Cosme, the much-anticipated new restaurant from acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera serving up elevated takes on Mexican fare, is in soft opening mode. A handful of reservations are being accepted each night until October 25, with the official launch scheduled for October 28. Cosme, 35 E. 21st St., New York, NY 10010, 212-913-9659.
Alex Stupak, erstwhile pastry chef at wd-50, has opened his third Mexican restaurant. Empellon al Pastor, right on the corner of St. Marks Place and Ave. A, is an eatery dedicated to slow-roasted pineapple-studded pork, often stuffed in a corn tortilla to make one fine taco. The menu will also include other Mexican classics as well as plenty of varieties of margaritas and micheladas. Empellon al Pastor, 132 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, 212-367-0999.
Another food hall has opened in New York City. The 8,000-square-foot Gansevoort Market, located in a nineteenth-century brick building in the Meatpacking District, boasts nearly two dozen stands, including Donostia for Basque tapas, The Pig Guy for all things porcine, Cappone's Salumeria for Italian sandwiches, and Yiaourti for Greek yogurt, among many other eating options. Gansevoort Market, 52 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-1701.
After a five-year absence, the legendary Rainbow Room has reopened. The chef is Jonathan Wright, who hails from England, and the menu focuses on seasonal fare. The restaurant, sadly, is only open on Monday evenings, most holidays, and for Sunday brunch. Other than those times, the Rainbow Room will be rented out as a private party space. Rainbow Room, Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112, 212-632-5000.
Chef Joël Robuchon is bringing his eponymous restaurant L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon back to New York City two years after it shut down. The chef will open in Battery Park City, where many quality restaurants have been popping up lately. It's scheduled to debut in March 2015 and will be modeled after the London location of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10080, no phone.
Bernheim & Schwartz is a new beer hall near Columbia University. The 250-seat space offers 10 brews from Greenpoint Beer Works and beer-friendly snacks like bacon mac ‘n’ cheese. Bernheim & Schwartz, 2911 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, 212-335-2911.
Chef Floyd Cardoz, late of Tabla and North End Grill, has opened White Street. Along with partners Dan Abrams and Dave Zinczenko, Cardoz will oversee a restaurant serving up American fare with global influences. White Street, 221 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212-944-8378.
BTH (By The Hudson) in Harlem serves Nouveau American fare and offers views of the Hudson River. BTH, 712 W. 125th St., New York, NY 10027, 212-222-2841.
Sarah Simmons, of City Grit fame, has launched Birds & Bubbles, a Lower East Side eatery that pairs --- you guessed it --- chicken with sparkling wine. One of the signature dishes is Winner Winner Chicken Dinner, a whole fried chicken, a bread basket of biscuits and cornbread, and a selection of sides. Birds & Bubbles, 100 Forsyth St., Ste. B, New York, NY 10002, 646-368-9240.
The new Charlie Palmer Steak, which has other locations in Reno, Las Vegas and Washington, D.C., offers 11 steak options. The chef is Matthew Zappoli. Charlie Palmer Steak, 3 E. 54th St., New York, NY 10022, 646-559-8440.
Nick Anderer, the chef at Danny Meyer's Maialino, has opened Marta, a Roman-style pizzeria in the NoMad neighborhood. The restaurant looks to chip away at the Neapolitan pie hegemony that has taken over the New York pizza landscape in the last few years. Marta, 29 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-651-3800.
The Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, overseen by personable and knowledgeable Le Bernardin sommelier Aldo Sohm, is now open. On the menu: 200+ bottles, small plates, plus beer and spirits. Aldo Sohm Wine Bar, The AXA Equitable Building, 151 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-554-1143.
Perbacco, the once cutting-edge Italian restaurant in the East Village, shut down after losing its chef. The restaurant is reopening with Roman toque Clelia Bendandi. Perbacco 2.0 emphasizes Italian wine, with up to three dozen available by the glass. The menu focuses on small and shareable plates. Perbacco, 234 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10009, 212-253-2038.
From the people who brought you Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea comes the new Berg'n, a beer hall with some seriously good food options in Crown Heights. Ramen Burger, Asia Dog, Pizza Moto and Mighty Quinn's are all set up inside the beer hall. Berg'n, 899 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-857-2337.
Emphasizing Kobe beef, Midtown East’s 212 Steakhouse is the first eatery on the East Coast to be certified by the Kobe Beef Distribution & Promotion Council. The kitchen also cooks up freshly caught seafood. 212 Steakhouse, 316 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-858-0646.
Italian chef Davide Scabin has opened a restaurant in the Meatpacking District (337 W. 14th St.) called Mulino a Vino. His restaurant in Italy, Combal.Zero, is one of the most lauded on the Italian peninsula. Mulino a Vino, 337 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-433-0818.
The Spanish chain of mini-sandwich shops, 100 Montaditos, has opened its second outpost in New York City, this one on the Lower East Side. 100 Montaditos, 177 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002, 646-666-0993.
BV's Grill, brought to you by Alan Rosen, the owner of Junior's (the unofficial cheesecake king of New York), is in the spot of his failed restaurant Enduro. BV's Grill will serve cheesecake at an adjoining café. BV's Grill, 919 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-935-6800.
Calle Dao is a Cuban-Chinese mash-up meant to evoke the cuisine of the Chinatown in Havana. The menu includes duck empanadas with ginger glaze, among other items. The chef is Humberto Guallpa. Calle Dao, 38 W. 39th St., New York, NY 10018, 212-221-9002.
Midtown’s Maison, which once served cuisine inspired by the French region of Burgundy, has changed its name and its fare. It is now called Torino and offers all manner of food from the northern Italian region of Piedmont. Torino, 1700 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, 212-757-2233.
It's Brooklyn all the way at the new Brooklyn Proper. Set in Windsor Terrace, the restaurant is helmed in the kitchen by Buvette and Chez Panisse alum Caite Whitbeck. The seasonal fare includes sun-dried tomato pesto toast and braised pork shoulder. Brooklyn Proper, 471 16th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 347-844-9853.
The new Big Smoke Burger, located on the border of Chelsea and the West Village, is a burger emporium with a maple leaf twist. This is the first south-of-the-border venture for the Toronto-based chain. In addition to 14 different types of burgers, hungry eaters can also order sides of poutine. Naturally. Big Smoke Burger, 70 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10011, 917-475-1995.
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.
Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone and Jeff Zalaznick, the team behind Torrisi Italian Specialties, ZZ's Clam Bar, Parm and Carbone, have opened their Gallic restaurant, Dirty French, in The Ludlow Hotel. The menu is classic French with some modern and updated stylings. Thomas Waugh, who created the drinks at ZZ's Clam Bar, is the man at the bar. Dirty French, The Ludlow Hotel, 180 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-3000.
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.
Pop Goes the Champagne Bottle
STK, the mini-chain of steakhouses, will celebrate Global Champagne Day on October 24 in grand fashion. Stop by any of the restaurants’ locations on this day, including in the Meatpacking District (26 Little West 12th St.) or Midtown (1114 Sixth Ave.), and at 10:24 p.m. all diners will be able to raise a complimentary glass in a special toast to the bubbly. STK, 26 Little West 12th St., New York, NY 10014, 646-624-2444.
Updated Pastis Plans
Keith McNally has confirmed that Pastis will not reopen in its original Meatpacking District location. The Gallic eatery, set on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Little West 12th Street, had shut down due to building renovations. But, alas, it's just been announced that a store is opening in the space. McNally has vowed to reopen Pastis in the Meatpacking District as soon as 2016, but there are no other details for now.
Four Seasons to Party Like It's 1959
The owners of The Four Seasons Restaurant are planning a serious party for July 30, 2016, to coincide with the storied eatery’s lease running out. The theme will be 1959, the year the restaurant opened. They'll serve 1959 vintages of vino and will charge $1,959 per person for the evening’s food and festivities. Mark it on your calendar and start saving those pennies. The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-754-9494.
The Original Shake Shack Temporarily Closed
The original Shake Shack, the kiosk in Madison Square Park that birthed a burger empire, closed after October 13 for a complete revamp. Shake Shack, Madison Square Park, New York, NY 10010, 212-889-6600.
Another Decade of Balthazar
For the last year there have been persistent rumors of Balthazar Restaurant’s demise. Or that at least it would be moving. Owner Keith McNally just put those rumors to rest by signing a 10-year lease on the SoHo space that houses the legendary restaurant. Balthazar Restaurant, 80 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 212-965-1414.
Eataly to Open Downtown
Mario Batali has announced that he and his culinary crew will open a second Eataly in New York City in fall 2015. The new branch will be located at 4 World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. Batali also will launch an Eataly outpost in Los Angeles at the Westfield Century City mall in 2017.
Grand Banks Going Out in Style – For This Year
Grand Banks, the docked-boat-turned-ultra-hot-restaurant, has set October 31 as the date that it will shut down for the season. And to celebrate it is offering a happy hour from October 1 to 31: oysters from Long Island and its surroundings will be $1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday. For the month, the restaurant is adding seafood-laced chowder and hot toddies to the menu. Grand Banks, Pier 25, New York, NY 10013, No phone.
Danny Meyer Eyeing Bryant Park?
According to a liquor license application, Danny Meyer may be eyeing the new glass tower at 7 Bryant Park (1045 Sixth Ave.) for his next restaurant. Stay tuned.
Anne-Sophie Pic in the Big Apple
Chef Anne-Sophie Pic is bringing her Parisian eatery, La Dame de Pic, to New York City. The restaurant will actually be two in one: on the ground floor will be Metcafé, an outpost of her Monaco establishment, and on the second floor will be La Dame de Pic. The chef's eponymous restaurant, Pic, in Valance, France, earned an 18 rating from GAYOT. La Dame de Pic & Metcafé, 510 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
Pok Pok Expansion
Andy Ricker, chef of the perpetually buzzworthy Pok Pok Ny, has announced he’s not only opening one Pok Pok in Los Angeles, but two. There will be a Pok Pok LA and a Pok Pok Phat Thai in Chinatown.
Mission Chinese Food Finds a Home
It appears Mission Chinese Food, once anchored on the Lower East Side and then resigned to pop-up status, has a new permanent home. Chef Danny Bowien's hot restaurant will take up residence in the space that recently housed now-shuttered Rosette. The restaurant should be up and running sometime this autumn. Mission Chinese Food, 171 E. Broadway, New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Vive la Rotisserie Revolution
Word on the street is that Antoine Westermann, the Parisian master of rotisserie chicken (and owner of Paris' Le Coq Rico), is scouting locations in New York City for a restaurant. Details are scant but if true it will add more evidence that rotisserie chicken is the new pork.
RESY Mobile App May Change How You Make Dinner Reservations
Eater co-founder Ben Leventhal has introduced RESY, a mobile app that allows diners access to last-minute tables at in-demand restaurants. Some reservations require a fee, while others can be made with no charge. RESY has partnered with 30 New York restaurants, including Bar Bolonat, Aldea and El Toro Blanco, with plans to increase that number to 200 in the near future. “Next we’re looking to expand to Los Angeles and also launch a desktop version,” Leventhal told GAYOT. RESY is available for download on the iPhone and Android. For more information, visit resy.com or watch the YouTube videos Resy Concept: PopQuiz or Resy Concept: Email for more explanation.
Le Bernardin Expands
Le Bernardin has unveiled an additional private dining space called Le Bernardin Privé. For more information, visit www.le-bernardinprive.com. Le Bernardin, The AXA Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-554-1515.
Black Seed, Late Night
Black Seed Bagels, that über-popular Montreal bagel shop in NoLIta, will be making bagels late into the night now on several evenings. It will be open Thursday to Saturday from 10 p m. to 4 a.m. Black Seed Bagels, 170 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10012, 212-730-1950.
A Voce Happy Hour
The Madison Square location of A Voce has a new happy hour that should make cocktail lovers very happy. From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, cocktails, Prosecco and Peroni beers are $7. A Voce, 41 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-545-8555.
The "Chipotle of Sushi"
Chris Jaeckle, the chef at hot restaurant All'onda, has announced he's part of a group that will open Uma Temakeria, a fast, casual, and budget-friendly sushi spot that has already been called the "Chipotle of Sushi" for its ingredient-driven, eco-conscious ways. The restaurant, located on the edge of the West Village and Chelsea, is slated to open sometime in October. Uma Temakeria, 64 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Mission Delivery: Not Impossible
Mission Cantina, Danny Bowien's hot Mexican eatery on the Lower East Side, has expanded its delivery zone. You can now get burritos, tacos and more delivered all the way up to 59th Street. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-2233.
La Bottega to Become La Batali
Mario Batali and his business partner Joe Bastianich will take over La Bottega, the restaurant inside The Maritime Hotel, sometime next year. The menu will focus on food from the coast of Italy. La Bottega, Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-242-4300.
Big Apple Revolutionario?
There are rumors that Los Angeles-based chef Farid Zadi and his North African-Mexican mash-up Revolutionario may be making a Big Apple splash someday soon. New York City is ready for shakshuka tacos!
New Zealand-accented NoLIta restaurant The Musket Room has a new bar snack menu. Dishes include bone marrow with uni and orange, Buffalo sweetbreads, and truffle toast. The Musket Room, 265 Elizabeth St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-0764.
Anthony Weiner Restaurant
Anthony Weiner, the embattled erstwhile congressman and Big Apple mayoral candidate, has announced his next move: restaurateur. Weiner is opening up an eatery in Rockaway Beach called Rockaway Restoration Kitchen, which will offer training and experience and jobs to a community that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. There's no word yet on when it will open.
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.
wd-50's pastry chef, Malcolm Livingston II, has landed a job at august eatery Noma in Copenhagen. wd-50 will close for good on Clinton Street at the end of November and eventually reopen in a different location. wd-50, 50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 212-477-2900.
Sam Hazen, once the chef at now defunct Veritas, has a new gig. He's the culinary director overseeing the BR Guest restaurant group’s seafood-centric restaurants: Atlantic Grill, Ocean Grill and Blue Fin. Atlantic Grill, 1341 Third Ave., New York, NY 10021, 212-988-9200.
Tavern on the Green's revival has hit a speed bump. Chef Katy Sparks has left the restaurant. A replacement has not yet been named. Tavern on the Green, Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-877-8684.
Angela Pinkerton, the pastry chef at Eleven Madison Park and an eight-year veteran of the acclaimed restaurant, is leaving her post to seek cooking opportunities in the San Francisco Bay Area. There's no word yet on her replacement. Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-889-0905.
Kelvin Fernandez is the new chef at northern Manhattan’s La Marina restaurant. La Marina, 348 Dyckman St., New York, NY 10034, 212-567-6300.
Chef Damon Wise is leaving his post at Lafayette. After one year on the job, he is moving on to other projects. For now, chef Andrew Carmellini will oversee the kitchen. Lafayette, 380 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003, 212-533-3000.
Chef Nick Curtin has left Rosette, the Nordic-leaning eatery on the border of the Lower East Side and Chinatown. Curtin is headed to Copenhagen to begin a new restaurant project there. The new chef at Rosette is Carl Kristian Frederiksen. Rosette, 171 E. Broadway, New York, NY 10002, 212-933-1176.
Marc Aumont, who has been the pastry chef at The Modern since it opened a decade ago, is leaving the restaurant. His replacement has not yet been announced. The Modern, The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, 9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-333-1220.
The General, the Bowery pan-Asian restaurant that was a mecca for trendy scenester types, has closed. The space, for now, is being used for private events and parties. The General, 199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, no phone.
The Marrow, helmed by chef Harold Dieterle of Kin Shop and Perilla in the West Village, had its last night serving vaguely German-inflected fare on October 11. The Marrow, 99 Bank St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
After losing a couple of chefs in a short amount of time, Brooklyn’s once-promising Italian restaurant Krescendo has closed. Krescendo, 364 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
Kittichai, the once-acclaimed Thai restaurant in the SIXTY SoHo (né 60 Thompson), has closed. A restaurant with a new concept will open up in the space sometime next year. Kittichai, SIXTY SoHo, 60 Thompson, New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Gordon Ramsay at The London has finally closed. There had been rumors for years, especially after the restaurant's namesake, Mr. Ramsay himself, left it in 2009. Five years after that, it closed after service October 11, 2014. Maze by Gordon Ramsay at The London, the more informal spot, remains open. Gordon Ramsay at The London, The London NYC, 151 W. 54th St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Brooklyn Fish Camp's 10-year lease has expired and the owners decided not to renew it. The parent restaurant, Mary's Fish Camp, located in the West Village, remains open. In the now-vacated Park Slope space will be a Vietnamese gastropub headed by veterans of San Francisco eatery Slanted Door. Brooklyn Fish Camp, 162 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
Now closed in the East Village is Yaffa Cafe, the longtime 24-hour restaurant that served big salads and healthy sandwiches. Yaffa Cafe, 97 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Charlemagne, the underappreciated French restaurant in the West Village that was open for nary a year, has closed. Charlemagne, 679 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Health-conscious restaurant Gobo has shut down. This West Village outpost as well as the Upper East Side location (on Third Avenue) have both closed. Gobo, 401 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Haru, the Upper East Side sushi spot, has shut down for renovation. The restaurant will reopen toward the end of 2014 with a new interior design and a full cocktail bar. The downtown Manhattan location of Haru remains open. Haru, 1329 Third Ave., New York, NY 10021, 212-579-5655.
Due to a rent increase, the Upper West Side location of seafood-leaning Ditch Plains has shut down. The West Village outpost of Ditch Plains remains open. Ditch Plains, 100 W. 82nd St., New York, NY 10024, no phone.
Andy Ricker has closed his closet-size Pok Pok Phat Thai eatery on the Lower East Side. He will reopen it soon in Red Hook, Brooklyn, closer to his other two restaurants, Pok Pok Ny and Whiskey Soda Lounge NY. Pok Pok Phat Thai, 137 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Fulton, the six-year-old restaurant from the team that opened upscale supermarket Citarella, has closed. Fulton, 205 E. 75th St., New York, NY 10021, no phone.
Mas (la grillade), the sister restaurant to nearby Mas, has shut down. The owners plan to open a different restaurant at the same location in October. Mas (la grillade), 28 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Twenty-two-year-old restaurant Di Fiore Marquet near Union Square has closed. Di Fiore Marquet, 15 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Rouge Tomate, the lauded vegetarian-friendly and health-conscious restaurant in Midtown, has shut down and will try to find a new location in downtown Manhattan. Rouge Tomate, 10 E. 60th St., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
The W. 52nd St. location of Empire Steak House has temporarily shut down due to construction work on the building that houses it. The W. 54th St. branch of Empire Steak House, however, remains open. Empire Steak House, 36 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Mercadito Grove, the West Village outpost of Mercadito in the East Village, has shut down. The East Village restaurant remains open. Mercadito Grove, 100 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Simpson Wong has closed his eponymous West Village restaurant, Wong. The chef plans to open a Vietnamese place in the space called Vuong (which is Vietnamese for Wong), focusing primarily on street food from the Southeast Asian country. Wong, 7 Cornelia St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Chat 'n Chew, the casual comfort food spot near Union Square, has fried its last corn dog. The restaurant had been open for 20 years. Chat 'n Chew, 10 E. 16th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Corvo Bianco, the Italian restaurant on the Upper West Side, has shut down. The owner plans to reopen a restaurant in the space with an entirely new concept. Corvo Bianco, 446 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, no phone.
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