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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The name of the game is artisianal gelato at Golosi, where the flavors include Ferrero Roche chocolate, birthday cake, and watermelon. Golosi, 325 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-922-1169.
 
Angelo Sosa's Xie Xie, a Mandarin sandwich spot, is now open. The menu's focus is Asian fare, from shredded sweet glazed pork in a bun to a lobster roll with Japanese kewpie mayonnaise. Xie Xie, 645A Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10036, 212-265-2975.
 
Combining Italian dishes with organic ingredients, Organika is a perfect fit in the West Village. Look for dishes like smoked salmon tagliatelle as well as a rotation of panini and pizzas. Organika, 89 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-414-1900.
 
John Tsakinis, last at Kellari Taverna, is behind the stove at the similarly Greek Aqualis Grill. Slated for the menu: grilled calamari with lemon-saffron vinaigrette and heaps of other seafood-themed options. Aqualis Grill, 773 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11217, 718-797-3494.
 
The same brothers that operate Sistina have opened Caravaggio, a sleek new Italian spot. You'll find the usual suspects here, as well as murals by Donald Baechler. Caravaggio, 23 E. 74th St., New York, NY 10021, 212-288-1004.
 
Kurt Gutenbrunner has opened a wine bar to accompany Wallsé called The Upholstery Store. Look for charcuterie, inexpensive wines from around the globe and soon, more complex snacks. The Upholstery Store, 713 Washington St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
 
Michael Psilakis' newest venture, Gus & Gabriel, looks to keep things casual and cheap on the Upper West Side in the old Kefi space. From spiced pickle fries to Mexi mac and cheese with jalapeno béchamel and salsa, things are decidedly low-key (and filling). Gus & Gabriel, 222 West 79th St., New York, NY 10024, 212-362-7470.
 
Aureole's new location is up and running. Executive chef Chris Lee is still in the kitchen, while new features include a $115 four-course tasting menu and an a la carte bar menu. The interior was designed by Adam Tihany, who recently refreshed the dining room at Daniel. Aureole, 135 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036, 212-319-1660.
 
The Mott has a menu masterminded by Brian Bieler, last seen at Upstairs at Bouley. Look for a "Soho Seasonal" menu here; these days, that means dishes like tomato soup and asparagus salad. A lounge in the basement is set to open shortly after the restaurant's launch. The Mott, 173 Mott St., New York, NY 10013, 212-966-1411.
 
Chris Cheung is the consulting executive chef at Vue, at Hotel Le Bleu in Park Slope. On one of the hotel's highest floors, diners can sample red snapper and baby back ribs with Asian spices. Space on the hotel's rooftop terrace is also reserved for diners. Vue, 370 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215, 718-625-2177.
 

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News Bytes
Not So Sliced
Legendary Brooklyn pizza outpost, Di Fara Pizza, has announced a price hike on slices of pizza: $5 per slice. Di Fara Pizza, 1424 Ave. J, Brooklyn, NY 11230, 718-258-1367.
 
The Oak Room Oak Room Extends Restaurant Week Specials
Chef Eric Hara of The Oak Room will be serving up the $24.07 fixed-price three-course Restaurant Week menu through September 4. The menu is available Monday through Friday during lunch. The restaurant also began serving a multi-course, pre-theatre menu for $45. Oak Room, The Plaza, 768 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-758-7777.
 
Momo To Go
Rumors are flying that a Momofuku food cart will open this fall. There's no confirmation or denial quite yet, but David Chang did run a one-day cart promotion earlier this summer, so it's not outside the realm of possibility. Momofuku Noodle Bar, 171 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-475-7899.
 
Totonno's Back on Track
After a fire gutted the place earlier this year, Totonno's is slated to reopen in August. Why the delay? The owners are shoring up some unrelated structural issues during the reconstruction. Totonno's, 1544 Second Ave., New York, NY 10028, 212-327-2800.
 
Mermaid Parade
Smith's has closed, but instead of giving up, owner Danny Abrams plans to turn it into another location of The Mermaid Inn. It would be the city's third Mermaid locale.
 
Pizza Go Home
Veloce Pizzeria is going mobile. Parked in front of the restaurant is a pedal-powered cart with a big red umbrella. It's slated to go further than the front door sometime in the near future, selling slices around the city. Veloce Pizzeria, 103 First Ave., New York, NY 10009, 212-777-6677.
 
Skeen, Allen & Delancey
Ryan Skeen is in at Allen & Delancey. The chef who was last seen at Irving Mill (and at Resto before that) is now cooking at Allen & Delancey which has also had a number of chefs in its first year of business. Allen & Delancey, 115 Allen St., New York, NY 10002, 212-253-5400.
 
Tailor Tinkered
Tailor will close its dining room for the summer. After filing for bankruptcy earlier in the spring, the bar (and food menu at the bar) are your only options for sampling Sam Mason's grub until the cooler weather arrives in September. Tailor, 525 Broome St., New York, NY 10013, 212-334-5182.
 
Frugal Friday Finished
Craft's experiment with a private dining room, multiple-course tasting menu is over, and they've scuttled executive chef Damon Wise's Damon: Frugal Friday promotion. Tom: Tuesday Dinner, where chef Colicchio cooks every other Tuesday, however, soldiers on. Craft, 43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-780-0880.
 
Eighty One, Minus Some
Chef Ed Brown is launching an inexpensive spinoff to Eighty One in his private dining room space called Eighty One Grill. It's set to open later this year, but diners will be able to sample sandwiches and more for less than $15 a pop. Eighty One, The Excelsior Hotel, 45 W. 81st St., New York, NY 10024, 212-873-8181.
 

Chef Shuffle
Kyle Bailey is out at chef at Allen & Delancey. No replacement has been named. Allen & Delancey, 115 Allen St., New York, NY 10002, 212-253-5400.
 
Whitney Aycock is the new chef de cuisine at Counter. Counter, 105 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-982-5870.
 


Closings

The Brazilian restaurant on 14th St., Mr. Skewer, has closed.
 
Chanterelle will close for renovations August 14. It's slated to reopen in early October. Chanterelle, 2 Harrison St., New York, NY 10013, 212-966-6960.
 
Icon at W New York - The Court has closed. Icon, W New York — The Court, 130 E. 39th St., New York, NY 10016, no phone.
 
New York City icon Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro has closed. Payard Pâtisserie & Bistro, 1032 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021, no phone.
 
Bounce Deuce, a sports bar in the East Village, has closed. Bounce Deuce, 103 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
 
Joe Jr's, a popular West Village diner, has closed. Joe Jr's, 167 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
 

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