Claus Meyer, co-founder of Copenhagen's Noma, has just begun a pop-up bakery in Williamsburg. Every Saturday, Meyer's Bageri will open to sell Danish bread and baked goods. Meyer's Nordic food hall will launch in Grand Central this spring. Meyer's Bageri, 667 Driggs Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 347-696-8400.
Acme was a Cajun restaurant for years. And then without switching the name or the décor, it became an acclaimed Scandinavian-accented spot. Its latest incarnation is a Franco-Italian eatery serving everything from foie gras terrine to veal agnolotti. Acme, 9 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012, 212-203-2121.
Lilia is former A Voce chef Missy Robbins' Williamsburg culinary home. The restaurant, set in an erstwhile auto body shop, serves an array of creative and hearty pasta dishes as well as grilled meat and seafood plates. Lilia, 567 Union Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-576-3095.
The Lucky Bee is a farm-to-table pan-Asian eatery from former The Fat Radish sous chef Matty Bennett. The menu’s small plates and large plates include grilled octopus paired with pork belly and massaman curry of lamb shoulder. The Lucky Bee, 252 Broome St., New York, NY 10002, 917-262-0239.
An offshoot of the Upper East Side's The Drunken Munkey, this "Curry Hill" eatery also serves Indian cuisine evoking the British Raj --- and Raj-themed cocktails to boot. The Royal Munkey, 438 Second Ave., New York, NY 10010, 646-863-2249.
Syndicated is a new movie theater and restaurant in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The chef is Bret Macris (Los Angeles' Campanile) and the menu focuses on American comfort food. Syndicated, 40 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY 11206, 718-386-3399.
Chef/restaurateur Gray Kunz (Grayz, Cafe Gray) will open Salt & Char in Saratoga Springs. This modern steakhouse is set to debut in early 2016. Kunz is also working on two additional culinary concepts for The Adelphi next door. The historic hotel is undergoing renovations and is scheduled to re-open in 2017. Salt & Char, 353 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, no phone.
David Chang's first full-service restaurant in five years (and his debut in Chelsea), Momofuku Nishi serves a hybrid of Korean and Italian fare with some influences from the ingredients of Chinatown. Expect dishes such as cacio e pepe (with a chickpea paste instead of Parmesan) and a blending of the Korean dish su jae bi with Italian malfati pasta. No reservations taken for the time being. Momofuku Nishi, 232 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 646-518-1919.
Brand new on the Upper East Side is Copper Kettle Kitchen, a restaurant serving well-executed American comfort fare complemented by craft cocktails. Menu options include chicken potpie, homemade fennel sausage, and Dijon-crusted rack of lamb. Copper Kettle Kitchen, 1471 Second Ave., New York, NY 10075, 212-744-1100.
If you’ve longed for a more modern, countrywide approach to Chinese cuisine, La Chine is the place for you. The restaurant is as elegant as its concept and food, elevating the notion of Chinese fare to a new level. La Chine, The Waldorf Astoria New York, 540 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-872-4913.
Bierocracy is a Central European-style beer hall in the heart of Long Island City. The large room boasts long wooden communal tables and an island bar in the center. The beers on tap give a heavy nod to those of the Czech Republic or Czech-style lagers. The menu, naturally, is meant to pair well with the beer: pretzels, pork belly and schnitzel. Bierocracy, 12-23 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-361-9333.
Giulio Adriani, the erstwhile pizzaiolo at Olio Pizza e Piu and Forcella, has a new pizzeria on the Upper East Side. Service Station, located in a former gas station, serves up Neapolitan-style pies, including the fried variety, the montanara pizza. Service Station, 500 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10065, 212-751-7860.
Simone Bonelli, former chef of the avant-garde East Village Italian spot Perbacco, is the chef at the new La Pecora Bianca, located in the NoMad neighborhood. The surprisingly affordable Italian restaurant serves up various pasta dishes and a few secondi. The menu emphasizes as many locally made products as possible. La Pecora Bianca, 1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, 212-498-9696.
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 Spring 2016 opening. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10080, no phone.
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.
High Street on Hudson Now Serving Dinner
The new High Street on Hudson, a Philadelphia import, is now open for dinner. The restaurant, offering breakfast and lunch too, serves for the evening meal grilled squid, lamb tartare, and sunflower seed risotto, among other dishes. High Street on Hudson, 637 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 917-388-3944.
Slurp Away the Winter Chills
Hill Country, the barbecue spot with locations in Flatiron and Brooklyn, is trying to help you cure the winter chills by offering for the month of February several variations on the theme of chili. Choose between spicy San Antonio-style, meaty bean-less or hearty chicken chili. Hill Country, 30 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-255-4544.
Dominique Ansel, chef/owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York, announced he'll be opening a location of Dominique Ansel Bakery in London. Patrons routinely line up for his invention the "cronut," a half croissant-half doughnut. The address has not yet been announced.
Frankie & Johnnie's New Digs
After nearly nine decades of serving up steaks on W. 45th Street, legendary steakhouse Frankie & Johnnie's has moved. But have no fear: it is just a block away on W. 46th Street. Even better news: the restaurant is in a refurbished space that should make for a nice steak eating venue. Frankie & Johnnie's Steakhouse, 320 W. 46th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-997-9494.
Perla To Move
Restaurateur Gabe Stulman will be closing down his Greenwich Village Italian eatery, Perla, later this winter and moving it a bit further west. The restaurant will occupy a space on the corner of W. 10th and W. 4th Sts., just across the street from two of his other restaurants, Bar Sardine and Fedora, and a three-minute walk from his other two spots, Joseph Leonard and Jeffrey's Grocery. Perla, 24 Minetta Ln., New York, NY 10012, 212-933-1824.
Carmellini and Brooklyn to Meet this Summer
Chef Andrew Carmellini --- of Locanda Verde, The Dutch, Lafayette and Little Park, among other eateries --- will be crossing the East River this summer to open a yet-to-be-named restaurant in 21-story The William Vale Hotel when it flicks on its lights midway into 2016.
Dim Sum Brunch at Mission Chinese Food
Danny Bowien's Mission Chinese Food has begun offering a dim sum brunch every Friday and Saturday. The first weekend of the brunch, dishes were inconsistent, but hopefully the restaurant will be serving topnotch dim sum soon. Mission Chinese Food, 171 E. Broadway, New York, NY 10002, 212-529-8800.
RIP Gina DePalma
Talented pastry chef Gina DePalma, who had worked in the kitchen of Babbo, has passed away. She will be missed.
The Four Seasons Restaurant Pricey Redesign
The redesign of The Four Seasons Restaurant is going to cost 30 million dollars. Reps from the restaurant recently announced that Major Food Group (Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi and Jeff Zalaznick) will run the historic establishment after it shuts down for a redo in July 2016. The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-754-9494.
Fast-Casual Restaurant from Eleven Madison Park Team
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the team behind Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad, have announced they are opening a fast-casual restaurant called Made Nice. The counter-service place, scheduled to debut in late spring 2016, will offer seasonal ingredient-driven, health-conscious fare. Made Nice, 8 W. 28th St., New York, NY 10001, No phone.
Hot Tip: No Tipping at Eleven Madison Park
Eleven Madison Park has eliminated tipping in 2016. Instead, the restaurant launched a prix-fixe menu with service included for $295 per person. Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-889-0905.
José Andrés Meets Hudson Yards
Super Spanish chef José Andrés has plans to open a second restaurant in New York City. Already scheduled to launch an outpost of The Bazaar in summer 2016, Andrés will fire up the burners of a restaurant in the yet-to-be-completed Hudson Yards mixed-use space on Manhattan's West Side. There are no details on the restaurant, except that it will open in 2018.
Alex Raij Expands her Empire
Chef Alex Raij, the chef from Minneapolis who has made a name for herself with an array of Spanish restaurants in New York City, is adding another eatery to her empire. She'll be firing up the burners on a new Spanish spot in the old Ted & Honey space in Brooklyn's Cobble Hill, just down the street from her restaurant, La Vara. Details are scant so stay tuned.
The second Big Apple location of Eataly now has a projected opening date. The downtown outpost, at 4 World Trade Center, is scheduled to debut on April 14, 2016. Eataly, 4 World Trade Center, New York, NY 10006, no phone.
Bourdain Market Has a Home
Anthony Bourdain's much buzzed about future food hall, named Bourdain Market for now, has a home: Pier 57, at W. 15th St. and the Westside Highway. The huge venue will boast more than 100 food retailers, everything from Singapore hawker market fare to a spot by Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig and The Breslin Bar & Dining Room fame. The food hall isn't scheduled to open until 2017. Bourdain Market, Pier 57, New York, NY 10011, no phone.
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.
Mario Batali and company have announced that Michael Laiskonis, former pastry chef at Le Bernardin, will be the pastry chef at La Sirena, the yet-to-open Italian eatery in The Maritime Hotel. La Sirena, 363 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-242-4300.
Chef Andrew D'Ambrosi has departed from the new East Village vegan restaurant, Avant Garden. He was offered a job in France, and accepted it. There's no word yet on his replacement. Avant Garden, 130 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10009, 646-922-7948.
Pastry chef Tracy Obolsky is departing from North End Grill. Her replacement has not been named. North End Grill, 104 N. End Ave., New York, NY 10282, 646-747-1600.
Northern Spy Food Co., the six-year-old East Village restaurant that helped spearhead the farm-to-table movement in New York, will serve 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, 212-228-5100.
The only New York City outlet of the international chain Texas de Brazil has shut down. For those hankering for its all-you-can-eat steak, there are a handful of other locations in New York State. Texas de Brazil, 1011 Third Ave., New York, NY 10065, no phone.
Sirio Ristorante, the restaurant opened by Sirio Maccioni of Le Cirque fame, will be closing down permanently on February 20, 2016. The restaurant located in The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York, just never really found its footing. Sirio Ristorante, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York, 795 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10065, 212-940-8195.
The West Village outpost of Bushwick taqueria La Gringa has shut down. The casual Mexican eatery lasted just over a year. La Gringa Taqueria, 82 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Another piece of the former David Burke empire has fallen: David Burke Fishtail has caught its last fish and closed up. David Burke Fishtail, 135 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10065, no phone.
NoHo French restaurant Le Philosophe has shuttered. Le Philosophe, 55 Bond St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
January 24 was the last night for 20-year-old Greenwich Village restaurant Cafe Asean. The pan-Asian/Singaporean eatery was a favorite among locals. Chef Simpson Wong still runs the nearby Singaporean spot Chomp Chomp. Cafe Asean, 117 W. Tenth St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Due to a rent increase, Chelsea’s Crema Restaurante has been forced to turn off its burners forever. Crema Restaurante, 111 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Dinner theater Queen of the Night has performed its last act and served its final leg of lamb. Queen of the Night, Paramount Hotel, 235 W. 46th St., New York, NY 10036, no phone.
Ocean Grill, a longtime restaurant on the Upper West Side, has gone belly up. There's no word yet what might move into the space. Ocean Grill, 384 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, no phone.
As chef John DeLucie's once sleek and chic restaurant empire crumbles, so goes the jewel in his crown: The Lion. The mecca for celebrities in the West Village has closed permanently. The Lion, 62 W. 9th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Michael White's SoHo steakhouse Costata has closed. The restaurant that served good steaks and an even better burger will be missed. Costata, 206 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
City Hall, which had been serving American fare for downtown eaters for 17 years, has closed. City Hall, 131 Duane St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
Open just two years, Bowery restaurant Bacchanal has shut down permanently. Bacchanal, 146 Bowery, New York, NY 10013, no phone.
Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's once-pioneering restaurant, has closed and will re-open in a new location in Spring 2016. Union Square Cafe, 21 E. 16th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Seven-year-old West Village Italian restaurant De Santos has shuttered permanently. There's no word yet on what will fill the space on W. 10th Street. De Santos, 139 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Danny Meyer's beloved Union Square Cafe has shut down. The restaurant will relocate to Park Ave. S. and E. 19th St. and reopen in spring 2016. Union Square Cafe, 21 E. 16th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
City Crab & Seafood Company has shut down to make way for the new incarnation of Danny Meyer's Union Square Cafe. The seafood restaurant will reopen in 2016 at 10 E. 16th St. as City Crab Shack. City Crab & Seafood Company, 235 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Empire Diner, one of four freestanding diner buildings in Manhattan, has shut down. There's no word on what restaurant will open in its place. Empire Diner, 210 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Prova, the Neapolitan pizza spot in Chelsea, has shut down. The restaurant was a collaboration between Donatella Arpaia and the people from Kesté Pizza & Vino and Ribalta. The place vows to reopen at another location, but there’s no clue as to where or when. Prova, 184 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Spasso, the Italian restaurant in the West Village that first opened in 2011, has shut down permanently. Spasso, 551 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
West Village restaurant and gastropub Chapter One has shut down. Chapter One, 33 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
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