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The largest Chick-fil-A in the country will open on Sixth Avenue and W. 37th Street. The three-story location will serve up the fried chicken sandwiches that have made it a well-known national chain with a loyal chicken-loving following. Chick-fil-A, 1000 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10018, 212-704-9920.
Lower East Side Chinese restaurant Yunnan Kitchen has become Yunnan BBQ. As the name suggests, the spot serves up Chinese-flavored barbecue meats. Yunnan BBQ, 79 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 212-253-2527.
In the space that formerly housed SD26 on Madison Square Park is now Black Barn, a farm-to-table spot with a slight Italian accent serving heirloom beet risotto, grilled swordfish and Amish chicken. Black Barn, 19 E. 26th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-265-5959.
Rocco Steakhouse is helmed in the kitchen by Johnny Jevric, a veteran of Wolfgang's. In addition to steak, the restaurant offers a chilled seafood tower, crab cakes, salads and a classic burger. Rocco Steakhouse, 72 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-696-9660.
UrbanSpace Vanderbilt food hall features several tempting kiosks. Amali Mou, Delaney Chicken, Roberta's and Ovenly are but a few of the food options at this spot located near Grand Central Terminal. UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, 230 Park Ave., New York, NY 10169, 212-529-9262.
David Chang's second location of Fuku, the hot chicken sandwich spot, is actually Fuku+, the plus sign indicating it has an expanded menu. In addition to the amazing fried chicken sandwich, there are chicken fingers, salads, salt and pepper shrimp, and Sichuan pork flatbread. Fuku+, Chambers, 15 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019, No phone.
Mountain Bird, the lauded fowl-centric spot in Harlem, shut down in June 2014, much to the groans of its growing number of regulars. It reopened in a new location on September 1, 2015, serving up foie gras dumplings in chicken soup, ostrich crostini, chicken gizzard confit and chicken schnitzel. Tastings Social Presents Mountain Bird, 251 E. 110th St., New York, NY 10029, 212-744-4422.
Serving American fare with Mediterranean influences, Kat & Theo is headed in the kitchen by a chef who served time at elBulli, Per Se and Momofuku Noodle Bar, as well as a pastry chef who worked at Eleven Madison Park. Kat & Theo, 5 W. 21st St., New York, NY 10010, 212-380-1950.
Hailing from Baja California, Señor Frog’s has flicked on its taco-making burners near Times Square. The party-friendly eatery serves up south-of-the-border standards, such as nachos and enchiladas, as well as several variations on the margarita. Señor Frog’s, 11 Times Sq., New York, NY 10036, 212-221-3833.
Vaucluse, on the lower part of the Upper East Side, is chef Michael White's foray into French cuisine. The menu focuses on standards and brasserie classics. Décor is neutral in tone and there are two floors for dining. Vaucluse, 100 E. 63rd St., New York, NY 10065, 646-869-2300.
The Federal Bar in Brooklyn serves up gastropub fare and local craft beers The Federal Bar in Brooklyn serves up gastropub fare and local craft beers. It's a concept from Knitting Factory Entertainment, which owns the Knitting Factory music venue next door. Like its Southern California cousins in North Hollywood and Long Beach, The Federal Bar takes vintage cues for its décor. The Federal Bar, 367 Metropolitan Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 347-529-6696.
Chef Jonathan Waxman first opened up the California-inspired Jams on New York's East 79th Street in 1984. Despite being a hit, it closed five years later. He's giving it another go in the 1 Hotel Central Park. The menu and décor are different from the original, but Waxman's famed grilled chicken is on the menu. Jams, 1 Hotel Central Park, 1414 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-703-2007.
Inday is a new fast-casual Indian eatery. The menu consists of affordable takes on wraps and rice bowls and diners choose among a handful of proteins, vegetables and sauces. Inday, 1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010, 917-521-5012.
The first Big Apple outpost of an international chain called Yakiniku Futago serves up Japanese and Korean-inspired grilled meats. Yakiniku Futago, 37 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-620-0225.
The new Broken Spoke Rotisserie features a rotating spit crammed with chicken, pork and other meat. The weekly special is called the "Beast of the Week." Broken Spoke Rotisserie, 439 Third Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-889-6298.
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.
by CHLOE. is a new vegan restaurant in Greenwich Village from chef Chloe Coscarelli, serving up veggie burgers, pasta dishes and juices. by CHLOE., 185 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012, 212-290-8000.
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.
Gabriel Kreuther is in the kitchen at his eponymous restaurant near Bryant Park 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.
Chef Joël Robuchon is bringing L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon back to New York 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. L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10080, no phone.

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Japanese-Flavored Brunch at Haru
The Gramercy Park location of Haru has begun serving Sunday brunch. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for special rolls, such as the brunch roll (spicy salmon, egg and avocado topped with bacon bits) as well as pork belly buns and a couple of specialty cocktails. Haru, 220 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10003, 646-428-0989.
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.
Noma New York?
Claus Meyer, the restaurateur behind acclaimed Noma in Copenhagen, is coming to New York. He's opening up a Scandinavian food hall and a 100-seat restaurant in Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The chef is Icelandic culinary star Gunnar Gislason. The restaurant and food hall are slated to open sometime in early 2016.
Jean-Georges' South Street Seaport Project
Long the subject of rumors, Jean-Georges Vongerichten is opening a casual seafood restaurant in the South Street Seaport (Pier 17). Next to the restaurant will be a 40,000-square-foot seafood market. The restaurant and market are slated to open sometime in 2017.
Tastes Like Teen Spirit
The 16-year-old kitchen wunderkind Flynn McGarry is doing a three-day-per-week pop-up at a private kitchen in the West Village. It began on September 12 and will reportedly last for eight months. The 14-course tasting menu costs $160, plus $80 more if you want wine pairing. Make reservations at Eureka's website.
RIP Sasha Petraske
Sasha Petraske, the cocktail guru who opened Milk & Honey (and other cocktail bars) and was a major force in the current cocktail craze that's been happening in the last decade, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015, at his home in Hudson, NY.
Pastis 2.0
Rumors were swirling that Keith McNally would reopen his scene-y Pastis in the space that currently houses one-year-old Gansevoort Market in the Meatpacking District. And those rumors are now confirmed: sometime in 2017, Pastis will fire up its Gallic burners at 52 Gansevoort Street. There's no word yet if the Gansevoort Market food hall will relocate or close permanently. Pastis, 52 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Holiday Drinks & Dishes
Holiday Cocktail Lounge, the East Village dive bar that shut down and then was resurrected as a swankier lounge, has just introduced a series of new autumn-inspired cocktails and dishes, some of which incorporate ingredients foraged in the East Village. Holiday Cocktail Lounge, 75 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10003, 212-777-9637.
LA's Sushi Zo is Big Apple Bound
Popular Los Angeles restaurant Sushi Zo is coming to New York City. It will be housed in Greenwich Village and should be slicing up sushi for raw fish lovers by December. Sushi Zo, 88 W. 3rd St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
New Gansevoort Market Eating Options
There are three new venders in the Gansevoort Market, the food hall in the Meatpacking District: The Meatball Guys; a Peruvian raw fish spot called Mission Ceviche; and a savory pie place, Myers of Keswick. Gansevoort Market, 52 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014, 212-242-1701.
No Big Apple Arrival for Chef Anne-Sophie Pic
Sad news for lovers of Gallic fare: acclaimed chef Anne-Sophie Pic is not going to open her restaurant La Dame de Pic in New York City after all. A financial backer has pulled out. Chef Pic says she's on the search for another backer and hopes to open the venture at a later date in a different location.
Major Food Group Boys to Take Over The Four Seasons Restaurant
The guys behind Parm, Carbone, Dirty French, etc., have announced that they're going to be taking over The Four Seasons Restaurant next year. They'll close the restaurant for a short time to revamp, and then open it with a concept that honors the history of the prestigious space. The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-754-9494.
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.
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.
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. PYT, 334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, no phone.



Otto Enoteca Pizzeria has lost its pastry chef. Meredith Kurtzman has moved on from the Mario Batali restaurant in Greenwich Village. There's no word yet on her replacement. Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, 1 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-995-9559.
SoHo restaurant White Street has a new chef: Jason Lawless has come on board and has revamped the menu and reduced prices a bit. White Street, 221 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212-944-8378.
Chef David Burke, who has his own small empire of restaurants, has joined ESquared Hospitality, which runs the BLT restaurants. Chef Burke's chief task will be to develop new projects for the group.
Matteo Boglione is the new chef at Le Cirque Matteo Boglione is the new chef at Le Cirque. 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 left White Street at the end of July. He will 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.
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.



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Wylie Dufresne's Alder shut down at the end of August 2015. The chef didn't give a reason for the closure, though we suspect it might have to do with a rent increase. But he has said he will be on the lookout for a new location. Alder, 157 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Do or Dine, the cutting-edge eatery in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy, has abruptly shut down. There's no indication if the restaurant will open up at another location. Do or Dine, 1108 Bedford Ave., New York, NY 11216, no phone.
Wylie Dufresne's Alder shut down at the end of August 2015. The chef didn't give a reason for the closure, though we suspect it might have to do with a rent increase. But he has said he will be on the lookout for a new location. Alder, 157 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
The Palm, the legendary steakhouse in Midtown East, has shut down. Sadly, the fun, historic murals that lined the walls have been destroyed. The Palm, 837 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017, no phone.
Dylan Prime, which served up meat for 14 years in TriBeCa, has shut down permanently. Dylan Prime, 62 Laight St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
Twenty-year-old Josie's, located on the Upper West Side, has closed. Josie's, 300 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10023, no phone.
Whitehall, the English gastropub in the West Village, has shut down. An outpost of the restaurant Quality Eats will open up in the space later in 2015. Whitehall's sister restaurant and bar, the Scottish-themed Highlands, remains open around the corner. Whitehall, 19 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Greenwich Village Japanese restaurant Sushi Masamoto has shut down. Sushi Masamoto, 88 W. 3rd St., New York, NY 10012, no phone.
Bodhi Tree, a Thai restaurant in the East Village, has shuttered. Bodhi Tree, 58 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
SD26 has closed SD26 has closed after changing hands from restaurateur and owner Tony May. 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. Restaurant chef and consultant John Doherty plans to change the concept to focus more on American cuisine. SD26, 19 E. 26th St., New York, NY 10010, no phone.
Sosa Borella, the Hell's Kitchen hybrid restaurant for Argentinean and Italian cuisines, has shut down permanently. Sosa Borella, 832 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
The BLT empire is one restaurant fewer: BLT Bar & Grill shut down its grill for good after service July 31, 2015. BLT Bar & Grill, 123 Washington St., New York, NY 10006, no phone.
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.

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