Village Prime steakhouse has opened in the West Village. The menu also offers crab cakes and other seafood, and there’s a 30-seat back garden for the warm weather months. Village Prime, 302 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, 212-727-7463.
Flashy, clubby London import Zuma has opened on Madison Avenue. The Japanese-centered eatery serves up an array of dishes, including grilled seafood and skewers, as well as sushi overseen by Katzutoshi Endo. Zuma, 261 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-544-9862.
Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone add to their Manhattan empire of (mostly) Italian restaurants with Santina, situated under the High Line Park in the Meatpacking District. The menu is mostly coastal Italian cuisine in the form of fresh seafood dishes. Santina, 820 Washington St., New York, NY 10014, 212-254-3000.
Delice & Sarrasin is a charming new wine bar and crêperie on Christopher Street in the West Village. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant's menu is loaded with sweet and savory crêpes and galettes. Delice & Sarrasin, 20 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014, 212-243-7200.
Beer-centric Stanton Street Kitchen on the Lower East Side presents meaty, brew-friendly fare and there's even a chef's table in the cellar room. Stanton Street Kitchen, 178 Stanton St., New York, NY 10002, 917-963-6000.
An import from London, Burger & Lobster has a name that says it all. The Flatiron restaurant will serve up 10-ounce burgers and pound-and-a-half lobsters, both priced at $20 each. Burger & Lobster, 39 W. 19th St., New York, NY 10011, 646-833-7532.
An Upper West Side outpost of Parm has opened. Its original location is next to sister restaurant Torrisi Italian Specialties in NoLIta. Menu offerings here are more extensive, with a full range of pastas as well as secondi like pork Milanese. Parm, 235 Columbus Ave., New York, NY 10023, 212-776-4921.
Another week, another newfangled Mexican restaurant opens in New York City. This time it's La Loteria, brought to you by chef Julieta Ballesteros (Crema Restaurante/Los Feliz). The restaurant serves dishes like cheesy quesadillas filled with lobster. La Loteria, 29 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-858-9096.
Threes Brewing is a multi-dimensional space: it acts as a microbrewery, bar, coffeehouse and event venue all in one. The in-house-brewed beers include a melon-infused saison and a fruity pale ale. Threes Brewing, 333 Douglass St., Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-522-2110.
Tijuana Picnic, the much-anticipated Mexican-Chinese mash-up, has finally fired up its burners on the Lower East Side. The restaurant serves tuna belly tacos, duck- and foie gras-stuffed empanadas, and a Thai-spiced pork chop marinated in coconut milk. Tijuana Picnic, 151 Essex St., New York, NY 10002, 212-219-2000.
Adalya in Gramercy Park offers a mostly Mediterranean menu, which includes lamb-topped flatbreads and pastas. Adalya, 55 Irving Pl., New York, NY 10003, 646-896-1441.
The Folly has opened in SoHo. This gastropub features a rustic interior with wooden accents. The menu offers oceanic cuisine, including oyster shooters, octopus skewers and seaweed salad. The Folly, 92 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012, 646-726-4740.
Rossopomodoro, a European chain that also happens to operate the pizza-making in Eataly in New York, has opened a branch in the West Village. The restaurant serves pasta, too, and Italian food products are for sale. Rossopomodoro, 118 Greenwich Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-242-2310.
Chef Sue Torres, who recently closed her beloved Suenos restaurant in Chelsea, is back: she's opened Espoleta, a Spanish restaurant in the space that was Forcella. Espoleta, 334 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, 212-466-3300.
Eli Zabar, of the famed gourmet food shop Zabar's, has renovated Taste, an eatery inside the shop, and turned it into a new restaurant. Eli's Table serves porchetta sliders, various pasta dishes, and even a rib-eye. The chef is John Carr, who was previously seen in the kitchen at Sfoglia. Eli's Table, 1413 Third Ave., New York, NY 10028, 212-717-9798.
La Gringa Taqueria in the West Village is an LA-style taqueria and an outpost of the original in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The restaurant serves an array of tacos, burritos and nachos. La Gringa Taqueria, 82 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014, 646-861-3701.
LYFE Kitchen has opened its first location in New York. The restaurant features fast, healthful, nourishing fare, with no dish containing more than 600 calories. Menus cater to meat eaters as well as vegans and most special diets, including gluten free. LYFE stands for "love your food every day." LYFE Kitchen, 248 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-265-5933.
Mu Ramen, the buzzed-about ramen spot that was housed inside a bagel shop for a while, now has a location of its very own. Joshua Smookler, who logged time in the kitchen at Per Se, is the chef and owner. Mu Ramen, 1209 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101, 917-868-8903.
David Chang's Momofuku Ko has relocated to 8 Extra Place, a small alley near Bowery and E. 1st Street. The restaurant serves a 17-course dinner for $175. Momofuku Ko, 8 Extra Pl., New York, NY 10003, 212-500-0831.
The West Village space that was formerly Mas (la grillade) is now Almanac. The restaurant offers à la carte dishes as well as a few prix-fixe options. Almanac, 28 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1795.
The new Pier A Harbor House, set in a Beaux-Arts building on the southern tip of Manhattan, boasts a massive 400-seat beer hall on the ground floor and, coming soon, a more formal restaurant on the second floor. The structure originally housed the city's docks department. Pier A Harbor House, 22 Battery Pl., New York, NY 10004, 212-785-0153.
Via Carota is the new restaurant from chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi, located just up the block from Williams' Buvette and around the corner from Sodi's eponymous establishment. Situated in the space that housed Betel, Via Carota is named after a street Sodi lived on in her native Italy. Via Carota, 51 Grove St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1962.
The Happiest Hour, housed in the West Village space that was Aussie gastropub Kingswood, is a bi-level cocktail bar from Jim Kearns, who has mixed up libations at Pegu Club and The NoMad. The spot has a 1950s and early '60s vibe. The Happiest Hour, 121 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-243-2827.
Mastro's Steakhouse has opened its first East Coast outpost in Midtown. The steak and seafood chain's inaugural restaurant was in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mastro's Steakhouse, 1285 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-459-1222.
Chef Franklin Becker has opened The Little Beet Table, a 72-seat eatery serving up dishes like whole Hudson Valley roasted chicken, roasted squash, and slow-cooked salmon. There's an emphasis on gluten-free fare. The Little Beet Table, 333 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010, 212-466-3330.
In the revamped Smyth hotel in TriBeCa comes Little Park, a Mediterranean-inspired eatery from chef Andrew Carmellini that utilizes hyper-local ingredients. Little Park, Smyth, 85 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10007, 212-587-7000.
Cosme, the much-anticipated new restaurant from acclaimed chef Enrique Olvera serving elevated takes on Mexican fare, "officially" opened on Tuesday, October 28. Cosme, 35 E. 21st St., New York, NY 10010, 212-913-9659.
Cherche Midi is the latest venture of restaurateur Keith McNally. The French restaurant, named after a street McNally lived on in Paris, is located in the space that housed the failed Pulino's. The chefs are Daniel Parilla and Shane McBride. Cherche Midi, 282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, 212-226-3055.
Louro, the West Village restaurant with a Portuguese accent, has a new dish that is exciting regulars: perpetual stew. The pork broth-laden soup is available for dine-in at the bar or take-out for only $5. Louro, 142 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-206-0606.
Jams, the California Redux
Jonathan Waxman, the chef at Barbuto, is reviving his California cuisine restaurant Jams in Midtown starting this spring. Jams, which was open from 1984 to 1989, was one of the first venues offering California fare in New York City. The restaurant will open inside the new 1 Hotel. Jams, 1414 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
The New York City Department of Health is mulling a stricter code for how the city's restaurants prep sushi for serving. In the proposal, sushi chefs would be required to freeze the raw fish they serve, thus altering the quality of the sushi and dramatically changing the sushi eating experience.
Daisuke Dreams of Seafood
Daisuke Nakazawa, the raw fish master behind Sushi Nakazawa and one of the stars of the hit documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," has just announced he's opening a new restaurant. Located in the West Village, likely on Grove Street, the place won't have sushi but will focus on seafood.
The Palm to Undergo Renovation
The Palm, the legendary steakhouse that is nearly 90 years old, will shut down in April. But have no fear, lovers of historic New York restaurants: it will reopen later in 2015 after a renovation. The Palm, 837 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017, 212-687-2953.
Presstea's Going Coffee
Presstea, the West Village tea house that is home to the infamous “ramenrrito” (that's ramen stuffed into a tortilla to make a Japanese-Mexican burrito), is now getting into the coffee business. For $25, coffee drinkers can get an unlimited amount of coffee for the entire week, from espresso to latte to drip to iced. For an additional $5, tea is included in the weekly deal. Presstea, 167 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-888-6666.
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks’ New Home
Bonnie Slotnick, the cookbook seller whose shop at 163 W. 10th St. was shut down (because the landlord refused to offer her a new lease), has found a new home for her store, which is frequented by many of the city's best chefs. Her new East Village shop on E. 2nd St. should be open in early February. Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, 28 E. 2nd St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Hops, the Portuguese Version
Chef George Mendes, who runs the kitchen at Aldea, has finally settled on a name for his upcoming restaurant, which will open sometime in March 2015: Lupulo. The name means "hops" in Portuguese and the focus, as you might expect, will be craft beer and the food that pairs well with it.
Bourdain Market is the working name at the moment for the much-anticipated food hall that chef, writer and TV personality Anthony Bourdain could open in 2015. The market will house 40 or 50 street food carts from all over the world, hand-picked by Bourdain himself.
RIP Mr. Pappalardo
Angelo "AJ" Pappalardo, owner of popular NoLIta Italian-American restaurant Rubirosa, has passed away. He was 40 years old. Rubirosa, 235 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10012, 212-965-0500.
The Breakfast of Campioni
New West Village Italian restaurant Via Carota has begun offering breakfast. Strong espresso and a bounty of cornetti will get your day started on the right note. Via Carota, 51 Grove St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1962.
Dominique Ansel Coming to the West Village
Dominique Ansel, inventor of the cronut, is moving into the West Village space that recently housed the German bakery Landbrot. But don't start queueing up for cronuts at Dominique Ansel Kitchen, as their availability is limited to Ansel's first bakery in SoHo. Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
L'Ecole, the restaurant inside SoHo’s International Culinary Center, will close in November 2015, leaving students without an on-premises restaurant in which to train. Instead, students will have to do external internships. There's no word if another restaurant will open in the space. L'Ecole, International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, First Fl., New York, NY 10013, 212-219-3300.
Ivan Ramen Now Reserves
Ivan Ramen, the buzzy spot on the Lower East Side, has had a no-reservations policy since its opening day. That is, until now. The restaurant has commenced accepting reservations, saving hungry ramen lovers from having to wait out in the cold for their table. Ivan Ramen, 25 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 646-678-3859.
The world's largest white truffle recently went on auction at Sotheby's in New York. The 4-pound 16-ounce beauty sold for about $60,000 to the highest bidder, who preferred to remain anonymous. For those New York diners hoping to get a piece --- or some shavings --- of the truffle at a local restaurant, the only thing Sotheby's would reveal about the buyer was that she or he lived in Taiwan.
The Wylie Burger
Now that wd-50 has closed, chef Wylie Dufresne has some time to dedicate to his more casual tavern-like eatery in the East Village, Alder. For example, he's just put a burger on the menu --- his first --- and it looks good: a Pat LaFrieda beef patty topped with beer cheese. It costs $13. Alder, 157 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-539-1900.
Pre-Paid Per Se
It's been announced that Per Se, one of the most acclaimed restaurants in New York City, is going pre-paid. Along with chef Thomas Keller's other venue, The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., Per Se will use a service that asks diners to pay upon booking. The system is set to begin in spring 2015. Per Se, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., New York, NY 10019, 212-823-9335.
A Greek Seasonal?
Chef Maria Loi, whose eponymous Upper West Side Greek restaurant recently closed, has announced she may be taking over the Austrian restaurant Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar. The catch? She'd turn it Greek. Stay tuned for details. Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar, 132 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-957-5550.
Mission Cantina Goes Vietnamese ... in the Morning
Danny Bowien's hit Mexican eatery on the Lower East Side continues to surprise. Starting on Thanksgiving, the restaurant begins serving breakfast --- Vietnamese breakfast. The menu is loaded with delights from the Southeast Asian country: chicken pho, fried eggs on bread, and rice porridge are a few of the morning items available. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-2233.
Torrisi Italian Specialties to Say Arrivederci
Torrisi Italian Specialties, the restaurant that helped chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone launch a mini Big Apple empire, will close for good after December 31, 2014. The two chefs plan to turn the space into a 15-seat eatery with a new name and a new concept. Torrisi Italian Specialties, 250 Mulberry St. , New York, NY 10012, 212-965-0955.
The NoMad offers a two-course prix-fixe lunch for $29, available Monday to Friday. New dishes include a chicken burger with foie gras mousse. The NoMad, The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, 347-472-5660.
Piora New Tasting Menu
West Village restaurant Piora has added a couple new options to its menu: diners can now enjoy a two- and three-course meal for $55 and $75, respectively. All options are savory and dessert may be ordered separately. Piora, 430 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-960-3801.
Riccardo Bilotta, who has logged time in the kitchens at Il Pellicano in Tuscany, is the new chef at A Voce Columbus. A Voce Columbus, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., Third Floor, New York, NY 10019, 212-823-2523.
Chef Hemant Mathur has left Tulsi to helm the kitchens at six Indian restaurants: Malai Marke, Chola, Dhaba, Kokum, Haldi and Chote Nawab. Chef Mathur will help in creating some signature dishes at the restaurants. Tulsi, 211 E. 46th St., New York, NY 10017, 212-888-0820.
Terrance Brennan has left his restaurant Artisanal. The Murray Hill establishment retains its Gallic accent, minus the previous emphasis on cheese. There are over 500 bottles of wine and 17 signature cocktails as well as dishes like pan-fried salmon, “chicken under a brick” and a $45 burger smothered in fondue. Artisanal, 2 Park Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-725-8585.
Chef Christian Delouvrier is retiring and his last service at eastside French bistro La Mangeoire was Wednesday, December 24, 2014. La Mangeoire, 1008 Second Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-759-7086.
Gramercy Tavern chef Michael Anthony has been named the executive chef of Untitled, the restaurant inside the soon-to-open Whitney Museum of American Art, the Renzo Piano-designed museum in the Meatpacking District. Untitled, 99 Gansevoort St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
La Bottega, the Italian restaurant inside The Maritime Hotel, has closed. This summer the space will become a coastal Italian restaurant run by Mario Batali. La Bottega, Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
After 25 years in business, Koreatown staple Gahm Mi Oak Restaurant has shut down for good. Gahm Mi Oak Restaurant, 43 W. 32nd St., New York, NY 10001, no phone.
Closed in the East Village is Bikinis, the diminutive restaurant that was an homage to a Barcelona version of the croque monsieur. Bikinis, 56 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Torrisi Italian Specialties, the restaurant that helped chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone launch a mini Big Apple empire, closed for good after December 31, 2014. The two chefs plan to turn the space into a 15-seat eatery with a new name and a new concept. Torrisi Italian Specialties, 250 Mulberry St. , New York, NY 10012, no phone.
The original Dallas B-B-Q, which launched a mini empire, has shut down. The other locations remain open. Dallas B-B-Q, 27 W. 72nd St., New York, NY 10023, no phone.
West Village Gallic eatery Sel et Gras has quietly closed. An outpost of the popular East Village taqueria, Otto's Tacos, will move into the space on Seventh Ave. and W. 10th St. Sel et Gras, 131 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Cafe Condesa, the diminutive eight-year-old eatery in the West Village, has shut down. Cafe Condesa, 183 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
Peter Hoffman's Back Forty has closed. Back Forty's SoHo sister restaurant, Back Forty West, remains open. Back Forty, 190 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Just-over-a-year-old Villard Michel Richard at The New York Palace hotel has shut down. The restaurant never really took off with Big Apple diners. Richard’s French market/bakery Pomme Palais remains open. Villard Michel Richard, The New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-891-8100.
Terroir, the original wine bar in the East Village that spawned a few different locations around Manhattan, will shut down on January 31. But chef Marco Canora plans to retain the space and turn it into an entirely new concept. Terroir, 413 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10009, 646-602-1300.
Marco's, the short-lived Italian restaurant from the team that brought you Franny's, closed on December 13. In a note to patrons, the owners said the business just wasn't profitable enough to remain open. Marco's, 295 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
Chip Shop, long anchored on the corner of Fifth Ave. and 6th St. in Park Slope, shut down its deep-fat fryer for good on December 24, 2014. The nearby Chip Shop at 129 Atlantic Ave. will remain open for those in need of a fish ‘n’ chips fix. Chip Shop, 383 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, no phone.
Chelsea’s short-lived Heartwood has shut down. Donatella Arpaia, who ran the previous restaurant in the space, is said to be opening up another place at the same address. Heartwood, 184 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Chef Wylie Dufresne's avant-garde restaurant wd-50 shut down at the end of November. wd-50, 50 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
Open for not even a year, chef Bill Telepan's downtown eatery, Telepan Local, has closed. Telepan Local, 329 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
Lachlan, the Williamsburg gastropub that had formerly been the acclaimed Gwynnett St. eatery, went on a summer hiatus but now has officially shut down. Lachlan, 312 Graham Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, no phone.
Closed in the West Village is Kingswood, the scene-y Australian-accented gastropub and restaurant. Kingswood, 121 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
Upper East Side French restaurant L'Absinthe has shut down due to a problem with the landlord and the building. In a letter posted to restaurant regulars, the owner said it was "unforeseen and urgent" and has said that maybe in six months he will seek out another location. L'Absinthe, 227 E. 67th St., New York, NY 10065, no phone.
Gordon Ramsay at The London has finally closed. There had been rumors for years, especially after the restaurant's namesake, Mr. Ramsay himself, left it in 2009. Five years after that, it closed after service October 11, 2014. Maze by Gordon Ramsay at The London, the more informal spot, remains open. Gordon Ramsay at The London, The London NYC, 151 W. 54th St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
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