.
Obicà Mozzarella Bar Pizza e Cucina, the cheese-centric eatery that started in Rome and has an outpost in Midtown Manhattan, opened another location. The new spot, Obicà Mozzarella Bar Flatiron, which will be Obicà's flagship, is on Broadway and 21st Street. It serves the usual variations on the theme of mozzarella. Obicà Mozzarella Bar Flatiron, 928 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, 212-777-2754.
While the team behind Torrisi Italian Specialties, ZZ's Clam Bar, Parm and Carbone haven't yet opened their Gallic restaurant, Dirty French, in The Ludlow Hotel (that will happen in August), the restaurant's bar has just started pouring booze. Thomas Waugh, who created the drinks at ZZ's Clam Bar, is the man behind the cocktails. Dirty French, The Ludlow Hotel, 180 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002, 212-432-1818.
The NoMad Bar has opened in NYC Daniel Humm and Will Guidara have added an extension to their much lauded restaurant The NoMad: a bar. The NoMad Bar, located next to the restaurant, is a handsome, plush space, with classic cocktails and a menu of its own. Fare includes duck sausage, pork schnitzel, and even a hot dog. Dinner nightly. The NoMad Bar, The NoMad Hotel, 10 W. 28th St., New York, NY 10001, 212-796-1500.
Chef Polo Dobkin and his wife Stephanie Lempert have launched Meadowsweet. The Williamsburg restaurant is in the space that once housed Dressler, where Dobkin was the chef. The menu's focus is modern American fare and the dining room is open for dinner nightly. Meadowsweet, 149 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-384-0673.
Fields Good Chicken, a bird-centric casual eatery, has opened in the Financial District. The restaurant cooks up fowl via the grill or the oven (nothing fried here) and serves it whole, in sandwiches or in salads. Fields Good Chicken, 101 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038, 646-895-6831.
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.
Heartwood, the Italianesque restaurant in Chelsea, has opened up an attached bar and lounge: The Parlour (note the British spelling) is a 25-seater serving cocktails and wine. Food from Heartwood can be ordered from the bar. The Parlour at Heartwood, 184 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 646-476-5458.
Landhaus at The Woods is a new restaurant inside the bar and DJ venue, The Woods. The menu's focus is on American and international classics. Dishes include crab Rangoon, fish tacos, lamb burgers, and maple bacon on a stick. Landhaus, 48 S. 4th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-710-5020.
Chapter One in the West Village asks you not to judge a book --- or in this case, a restaurant --- by its cover. Even though one of the operating partners is Irish, there's no connection to the acclaimed restaurant of the same name in Dublin. This Chapter One serves New American fare with a blend of both Western European and southern American flair. Chapter One, 33 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014, 212-842-9146.
Bacchanal, a new restaurant on the Bowery from former Veritas chef Scott Bryan, focuses on French and Italian cuisine. Naren Young from nearby Saxon + Parole is in charge of the cocktail program. Bacchanal, 146 Bowery, New York, NY 10013, 646-355-1840.
Justin Hilbert, the erstwhile chef at Williamsburg's Gwynnett St., is the toque at new West Village eatery Blenheim. The focus of the 45-seat restaurant is seasonal, new American fare. Blenheim, 283 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-243-7073.
Miss Lily's, the Jamaican joint on W. Houston St., has opened up an eastside outlet. Located on Ave. A and E. 7th St., Miss Lily's 7A Cafe serves up an array of Caribbean delights, including jerk chicken and roasted pork shoulder. Miss Lily's 7A Cafe, 109 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009, 212-812-1482.
Andrew Carmellini's latest, Bar Primi, opens in the spot on the Bowery that formerly housed hipster Southern place Peels. The menu, as the restaurant’s name suggests, is comprised of Italian antipasti, pasta and small plates. Bar Primi, 325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, 212-220-9100.
Horchata, a Mexican restaurant in the West Village, offers the usual variety of fare: guacamole, variations on the theme of the enchilada and, of course, margaritas. There are also cocktails spiked with the namesake beverage, horchata. Horchata, 470 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-243-8226.
Around the corner from the 100-year-old Jewish eating institution Russ & Daughters comes Russ & Daughters Cafe, an informal spot serving up caviar, knishes, herring and other delights. Russ & Daughters Cafe, 127 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-475-4881.
The much-anticipated restaurant from Ivan Orkin, ramen-maker extraordinaire, has opened. Ivan Ramen, set on the Lower East Side, serves up the Japanese noodle soup in a few different varieties. Ivan Ramen, 25 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 646-678-3859.
Underneath RedFarm, the Chinese/dim sum West Village spot, owner Ed Schoenfeld and chef Joe Ng have opened Decoy, a restaurant that focuses on Peking duck. Decoy, 529 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-792-9700.
Stephen Starr's kitschy Philadelphia import, El Vez, has opened in downtown Manhattan. The restaurant serves up an array of Mexican fare, like chorizo nachos, shrimp tacos and even steak. El Vez, 259 Vesey St., New York, NY 10282, 212-233-2500.
Tavern on the Green has re-opened Tavern on the Green is back! The New York culinary institution shut down and was dormant, lights out, burners off, until April 2014. The chef in charge of the kitchen is Katy Sparks, who is churning out seasonal American fare for the fashionable diners. Tavern on the Green, Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-877-8684.
In the space that once housed wine-centric Cru and then Lotus of Siam comes Claudette. The team behind successful West Village restaurants Bobo and Rosemary’s has brought the space back to life. The menu features the cuisine of Provence with hints of North Africa. Dishes include chittara pasta with sardines, raisins, pine nuts, guanciale and broccoli, as well as chicken tagine. Claudette, 24 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-868-2424.
Another location of chef Ilan Hall's hot LA restaurant The Gorbals has opened in Williamsburg. This outpost is just above the menswear section of Space Ninety 8, an Urban Outfitters spin-off store. Hall also runs the rooftop bar. The Gorbals, 98 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-387-0195.
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.

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New York: News Bytes

Aldea, Part Dois
George Mendes, chef-owner of Portuguese-inflected restaurant Aldea, has announced he's opening a rustic Portuguese tavern-like place a few blocks away from that establishment. There's no word yet on the opening date or the name (or even the exact location), but the news has certainly whet the appetites of fans of Portuguese cuisine. Aldea, 31 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-675-7223.
The Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival Returns with Culinary Superstars Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival Returns with Culinary Superstars
This year, three culinary superstars will host the 6th annual Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival, which runs from July 25 to 27. Martha Stewart will join chef Robert Irvine of Restaurant: Impossible and chef Marcus Samuelsson at the popular seaside celebration, which features a wide array of food and wine from local and international chefs, as well as spectacular events such as the Grand Market, an outdoor grand tasting event right in the heart of Bally’s Brighton Park. Read more on GAYOT's Blog
Mission Chinese Food Manhattan Pop-Up Goes to Mile End
Since chef Danny Bowien's popular Lower East Side eatery Mission Chinese Food had to shut down, he's been doing pop-ups at Brooklyn-based Frankies 457 Spuntino (457 Court St., 718-403-0033). Now comes word that Bowien and company are coming back to Manhattan. Mission Chinese Food will pop-up in the Mile End space on Bond Street. Dates of the pop-up are still in the works. Stay tuned.
It's the fifth anniversary of Daniel Boulud's downtown meat mecca DBGB Kitchen & Bar. To celebrate this birthday, the restaurant is offering a special dish at a special price from now until Labor Day: the $10 AC/DC-inspired Back in Black Birthday Banger, a pork and mushroom sausage on a poppy seed bun. For an extra $10, diners can get a beer flight to accompany the sausage. DBGB Kitchen & Bar, 299 Bowery St., New York, NY 10003, 212-933-5300.
NYC Restaurant Week Returns
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Dopo Brunch
Dopo East now serves an Italian brunch from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Options include a variety of salumi and cheeses as well as carbonara and lasagna. Brunchers can wash it all down with blood orange mimosas. Dopo East, 345 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10065, 646-484-6548.
Cooking Under the Big Top
Le Cirque is now offering cooking lessons. For $200 per person per class, or $700 for four classes, would-be chefs can learn from Le Cirque's pro toques. The classes run from July 12 to September 27 and happen only on Saturdays. Le Cirque, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
M. Wells Steakhouse with a View
M. Wells Steakhouse, the meat-centric eatery in Long Island City, has opened a new terrace. But this is no typical terrace: it has a bar and kitchen, complete with a wood-burning oven that chef Hugue Dufour built himself. M. Wells Steakhouse, 4315 Crescent St., Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-786-9060.
Kittichai Space to Go Italian
Downtown restaurateur John McDonald (Lure Fishbar, El Toro Blanco) will open an Italian restaurant in the space that is currently Kittichai, the Thai eatery in the SIXTY SoHo hotel (60 Thompson St.). An opening date has not yet been announced. Kittichai, SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-2000.
Scandinavian Station
Noma co-founder Claus Meyer is opening a food hall in Grand Central Station dedicated to the cuisine of Scandinavia. There will also be a brasserie serving high-end Nordic cooking. No word yet on exactly when the food emporium will debut.
Phat Move
Pok Pok Phat Thai, chef Andy Ricker's closet-size Thai spot on the Lower East Side, will relocate in November. Ricker plans to move the restaurant closer to his other two spots in Brooklyn. Pok Pok Phat Thai, 137 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, 212-477-1299.
Le Bernardin Is Expanding
In Summer 2014, Le Bernardin will unveil an additional private dining space called Le Bernardin Privé. For more information, visit Le Bernardin, The AXA Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-554-1515.
Booker a Table
Booker and Dax, the cocktail bar connected to David Chang's Momofuku Ssam Bar, now takes reservations --- though a majority of its tables are still reserved for walk-ins. Booker and Dax, 207 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-254-3500.
Rouge Tomate to Relocate
Rouge Tomate, the lauded vegetarian-friendly and health-conscious restaurant in Midtown, will shut down in August and try to find a new location in downtown Manhattan. Rouge Tomate, 10 E. 60th St., New York, NY 10022, 646-237-8977.
A New Dante
Caffe Dante, the old Italian coffeehouse in Greenwich Village, has reinvented itself. You can still spend an afternoon sipping espresso but the place now has a full menu of pizza, sandwiches, desserts and wine. The 70-seater has been open since 1915. Caffe Dante, 79 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012, 866-681-0299.
Relive 1954 at Veselka, At Least for an Hour
Veselka, the popular Ukrainian diner in the East Village, will celebrate its 60th anniversary by turning back the menu prices to the year it opened: 1954. Nothing on the menu will cost more than $1.60. The catch, though, is that the deal will only be available for 54 minutes and the lucky hour will be announced on the restaurant's twitter feed. Veselka, 144 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-228-9682.
Avant-garde cuisine at wd-50, which will close at the end of November 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.
Juni Goes Veggie
Juni is now offering a five-course vegetarian menu at lunch only. The meal costs $50 (plus $25 if you want wine pairing) and includes dishes such as arugula soup, gnocchi with freeze-dried goat cheese, and garden peas with lemon essence. Juni, Hotel Chandler, 12 E. 31st St., New York, NY 10016, 212-995-8599.
Primi Lunch
Bar Primi, the new Italian restaurant on the Bowery from chef Andrew Carmellini, is now serving lunch Monday to Friday. The menu is largely the same as at dinner but there are a few daytime novelties, such as a roast beef sandwich. Bar Primi, 325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, 212-220-9100.
Stolen Pig
The Spotted Pig's porcine mascot, which has hung above the door of the West Village gastropub since it first opened in 2004, has been stolen. No culprits have come forward but security camera tape is being looked at in the hope of finding the pig stealer. The Spotted Pig, 314 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-620-0393.
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, Redux
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon shut down in Four Seasons Hotel New York, but the namesake chef plans to revive the restaurant on Fifth Avenue and 47th Street sometime later this year.
The ABCs of Jean-Georges
It has been reported that Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open his third restaurant in ABC Carpet & Home. After the success of ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, his next venture will be a vegetarian restaurant. It is scheduled to open sometime this summer. ABC Kitchen, ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E. 18th St. , New York, NY 10003, 212-475-5829.
James Beard Awards to the Windy City
The 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards will be held in Chicago. For the first time since the awards began in 1990, the event will not take place in New York City.
Cans & Conservas
Huertas, the new Basque-accented eatery in the East Village, has begun a "Cans & Conservas" program: for $12, the diner gets a can of beer and a can, or "conservas," of fish. Huertas, 107 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-228-4490.
Sushi Sundays
Now you can have your Sushi Nakazawa on Sundays and eat it, too. That's right. The new West Village sushi spot, which has been closed on Sundays, is now open seven nights a week. Sushi Nakazawa, 23 Commerce St., New York, NY 10014, 212-924-2212.
Pok Pok Breakfast
Pok Pok NY has announced that it's opening for breakfast daily. The new breakfast menu of this popular Thai restaurant includes steamed buns and various "grab 'n' go" options. Coffee is from Stumptown. Pok Pok NY, 117 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-923-9322.
And the Winners Are...
The 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced. New York winners include Dominique Ansel for Outstanding Pastry Chef and April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig for Best Chef: New York City. Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-2773.
Dominique Ansel's Newest Creation
Dominique Ansel, the mad pastry genius and creator of the Cronut, has recently unveiled his latest invention at Dominique Ansel Bakery: the Waffogato, a puck of ice cream that is spiked with waffle pieces and tapioca balls. Maple syrup espresso is then poured over it just before being consumed. Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-2773.
Alinea to Pop Up in the Big Apple
Alinea, that august eatery in Chicago, is coming to the Big Apple, at least for a short time. Details are scant but it appears the restaurant will open up for a month in October 2014 somewhere in Midtown. Stay tuned.
Vietnam and Italy Collide with Tasty Results
Sara Jenkins, the culinary mastermind behind Porchetta in the East Village, has come up with a new sandwich at her diminutive shop: the porchetta banh mi. The sandwich will be available Thursday to Sunday and costs $10. Porchetta, 110 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10009, 212-777-2151.
Sweet Empellon
Alex Stupak has begun serving a dessert tasting menu at his elevated East Village Mexican eatery Empellon Cocina. The five-course menu can be ordered after 9:30 p.m. and costs $45. Dishes include pistachio ice cream and toasted coffee cake, among others. Empellon Cocina, 105 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-780-0999.

Chef Shuffle

Le Bernardin has a new pastry chef. Thomas Raquel, who previously worked at Chicago restaurants Acadia and L20, is taking over pastry at the New York restaurant. Le Bernardin, The AXA Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-554-1515.
Chef Ryan Tate, who was the chef at recently closed Le Restaurant in TriBeCa, is now the toque at two-month-old West Village restaurant Blenheim. Blenheim, 283 W. 12th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-243-7073.
Kierin Baldwin, the former pastry chef at Andrew Carmellini's The Dutch, has left that restaurant to work at chef Carmellini's Locanda Verde. Locanda Verde, The Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-925-3797.
Marcus Jernmark, the chef who took over Aquavit after Marcus Samuelsson's departure, has left the restaurant after four years in the kitchen. The restaurant's pastry chef, Emma Bengtsson, has been named the new executive chef. Aquavit, 65 E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-307-7311.
Dan Kluger, chef at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina, is leaving those restaurants to open up and run one of his own. ABC Kitchen, ABC Carpet & Home, 35 E. 18th St. , New York, NY 10003, 212-475-5829.
Chef Gavin Kaysen departed Café Boulud to open Merchant in Minneapolis Chef Gavin Kaysen's last day of service at New York's Café Boulud was May 31, 2014. He will open a restaurant called Merchant in his native Minneapolis. Café Boulud's 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.
Peter Cho, who worked his way up in the kitchen at The Breslin Bar & Dining Room (and also logged time at Salvation Taco), has left to return to his hometown Portland, Oregon, to start a Korean restaurant serving wood-fired fare. The Breslin Bar & Dining Room, Ace Hotel New York, 16 W. 29th St., New York, NY 10001, 212-679-1939.
Jonathan Wright has been named the chef of the Rainbow Room, the iconic restaurant atop 30 Rockefeller Center that closed 2009 and will reopen in October 2014. Chef Wright previously worked at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons in the UK and at Sandy Lane hotel in Barbados. Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Fl., New York, NY 10112, no phone.
Jason Hall, who had logged time in the kitchen at Gotham Bar & Grill, is now wearing a toque at The Fourth. He'll cook alongside owner/chef Marco A. Moreira. The Fourth, Hyatt Union Square, 132 Fourth Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-432-1324.
Raphael Francois has taken over the top chef job at Le Cirque 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.

New York: Restaurant Closings

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Cody's Bar & Grill, the salt-of-the-earth TriBeCa mainstay, has closed. Cody's Bar & Grill, 282 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
West Village German bakery and restaurant Landbrot has turned off its ovens for good. Landbrot, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Jinya, the well-regarded Japanese ramen spot in the West Village, has mysteriously shuttered. Jinya Ramen Bar, 24 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Apt-13, the cocktail-centric restaurant in the Alphabet City portion of the East Village, has shut down. Apt-13, 115 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
The 1970s are over. And so is Golden Cadillac, the '70s-themed cocktail bar and restaurant in the East Village. It has now --- to reference a song from that era --- climbed the stairway to (cocktail bar) heaven. Golden Cadillac, 13 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Bereket, the Lower East Side Turkish spot that was popular for late-night, usually booze-inspired munchies, has closed. Bereket, 187 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Carroll Gardens Vietnamese restaurant Nightingale 9 has temporarily closed and will reopen in a nearby location. Chef Robert Newton has debuted a new Southern restaurant called Wilma Jean in Nightingale 9’s former home. Nightingale 9, 345 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, no phone.
Gabe Stulman closed Chez Sardine, his Japanese-esque restaurant on the corner of W. 4th and W. 10th Streets, on July 6. It will reopen two weeks later as Bar Sardine and will have a new menu of bar food. Chez Sardine, 183 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10014, 646-360-3705.
After 15 years in business, the original Sushi Samba, located on Park Avenue, has closed for good. The spin-off restaurant, SUSHISAMBA 7 in the West Village, remains open. Sushi Samba, 245 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Cambodian sandwich shop Num Pang has closed its original location on E. 12th St. The eatery plans to reopen across the street sometime this autumn. In the meantime, for those in need of a Cambodian sandwich fix, the Chelsea Market outpost is still operating. Num Pang, 21 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Due to a rent increase, the diminutive West Village eatery August has shut down. August, 359 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Dirt Candy, chef Amanda Cohen's popular East Village vegetarian restaurant, will serve its last dish on August 30. But fans can hold their breath. Cohen plans to open a redux of the place a few months later in a bigger location at 86 Allen St. on the Lower East Side. Dirt Candy, 430 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10009, 212-228-7732.
Mole, the Mexican restaurant on the Lower East Side that spawned a couple additional outposts in New York City, has shut down. The other locations of Mole remain open. Mole, 205 Allen St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's once-pioneering restaurant that has been open almost 30 years, will close when its lease expires at the end of next year. It will seek a new location with a more affordable rent. Union Square Cafe, 21 E. 16th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-243-4020.
McCormick & Schmick's Seafood’s only Big Apple location has shut down. McCormick & Schmick's Seafood, 1285 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10019, 212-459-1222.
Vic & Anthony's, the national chain of steakhouses, has closed its only New York City outpost: the restaurant on Park Avenue in Gramercy Park. Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, 233 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10003, 212-220-9200.
Harlem poultry-focused restaurant Mountain Bird has closed. Its owner and chef, Kenichi Tajima, hopes to find a new location. Mountain Bird, 231 W. 145th St., New York, NY 10039, no phone.
Japadog, the Vancouver export that had set up shop on St. Marks Place in the East Village, has closed. Japadog, 30 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Gallery at Villard Michel Richard has temporarily closed for the summer 2014 season. Gallery at Villard Michel Richard, The New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-891-8100.
After just three weeks, Après, located in the former home of Apiary, has shut down. A new branch of Unidentified Flying Chicken (aka UFC) will open up in the space. Après, 60 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
San Marzano, the Lower East Side pizza spot, has shut down. San Marzano, 71 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
After just seven weeks in business, Meatpacking District restaurant La Cenita Steak has turned off its burners. The owners are turning it into an events space. La Cenita Steak, 409 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Sorella, the Lower East Side Italian spot run by chef Emma Hearst and Sarah Krathen, has shut down. There's no word yet on what the duo will do next. Sorella, 95 Allen St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
ReBar, the gastropub in Brooklyn's Dumbo neighborhood, has shut down. ReBar, 147 Front St., New York, NY 11201, no phone.
Calliope, the promising French restaurant in the East Village, has shut down. The place will soon become Contrada. Calliope, 84 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
The East Village outpost of South Brooklyn Pizza, selling one of the best slices of pizza in the city, has shut down. Owners claim the pie spot will find a new location and reopen sometime this year. South Brooklyn Pizza, 122 First Ave., New York, NY 10009, no phone.

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