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The interior of Spasso Located in the West Village space that once housed Alfama, Spasso, owned by the nearby Choptank folks, serves up Italian staples by a chef who manned the stoves at Lupa. Spasso, 551 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-858-3838.
From two sushi vets who logged time at Masa comes Yuba, a high-end East Village sushi and tofu spot. The menu, of course, features sushi, plus more intricate fare, like duck with foie gras. Yuba, 105 E. 9th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-777-8188.
Just as the name suggests, The Pan American serves up cuisine that represents the Americas. Located in NoLIta, the restaurant is helmed by a former manager of Rosa Mexicano. The Pan American, 202 Mott St., New York, NY 10012, 212-925-9225.
Junoon, the beautifully bedecked Indian restaurant in the Flatiron district, features intricate walls made of limestone, some of which was brought over from a palace in India. The elevated Indian fare is executed by Vikas Khanna. Junoon, 27 W. 24th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-490-2100.
From the group that brought the New York dining scene STK and The Collective comes Asellina, located in the Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel. The chic space will be a venue for Italian-inflected fare. Asellina, 420 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10022, 212-255-9717.
Marcus Samuelsson's Harlem restaurant, Red Rooster, is finally open. The menu is focused on American comfort food. Red Rooster, 310 Lenox Ave., New York, NY 10027, 212-792-9001.
The players behind The General Greene and Cookshop have teamed up to open Goat Town, a casual American bistro located in the East Village. The name comes from the Dutch word for "Gotham," Goat Town. Goat Town, 511 E. 5th St., New York, NY 10009, 212-687-3641.
From the Austrian folks who opened Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar comes Edi & the Wolf, located in the East Village. The casual spot is something between a gastropub and Central European tavern, serving up elevated pub grub as well as small and shared plates and a wide selection of beer and wine. Edi & the Wolf, 102 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009, 212-598-1040.
The year France began colonizing other countries, 1534, is the name of a restaurant that focuses on those colonies with cocktails and small plates. The underground den-like space is dimly lit, romantic, and has a secluded feeling. 1534, 20 Prince St., New York, NY 10012, 212-966-5073.
Sprig, a Mediterranean restaurant in the space that formerly housed the Lipstick Café, serves up classic fare like lamb meatballs and seafood. Sprig, 885 Third Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-249-4500.
Sara Jenkins, the chef who made the porchetta sandwich fashionable in New York at Porchetta in the East Village, has opened up a sit-down restaurant in the same neighborhood. Porsena will focus on pastas and other Italian dishes. Porsena, 21 E. 7th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-228-4923.

News Bytes
The interior of Gotham Bar & Grill Gotham Bar & Grill Supports GrowNYC
For every Gotham Salad ordered at Gotham Bar & Grill, the restaurant is donating $1 to support the youth programs at GrowNYC. These hands-on programs teach nutrition and better eating habits to under-served local communities. For more information, visit Gotham Bar & Grill, 12 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-620-4020.
End of an Edible Era on the Upper East Side
Elaine Kaufman, who owned and ran the popular celebrity haunt Elaine's, has passed away. Her eponymous restaurant will carry on. Elaine's, 1703 Second Ave., New York, NY 10128, 212-534-8103.
Happy Hour Special at Loreley
Loreley, the Lower East Side beer garden (and its sibling in Williamsburg), will be offering a bibulous happy hour special Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m.-7 p.m.: $8 gets you a beer and a shot (of various Teutonic liquors) and for $30 you can have a tray of eleven .2-liter glasses of Gaffel Kranz beer with pretzels or fries. Loreley, 7 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, 212-253-7077.

Chef Shuffle
Heather Bertinetti has left her post as pastry chef of Marea and Osteria Morini but will continue on at Convivio and Alto.
Chef Christopher Lee has announced that he'll be leaving the kitchen at Aureole at the end of 2010. Taking his place will be former Le Cirque chef Christophe Bellanca. Aureole, One Bryant Park, 135 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036, 212-319-1660.


The small West Village bakery, Birdbath, has closed due to lease issues.
Recess, the casual café and sandwich spot on E. 10th St. and University Pl., has shut down.
The beloved West Village burger joint-dive bar The Stoned Crow will close for good after New Year's Eve. The owner cites a major rent hike as the reason for the closure.
Scott Conant's Faustina, located in The Cooper Square Hotel on the Bowery, will shut down just before Christmas. This is the second restaurant failure in the hotel since 2009 (the first was Table 8). The owners of the Soho House are said to be taking over the space. In 2011, they'll open a New American joint and will hope to have more luck than their predecessors. Faustina, The Cooper Square Hotel, 25 Cooper Sq., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Oh, Otarian, we hardly knew you. The green-friendly restaurant in the West Village, Otarian, has turned brown and shuttered.
The sun has set on the Times Square spectacle, the Hawaiian Tropic Zone. It has closed for good.
The Elephant, a longtime East Village Thai restaurant, has shuttered. The Elephant, 58 E. First St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Eddie Huang's controversial but popular Taiwanese restaurant, Xiao Ye, has shut down.

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