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April 2008 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Peruvian-Chinese fusion---who could have guessed? But that's exactly the concept behind Chinatown's Red Egg. Nibbles from dim sum to ceviche are on the menu, and once the egg is rolling, they plan to remain open late into the evenings. For now, it's lunch only. Red Egg, 202 Centre St., New York, NY 10013, 212-966-1123.
 
A Casa Fox is a sleek BYOB spot on the Lower East Side. Look for a mix of homey Central American fare, including pulled beef empanadas, casseroles, and bacon-wrapped jalapeno-marinated grilled shrimp. Melissa Fox is the chef and owner. A Casa Fox, 173 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-253-1900.
 
Yourasian, possibly the worst restaurant name ever, has opened in TriBeCa, serving up pan-Asian cuisine in a casual environment. Yourasian, 90 Chambers St., New York, NY 10007, 212-608-1700.
 
The third branch of Fig & Olive is open in Midtown. Look for Mediterranean bites in this 200-seat spot, including zucchini carpaccio and a selection of Italian meats and cheeses. Fig & Olive, 10 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-319-2002.
 
Moxie Spot Moxie Spot has quite the pedigree; Josh Eden, of Shorty's.32, created a menu of kid-friendly dishes for this neighborhood spot in Brooklyn Heights. There are also arts and crafts programs here to keep the tots entertained if the roast duck and veggie burgers don't do the trick. Moxie Spot, 81-83 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-923-9710.
 
Cho Cho San is a mix of East and West, much like M. Butterfly, from which this Italian-Japanese fusion restaurant took its name. Look for pan-fried oysters wrapped in bacon and Puccini sushi rolls with olives on the menu; Jun Nagano, of Taste of Tokyo, is the executive chef here. Cho Cho San, 15 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-473-3333.
 

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News Bytes
Trumped
South Beach's Quattro Gastronomia Italiana will open its first New York outpost in the forthcoming Trump Soho condominium in 2009. Twin chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro will work in the kitchen---no word yet on whether any Trumps will join them there.
 
Smoked Q
Bar Q briefly closed after a fire; though originally blamed on a cigarette butt cast aside from points unknown, the cause has still not officially been determined. Rest assured, things are now being smoked in a controlled fashion only.
 
Jean-Georges Redux
The space that once housed Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s 66 has been silent since he closed the eatery. But construction has just begun. The Church Street space will become a restaurant centered on the chef’s take on Japanese cuisine, focusing on soba noodles.
 
Ducasse Part Deux
Alain Ducasse has opened his second New York City restaurant this year. Benoit, an outpost of his Paris and Tokyo bistros of the same name, is located in the old La Côte Basque space (60 W. 55th St.). The executive chef is Sébastien Rondier.
 
Donatella TV
Reports have been circulating that a camera crew has been following Donatella Arpaia everywhere she goes. The woman behind, most recently, Mia Dona, will be the star of a new reality TV show on Bravo.
 
Kyotofu Big in Japan
Hell's Kitchen Japanese restaurant Kyotofu is expanding. Word on the street is that the restaurant's owners hope to open a dessert bar and a food shop later this year. Kyotofu, 705 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-974-6012.
 
Meat and Greet
Rumor has it that Jonathan Waxman is in negotiations to take over the old Kurowycky Meats space on First Avenue in the East Village and turn it into a barbecue joint (much of the smoking equipment remains). There's been no official word yet from either party, however.
 
Cures What Ails Ya
Apotheke will open this summer in Chinatown; with Singaporean cuisine and cocktails from Albert Trumer, of Bouley, it is expected to make quite the splash south of Canal.
 

Chef Shuffle
Jarett Brodie is the new executive chef at Fr.Og; he's spent time at Vong and Bouley.
 
Richard Farnabe is the new chef de cuisine at Picholine. Picholine, 35 W. 64th St., New York, NY 10023, 212-724-8585.
 
Dan Silverman has departed Lever House Restaurant as executive chef. Despite rumors that Scott Bryan would join the restaurant, no replacement has been named. Lever House Restaurant, Lever House, 390 Park Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-888-2700.
 


Closings

After 20 years (and one year under the tutelage of Marc Mayer and Vicki Freeman), the SoHo French eatery, Provence, has closed. It will return as A Hundred Acres, a more rustic, American spot, next month.
 
BarFry, Josh DeChellis' experiment in fried Asian goodness, has closed.
 

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