Two former Box Kite chefs have opened Bruno Pizza, a spot that serves up Neapolitan pies and natural wines in the East Village. For now, the restaurant is BYOB until they get their liquor license. Bruno Pizza, 204 E. 13th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
J.G. Melon, the lauded burger spot that has been on the Upper East Side since 1972, has expanded to Greenwich Village. The new outlet is similar in regard to its look and menu. J.G. Melon, 89 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012, 212-460-0900.
Michael Chernow, the meatball king behind The Meatball Shop franchise, has opened the seafood-centric Seamore's. The menu includes fish tacos, Hawaiian poke, and daily seafood specials. Seamore's, 390 Broome St., New York, NY 10013, 212-730-6005.
The latest outpost of Parm is in Battery Park City's Brookfield Place. This location boasts complimentary garlic bread and warm mozzarella and several new dishes, including a roast beef and mozzarella sandwich. Parm Battery Park City, Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10080, 212-776-4927.
Ned Baldwin, who logged time in the kitchen at Prune, is the toque at Houseman in TriBeCa. The menu includes a double-stacked burger, pork terrine, and ample amounts of seasonal vegetable dishes. Houseman, 508 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-641-0654.
Superiority Burger, the much-buzzed-about veggie burger spot, has finally opened in the East Village. Located in the former Dirt Candy space, the restaurant also serves broccoli salad and a vegetable Sloppy Joe. Superiority Burger, 430 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10009, No phone.
Run by a couple who had a similar restaurant in Australia, Babu Ji serves up Indian classics and food with a few playful twists. Look for a curry leaf-laced Mumbai Burger and kulfi ice cream. Babu Ji, 175 Ave. B, New York, NY 10009, 212-951-1082.
The Ribbon, located on the Upper West Side, is an offshoot from the Bromberg Brothers who run the Blue Ribbon empire. The restaurant serves spit-roasted meats, burgers, salads and, on Sunday and Monday evenings, fried chicken. The Ribbon, 20 W. 72nd St., New York, NY 10023, 646-416-9080.
Gabriel Kreuther, who for many years was the top toque at The Modern, is in the kitchen at his eponymous restaurant near Bryant Park. Inspired by the chef's native Alsace, the menu includes dishes like sturgeon with sauerkraut tart. Gabriel Kreuther, 41 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036, 212-257-5826.
Setting up shop in the space that was recently occupied by The Elm comes 1970s-inflected Orleanders in Williamsburg. Neighborhood movers and shakers from Antica Pesa, Fette Sau and St. Anselm are behind the project. The menu is retro all the way with dishes like trout almandine and lobster Thermidor. Sadly, the prices aren't very seventies-esque. Oleanders, McCarren Hotel & Pool, 160 N. 12th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-218-7500.
Located in The Knickerbocker Hotel, St. Cloud is a drinks and small bites spot operated by chef Charlie Palmer. It’s named for a hotel once situated here in the 19th century. Expect edibles like Wagyu hot dogs. St. Cloud, The Knickerbocker Hotel, 6 Times Square, New York, NY 10036, 212-204-4984.
Alta Linea, "High Line" in Italian, is located at The High Line Hotel. The outdoor seasonal restaurant on the property’s terrace serves modern takes on rustic favorites such as crispy artichokes with salsa verde, grilled flatbreads, and a selection of entrées. Alta Linea, The High Line Hotel, 180 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-933-9735.
MOCU-MOCU is a restaurant, café and shop all in one specializing in traditional Japanese pancakes called okonomiyaki and obanyaki. There are also Japanese-inspired snacks on the menu, such as shishito peppers and baked sweet potato fries. MOCU-MOCU, 746 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-765-0197.
Hugo & Sons is a new Italian and French restaurant in Park Slope. Sicilian-born Andrea Taormina, formerly of Morandi and The Waverly Inn, is the chef. Around the corner from the restaurant is Hugo & Sons Pizzeria, a spot for authentic Italian pizza. Hugo & Sons, 367 Seventh Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-499-0020.
Dosai is a new Indian-flavored vegetarian restaurant in Murray Hill, aka "Curry Hill." The menu leans to the south of India. Dosai, 104 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-684-4010.
John McDonald is the force behind Sessanta, a new Italian restaurant in the SIXTY SoHo hotel. The chef is Jordan Frosolone, who was previously in the kitchens at Hearth and August. Sessanta, SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-8119.
From the folks who founded Italian eatery Malatesta in the West Village comes Spaghetti Incident. Its name is a reference to a Guns N’ Roses album. The new Lower East Side restaurant serves affordable takes on pasta dishes as well as arancini. Spaghetti Incident, 231 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002, 646-896-1446.
Leyenda is a new spot in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens from famed mixologist Julie Reiner. The focus is on cocktails made with spirits from Central America and South America. The food menu was created by Sue Torres. Leyenda, 221 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 347-987-3260.
The Clocktower, a restaurant from British chef Jason Atherton, has opened in The New York EDITION hotel. Elevated tavern fare is served in a casually elegant atmosphere. The Clocktower, The New York EDITION, 5 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-413-4300.
Despite the Italian name, Faro is a seasonal American restaurant from a husband and wife team who has logged time at Northeast Kingdom and Jean-Georges. Expect dishes like sweat pea porridge, wood-fired porgy, and green garlic lumache pasta at this newcomer in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Faro, 436 Jefferson St., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 718-381-8201.
An outlet of Mamo Le Michelangelo, located in Antibes, France, Mamo will attract the city's see-and-be-seen crowd from day one. Chef Massimo Sola cooks mostly Italian classics with a few nods to Provence. Mamo, 323 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 646-964-4641.
In the space that chef Simpson Wong intended to open a Vietnamese restaurant comes Chomp Chomp, chef Wong's homage to the hawker stands in Singapore. The menu, naturally, will focus mostly on Asian and Singaporean street food. Chomp Chomp, 7 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014, 212-929-2888.
Two kitchen and restaurant vets from Per Se and Locanda Verde, respectively, have opened Virginia's, a bistro deep into the East Village. The menu consists of dishes such as crispy sweetbreads with apricot, roasted duck with fermented soybean, and warm morcilla salad. Virginia's, 647 E. 11th St., New York, NY 10009, 212-658-0152.
Landing on St. Marks Place in the East Village is Timna NYC, a spot that focuses on the food of the eastern side of the Mediterranean and beyond. Expect dishes from Greece, Turkey, and even Yemen and Iran. Timna NYC, 109 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, 646-964-5181.
Danny Meyer's Untitled has reopened in the new Whitney Museum of American Art located in the Meatpacking District. With Michael Anthony as the chef, the restaurant serves an array of haute dishes and vegetable-focused offerings. Currently, the hours and opening days may vary. Untitled, Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014, 212-570-3600.
Dominique Ansel, the wizard-like baker who created the cronut, has opened Dominique Ansel Kitchen in the West Village. Set in the space of a former German bakery, the spot serves up breakfast and lunch. Creative croissants (flavors include garlic bread, brown sugar and prosciutto) and other baked delights are available in the morning. There’s savory fare in the afternoon, such as chorizo corn succotash toast and a croque monsieur. Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-5111.
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. It's scheduled to debut in Fall 2015. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10080, no phone.
New Union Square Café Location Announced
Fans of Danny Meyer's longtime restaurant Union Square Café have been crestfallen to learn the spot will shutter at the end of 2015 due to a rent increase. But all can breathe a sigh of relief to learn Union Square Café has found a new location: Park Ave. and E. 19th St., in the space currently housing City Crab. Union Square Café, 235 Park Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
David Chang Goes to Chelsea
Reports are seeping out that David Chang is on the verge of spreading his Momofuku empire to Chelsea. New York dining spies have noticed chef Chang has applied for a liquor license for a spot on Eighth Ave. and W. 20th St. There is no word yet on the concept, so stay tuned.
A Porcine-Flavored Lunch & Brunch
West Village restaurant Swine has begun serving lunch Monday to Friday and weekend brunch. Menu items include the bone-marrow-laced burger, pulled pork sandwich, and even a flight of different types of bacon. It's certainly an oink-worthy meal. Swine, 531 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-7675.
New York City Restaurant Week – Summer Edition
Forget the Hamptons. Stay in town from July 20 to August 14, 2015, and partake of New York City's summer Restaurant Week. Enjoy a three-course lunch for $25 or dinner for $38 at handfuls of restaurants around the Big Apple. Participating eateries include Monkey Bar, Le Cirque, Lafayette, Kin Shop, Esca, DBGB Kitchen and Bar and Empellon Taqueria, among many others. For more information, visit NYC Restaurant Week's official website
Neta's New Summer Menu
Summer is here and that means new menu items at Neta, the acclaimed Japanese and sushi spot in Greenwich Village. Look for chilled corn soup, abalone and duck pastrami (as part of the omakase) and halibut teriyaki. There is also a range of summer cocktails and even ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Neta, 61 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-505-2610.
Lunch on the Upper West Side Just Got Better
Burke & Wills, the Australian-accented bistro on the Upper West Side, is serving lunch Monday through Friday. Dishes such as grilled octopus with braised pork belly, a 'roo burger, and rotisserie chicken will be available between noon and 3 p.m. Burke & Wills, 226 W. 79th St., New York, NY 10024, 646-823-9251.
José Andrés Restaurant for the Big Apple
Super Spanish chef José Andrés, who has been largely based in Washington, D.C., is bringing a version of his restaurant The Bazaar to New York City. The venture will be located in the Philippe Starck-designed SLS New York hotel (444 Park Ave.) and is scheduled to open in summer 2016.
The Not-So-Late Late Brunch
The Late Late, the only bar/restaurant in the country dedicated to an Irish late-night talk show, has launched weekend brunch. Expect Gaelic-accented dishes like eggs and black pudding, french toast and a Scotch egg. And just to up the ante, the restaurant is offering a $15 bottomless brunch option: for 90 minutes get unlimited mimosas or Barry's brunch punch. The Late Late, 159 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002, 646-861-3342.
Michael White Goes Blanc
Chef Michael White, who has largely stayed within the Italian cuisine fold with his mini empire of restaurants, has announced he'll open a French establishment called Vaucluse in fall 2015. It will be located on E. 63rd Street and serve classic brasserie fare. Vaucluse, 100 E. 63rd St., New York, NY 10065, no phone.
Brooklyn's Answer to the Rainbow Room?
Hotelier Ian Schrager has announced he is working on a new project in the Dumbo neighborhood that will feature an observatory-like rooftop restaurant, and that it will be Brooklyn's version of the iconic Rainbow Room that sits atop 30 Rock. The venture is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
PYT Hitting NYC
PYT, the experimental Philadelphia burger joint, will set up shop in New York City. The location: the Bowery. Expect the usual deep-fried Twinkie burgers, donut cheesesteak burgers and more. The restaurant is scheduled to open in late summer. PYT, 334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Breakfast at Odeon
The Odeon, the iconic 35-year-old late-night spot in TriBeCa, has begun serving breakfast Monday to Friday. The reason? So many media companies have moved downtown that there's now a demand for a place for morning meetings. The Odeon, 145 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212-233-0507.
Chef Dan Kluger to Open Restaurant in Greenwich Village
Chef Dan Kluger, late of ABC Kitchen, has announced he's opening up his own spot in Greenwich Village (21 W. 8th St.). There's no name yet for the 120-seat restaurant and menu details are scant, save for the fact that Kluger will be sourcing ingredients from small local farms. Dan Kluger New Restaurant, 21 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Sofrito Shimmies Way Uptown
The owners of popular 10-year-old East 57th Street Puerto Rican restaurant Sofrito have moved it up the west side, to inside Riverbank State Park along the Hudson River at West 140th Street. The menu is largely the same with a few new seafood additions. Sofrito, Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Dr., New York, NY 10031, 212-754-5999.
Dominique Ansel's Soft Serve
Dominique Ansel Kitchen has begun dispensing soft serve ice cream in two flavors: burrata and gianduja, a chocolate/hazelnut spread. Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-5111.
David Chang's Chicken Sandwich Spot Opens
Chef David Chang has opened his chicken sandwich spot called Fuku, the first of what may be a chain. The eatery, possibly a pop-up for now, is located in the old Momofuku Ko space on First Avenue. Currently there's only one option on the menu: a sandwich with chicken thigh marinated in buttermilk and habanero purée. Fuku, 163 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
New Restaurant for Eleven Madison Park Team
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, the forces behind Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad, will open a third restaurant in New York City. There are no details about the spot except that it will be located at 425 Park Avenue and won't actually fire up the burners for another two or more years. Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-889-0905.
Wylie Dufresne's Next Restaurant?
Don't expect another wd-50, says Wylie Dufresne. The legendary chef behind that cutting-edge (now-defunct) restaurant and also current East Village spot Alder recently said he's planning a new eatery for early 2016. The location? The Financial District. Details are scant at the moment so stay tuned.
Stumptown Coffee Roasters Debuts New Beverage
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, the Portland-based coffee company, introduced a new coffee drink. Cold brew tonic combines Fever-Tree tonic water, concentrated cold brew coffee, and Luxardo maraschino cherries for a refreshing summer drink. Cold brew tonic, offered at locations in the West Village and NoMad (in the Ace Hotel New York), is available until September. Stumptown Coffee Roasters, 30 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011, 347-414-7802.
RedFarm’s New Cocktail Menu
RedFarm, the dim sum spot with locations in the West Village and the Upper West Side, has a new cocktail menu. Drinks include a gin-based concoction with shiso and cucumbers and another with chamomile tea-infused bourbon. RedFarm, 529 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-792-9700.
Dog Days in New York
NYC is one of the most unfriendly dog cities when it comes to letting canine friends accompany people to restaurants. But that may be about to change. A new law is under consideration that will allow for dogs to join at outdoor seating.
New Feast Fit for a Queen
Queen of the Night, the extravagant dinner theater in the Paramount Hotel, has a new menu created by Greg Lingaya. It includes roasted leg of lamb, salmon Wellington, and chicken with black truffle popovers and haricot verts with pickled shallots. Queen of the Night, Paramount Hotel, 235 W. 46th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-706-7448.
April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman Head Downtown
The duo behind The Spotted Pig, The Breslin Bar & Dining Room and other meat-favoring venues, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, are opening a four-floor restaurant atop the landmarked 70 Pine Street skyscraper. The eatery will have outdoor terraces for dining as well.
Beer Garden on the Green
Tavern on the Green now has a beer garden. The menu is classic Teutonic fare --- schnitzel, sausages and kraut --- with three beers on tap that can be ordered by the pint or pitcher. Tavern on the Green, Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-877-8684.
Dominique Ansel’s New Tasting Menu
Dominique Ansel, the pastry wizard behind the cronut and other delights, has unleashed a tasting menu at his newly opened eponymous spot Dominique Ansel Kitchen in the West Village. The eight-course prix-fixe all-sweet meal with cocktail pairings costs $75. It takes place on the second floor of the building. Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-5111.
Chef Danny Bowien may have scrapped the Vietnamese breakfast service at his Lower East Side Mexican spot, Mission Cantina, but he has very recently put a hamburger on the menu. Only available at lunch, the "hamburguesa" is topped with guacamole, jalapeño peppers and a secret sauce. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-2233.
Shake Shack is Back!
The original Shake Shack, the Madison Square Park location that launched a mini-empire of burgers-and-shakes spots, has reopened after an eight-month hiatus and redesign. Naturally, also back is the insanely long line. Shake Shack, Madison Square Park, New York, NY 10010, 212-889-6600.
Thomas Keller Collaborates with Seabourn Cruise Lines
Fine dining aboard Seabourn is about to be elevated to another level with the cruise line's partnership with Thomas Keller (Per Se). Read more about this collaboration on GAYOT. Per Se, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., New York, NY 10019, 212-823-9335.
And the James Beard Foundation Awards Winners Are...
The 2015 James Beard Foundation Awards has recognized a number of New York City chefs and restaurants. At this year's awards, held in Chicago, Outstanding Chef went to Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern. Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar won Outstanding Pastry Chef and Batard won Best New Restaurant. Mark Ladner of Del Posto received the award for Best Chef in New York City for the regional awards.
Thomas Keller's New New York Restaurant
Thomas Keller (Per Se, The French Laundry) has announced that he will open a restaurant in the still-under-construction Hudson Yards, a multi-use space on the west side of Midtown Manhattan that includes shopping centers and luxury apartments. There is little information about the restaurant, only that it will be "classic American." More details to come.
Neta Launches Prix-Fixe Lunch
Neta, the upscale Greenwich Village spot for Japanese cuisine and sushi, has just debuted a prix-fixe lunch service. Daily from noon to 2 p.m., lunchtime diners can opt for a three-course prix-fixe meal for $35. Choose between one of three starters and then get five pieces of sushi and one roll. Finally, the third course is dessert. The restaurant also offers à la carte dishes at lunch. Neta, 61 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-505-2610.
Jams, the California Redux
Jonathan Waxman, the chef at Barbuto, is reviving his California cuisine restaurant Jams in Midtown starting this spring. Jams, which was open from 1984 to 1989, was one of the first venues offering California fare in New York City. The restaurant will open inside the new 1 Hotel. Jams, 1414 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
A Voce Madison has a new chef: Davide Venturini is now the top toque at the Italian restaurant. A Voce, 41 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-545-8555.
Matteo Boglione will become the new chef at Le Cirque at the end of August 2015. Boglione has worked at Le Cirque in Mumbai and Bangalore and previously had been the chef at Il Matto in TriBeCa. Le Cirque, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
Chef Floyd Cardoz will leave White Street at the end of July to eventually open an Indian restaurant in New York City, taking him back to the cuisine for which he won much acclaim (when he was at now-closed Tabla). White Street, 221 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212-944-8378.
Chef John DeLucie is no longer associated with the King Cole Bar. There is no word yet on his replacement. King Cole Bar, The St. Regis, 2 E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-753-4500.
Char No. 4, the acclaimed barbecue spot on Brooklyn's Smith Street, has shut down permanently. Char No. 4, 196 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, no phone.
After a high rent increase proposal by the landlord, the owners of the Manhattan outpost of Jackson Diner have decided to close up shop. The original Indian restaurant favorite in Jackson Heights, Queens, will remain open. Jackson Diner, 72 University Pl., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Perbacco, the once avant-garde Italian eatery in the East Village, is no longer. Perbacco, 234 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Tre Dici and its upstairs sister restaurant, Tre Dici Steak, have closed. Tre Dici, 128 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001, no phone.
La Lucha, the Mexican wrestling-themed taqueria, has served its last tacos and its wrestlers have retired. The restaurant has shut down. La Lucha, 147 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Barchetta, the just-over-a-year-old restaurant from seafood-slinging chef Dave Pasternack, has shut down. The Chelsea restaurant never gained a following. Barchetta, 461 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
After 25 years serving TriBeCa denizens upscale Italian cuisine, Il Giglio has closed. Il Giglio, 81 Warren St., New York, NY 10007, no phone.
Chef Andy Ricker's Whiskey Soda Lounge NY, which served Thai drinking dishes, has shut down. Ricker will still operate his immensely popular Pok Pok NY and Phat Thai in the same neighborhood. Celebrity chef and co-host of the TV show The Chew, Carla Hall, is taking over the Whiskey Soda Lounge NY space to open a restaurant that offers hot chicken. Whiskey Soda Lounge NY, 115 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, no phone.
Commerce, the six-year-old beloved West Village restaurant, has shut down. Chef Harold Moore has reported that a four-year rift with the landlord has finally culminated with it closing. Moore plans to open Harold's Meat + Three in the Tommie Hudson Square hotel this autumn. Commerce, 50 Commerce St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
The East Village outpost of the popular Queens fowl spot, Unidentified Flying Chickens, has shut down permanently. Unidentified Flying Chickens, 60 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Le Jardin, the longtime French bistro in the Alphabet City part of the East Village, has shut down. Le Jardin, 115 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Louro, chef David Santos' three-year-old Portuguese restaurant in the West Village, has shut down. Louro, 142 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Espoleta, the Spanish spot with a menu created by Sue Torres, has shut down. The space now houses an Italian restaurant. Espoleta, 334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, no phone.
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