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NEW RESTAURANTS IN NEW YORK

On the corner of Bowery and Broome, owners Kevin King and Cordell Lochin have opened Esther & Carol, a bistro that serves dishes like a Caesar salad with crispy artichokes and grilled pork chops. The restaurant's name pays homage to their mothers. There's also a recording studio downstairs. Esther & Carol, 341 Broome St., New York, NY 10013, 646-355-1840.
 
The sprawling arched city landmark on the boardwalk in Coney Island will be home to Kitchen 21 as of May 21, 2017. It will include takeout from Coney Island Café, seafood and beer from Community Clam Bar, drinks at Parachute Bar, a rooftop wine bar called Boardwalk & Vine, and Test Kitchen, the collection's most upscale restaurant. Kitchen 21, 3052 W. 21st St., Brooklyn, NY 11224, 718-954-9801.
 
As the name implies, Tramonti Pizza makes pizza inspired by the town of Tramonti, near the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy. Chef and owner Giovanni Vittorio Tagliafierro makes a pizza called "Veracious" with Re Fiascone tomatoes from Tramonti, DOP buffalo mozzarella and basil --- plus salads, antipasti, and focaccia with nutella for dessert. Tramonti Pizza, 130 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10009, 212-260-1441.
 
Rahi (meaning "traveler" in Hindi) serves modern, creative Indian food from chef Chintan Pandya. Expect dishes like crab in squid ink and coconut milk, and lobster tail with ramps. Dinner nightly. Rahi, 60 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-373 8900.
 
The former Campbell Apartment, located in Grand Central Terminal, is now simply The Campbell. It features original, swanky details from the space that was once the business tycoon/railroad exec John Campbell’s office. The Campbell serves classic cocktails, craft beers, and small plates. The Campbell, Grand Central Terminal, 15 Vanderbilt Ave., New York, NY 10017, 212-297-1781.
 
Tipsy Scoop makes liquor-infused ice cream, which is sold in scoops, sandwiches and cakes at its Kips Bay shop. Seasonal and "classic" flavors include maple bacon bourbon and cake batter vodka martini. Tipsy Scoop, 217 E. 26 St., New York, NY 10010, 917-388-2862.
 
Junzi Kitchen is a fast-casual eatery in Morningside Heights. On the menu are white or whole-wheat rolled chun bing pancakes and noodles paired with Chinese vegetables, braised meats, pickles and garnishes. Lunch & Dinner daily. Junzi Kitchen, 2896 Broadway, New York, NY 10025, 917-261-2497.
 
Located in The Lowell New York, Jacques serves classic cocktails and bites like chickpea and eggplant croquettes, blini with caviar, and a burger with fries. Leather and velvet contribute to the décor of this Upper East Side bar. Open daily 5 p.m.-midnight. Jacques, The Lowell New York, 28 E. 63rd St., New York, NY 10065, 212-935-2888.
 
Chef Tomer Blechman (Lupa, Maialino) helms the kitchen at Miss Ada in Brooklyn. Inspired by the Middle East, the menu features dishes like mussels with harissa, and swordfish with sumac, spring onions and asparagus. The backyard seats 30 diners and sports a colorful mural. Dinner nightly. Miss Ada, 184 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, 917-909-1023.
 
The Financial District outpost of Hole in the Wall serves brunch (Greek yogurt panna cotta, coconut quinoa porridge) every day until 4 p.m., followed by small plates of cheese and charcuterie, plus coffee and cocktails. Brunch & Dinner daily. Hole in the Wall, 15 Cliff St., New York, NY 10038, 212-602-9991.
 
Owner Paolo Alavian’s second outpost of Altesi features chef Paolo Nozzole’s wood-fired thin-crust pizzas, antipasti, pasta and mains like Mediterranean sea bass with leeks, shiitake mushrooms and blood orange. This Spring Street restaurant offers plenty of outdoor seating, too. Lunch & Dinner daily. Altesi Downtown, 200 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 212-431-1212.
 
Chef David Bouhadana (Sushi on Jones) will launch a new counter called Sushi by Bou, an omakase sushi spot in the Gansevoort Market. Also on offer will be sushi to-go. Check for the occasional collaboration with guest chefs. Sushi by Bou, Gansevoort Market, 353 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014, 917-870-1587.
 
Major Food Group’s The Grill has opened in the Midtown East space that was long home to The Four Seasons Restaurant. Sip a martini or a Champagne cocktail while you peruse a menu that highlights dishes prepared via the eponymous signature method: grilling. Look for honey mustard duckling, minted black bass and a classic porterhouse. The Grill, The Seagram Building, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-375-9003.
 
Jose Garces' Ortzi, located in midtown's LUMA Hotel Times Square, is a 50-seat restaurant with an open kitchen and a brick oven. On the menu are dishes like rabbit stew and hamachi with piquillo pepper, along with wine and cocktails. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Ortzi, LUMA Hotel Times Square, 120 W. 41st St., New York, NY 10036, 212-730-0099.
 
Chefs Aidan O’Neal and Jake Leiber cooked together at Café Altro Paradiso, and now they're reunited in the former Jimmy’s Diner space in Greenpoint. Chez Ma Tante pays homage to a hot-dog-and-French-fry shack in Montreal, and serves dishes like marinated mussels and clams and poached chicken with aïoli and carrots. Dinner nightly. Chez Ma Tante, 92 Calyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-389-3606.
 
Named after the term for 1920's Japanese flappers, Bar Moga serves comfort food like ramen and bifuteki skirt steak with fried fingerling potatoes. Creative cocktails include the “Sleepwalk,” with lemongrass shochu, Yuzu Omoi, coconut, ginger, lime and rosé. Dinner nightly. Bar Moga, 128 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012, 929-399-5853.
 
Chef Scott Conant has opened Fusco restaurant Fusco restaurant by chef Scott Conant is named after his grandmother, Carminella Fusco Varrone. The Gramercy spot offers a seasonal Italian menu featuring dishes like short ribs with fava bean salsa verde and horseradish, and escolar with black rice, cuttlefish and oxtail sauce, both available à la carte or as part of a tasting menu. Dinner nightly. Fusco, 43 E. 20th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-777-5314.
 
At 33 Greenwich, chef Anne Thornton (formerly of The Waverly Inn) takes her inspiration from the flavors of the South, from the Carolina coast down to New Orleans. She offers dishes like a dry-aged meatloaf burger and lamb T-bone with stewed tomatoes and roasted okra. 33 Greenwich, 33 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014, 646-609-3615.
 
In the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's glass-and-steel Palm House, Yellow Magnolia Café serves veggie-centric dishes crafted with seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors. The spot is run by the Patina Restaurant Group in partnership with chef Rob Newton, who cooks chicken with ramp dumplings and fiddleheads, and fish tacos with cilantro and radishes. Lunch daily. Yellow Magnolia Café, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225, 718-307-7136.
 
Affordable Park Slope sushi spot Sushi Katsuei has opened an outpost in the West Village. The restaurant serves three omakase options, plus saké, beer and sparkling wine. Sushi Katsuei, 357 6th Ave., New York, NY 10014, 212-462-0039.
 
Badshah, from Abishek Sharma (Swagat, Surya) and former Babu Ji executive chef Charles Mani, highlights the flavors of Indian street food. Look for dishes such as mussels in a spiced tamarind and tomato broth, and Indo-Chinese Colonel Tso's cauliflower. Dinner nightly. Badshah, 788 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 646-649-2407.
 
The Spaniard in the West Village is from the team behind Bua and Wilfie & Nell. Helming the kitchen is Ai Fiori vet PJ Calapa, who offers dishes such as buffalo duck wings, lobster toast, and barley and butternut squash risotto. Food is available daily until 2 a.m. Dinner nightly. The Spaniard, 190 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-918-1986.
 
Indonesian food is scarce in New York City, which makes the opening of Awang Kitchen on the busy corner of Queens Boulevard and Broadway in Queens exciting. The restaurant serves dishes like coconut-marinated fried chicken, baby goat satay and grilled cow tongue topped with green-chile relish. Lunch & Dinner daily. Awang Kitchen, 8405 Queens Blvd., Ste. 1C, Elmhurst, NY 11373, 347-492-9264.
 
Eggslut has arrived at Chefs Club Counter in NoLIta Los Angeles breakfast sandwich spot Eggslut has arrived at Chefs Club Counter in NoLIta. Its signature Fairfax offering is eggs scrambled with chive, topped with cheddar, sriracha mayo and caramelized onions and served on an Eric Kayser roll. Breakfast daily. Eggslut, Chefs Club Counter, 62 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 646-438-9172.
 
Sichuan restaurant Birds of a Feather has soft opened in Williamsburg, serving dishes like poached pork belly-wrapped okra and Japanese tofu finished with thousand-year egg. This Grand Street newcomer is from the people behind Midtown East’s Café China. Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.. Birds of a Feather, 191 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-969-6800.
 
Chef de cuisine Chad Brauze helms the kitchen at farm-to-table restaurant Bevy, located on the third floor of Park Hyatt New York. Expect creative cocktails and dishes such as Montauk fluke tartare and, to share, a bourbon-brined Green Circle chicken and a 40-ounce dry-aged bison rib-eye. Dinner Tues.-Sat.. Bevy, Park Hyatt New York, 153 W. 57th St., 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10019, 212-897-2188.
 
Owners Brett Nidel, Sam Nidel, Tamara McCarthy and Matt Mogil, the team behind The Commons Chelsea, have opened Motel Morris, a New American restaurant. Chef Bill McDaniel, formerly of The Red Cat, serves dishes like chili charred octopus with Chinese sausage and everything bagel-crusted tuna at this Chelsea spot. Motel Morris, 132 7th Ave., New York, NY 10011, 646-880-4810.
 
Danish entrepreneur Claus Meyer and Swedish chef Fredrik Berselius have opened Norman, a 140-seat restaurant in Greenpoint. Chef Andrew Whitcomb helms the kitchen. Self-service breakfast and lunch dishes include steel cut oats, a slow roasted pork sandwich and a maitake mushroom tart. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Norman, 29 Norman Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222, 347-966-2092.
 
Avocaderia will open in Brooklyn’s Industry City Food Hall on April 10, 2017. Francesco Brachetti fell in love with avocados while living in Mexico, and here he will offer salads, smoothies, ceviche and toasts, all featuring avocado. Avocaderia, Industry City Food Hall, 254 36th St., Brooklyn, NY 11232, 415-702-8806.
 
Pastry chef Rory Macdonald's first solo venture, Chanson in the Flatiron District, offers breads and pastries, sandwiches, salads, soups and afternoon tea by day and a tasting menu of desserts at night. Chanson, 20 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10010, 929-423-8880.
 
Sushi at Satsuki in New York Toshio Suzuki, formerly of Sushi Zen, trained chefs like Masaharu Morimoto. Now he has a new midtown restaurant, Suzuki, with his son Yuta. The spot includes a ten-seat sushi counter (Satsuki) run by Toshio and Kentaro Sawada, a cocktail bar (Three Pillars) and a kaiseki restaurant (Suzuki, opening in April 2017) with chef Takashi Yamamoto. Suzuki, 114 W. 47th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-278-0010.
 
Brooklyn bakery Bien Cuit has opened a Manhattan outpost in Grand Central Market. Zachary Golper and his wife, Kate Wheatcroft, sell their crusty French breads alongside curried choux puffs and croissant bread pudding. Bien Cuit, Grand Central Market, 89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017, 718-697-0526.
 
Meatpacking District bar and lounge The Lately offers food from LDV Hospitality and drinks courtesy of Den Hospitality. Expect New York street eats along with inventive cocktails. The 3,400-square-foot venue was converted into a sort of upstate cabin. The Lately, 357 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, No phone.
 
Argentinean chef Norberto Piattoni left San Francisco's Bar Tartine to open his Fort Greene restaurant, Mettā. From flames to smoke and embers, cooking with fire is the name of the game here. His kitchen turns out dishes like ash-roasted sweet potato with elecampane-infused whipped cream and pork steak with charred cabbage and crabapple sauce. Mettā, 197 Adelphi St., Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-233-9134.
 
Two Contra alums, Diego Garcia and Phil Johnson, have partnered in this Hell's Kitchen restaurant featuring fresh fish and seafood. Gloria serves dishes like lionfish tartare with watermelon radish, jalapeño and barley and skate wing with tomatillo and nopales. Look for creative cocktails and craft beers on tap. Gloria, 401 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-956-0709.
 
Samantha Safer and chef Claire Welle have launched Otway in Clinton Hill. They serve dishes like veal heart skewer with black garlic and pork with wheat berry and charred rutabaga. The restaurant is situated in the former Tilda All Day space. Lunch Sun.; Dinner Mon., Wed.-Sat. Otway, 930 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 917-909-1889.
 
Kazunori Nozawa and company (SUGARFISH) have opened KazuNori Kazunori Nozawa and company (SUGARFISH) have opened KazuNori, specializing in freshly made hand rolls called temaki. Set menus, $13 to $28, feature different kinds of seafood, like salmon, bay scallop, blue crab, yellowtail, toro, lobster and snapper. Tea and saké are available. Lunch & Dinner daily. KazuNori, 15 W. 28th St., New York, NY 10001, 347-594-5940.
 
Philip Guardione’s SoHo restaurant, Piccola Cucina Estiatorio, specializes in seafood with inspiration from Greece, Sicily and southern Italy. Seafood is sold by the pound, and meat and veggie dishes are also served. Dinner nightly. Piccola Cucina Estiatorio, 75 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012, 646-781-9183.
 
Alta Calidad, chef Akhtar Nawab's new Prospect Heights restaurant, is decorated with blue, white and black hues, and a mural by Marysia Schultz. The place serves dishes like pig’s feet carnitas, Coca-Cola ribs and queso fundido “complicado” with chorizo, artichoke and poblano. Dinner nightly. Alta Calidad, 552 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-622-1111.
 
Mario Carta, the owner of Pardon My French, and its executive chef, David Pegoli, have opened Chouchou in the East Village. The Moroccan spot’s menu focuses on tagines and couscous, and fresh mint tea is served. Dinner nightly. Chouchou, 215 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10009, 646-869-1423.
 
Villanelle in the East Village offers a veggie-forward menu highlighting seasonal produce from the Union Square Greenmarket. Dishes include Brussels sprouts with cheddar and cashews and beef with polenta, horseradish and mustard greens. The restaurant has seating for 44 and 10 more at the bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat. Villanelle, 15 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-989-2474.
 
Corner Slice is chef Ivan Orkin's second venture in the Gotham West Market food hall with partner David Poran and former Ivan Ramen chef Michael Bergemann. It’s a coffee shop, bakery and pizzeria serving square pies, breakfast sandwiches and individual-size salami-and-cheese-lard bread rolls. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Corner Slice, Gotham West Market, 600 11th Ave., New York, NY 10036, 212-582-7940.
 
Bi-level Lower East Side restaurant and bar The Flower Shop has 1970's-inspired décor, while menu items include mussels on toast with green garlic and a 12-ounce Ste-Wan Farms rib-eye with salsa verde and market greens. Dinner nightly. The Flower Shop, 107 Eldridge St., New York, NY 10002, 212-257-4072.
 
Felipe Mendez, chef/owner of La Superior and Cerveceria Havemeyer, has opened La Milagrosa Agave Bar & Listening Room in Williamsburg. The storefront is a Mexican deli, offering chorizo, dried chiles, prickly pear and fresh juices and coffee. The back room, accessed through a freezer door by telephone number reservation only, is an intimate mezcal/tequila bar and listening room. La Milagrosa, 149 Havemeyer St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-599-1499.
 
Stephen Starr venue alums Ben Lowell and Sara Leveen, along with chef John Nguyen, have opened Hanoi House, a Vietnamese restaurant on St. Marks Place. Look for dishes like pomelo and shrimp salad, congee with roasted Manila clams and lemongrass and coconut braised brisket with marrow toast. Dinner nightly. Hanoi House, 119 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, 212-995-5010.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
French chef Joël Robuchon will open a branch of Joël Robuchon Restaurant in New York 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.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Innovative Ice Cream at Daily Provisions
Portland-based ice cream favorite Salt & Straw is teaming up with Danny meyer's Daily Provisions to offer flavors like rye bread with strawberry jam and poppy seed cheesecake. Salt & Straw, 103 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-488-1505.
 
Eleven Madison Park will close in summer 2017 for renovations Facelift for Eleven Madison Park
Daniel Humm and Will Guidara's fine dining mecca Eleven Madison Park will close in summer 2017 for renovations. Both the dining room and kitchen will get a facelift. Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-889-0905.
 

UPDATES ON NEW YORK CHEFS

Chef Melissa Rodriguez has taken over the kitchen at Del Posto, an operatic palazzo of Italian gastronomy owned by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and his mother, Lidia. Rodriguez succeeds Mark Ladner, who ran the kitchen since the restaurant debuted. Del Posto, 85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-497-8090.
 

NEW YORK RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

When the lease ends on Keith McNally's Lower East Side Schiller's Liquor Bar in August, the restaurant will close its doors. Schiller's Liquor Bar, 131 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, 212-260-4555.
 
After thirty years, the Upper West Side mainstay Isabella's has closed. Isabella's, 359 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, no phone.
 
Twelve-seat Carroll Gardens restaurant Take Root closed on March 17, 2017, after four years. Owners and partners Anna Hieronimus and Elise Kornack are moving to a house in upstate New York. Take Root, 187 Sackett St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, no phone.
 
Nobu New York and Nobu Next Door closed after service on March 25, 2017 Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Nobu New York and Nobu Next Door closed after service on March 25, 2017. (The shutters are in preparation for the opening of Nobu Downtown, which boasts 12,000 square feet of space designed by David Rockwell and his firm, Rockwell Group.) Nobu New York, 105 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
 

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