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.
SenYa is a diminutive new Japanese spot in the East Village serving up healthy fare and the odd assortment of raw fish specials. It moved into the space that recently housed the restaurant Ginger. SenYa, 109 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-995-5278.
Baba's Pierogies is betting Brooklyn is about to go on a Polish dumpling craze. This all-pierogi restaurant, located in Gowanus, serves up the namesake dumplings stuffed with bacon and cheese, sauerkraut and potato. Baba's Pierogies, 295 Third Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-222-0777.
Mathieu Palombino, the force behind pizza hot-spot Motorino, has opened La Gamelle, a French eatery on the Bowery. Expect Gallic classics such as steak frites, escargots and coq au vin. The wine list mostly sticks to France. La Gamelle, 241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, 212-388-0052.
Chef Daniel Eddy (Spring in Paris) is at the stoves of newly opened Rebelle. The 90-seat eatery on the Bowery features modern seasonal fare with a Gallic twist. The pastry chef is Jessica Yang, formerly of Guy Savoy in Paris and Per Se. Rebelle, 220 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, 917-639-3880.
The Hester Street Fair is back. The outdoor food market happens every Saturday at Hester and Essex Streets. This year there will be some new food vendors offering delights such as Taiwanese street food, Egyptian bread and fruit-flavored popsicles. Hester Street Fair, Corner of Hester & Essex Streets, New York, NY 10002, 917-267-9496.
Long promising to live up to its name and actually be a restaurant dynasty, Han Dynasty has opened its biggest location on the Upper West Side. The 180-seat venue for Sichuan fare also boasts a large banquet room. The long menu isn't too different from that of its East Village brethren. Han Dynasty, 215 W. 85th St., New York, NY 10024, 212-858-9060.
Stephen Starr's latest New York City eatery is Hudson Garden Grill, located inside the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. The menu focuses on New American fare crafted with locally sourced products. Eating at the restaurant does not require admission to the botanical garden. Hudson Garden Grill, New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458, 646-627-7711.
Hell's Kitchen’s El Original was opened by a group of homesick Texas expats who yearned for authentic Tex-Mex fare. El Original, 735 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 917-382-5512.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson has opened Streetbird Rotisserie, a diner-style, chicken-centric restaurant in Harlem. The menu includes chicken sandwiches and Ethiopian-accented chicken dishes, among other fowl-leaning fare. Streetbird Rotisserie, 2149 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY 10026, 212-206-2557.
Manousheh is a casual two-table spot in Greenwich Village that serves up Lebanese flatbread with the choice of a handful of toppings. Manousheh, 193 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012, 347-971-5778.
Shea Gallante, the erstwhile top toque at Cru, is the chef at Chevalier in the posh Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York. The restaurant's maître d' is Charles Masson, who achieved legendary status at La Grenouille. The menu is haute French fare and the restaurant features a 20-seat chef's table. Chevalier, Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York, 20 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-790-8869.
Mace in the East Village is a cocktail-centric spot that highlights spices. Drinks have names like Thai Chili, Cocao Bean and Grass, which indicate their main flavor profile. Food complements the drinks, with crab and avocado flatbread, bacon and fig jam toast, and prosciutto and melon skewers. Mace, 649 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10009, 212-673-1190.
In the former space of Todd English's Olives at W New York - Union Square comes Irvington, an American restaurant with farm-to-table fare and rotisserie offerings. Chef David Nichols' menu includes lamb tartare with harissa, bucatini with chopped porchetta, and duck confit potpie. Irvington, W New York - Union Square, 201 Park Ave S., New York, NY 10003, 212-677-0425.
Seamus Mullen, who runs the show at Tertulia in the West Village, has opened El Colmado Butchery in the Meatpacking District. The restaurant is an offshoot of the El Colmado in the Gotham West Market food hall and serves cheese and charcuterie plates as well as tapas dishes. El Colmado Butchery, 53 Little West 12th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-488-0000.
From the people who brought you Au Za'atar in the East Village comes Souk & Sandwich, a small spot in SoHo serving up Lebanese-inspired sandwiches. Souk & Sandwich, 117 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10013, 212-625-3982.
In the space that once housed Butter comes a revamped version of Asia de Cuba. The restaurant, which existed for years in Murray Hill, offers updated takes on Asian-Latin dishes. Asia de Cuba, 415 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003, 212-726-7755.
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.
City Kitchen is the latest food hall to open in New York. The 4,000-square-foot space, a stone's throw from Times Square, is filled with diverse food options, including Dough, Luke's Lobster, Gabriela's Taqueria and Whitman's. City Kitchen, 700 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10036, no phone.
Amused, a new restaurant on the Upper West Side, serves whimsical dishes like “Pig in a Pretzel,” General Zoe's cauliflower, and carbonara ramen. Amused, 142 W. 83rd St., New York, NY 10024, 212-799-0080.
Located in Gramercy Park, newcomer Javelina focuses on Tex-Mex cuisine. Chef Richard Caruso, formerly of Rosa Mexicano and Hill Country, is in the kitchen serving up brisket tacos and barbacoa enchiladas. Javelina, 119 E. 18th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-539-0202.
From the owners of the East Village Thai restaurant Somtum Der comes Kiin Thai Eatery. The new restaurant eschews the regionalism of Somtum Der and offers Thai fare from around the country, with an emphasis on home-style dishes. Kiin Thai Eatery, 36 E. 8th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-529-2363.
Leslie Nilsson, owner of Sage General Store, has opened an eponymous eatery called mrnilsson in Long Island City. The restaurant’s focus is on Scandinavia and it’s offering four- and seven-course tasting menus in the evening from Tuesday to Saturday. mrnilsson, 24-20 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-361-0707.
Aid for Nepal
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's restaurants (Jean-Georges, The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges, ABC Kitchen, etc.) are partnering with Mercy Corps to raise money for Nepal aid. They will be donating $5 for every bottle of water sold at participating restaurants. Jean-Georges, Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, 1 Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-299-3900.
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.
Spring at Fung Tu
Lower East Side Chinese restaurant Fung Tu has added a few new menu items for spring, including fried clams with tartar sauce, roasted duck with quinoa and sweet potato, and braised char sui beef cheeks. Fung Tu, 22 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-219-8785.
Claudette Prix-Fixe Lunch
Claudette, the Gallic eatery on Fifth Avenue and 9th Street, is now offering a prix-fixe lunch option: three courses --- starter, entrée and dessert --- for $28. Dishes include charred baby octopus and a lamb burger, among others. Claudette, 24 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-868-2424.
National Burger Month at Del Frisco's Grille
May is National Burger Month and Del Frisco's Grille is celebrating. Each of the 16 Del Frisco's around the country is featuring its own special burger for the month. The New York location will offer a pretzel burger topped with beer-marinated onions and melted Swiss cheese in between a pretzel bun. Del Frisco's Grille, 50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020, 212-767-0371.
Tartine Bakery Goes Big Apple
San Francisco darling Tartine Bakery has merged with Blue Bottle Coffee and will be opening a branch in New York in 2017. There is no word yet on the location.
Andaz 5th Avenue’s New Chef's Table
Andaz 5th Avenue has installed a chef's table inside the hotel. Accommodating a maximum of 12 diners, the table is run by chef Michael Santoro and is located between the lobby and the hotel restaurant, The Shop. The menu will change daily and be inspired by seasonal local food. Andaz 5th Avenue, 485 Fifth Ave., New York , NY 10017, 212-601-1234.
Is David Muñoz Coming to Town?
If the rumors are to be believed, Madrid chef David Muñoz is going to set up shop in New York City sometime in 2016. There are very few details on the possible move, only that the DiverXO chef is plotting a Big Apple eatery for next year. Whatever is the case, it's welcome news for lovers of haute Spanish cuisine.
Restaurateur Tony May Retires
Longtime restaurateur and owner of SD26, Tony May moves on. He has sold SD26 to restaurant chef and consultant John Doherty, who plans to keep it open until at least August and then shut it down and change the concept to a more American cuisine-focused spot. Before opening San Domenico on Central Park South in 1988, Tony May ran the Rainbow Room for 22 years. SD26 was a collaboration of father Tony and daughter Marisa. SD26, 19 E. 26th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-265-5959.
BLT Steak & BLT Prime Have the Beef
BLT Steak (106 E. 57th St., 212-752-7470) and BLT Prime (111 E. 22nd St., 212-995-8500) have acquired some very hard-to-find beef. The A5 BMS 11 Kagoshima, also known as Wagyu, twin beef ribs were sourced from Japan and are now available at both restaurants for a limited time. But it's not inexpensive --- prices start at $38 an ounce.
Chicken Concept from David Chang
David Chang announced at SXSW that he is turning the old Momofuku Ko space in New York into a restaurant that serves fried chicken and fried chicken sandwiches. As of now, there is scant information about the concept, except that it will be called Fuku. Fuku, 163 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, No phone.
Sushi Zen to Triple in Size
Sushi Zen, the underrated sushi spot in Midtown, will move three blocks north and triple in size by the end of 2015. Sushi Zen, 108 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-302-0707.
Dead Rabbit, New Menu
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog has just debuted a slew of new cocktails plus their third menu, all in honor of the second anniversary of this cocktail bar and restaurant. The new book-size menu includes 64 new cocktails in addition to a guidebook-like chapter of 19th-century New York saloons and other fun tidbits about bar culture in New York history. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, 30 Water St., New York, NY 10004, 646-422-7906.
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.
Alain Allegretti is the new chef at pricey Midtown spot Beautique. Beautique, 8 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-753-1200.
Kerry Heffernan, the first chef at Eleven Madison Park, is the new chef at Grand Banks, the popular boat-cum-restaurant. Grand Banks, Pier 25, New York, NY 10013, 212-960-3390.
Jeremiah Tower is out at Tavern on the Green in New York. The legendary California chef who seemed like the savior for the struggling restaurant only lasted about six months. Tavern on the Green, Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-877-8684.
Jasmine Shimoda is the new chef at Happy Ending, the French restaurant on the Lower East Side. She replaces Francis Gabarrus. Happy Ending, 302 Broome St., New York, NY 10002, 646-998-3184.
Chef Cesare Casella has left Ristorante Rosi, the restaurant he helped start on the Upper East Side. He is still associated with his Upper West Side spot, Salumeria Rosi. Ristorante Rosi, 903 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021, 212-517-7700.
Wes Whitsell is the new chef at the in-house restaurant of Soho House New York. Soho House New York, 25-39 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10014, 212-627-9800.
Lan Cafe, the inexpensive vegan Vietnamese restaurant on East 6th Street, has shut down permanently. Lan Cafe, 342 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
After 18 years of serving up pasta dishes and other Italian delights, Campanile has shut down. Campanile, 30 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016, no phone.
Moran's, the longtime Chelsea restaurant, has closed. Later in 2015 a new restaurant called The Fillmore Room will open in the space. Moran's, 146 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Skal, the Icelandic restaurant on the Lower East Side, has shuttered permanently. Skal, 37 Canal St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Crown, the upscale restaurant in the John DeLucie empire, has shut down due to a conflict with the building’s landlord. Crown, 24 E. 81st St., New York, NY 10028, no phone.
Florencia 13, the California-focused Mexican spot in Greenwich Village, has rolled its last burrito. The casual restaurant and neighborhood favorite has permanently closed. Florencia 13, 185 Sullivan St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Mitali East, an Indian restaurant on the East Village block that was once lined with subcontinental eateries, has shut down after more than 40 years in business. Mitali East, 334 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Puebla, a 25-year-old taqueria in the East Village, shut down permanently after service on March 23, 2015. Puebla, 47 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Terroir Murray Hill shut down after March 14, 2015 service, leaving the once-expanding Terroir empire with just one spot: Terroir Tribeca. Terroir Murray Hill, 439 Third Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-481-1920.
View GAYOT's calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in New York
View archived news: April 2015 | March 2015 | February 2015 | January 2015 | December 2014 | November 2014 | October 2014 | September 2014 | August 2014 | July 2014 | June 2014 | May 2014 | April 2014 | March 2014 | February 2014 | January 2014 | December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013 | September 2013 | August 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013 | May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013 | January 2013 | December 2012 | November 2012 | October 2012 | September 2012 | August 2012 | July 2012 | June 2012 | May 2012 | April 2012 | March 2012 | February 2012 | January 2012 | December 2011 | November 2011 | October 2011 | September 2011 | August 2011 | July 2011 | June 2011 | May 2011 | April 2011 | March 2011 | February 2011 | January 2011 | December 2010 | November 2010 | October 2010 | September 2010 | August 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | January 2009 | December 2008 | November 2008 | October 2008 | September 2008 | August 2008 | July 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | April 2008 | March 2008
Check out the 2015 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the US and more.