In January 2014, chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Jean-Georges, JoJo, ABC Kitchen and others) will open The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges. The restaurant, located in Westchester County, New York, will have a farm-to-table focus. The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges, 258 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, NY 10576, 212-358-0688.
From the owners of Battersby comes Dover, which is offering a seafood-leaning menu. Dover, 412 Court St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, 347-987-3545.
Iconic Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant, located in the most famous railway station in the United States, has made the jump across the East River. A Park Slope, Brooklyn, outpost is slated to start shucking oysters in early December on Fifth Avenue. Grand Central Oyster Bar & Restaurant Brooklyn, 256 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 347-294-0596.
Danny Bowien is moving beyond his popular Mission Chinese Food and has opened Mission Cantina. The Mexican restaurant, located on the Lower East Side, serves up variations on the theme of ceviche (try the scallop and beef heart), tacos (beef tongue and peanuts, anyone?), and main dishes like chorizo-stuffed rotisserie chicken. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-2233.
Located in Washington Heights, Rusty Mackerel serves New American fare with a Mediterranean bent. Typical plates include octopus bravas, a play on the popular Spanish potato dish, and crispy chicken livers. There’s also an extensive cocktail and weekend brunch menu. Rusty Mackerel, 209 Pinehurst Ave., New York, NY 10033, 212-928-4888.
Yuji Ramen, the onetime acclaimed pop-up ramen spot, now has a more permanent home. It has set up shop in the upstairs food market of the Whole Foods Market Bowery. The restaurant will serve take-out ramen as well as omakase dinners. Yuji Ramen, Whole Foods Market Bowery, 95 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002, 646-262-1358.
Greenwich Village newcomer 100 Montaditos serves variations on the theme of the montadito: a crispy bread roll stuffed with things like ham, chorizo and cheese. The restaurant’s atmosphere is meant to evoke a nineteenth-century Spanish tavern. 100 Montaditos, 176 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012, 646-719-1713.
NYC’s latest food market, Gotham West Market, has opened. Its variety of eating options includes Blue Bottle Coffee and The Cannibal. But there's one particular food stall that’s garnered a lot of anticipation: ramen master Ivan Orkin's long-awaited Big Apple debut Ivan Ramen Slurp Shop, which serves ramen to the masses. Gotham West Market, 600 11th Ave., New York, NY 10036, 212-582-7940.
Greenpoint’s latest gastropub, The Brew Inn, serves up hearty pub fare and New York State beers. The menu includes grilled pierogi, marinated cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, and house bacon and apple sauce. The Brew Inn, 924 Manhattan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-576-3345.
Hugue Dufour, who made waves with M. Wells Dinette, is on the move. The Canadian chef has just opened M. Wells Steakhouse, a long-awaited restaurant housed in an erstwhile auto body shop. The menu includes ample amounts of meat, including foie gras gnocchi. M. Wells Steakhouse, 4315 Crescent St., Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-786-9060.
Georgette Farkas, the former PR person for Daniel Boulud, has opened a restaurant of her own. Rotisserie Georgette offers all manner of meat, including roasted duck, grass-fed New York strip steak, and a whole baby pig that serves up to eight hungry people. Rotisserie Georgette, 14 E. 60th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-390-8060.
From Marc Murphy, the new Kingside is located in the Viceroy New York hotel. The all-day restaurant has a diner-esque look and, naturally, serves American classics with a few Italian dishes available for good measure. Kingside, Viceroy New York, 124 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-707-8000.
As Andre Balazs has taken over the erstwhile The Cooper Square Hotel and transformed it into The Standard East Village NYC, so has he changed the in-house restaurant. Just open, Cafe Standard serves up American comfort food such as meatballs, mac 'n' cheese and crispy calamari. Cafe Standard, The Standard East Village NYC, 25 Cooper Sq., New York, NY 10003, 212-475-5700.
Starbucks has opened its first (of presumably many) tea houses. Teavana Fine Teas & Tea Bar offers a large selection of hot and cold and specialty teas. Teavana Fine Teas & Tea Bar, 1142 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10028, 212-288-1506.
Masaharu Morimoto has opened Bisutoro in the space that once housed his short-lived TriBeCa Canvas. The restaurant’s name means "bistro" in Japanese and the place is, indeed, a Japanese bistro. The menu interprets Western dishes using Japanese ingredients and also offers Japanese standards prepared with Western products. Bisutoro, 313 Church St., New York, NY 10013, 212-727-0644.
Golden Cadillac, anchored on the corner of First Avenue and E. 1st Street, evokes 1970s cocktail and dining culture with dishes like tomato soup and drinks such as dirty martinis. Golden Cadillac, 13 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 646-924-8153.
"Top Chef" alum and LA chef Ilan Hall is making his way to the Big Apple. It's been announced that Hall will open a version of his restaurant The Gorbals in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Hall is hoping to open the new venture by April 2014.
In the Alphabet City portion of the East Village is the new bi-level Apt-13, a rustic-looking eatery helmed by chef John Keller. The menu offers comfort food with worldly flair. Dishes include steak frites, kale Caesar salad, and a burger made with grass-fed beef. Apt-13, 115 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009, 917-475-1213.
Chef Michel Richard’s Villard Michel Richard is located in The New York Palace hotel, the same property that once housed Le Cirque 2000 and Gilt. The restaurant, which serves à la carte and prix fixe menus (including Richard’s signature lobster pasta), was redesigned by Jeffrey Beers. Villard Michel Richard, The New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-891-8100.
Chef Michel Richard has opened Pomme Palais, featuring both sweet and savory items, including pastries, sandwiches and breakfast offerings. Pomme Palais, 30 E. 51st St., New York, NY 10022, 212-891-8100.
An outpost of RedFarm, the popular West Village dim sum restaurant from Joe Ng and Ed Schoenfeld, has opened on the Upper West Side. The new RedFarm, located in the space recently occupied by Fatty Crab, has the same rustic look but is larger than the original. RedFarm, 2170 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, 212-724-9700.
Isola on Columbus is Sicilian-born restaurateur Sebastiano Cappitta's resurrection of an earlier restaurant he once owned. As one may surmise from the name, this Upper West Side eatery’s focus is Italian cooking, and the place has a wood-burning brick oven. Isola on Columbus, 994 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10025, 212-665-2970.
Pizzetteria Brunetti, a father-son outfit with an original location on Long Island, has opened in the West Village space that recently housed French restaurant Bistro de la Gare. As the name suggests, the restaurant serves Neapolitan-style pizzas. The menu also boasts small plates inspired by Naples. Pizzetteria Brunetti, 626 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-5699.
Pippali, a new Indian eatery from chef Peter Beck (Benares, Tamarind, Chola), serves up spicy dishes (it’s named after a hot pepper, after all). Pippali is located in Murray Hill, aka "Curry Hill." Pippali, 129 E. 27th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-689-1999.
Vacca Grill & Lounge is a new 6,000-square-foot restaurant located in a former car mechanic garage in Inwood. The kitchen serves up pan-Latin cuisine, and there’s also an attached 70-seat Champagne lounge. Vacca Grill & Lounge, 416 W. 203rd St., New York, NY 10034, 212-544-0070.
The distance between Algiers and Paris? 1200 miles. Chef Pierre Rougey cooks up dishes that combine everything in between at 1200 Miles. Or at least French and North African delights. 1200 Miles, 31 W. 21st St., New York, NY 10010, 212-510-8722.
From Boston comes Toro, a Spanish tapas place in west Chelsea. The menu includes dishes like sea urchin sandwich and beef heart romesco. The restaurant shares a building with Colicchio & Sons and Del Posto. Toro, 85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-691-2360.
Chef Marc Forgione has opened American Cut steakhouse in TriBeCa, which serves a huge, 42-ounce tomahawk chop for two. The 80-seat restaurant also has a small bar attached. American Cut, 363 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-226-4736.
Set in the space once home to upscale SHO Shaun Hergatt, Reserve Cut, is a new kosher steakhouse that also has some Asian and French-inspired dishes on the menu. The 200-seat dining room boasts a sushi bar, too. Reserve Cut, The Setai Wall Street, 40 Broad St., New York, NY 10004, 212-747-0300.
The legendary Rainbow Room, located atop Rockefeller Plaza, is set to reopen. The historic bar and restaurant will be shining above the Big Apple in the fall of 2014. Rainbow Room, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, no phone.
In the East Village space that formerly housed popular JoeDough comes Joe & MissesDoe. The restaurant serves reimagined American classics and straight-up comfort food. Think crispy duck skins and bone marrow butter or French dip dumplings. Joe & MissesDoe, 45 E. 1st St., New York, NY 10003, 212-780-0262.
Han Dynasty, a popular mini-chain of Chinese restaurants in Philadelphia, has opened its first New York outpost in the East Village. The restaurant serves Szechuan cuisine, both traditional and innovative. Han Dynasty, 90 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-390-8685.
Chef Michael White's The Butterfly is a slight deviation from his usual full-on Italian restaurants. This TriBeCa venue is a supperclub with cocktails created by Eben Freeman. The menu is filled with hearty American-style fare. The Butterfly, 225 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 646-692-4943.
Pizza Wars Are Getting Hot
The group behind Umami Burger has announced it’s bringing another LA-based restaurant to the Big Apple. Sometime in 2014, the pizzeria 800 Degrees will open, and shortly after that, duplicates will fire up their pizza ovens, including outside of Manhattan. The first location and flagship is rumored to be around Madison Square Park.
Pok Pok NY Relocation
Popular Brooklyn Thai destination Pok Pok NY is moving. But have no fear: it's only relocating one block away, to 117 Columbia Street. The old address will become Suan Pok Pok, an event space. For those who want Pok Pok fare while it is closed, chef Andy Ricker's nearby Whisky Soda Lounge is open.
Danny Meyer on the Move
Restaurateur Danny Meyer is opening a Blue Smoke spin-off in west Chelsea called Porchlight. The restaurant, launching in autumn 2014, will be located in a 4,000-square-foot space on Eleventh Avenue. There are few details available about the food, except that it will be Southern inspired.
Designer Ralph Lauren is set to debut a restaurant in the erstwhile La Cote Basque space (5 E. 55th St.). There's no word yet on an opening date or details on the menu, which will no doubt be fashionable. Ralph Lauren, 5 E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
Skip the Cronut Line
One line in New York just got shorter. Dominique Ansel has announced he's instituting a website on which one can order his beloved cronuts online. That's right, no more waiting in line at Dominique Ansel Bakery (unless you want to, of course). You can pre-order cronuts here: cronutpreorder.com. Dominique Ansel Bakery, 189 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-2773.
Casa Nonna Connects with Madison Square Garden
Casa Nonna and Madison Square Garden have joined forces. The Italian restaurant, located down the street from the famous arena known as MSG, now sells various pizza pies inside the venue. While cheering for the Knicks or Rangers, or attending a concert, you can have an authentic Italian pizza to go with your MSG experience. Casa Nonna, 310 W. 38th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-736-3000.
Beef & Basketball
Nick & Stef's Steakhouse, located inside Madison Square Garden, has reopened to coincide with the tip-off of the Knicks' season. Steaks and other hearty delights are still prominently on the menu. Nick & Stef's Steakhouse, Madison Square Garden, 9 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001, 212-563-4444.
Chef Scott Conant's The Scarpetta Cookbook
Try your hand at making chef Scott Conant’s creative Italian cuisine at home with The Scarpetta Cookbook. Read more on GAYOT's blog.
Sunday Supper at Louro
Chef David Santos and Louro want to cook up Sunday supper for you. Every Sunday evening diners at the West Village restaurant will have the chance to eat a three-course meal for $35. The menu options will change weekly. As the season progresses toward winter, dishes will grow heartier. Louro, 142 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-206-0606.
Goa All the Way
Chef George Mendes has given diners another menu option at his Portuguese restaurant Aldea. There's now a menu inspired by the cuisine of Goa. Dishes include eggplant with coconut vinegar and lobster curry, among others. Aldea, 31 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-675-7223.
Momofuku Ko on the Move
Momofuku Ko, David Chang's most acclaimed restaurant, will move at the end of the year to a small alley, Extra Place, on E. 1st Street and the Bowery. The lease is up on the Momofuku Ko space and the new location will offer a bigger kitchen and more tables for diners. Momofuku Ko, 163 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-500-0831.
No Dinner for NYC
Chef Heston Blumenthal, known for his The Fat Duck outside of London, has scrapped his plans to bring his restaurant called Dinner by Heston Blumenthal to the Big Apple.
Tom Colicchio Brooklyn-Bound?
Tom Colicchio is bringing his Craft empire to Brooklyn. The chef and Top Chef judge is opening his first Brooklyn restaurant near BAM and the new Barclays Center.
Super chef Joël Robuchon, whose eponymous New York restaurant, L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, shut down last year, recently said that he's looking at new spaces to reopen the restaurant. The second iteration of his eatery will likely be in Midtown. There's no word yet, though, on when it would open.
Pastis Running Dry?
Pastis, the scene-y Meatpacking District restaurant owned by mega-restaurateur Keith McNally, is reportedly closing on January 1 because the building that houses it is going under renovation. McNally says, though, that Pastis will live to cook another day, even if it's at a new location. Pastis, 9 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10014, 212-929-4844.
Maialino, the Roman restaurant in Gramercy Park, has a new offal-centric menu that it’s offering in addition to its normal menu. Offal delights include prosciutto-wrapped sweetbreads and suckling pig face. Maialino, Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-777-2410.
Musical Mondays at Le Cirque Cafe
Le Cirque Cafe presents Musical Mondays, featuring live jazz music from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. (No cover free.) Guests can also take advantage of the $38 two-course prix-fixe dinner menu. For reservations, please call 212-644-0202. Le Cirque Cafe, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
New Look for db bistro moderne
Daniel Boulud's db bistro moderne has a new look. The colors are darker and deeper, and grey booths have been added to the center of the room where the bar once stood; the bar has been moved to the front of the space. db bistro moderne, City Club Hotel, 55 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-391-2400.
Autumn in a Glass
Elegant Two E Bar / Lounge in The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York, has a new line-up of autumnal cocktails. Drinks like the Fig & Tan (figs infused with a Guinness reduction and paired with Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum) are now available for sipping. Two E Bar / Lounge, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York, 2 E. 61st St., New York, NY 10065, 212-838-8000.
A Taste of Samuelsson
New York chef and common face on TV food shows, Marcus Samuelsson, is joining ABC's "The Taste." He joins Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre for its second season.
Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar in Midtown has spruced up its dining room. The space now has brand new dark green banquettes and brass light fixtures. Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar, 132 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-957-5550.
Polo Dobkin, a former chef of now-closed Dressler, plans to open a restaurant at the same Williamsburg address. The launch date and restaurant concept have yet to be announced.
Sirio Ristorante, located in The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York, has a new chef: Massimo Bebber, who has served time in the kitchen at Caravaggio. Sirio Ristorante, The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York, 795 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10021, 212-940-8195.
Michael Wurster, who has logged time in the kitchens of Le Cirque 2000, The French Laundry, and Alain Ducasse at Essex House, is the new chef at Gordon Ramsay at The London. Ramsay is certainly hoping Wurster can breathe new life into the struggling restaurant. Gordon Ramsay at The London, The London NYC, 151 W. 54th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-468-8888.
Erstwhile Esca pastry chef Tracy Obolsky is the new pastry chef at North End Grill. North End Grill, 104 N. End Ave., New York, NY 10282, 646-747-1600.
Jeff Porter has been named the new wine director at Babbo. Porter will retain his job as the wine director of Del Posto while splitting duties with the Batali flagship restaurant. Babbo, 110 Waverly Pl., New York, NY 10011, 212-777-0303.
Susur Lee, whose Shang in New York shut down last year, will open a restaurant in the almost-finished One World Trade Center building on the 66th floor, which will serve reimagined Chinese cuisine. There's no exact opening date for the restaurant.
Kenny Callaghan, the chef at Blue Smoke for the last 12 years, is leaving the restaurant. A replacement has not yet been announced. Blue Smoke, 116 E. 27th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-447-7733.
Union Square Hospitality Group has just announced that chef Gabriel Kreuther, top toque at The Modern in New York, will be leaving the restaurant for good at an unspecified time later this year. The chef plans to open his own restaurant in 2014. The Modern, The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, 9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-333-1220.
The original Fatty 'Cue, alongside the Williamsburg Bridge in Brooklyn, has closed. It’s being transformed into a space for private parties and recipe experimentation called Fatty Lab. Fatty 'Cue, 91 S. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, no phone.
Lievito Pizzeria in the West Village has closed and a new restaurant, likely of the Italian variety, will open up in the space next year. Lievito Pizzeria, 581 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Longtime SoHo eatery Cafe Noir is moving from its Grand Street address and will reopen sometime in early 2014 in TriBeCa on Lispenard Street. Cafe Noir, 32 Grand St., New York, NY 10013, 212-431-7910.
Hybird, the fried chicken spot in the Chelsea Market owned by Questlove and Stephen Starr, has abruptly closed. Hybird, Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Wine-centric Gramercy Park restaurant Veritas has shut down. Veritas, 43 E. 20th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
The West Village’s Pizza Roma could not keep up with the intense pie competition in the neighborhood and has shut down. It is rumored one of the owners of Emporio, the NoLIta Roman restaurant, may be interested in the space. Pizza Roma, 259 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Restaurateur Keith McNally announced he's closing Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria at the end of the year and eventually will open another restaurant in the space called Cherche Midi. Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria, 282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, 212-226-1966.
Michael "Bao" Huynh, who left for Saigon earlier this year, has remnants of his once-bustling now-crumbling restaurant empire left throughout the city. And he now has one fewer: the West Village’s casual Baoguette/Pho Sure has shut down for good. Baoguette/Pho Sure, 120 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Butter, the clubby restaurant in NoHo, has temporarily shut down due to an extensive renovation. It will reopen sometime in November. In the meantime, the Butter partners are planning to open a new location in Midtown this autumn. Butter, 415 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
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