New York Restaurant News
OCA Positive Food has opened in SoHo offering Brazilian tapioca crêpes. When Brazilian buddies couldn't find their favorite comfort food, tapioca crêpes, in NYC, they decided to make their own. They're gluten-free and organic. OCA, 250 Mott St., New York, NY 10012, 407-712-4433.
Silvia Barban has teamed up with the owners of Aita and The Mayflower in Clinton Hill to open LaRina Pastificio & Vino, a temple to all things pasta. Plus, they serve five different Negronis and sell pasta for guests to take home. LaRina Pastificio & Vino, 387 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, 718-852-0001.
Lala Sahab, named after executive chef Lala Sharma, the man behind Surya in the West Village, features Indian classics with an innovative spin on the Upper West Side. Lala Sahab, 489 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-875-1400.
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.
Casey Lane (The Tasting Kitchen, Venice, California) is behind Casa Apicii, located in a 19th-century townhouse. Adam Nadel is the executive chef of the Greenwich Village restaurant and the menu offers seasonal Italian fare. Casa Apicii, 62 W. 9th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-353-8400.
Chumley's, the historic (and former) speakeasy pub in the West Village that shut down nearly a decade ago for infrastructure reasons, will re-open in September 2016. Chumley's, 86 Bedford St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Union Square Cafe, Danny Meyer's once-pioneering restaurant, will re-open soon in a new location with a new menu, private dining space and more. Union Square Cafe, 101 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
The second Big Apple location of Eataly, situated on the third floor of World Trade Center Tower 4, opened its doors on August 11, 2016. The Italian marketplace includes a bakery, Osteria della Pace (separate dining room inspired by the cuisine of Southern Italy), juice bar, mozzarella bar, fresh pasta counter and more. Eataly Downtown, World Trade Center Tower 4, 101 Liberty St., New York, NY 10006, 212-897-2895.
Chef/restaurateur Gray Kunz (Grayz, Cafe Gray) opened Salt & Char, a modern steakhouse in Saratoga Springs. Kunz is also working on two additional culinary concepts for The Adelphi next door. The historic hotel is undergoing renovations and is scheduled to re-open in 2017. Salt & Char, 353 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, 518-450-7500.
Chef Fredrik Berselius has re-opened Aska in a new Brooklyn location. The restaurant serves New Nordic cuisine and reservations are required in the 24-seat dining room. Aska, 47 S. Fifth St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, 929-337-6792.
Wolfgang Puck, who has an international collection of restaurants, is finally opening a place in New York City. The chef will debut a Big Apple outlet of his CUT steakhouse in downtown Manhattan. The opening is slated for September 2016. CUT, 99 Church St., New York, NY 10007, no phone.
Popular West Village vegan spot by CHLOE. has expanded. The newest location is in the Flatiron District and boasts a similar menu of meat-free goodness as that at the original outpost. by CHLOE., 60 W. 22nd St., New York, NY 10010, 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.
Chef Marco Canora has converted his East Village wine bar Fifty Paces (and the original Terroir before that) into Zadie's Oyster Bar, a diminutive spot for bivalves and beverages. Zadie's Oyster Room, 413 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10009, 646-602-1300.
Claus Meyer's upscale Scandinavian-themed restaurant Agern has opened in Grand Central Terminal. Icelandic chef Gunnar Gislason is the top toque, serving up dishes like beef heart and salt and ash baked beet root, among others. Diners have the option at lunch and dinner to choose between à la carte items and a few different tasting menus. Agern, Grand Central Terminal, 89 E. 42nd St., New York, NY 10017, 646-568-4018.
Café Medi is the new restaurant in Hotel on Rivington. The Lower East Side eatery serves up a menu of northern Mediterranean delights, including fresh takes on the cuisines of Spain, France and Italy. Café Medi, Hotel on Rivington, 107 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, 212-796-8040.
Chicago-native Daniel Rose, who has made a name for himself in Paris with Spring and La Bourse et La Vie, has opened Le Coucou in the 11 Howard hotel in SoHo. The project is a collaboration with restaurateur Stephen Starr. Le Coucou, 11 Howard, 138 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10013, 212-271-4252.
Jean-Georges Summertime Hot Dogs at The Mark
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is operating a hot dog cart outside of The Mark hotel through the end of September 2016. Hot dogs are made with organic, grass-fed chicken and beef and can be complemented by a kimchi relish. Open daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Mark, 25 E. 77th St., New York, NY 10021, 212-744-4300.
A Tribute to Michel Richard
The culinary world mourns the passing of chef/restaurateur Michel Richard, who died August 13, 2016, at the age of 68. In New York, he briefly operated the since-shuttered Villard Michel Richard. Read André Gayot’s tribute.
The Four Seasons Restaurant’s 2017 Home
The Four Seasons Restaurant closed its location at 99 E. 52nd St. in July 2016. The owners have found a new home for the restaurant, and it will reopen in 2017 at 280 Park Ave. (at E. 48th St.). The restaurant taking the Four Seasons' place in the famed Seagram Building --- from the boys behind Carbone, etc. --- will have a new name. The Four Seasons Restaurant, 280 Park Ave., New York, NY 10017, no phone.
Bourdain Market to Open in ... 2019
For those eagerly anticipating a late-2017 debut of Bourdain Market, the food hall at Pier 57 spearheaded by Anthony Bourdain, we have some bad news. The opening of the food emporium has now been pushed back to 2019. Bourdain Market, Pier 57, New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Sunday Brunch Just Got Way Better (and Boozier)
New York State lawmakers have repealed an archaic law from the 1930s about restaurants serving alcohol before noon on Sundays. Now Sunday brunchers can turn up at a restaurant before noon and have their mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Express Lunch at Monarch Rooftop Lounge
Monarch Rooftop Lounge has a new lunch to go along with the spectacular views. For $19.99, lunchers can get soup or salad plus a choice of one of the many sandwiches, panini, flatbreads or sliders. The Express Lunch is offered from noon to 3 p.m. Monarch Rooftop Lounge, 71 W. 35th St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10001, 212-630-9993.
The Modern to Become More Modern
The Modern, the restaurant located inside MoMA, is shutting down from August 8 to September 14, 2016, for a major revamp. Upon reopening, it will have more of an open kitchen and a chef's counter, among other changes. The Modern, The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, 9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-333-1220.
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.
The Four Seasons Restaurant’s 2017 Home
The Four Seasons Restaurant, currently located at 99 E. 52nd St., will close on July 16, 2016. But the owners have found a new home for the restaurant, and it will reopen in 2017 at 280 Park Ave. (at E. 48th St.). The restaurant taking the Four Seasons' place in the famed Seagram Building --- from the boys behind Carbone, etc. --- will have a new name. The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-754-9494.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten to Open Restaurant in L.A.
Chef/restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open a restaurant at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. The name for the concept has not yet been announced. The opening is scheduled for 2017. Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, 9850 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90067, no phone.
Amanda Smeltz, former beverage director at Roberta's, is the new wine director at Boulud Sud and Bar Boulud (1900 Broadway, 212-595-0303). Boulud Sud, 20 W. 64th St., New York, NY 10023, 212-595-1313.
Gallic chef Christian Delouvrier, who was last seen in the kitchen of the Upper East Side's La Mangeoire, has come out of retirement to cook at Marjorelle, a French restaurant opening in fall 2016 at The Lowell New York. Majorelle, The Lowell New York, 28 E. 63rd St., New York, NY 10065, no phone.
Jason Wagner, who recently worked at Fung Tu, has been hired as the new beverage director at Union Square Cafe ahead of its reopening in a new location (101 E. 19th St.) later in 2016.
Chef David Waltuck, late of Chanterelle and most recently Elan, has landed at the Institute of Culinary Education as director of culinary affairs. Institute of Culinary Education, 225 Liberty St., New York, NY 10281, 800-777-2433.
Mina Pizarro is the new pastry chef at Midtown favorite Betony. Betony, 41 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-465-2400.
A Voce Columbus in the Time Warner Center has shuttered. The Madison Avenue location of A Voce remains open. A Voce Columbus, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., Third Floor, New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Spice Market, Jean-Georges Vongerichten's 12-year-old Meatpacking District restaurant, will shut its doors on September 29, 2016. The search is on for a new location. Spice Market, 403 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-675-2322.
The Lower East Side location of Pies 'n' Thighs closed at the end of July 2016. The original Brooklyn location remains open. Pies 'n' Thighs, 43 Canal St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
The Paris bistro Benoit, owned by Alain Ducasse, closed for renovations on August 13, 2016. Look for it to re-open in September. Benoit, 60 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019, 646-943-7373.
Resto, the Belgian-inflected eatery in Gramercy Park, closed in August. The space will be reborn as Cannibal Liquor Bar in October 2016. Resto, 111 E. 29 St., New York, NY 10016, no phone.
Todd English's Ça Va brasserie at the InterContinental New York Times Square hotel has closed, but the lounge remains open. Look for a new concept to open in Fall 2016. Ça Va, 310 W. 44th St., New York, NY 10036, no phone.
Mas (farmhouse) is temporarily closed due to fire damage. Mas (farmhouse), 39 Downing St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1790.
Chevalier, the French restaurant at Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York (20 W. 53rd St.), has closed. At this time, the property is offering light dining and cocktails in The Bar and an expanded menu in the Grand Salon.
After more than 40 years in business, the Upper West Side location of Jackson Hole has shut down. The other Manhattan outposts of the mini-chain remain open. Jackson Hole, 517 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10024, no phone.
Open for less than a year, Israeli/Spanish restaurant Combina has shut down. Combina, 330 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013, no phone.
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