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February 2014 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Bustan, located on the Upper West Side, is a 74-seat Mediterranean eatery that serves up dishes like lamb terracotta, baked flatbreads, and organic free-range chicken. Bustan, 487 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024, 212-595-5050.
 
Dojo, the very affordable and very mediocre Asian eatery near NYU, temporarily shut down and has now reopened as a Japanese izakaya. The restaurant has a couple holdovers, such as the soy burger, but most of the menu is new and generally takes the form of Japanese-inspired small plates. Dojo, 14 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10012, 212-505-8934.
 
Casual Italian eatery Arco has fired up its burners on the Upper West Side. The 42-seat restaurant focuses on the food on Sardinia with dishes like spicy mussels in tomato soup and meat-filled cannelloni. Arco Cafe, 886 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025, 212-665-0033.
 
Drew Nieporent has opened Bâtard in the TriBeCa space that once housed Corton. Chef Markus Glocker served time in the kitchen at Gordon Ramsay at The London. Batard, 239 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212-219-2777.
 
The West Village’s new Hudson Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu that leans heavily toward Mediterranean cuisine. The owners run the four Mexican restaurants, Mole. Hudson Cafe, 628 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-390-1744.
 
In the spot that recently housed The Beagle comes Flinders Lane, an Australian-run restaurant that serves an Asian-inspired menu. Flinders Lane, 162 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009, 212-228-6900.
 
The NoMad, that venerated restaurant run by Daniel Humm and Will Guidara, has expanded upwards. The second floor of the hotel is now a cabaret space that serves drinks and snacks. The NoMad Upstairs, The NoMad Hotel, 1170 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, 347-472-5660.
 
Ariana Grinblat, a performer from Russia, is the force behind Ariana, a Russian restaurant in Greenwich Village that bears her name. Her intention is to update the cuisine. That task is charged to chef Vitalii Kovalev from St. Petersburg. Ariana, 138 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012, 646-678-4334.
 

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News Bytes
Momofuku-Size Steak
Momofuku Ssam Bar has just announced a meaty new menu item: a giant rib-eye for three to six people. The 28-day dry-aged cut comes with several sides and condiments and costs $225 (not inclusive of tax and tip) for the entire table. Momofuku Ssam Bar, 207 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-254-3500.
 
James Beard Foundation Awards Semifinalists Announced
The James Beard Foundation has announced the semifinalists for this year's awards. The chosen include Betony, Carbone, The Elm, Estela and Uncle Boon's for Best New Restaurant; Hearth, Pearl Oyster Bar and wd-50 for Outstanding Restaurant; and, for Outstanding Chef, Michael Anthony, Andrew Carmellini and Gabrielle Hamilton. The finalists for each award category will be announced on March 19 and the actual awards ceremony will be May 5 at Lincoln Center.
 
Ma Peche Goes Dim Sum?
Ma Peche, David Chang's Midtown pan-Asian eatery, has ended its short love affair with the counter kappo bar. But it has added an additional menu of dim sum-like delights. Black bass with foie gras and shrimp balls are a few of the new items on the menu. Ma Peche, Chambers, 15 W. 56th St. , New York, NY 10014, 212-757-5878.
 
Pok Pok Lunch Lunch
Pok Pok NY, the ever-popular Thai spot in Red Hook/Columbia Waterfront, has begun opening for lunch on weekends. From 11 a.m. on and running continuously until the restaurant closes at 10:30 p.m., hungry lovers of good Thai food can eat their way through Andy Ricker's menu. Pok Pok NY, 117 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-923-9322.
 
Mission: Possible
Mission Cantina, Danny Bowien's hit Lower East Side Mexican eatery, is now delivering. You can get Mission's tasty burritos and other stylized Mexican fare delivered to anywhere below 60th Street in Manhattan. Mission Cantina, 172 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-254-2233.
 
February Lunch at Juni
Juni's prix-fixe lunch options for the month of February include quinoa salad with goat cheese and almond dust, Berkshire pork tenderloin with barley pearls, and variations of seasonal sorbets. Two courses cost $30 and three cost $35. Juni, Hotel Chandler, 12 E. 31st St., New York, NY 10016, 212-995-8599.
 
The River Cafe Reopening
The River Cafe, located on the Brooklyn waterfront, was shut for over a year. Severe damage from Hurricane Sandy forced the restaurant to close. But the restaurant finally reopened February 1, 2014. The River Cafe, 1 Water St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-522-5200.
 

Chef Shuffle
Chef Gabriel Kreuther will open a new restaurant in the Grace building Gabriel Kreuther, who has left his position at The Modern, is already planning his next venture. He'll be the top toque at a new restaurant in the Grace Building, which sits on the periphery of Bryant Park on 42nd Street. The restaurant is slated to open sometime in early 2015. The Modern, The Museum of Modern Art MoMA, 9 W. 53rd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-333-1220.
 
Abboccato, the Italian eatery in Midtown, has a new chef, David Arias, who was previously the chef de cuisine at the restaurant. Abboccato, 136 W. 55th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-265-4000.
 
Cookbook author Diane Kochilas recently came on board at Greek restaurant Molyvos as a contributing chef. Molyvos, Wellington Hotel, 871 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-582-7500.
 


Closings

Murphy & Gonzalez, the combination Irish pub and Mexican restaurant that was popular with NYU students, has closed. Murphy & Gonzalez, 21 Waverly Pl., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
 
The last (and original) Baoguette, among chef Michael 'Bao' Huynh's mini-empire of banh mi sandwich spots, has closed down. The chef now resides in Ho Chi Minh City, the place of his birth. Baoguette, 61 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10010, no phone.
 
Only open one year, Spanish restaurant Manzanilla in the Flatiron District has served its last pan con tomate. The restaurant shuttered for good. Manzanilla, 345 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10010, no phone.
 
Arcane, the French-Caribbean eatery on Avenue C, has shut down. The owner has turned the space into a French-Cambodian restaurant called Cafe Cambodge. Arcane, 111 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
 
The Bowery Diner will serve its last pancake on Sunday, February 23. Owner Mathieu Palombino says he will turn the space into a new eatery. For now the main plan is to create a pop-up restaurant called Chez Jef that will open temporarily sometime later this year. The Bowery Diner, 241 Bowery, New York, NY 10002, 212-388-0052.
 
Decade-old Lower East Side restaurant 'inoteca shut down for good on Saturday, February 8. 'inoteca, 98 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
 

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