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Giulio Adriani, the erstwhile pizzaiolo at Olio Pizza e Piu and Forcella, has a new pizzeria on the Upper East Side. Service Station, located in a former gas station, serves up Neapolitan-style pies, including the fried variety, the montanara pizza. Service Station, 500 E. 62nd St., New York, NY 10065, 212-751-7860.
Arepa Factory in the East Village serves up street food from Venezuela such as four different types of arepas, cachapas and various desserts. Arepa Factory, 147 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009, 646-490-6828.
Dominique Bistro is a new Gallic eatery in Greenwich Village. The restaurant serves up classic French staples like duck confit, beef Bourguignon and ratatouille. Dominique Bistro, 14 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014, 646-756-4145.
Actor Chazz Palminteri is getting into the restaurant business. His eponymous Italian-American eatery serves up dishes like lobster ravioli; bucatini alla carbonara; and salmone selvatico “'Palminteri,” wild grilled salmon in a plum-chili sauce. Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano, 890 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017, 212-355-5540.
Wolfgang Puck will bring his CUT steakhouse to downtown Manhattan Wolfgang Puck, who has an international collection of restaurants, is finally opening a place in New York City. The chef recently announced that in 2016 he'll debut a Big Apple outlet of his CUT steakhouse in downtown Manhattan. CUT, 99 Church St., New York, NY 10007, no phone.
Tikka Indian Grill is a new eatery in the center of Williamsburg. Dishes such as chicken saag tikka, pumpkin kala chana and Chennai lamb are executed in a traditional yet elevated manner. Tikka Indian Grill, 185 Grand St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-768-7675.
Ocean Prime New York serves seafood in an elegant atmosphere. The menu includes raw bar selections, sushi rolls, a catch of the day and even Prime cuts of steak. Ocean Prime, 123 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-956-1404.
Tacombi, the taqueria that began in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, and expanded to New York City, has opened another location, this time in Greenwich Village. The restaurant serves up Yucatan-accented tacos, including a pork belly version, and a sweet and savory chicken soup. Tacombi, 255 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, 646-964-5984.
The largest Chick-fil-A in the country is open on Sixth Avenue and W. 37th Street. The three-story location serves 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.
Mimime and fries from Fuku+ 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 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.
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.
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.
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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Downtown Eataly
The second Big Apple location of Eataly now has a projected opening date. The downtown outpost, at 4 World Trade Center, is scheduled to debut on April 14, 2016. Eataly, 4 World Trade Center, New York, NY 10006, no phone.
The Return of the Thanksgiving Croissant
We must be on the eve of Thanksgiving. How do we know? Because Christina Tosi, the mastermind behind Momofuku Milk Bar, has reintroduced the Thanksgiving croissant: a flaky pastry crammed with cranberry sauce and gravy. It will be available for most of November. Momofuku Milk Bar, 251 E. 13th St., New York, NY 10003, 347-577-9504.
Estela's Other Paradise
The team behind hit restaurant Estela, chef Ignacio Mattos and Thomas Carter, have announced they'll be opening a second establishment somewhere in SoHo early next year. The restaurant, called Café Altro Paradiso, will serve Italian comfort food. Estela, 47 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-7693.
Zahav New York?
Word is out that Philly chef Michael Solomonov (Zahav) has signed a lease on a space inside the Chelsea Market. There are few details (some have speculated it will be an outpost of his casual Dizengoff eatery), but New Yorkers are rejoicing that they perhaps need not make daytrips to Philadelphia anymore just to eat at one of Solomonov's restaurants.
Hecho en Dumbo’s New Chef’s Table Menu
Hecho en Dumbo, the Mexican eatery on the Bowery, has a new menu for its Chef’s Table. Expect dishes like tuna brushed with pork fat, grilled lamb ribs with chilmole de cordero, and an elevated version of tortilla soup. Hecho en Dumbo, 345 Bowery, New York, NY 10003, 212-937-4245.
The End of Tipping
Restaurateur Danny Meyer, who has always been ahead of the culinary curve, has announced he's eliminating tipping at 13 of his New York restaurants. Meyer said he'll raise menu prices instead, allowing him to then further compensate everyone who works in the restaurant, including in the back of the house. Restaurants affected include Gramercy Tavern, The Modern and Maialino, among others.
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 Vongerichten is opening a casual seafood restaurant 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.



Pastry chef Tracy Obolsky is departing from North End Grill. Her replacement has not been named. North End Grill, 104 N. End Ave., New York, NY 10282, 646-747-1600.
Makoto Yoshizawa has been named the new chef of East Village spot Sushi Dojo. He replaced David Bouhadana. Sushi Dojo, 110 First Ave., New York, NY 10009, 646-692-9398.
Jose Paulo Cortes, formerly a baker, is now the executive chef of Bustan, the Mediterranean restaurant on the Upper West Side. Bustan, 487 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-595-5050.
Mads Refslund, the chef at Acme in NoHo, will leave the restaurant at the end of the year to write a cookbook and pursue other projects. Acme, 9 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012, 212-203-2121.
Ryan Bartlow, who cheffed at Frankies 457, has been named top toque at the yet-to-open Quality Eats, located in the old Whitehall space in the West Village. The restaurant is slated to open by the end of the year. Quality Eats, 19 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10014, 212-337-9988.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten has named the chef for his vegetarian restaurant: Neal Harden, who has worked at Pure Food & Wine and Maimonide of Brooklyn. The restaurant is scheduled to open in the first few months of 2016.
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.



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After five years of pouring wine and serving tapas, the East Village wine bar, The Barrel, has shut down. In its place will be a Japanese restaurant. The Barrel, 10 Stuyvesant St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Chef Harold Dieterle has announced that he'll close his remaining two restaurants in New York City, both located in Greenwich Village. Kin Shop will shut down at the end of November, and Perilla will turn off its burners the second week of December. Kin Shop, 469 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-675-4295.
Crema Restaurante will close permanently on January 3 Due to a rent increase, Chelsea’s Crema Restaurante will be forced to turn off its burners forever. The Mexican restaurant will stay open through the new year, and will close permanently on January 3. Crema Restaurante, 111 W. 17th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-691-4477.
Ruby Foo's Dim Sum & Sushi Palace, the big box pan-Asian restaurant on Times Square, has shut down permanently. Ruby Foo's Dim Sum & Sushi Palace, 1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, 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.
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.

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