New York Restaurant News
All Hands restaurant in Williamsburg offers a menu from chef Pete Lipson (Northern Spy Food Co.) that highlights seafood. Look for dishes like grilled octopus with braised yucca and Castelvetrano olives and swordfish steak with grilled leeks and piccata sauce. All Hands, 29 Dunham Place, Brooklyn, NY 11249, 718-963-0078.
Lady's is the new downtown Brooklyn spot from Sweet Nuthin’ Hospitality Group (No. 7 Restaurant, Weather Up). The menu is all about pizzas and pastas like chestnut campanelle and corzetti with sausage. Cocktails are creative takes on classics. Lady's, 572 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
Jerome Dihui, previously a chef at Pastis, has opened a French brasserie in the West Village. Boucherie will serve classics like roasted snails with garlic butter and dry-aged New York steak from the in-house butcher counter. Located in the former Circle Repertory Theater space, the restaurant seats 320 people. Boucherie, 99 7th Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-837-1616.
Chicago restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, known for his burger from Au Cheval, has opened his first New York City restaurant in the West Village. 4 Charles Prime Rib will serve steakhouse classics, a burger and a gigantic sundae for dessert. 4 Charles Prime Rib, 4 Charles St., New York, NY 10014, 212-561-5992.
The poke craze continues with the opening of Maui Onion Poke Bar, from Donna Kang and Il Ji Jung. Twelve different poke options, like octopus with seaweed salad and serrano chili, are available in either a bowl, burrito, hand roll or salad. Lunch & Dinner daily. Maui Onion Poke Bar, 35 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-377-5120.
Seventy-five-seat Parisian-inspired bistro Little Frog is the project of Minetta Tavern alum chef Xavier Monge. It’s located in the former home of Italian restaurant Sotto Cinque. The menu includes dishes like pork belly with Spanish lentils, steak tartare and braised short ribs. Dinner nightly, Brunch Sat.-Sun. Little Frog, 322 E. 86th St., New York, NY 10028, 347-537-5786.
Wine bar and small plates restaurant Denizen in Williamsburg focuses on all things cheese. The menu includes chopped chicken livers with foie gras and burrata with broccoli pesto and white anchovies. It’s a venture from former The Modern bartender Liam Seide, wine director/partner Chris Wilford (Triomphe), executive chef John Poiarkoff (The Pines) and fromager Emily Lindh (Casellula). Dinner nightly. Denizen, 88 Roebling St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 929-337-6412.
Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's once-pioneering restaurant, has re-opened in a new location with a new menu, private dining space and more. Union Square Cafe, 101 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-243-4020.
French restaurateur Claude Louzon and his daughter Julie collaborated with architect Philippe Starck for Miss Paradis, their 116-seat Soho version of health-focused restaurant Le Paradis du Fruit. The new, two-level spot inhabits a plot on Prince and Mulberry that used to be a parking lot. Chef Adir Cohen serves veggie and fish-focused dishes, and an expansive dessert menu including tasting options. Miss Paradis, 47 Prince St., New York, NY 10012, 646-329-6380.
Owners and siblings Galit, Tomer and Dr. Alon Seifan, who worked in Cornell’s neurology department, focus on healthy food at Honeybrains. Expect menu options like avocado toast with hemp and chia seed salt and bowls with buckwheat soba and raw veggie slaw. They will host lectures on brain health in their restaurant. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Honeybrains, 372 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012, 646-678-4092.
Former ABC Kitchen chef’s Dan Kluger's anticipated solo restaurant Loring Place is set to open in December 2016. The 120-seat restaurant will focus on veggies, pizzas and pastas, like a dish of cauliflower roasted with Indian spices, ginger and garlic, then fried until crispy. Loring Place, 21 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-388-1831.
A new location of Serafina, the NYC-based Italian restaurant chain, has taken over the former 'Inoteca space on Ludlow. The spot will serve their classics, like pizza, rigatoni bolognese and lobster spaghetti. A wine room on the lower level seats 12. Serafina, 133 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10022, 212-358-9800.
Mother-daughter team Babette Haddad and Melissa Haddad Malaga, in partnership with Quality Meats veteran chef Stratos Georgedakis, have opened Maxwell's Chophouse in a 1909 Beaux Arts-style building. The 126-seat restaurant serves oysters Rockefeller, dry-aged beef porterhouse and other steakhouse classics. Maxwell's Chophouse, 1184 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, 212-481-1184.
Pastry chef Pichet Ong's new 70-seat Hell's Kitchen spot Chaan Teng serves up a modern take on Chinese food, like Singapore chili crab cakes, spicy pork shumai and a crab rangoon nacho. Chaan Teng, 698 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10036, 212-235-1886.
In the old Rat Cage Records space (where the Beastie Boys recorded) is a new Vietnamese restaurant called Chao Chao. Chef/owner Stephan Brezinsky, formerly of Il Mulino and Pok Pok, cooks up dishes like beef cheeks rendang and skate wing grilled in banana leaf. Dear Irving’s Tom Richter is the man behind the cocktail list. Chao Chao, 171 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009, 212-475-3171.
Southern-born and -raised Adam Lathan and Clay Boulware bring the bayou to Brooklyn with the opening of their first brick-and-mortar eatery in Cobble Hill. The Gumbo Bros serves authentic gumbo and po' boy sandwiches, plus New Orleans cold brew style chicory coffee. The Gumbo Bros, 224 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 212-749-5511.
London’s popular noodle chain Wagamama has its first New York City outpost. The three-story space looks over Madison Square Park and the menu offers ramen, fried chili squid and Korean barbecue beef buns. A second East Village restaurant is slated to open soon. Lunch & Dinner daily. Wagamama, 210 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-920-6233.
Gerardo Gonzalez of El Rey has opened Lalo in Chinatown. The menu takes its inspiration from Mexican, Japanese, Middle Eastern and Ashkenazi-Jewish culinary traditions, with dishes like Chamoy char siu ribs: baby-backs with a Mexican sour plum sauce. Dinner nightly. Lalo, 104 Bayard St., New York, NY 10013, 646-998-3406.
The Atwood Kitchen & Bar Room team has launched the 127-seat Shay & Ivy. Executive chef Brad Warner is cooking dishes like pappardelle with mushrooms, Amish free-range roast chicken and duck confit spring rolls. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Shay & Ivy, 39 W. 24 St., New York, NY 10010, 646-666-8635.
At F.O.B. on Smith Street, Daniel alum Armando Litiatco and partner Ahmet Kiranbay serve dishes like grilled duck breast with lemongrass and fish grilled in banana leaf from their open kitchen. Look for avocado tapioca shakes and halo halo for dessert. Dinner nightly. F.O.B., 271 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-852-8994.
Gowanus coffee counter and butcher shop A&E Supply Co. is owned by “Top Chef” alum Adam Harvey and his partner Ennio Di Nino. They serve Dough doughnuts and Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee, and offer Vermont Stonewood Farm turkeys for Thanksgiving. A sit-down restaurant in the space is forthcoming. Breakfast & Lunch daily. A&E Supply Co., 548 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 929-295-8025.
Restaurateur John McCormick of Maison Premiere and Vannesa Shanks, formerly of Nobu, have opened this bicycle-themed spot in the onetime Cafe Moto space. Bar Velo's all-vegetarian menu features a BBQ eggplant sandwich and a black bean portobello burger with garlic aïoli. Expect live music on weekends. Dinner nightly. Bar Velo, 394 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-599-6895.
The owners of Smith & Mills and Navy have opened this casual, sleek spot with chef Daniel Berg, formerly of Daniel and Locanda Verde. Yves serves dishes including grilled octopus with figs, and potato gnocchi with Manila clams and bacon. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Yves, 385 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-431-3385.
Don't be confused: the new H&H Midtown Bagels East is actually on the Upper West Side. It’s a cousin of the beloved bagel institution that closed in 2011, so the stakes are high. The shop sells hand-rolled bagels and prepared sandwiches. Breakfast & Lunch daily. H&H Midtown Bagels East, 526 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-734-7441.
Alamo Drafthouse, the highly anticipated dine-in movie theater from Austin, is now open in downtown Brooklyn. The cinema has two stories, seven screens and a cocktail bar with 19th-century wax figures. Food is served during the movie, like flatbreads, ropa vieja beef tacos and a porter ice cream float with agave nectar and bitters. Lunch & Dinner daily. Alamo Drafthouse, 445 Albee Square W., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-513-2547.
Hart’s is an intimate 30-seat Bed-Stuy restaurant serving elegant Mediterranean-inspired food, like pollack with squid and beans and clam toast with pancetta. Natural wine and cocktails like the Che Figata with Cynar, vermouth and soda are available, too. Hart's, 506 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-636-6228.
The Cannibal Liquor House is now open in the former Resto space. It’s a sister restaurant to the adjacent The Cannibal Beer & Butcher. The new spot is a cocktail lounge serving snacks and bar food from Cannibal chef Francis Derby. Look for veal cheek with Yorkshire pudding. The Cannibal Liquor House, 111 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-685-5585.
Restaurateur Keith McNally’s Augustine has debuted in The Beekman hotel. On the menu are classic French dishes, meats, fish and more. Augustine, The Beekman, 5 Beekman St., New York, NY 10038, 212-375-0010.
Brothers Max and Eli Sussman have opened the first standalone location of Samesa, which has been a pop-up in Brooklyn and Montauk. Their new spot has a market and a restaurant, serving tahini-date smoothies, avocado hummus, fish kofta and braised lamb. Lunch & Dinner daily. Samesa, 495 Lorimer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-599-1154.
The Cheesecake Factory has finally come to New York City. The restaurant offers its 250-plus menu items and 50 cheesecake varieties in an 8,000-square-foot space that seats about 190 people. The Cheesecake Factory, Queens Center, 90-15 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst, NY 11373, 718-699-1212.
Fowler & Wells from Tom Colicchio has opened at boutique hotel The Beekman. Lower Manhattan, where the property resides, inspires the menu. Dinner nightly. Fowler & Wells, The Beekman, 5 Beekman St., New York, NY 10038, 212-658-1848.
Ops Pizza has transformed a former Bushwick garage into a warm and welcoming spot, replete with an oven for wood-fired sourdough pizza, seasonal cocktails, craft beers and rustic non-pizza menu items like braised lentils with toast. Ops Pizza, 346 Himrod St., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 718-386-4009.
Celeb baker Christina Tosi has opened a seventh Manhattan location of Milk Bar, this one in NoLIta. It has two counters so those passing by can get their fix of cereal milk, cake truffles and soft serve. Open daily. Milk Bar, 246 Mott St., New York, NY 10012, 347-577-9504.
Matthew Maddy, James Freeman, and John De Piper of Sweet Science and Featherweight opened this tropical-themed spot with a funky diner theme. Sally Roots features festive cocktails, jerk chicken, and bowls with oxtail or curried vegetables, and there's a spacious patio. Sally Roots, 195 Wyckoff Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11237, 347-425-0888.
ReViVer is a fast-casual spot offering a health-driven menu of tacos, salads and sandwiches. It’s the second location of the restaurant (the other outpost is at Columbus Circle, 934 8th Ave., 917-475-1711). Balanced meals like mahi curry and a steak and fig salad are prepared with wholesome ingredients. The cheery space sports a colorful mural by local tattoo artist June Jung. ReViVer, 303 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010, 646-952-0014.
ABC Kitchen and ABC Cocina will be joined by abcV, a long-awaited vegetarian concept from chef/restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten. abcV, 38 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
French chef Joël Robuchon will open a branch of his fine dining concept Joël Robuchon Restaurant at luxury residential tower One Hundred East Fifty Third Street. The space will also include a gourmet marketplace. The opening is scheduled for late 2017. Joël Robuchon Restaurant, One Hundred East Fifty Third Street, 100 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
New Cocktail Program at Bustan
Bustan on the Upper West Side has debuted a new cocktail program from mixologist Kelsey Didit. It includes drinks like the Why So Serious, made with the Israeli anis spirit arak blended with Jamaican rum, loganberry liqueur and grapefruit. Didit is the beverage director at cocktail spot Wolf & Deer in Brooklyn, too. Brunch, Lunch & Dinner daily. Bustan, 487 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-595-5050 .
Beer Classes at The Cannibal
Every Saturday at 3 p.m., head to The Cannibal Beer & Butcher for a fun, not-so-basic introductory class on all things beer. Learn the best-kept secrets of the Cannibal Beer Sommelier. Visit here for more information. The Cannibal Beer & Butcher, 113 E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016, 212-686-5480.
David Chang's newish Chelsea restaurant, Momofuku Nishi, is now serving weekend brunch. Menu options include a pork and fried egg sandwich and variations on the rice bowl theme, among other dishes. Momofuku Nishi, 232 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 646-518-1919.
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David Bouley’s eponymous restaurant will once again change locations. Bouley will close in 2017 and re-open at a new address in late 2018 or early 2019. Bouley, 163 Duane St., New York, NY 10013, 212-964-2525.
New York institution Carnegie Delicatessen closed its doors on December 31, 2016. It was one of the best places to get top-quality (and lean) corned beef and pastrami, enormous overstuffed sandwiches and real New York deli ambience. Carnegie Delicatessen, 854 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
After changing menus many, many times (from all burritos to Vietnamese breakfast), Danny Bowien’s Lower East Side restaurant Mission Cantina has closed. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Midtown restaurant Betony closed for good on New Year’s Eve. The owners have not offered any explanation for the closure, or shared any plans to reopen. Betony, 41 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-465-2400.
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