New York Restaurant News
Ikinari Steak has opened its first New York City outpost, located in the East Village. The quick-serve Japan-based restaurant has ten table seats and 40 spots to stand and eat rib-eye, sirloin or filet, which is butchered to order and arrives rare on a cast-iron platter. Lunch & Dinner daily. Ikinari Steak, 90 E. 10th St., New York, NY 10003, 917-388-3546.
The Xi’an Famous Foods team opened a new restaurant called Dumpling Spot in their former Chinatown space. This fast-casual eatery serves an array of fried and boiled Northern Chinese-style dumplings called jiaozi, plus dishes like guihua flower-infused congee. Lunch & Dinner daily. Dumpling Spot, 67 Bayard St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
The Wooly Public, a new restaurant and cocktail bar, channels old Manhattan. It’s located in the Woolworth Building and is from owners David Tobias and Eric Adolfsen. Eryn Reece (Mayahuel, Death & Co.) helms the bar and chef Jeff Srole turns out classic dishes like flat-iron steak and confit chicken. Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Mon.-Sat. The Wooly Public, Woolworth Building, 9 Barclay St., New York, NY 10007, 212-571-2930.
Restaurateur Sean Tang and chef Charlie Chen, former executive chef for Shanghai dumpling mecca Din Tai Fung, have opened Pinch Chinese in SoHo. They are serving their take on "New York Chinese" food, which includes soup dumplings, cumin lamb and Cantonese-style cod. Creative cocktails and a serious wine list are available, too. Dinner nightly. Pinch Chinese, 177 Prince St., New York, NY 10012, 212-328-7880.
Dale Talde, David Massoni and John Bush of The Three Kings Restaurant Group opened Atlantic Social, a 250-seat restaurant across from Barclays Center. The spot serves Creole BBQ shrimp with Ritz crackers, lemongrass pork salad and a 14-ounce Allen Brothers rib-eye. Dinner nightly. Atlantic Social, 673 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-623-2852.
The team behind the Kings of Kobe pop-up now has a brick and mortar spot in Hell's Kitchen. Burgers and hot dogs are made with 100 percent American Wagyu beef, and sides include sweet potato tater tots and mac & cheese balls. They serve shakes, beer and wine as well as banana pudding. Lunch & Dinner daily. Kings of Kobe, 790 9th Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-247-3703.
Dianne & Elisabeth is a new Hell's Kitchen wine bar from the owners of The Marshal. The menu lists American artisanal cheese, snackable dishes like shallot potato fries and steak bavette with buttered popcorn polenta. Dinner nightly. Dianne & Elisabeth, 644 10th Ave., New York, NY 10036, 917-472-7808.
Gadi Peleg of Breads Bakery and Israeli chef Meir Adoni are opening Nur, a modern Middle Eastern restaurant in the Flatiron District in winter 2017. Nur, 34 E. 20th S., New York, NY 10003, No phone.
Mokbar has its first standalone restaurant, a 60-seat outpost in Park Slope. The minimalist space offers the favorites from owner/chef Esther Choi’s Chelsea Market spot: ramen and anju (shareable dishes) plus selections like braised short rib and pork belly sautéed with kimchi inspired by her grandmother's cooking. Mokbar, 212 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, 347-987-3042.
De Maria is now open in the former Ken & Cook space on the edge of NoLIta. It’s helmed by Grace Lee and season three “Top Chef” contestant Camille Becerra. The menu features dishes like quinoa topped with a turmeric-poached egg and lemon-vanilla and black lava salt focaccia. They plan to add dinner service soon. De Maria, 19 Kenmare St., New York, NY 10012, 212-966-3058.
Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group has opened a cafe next to Union Square Cafe. Chef Carmen Quagliata of Union Square Cafe, pastry chef Daniel Alvarez and baker Justin Rosengarten lead the culinary team. Daily Provisions serves Joe coffee, pastries, breads, breakfast sandwiches and rotisserie chicken, plus craft beers and cocktails. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Daily Provisions, 103 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-488-1505.
The team behind Midtown restaurants Molyvos and Oceana has opened Ousia, a Mediterranean spot. Chef Carlos Carreto is serving poached cod with avocado and taramasalata, grilled endive salad and blackened mahi tacos. Dinner nightly. Ousia, 629 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-333-2000.
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.
Gloria, a sustainable seafood restaurant, will open in February 2017 in the former Co Ba 53 space. The 40-seat spot will serve fluke, octopus, tilefish and squid, plus natural wines, New York beers and espresso from Parlor Coffee. Gloria, 401 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Emily and Matt Hyland of pizzerias Emily and Emmy Squared in Brooklyn will launch a Manhattan outpost of Emmy Squared in the former Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen space, on Downing Street in the West Village. Emmy Squared cooks Detroit-style pies, like the namesake Emmy with mozzarella, banana peppers, onions and ranch. They also serve a hit burger. Emmy Squared, 35 Downing St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
From the Jacob’s Pickles folks is Maison Pickle on the Upper West Side in the former Ouest space. The menu highlights multiple iterations of the French dip sandwich, plus clams casino with bone marrow and cocktails. Dinner nightly. Maison Pickle, 2309-2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, 212-496-9100.
Eiji Ichimura previously crafted sushi at Brushstroke and left in 2016 to open a restaurant in TriBeCa. Ichimura offers an omakase dining experience at a ten-seat sushi bar for $300 (including tip). Ichimura, 69 Leonard St., New York, NY 10013, 212-404-4600.
Dayboat Restaurant has opened in the former Salt & Fat space in Sunnyside. The restaurant is a celebration of all things seafood with South American inspiration and offers ceviches, paella and mahi mahi with corn and sweet potato. Dayboat Restaurant, 41-16 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, NY 11104, 718-255-6736.
Matt Abdoo, formerly of Del Posto, heads the kitchen at barbecue spot Pig Bleecker in Greenwich Village. Look for his ravioli with smoked brisket and truffle butter and sweet-and-sour smoked duck confit. Dinner nightly. Pig Bleecker, 155 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012, 646-756-5115.
The team behind The Commodore and El Cortez have opened a new restaurant and bar called The Drift in Greenpoint. Chef Mamie-Claire Cornelius serves a pimento cheese plate and a sandwich made of chopped ribs and mustard named the Hangry Man. Frozen cocktails flow. The Drift, 579 Meeker Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11222, 718-504-7776.
Live On Air, New York’s first live broadcast restaurant, streams nightly on Facebook, Twitter and Periscope. From Louisiana chef Bobby Bouyer, the menu offers American fare with a Southern flair, like fried green tomato and kale salad. Live On Air, 335 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-618-0156.
Madame Vo, a new East Village Vietnamese spot, serves green papaya salad with beef jerky, chicken braised in a clay pot and pho with 24-hour beef broth and bone marrow. Lunch & Dinner daily. Madame Vo, 212 E. 10th St., New York, NY 10003, 917-261-2115.
If you're the kind of person who eats cookie dough straight out of the bowl, your dreams have come true with the opening of DO Cookie Dough Confections, slated to debut January 25, 2017. Founder Kristen Tomlan created a pasteurized-egg product and heat-treated flour to make her raw cookie dough safe, and she serves it half-baked into brownies, mixed into Blue Marble ice cream sundaes and milkshakes and scooped in cones. DO Cookie Dough Confections, 550 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012, 646-892-3600.
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.
Until Tomorrow, a new cocktail bar in Clinton Hill, serves fun drinks from Rob Giles, formerly of Erv's on Beekman, and bar food from Dave Ralston, who cooked at Blue Hill and Luksus. Expect curried-chicken fajitas and a hot Italian sausage corn dog. Until Tomorrow, 507 Myrtle Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, 347-987-4181.
Beloved Staten Island pizzeria Joe & Pat’s is opening an outpost in Manhattan. The family-run establishment will serve its thin-crust pies in the East Village, in the former Lanza's space. The 50-seat restaurant will have a full bar. Joe & Pat's, 168 First Ave., New York, NY 10009, No phone.
Nurul Amin's first NYC restaurant, Simon Indian Palace, has a team of three chefs: executive chef Jalal Bhuiyan, curry specialist Miraj Bhuiyan and tandoor master Shohag Alam. Look for a lunch buffet and a creative cocktail list. Lunch & Dinner daily. Simon Indian Palace, 230 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 646-590-0647.
The restaurant formerly known as Raw New York has changed its name to Coarse. Vincent Chirico's West Village spot has a concrete chef’s counter for tastings as well as an à la carte menu. Veggies, meats and seafood are served raw or are cooked over very low heat. Dinner nightly. Coarse, 306 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10014, 646-896-1404.
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.
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.
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.
Dinner Service at A&E Supply Co.
Brooklyn coffee counter and butcher shop A&E Supply Co. is now open for dinner service. Chef Adam Harvey highlights whole animals from the butcher counter on the menu, along with seafood, salads and veggie dishes showcasing local ingredients. A&E Supply Co., 548 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 929-295-8025.
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.
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.
NoHo Italian spot Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria has appointed a new chef: Garrison Price. Price has worked at Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurants and Asiate at Mandarin Oriental, New York. Price will introduce new menu items, including flavors inspired by his international cooking experience. Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, 53 Great Jones St., New York, NY 10012, 212-837-2622.
Twelve-seat Carroll Gardens restaurant Take Root will close 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, 347-227-7116.
After 15 years, Tom Colicchio will close his restaurant Craftbar, Craft's more casual sibling. He cited a rent increase as the reason behind shuttering. The venue’s last day will be April 30, 2017. Craftbar, 900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003, 212-461-4300.
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.
After a 17-year run, chef/owner Anita Lo will close her Greenwich Village restaurant Annisa in May 2017. Annisa, 13 Barrow St., New York, NY 10014, 212-741-6699.
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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