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Hotel Chantelle, a new three-floor restaurant on the Lower East Side, offers nice views of the Williamsburg Bridge and a menu of Mediterranean treats (the bar opened at the beginning of the year). The roof is retractable. Hotel Chantelle, 92 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10012, 212-254-9100.
The name of this restaurant isn't an exaggeration. The East End Kitchen, located where E. 81st Street reaches the East River, offers a menu of seasonal American fare by Edward Martinez, late of L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon. East End Kitchen, 539 E. 81st St., New York, NY 10028, 212-879-0450.
Located on the Upper West Side, Calle Ocho is a pan-Latin restaurant that had existed elsewhere, shut down, and now has reopened in this location on W. 81st St. Calle Ocho, 45 W. 81st St., New York, NY 10024, 212-873-5025.
Lair Restaurant and Lounge has opened in the SoHo neighborhood of New York Lair Restaurant & Lounge has opened in SoHo. The space features banquette seating, low tabletops and hand-drawn murals on the walls that resemble ancient cave paintings. Chef Chris Cheung has created a menu of modern dim sum dishes such as seared scallops with truffle essence. Lair Restaurant & Lounge, 201 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10012, 212-334-5247.
Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, the chefs behind Torrisi Italian Specialties, have expanded to Yankee Stadium. They've opened a stand called Parm, selling meatball Parm sandwiches and turkey Parm sandwiches. Parm, Yankee Stadium, 1 E. 161st St., Bronx , NY 10451, phone not available.
Bringing stylized American fare with a French twist to the West Village, Left Bank is the love child of former Mermaid Inn chef Laurence Edelman, and his partner, Micheline Gaulin. Left Bank, 117 Perry St., New York, NY 10014, 212-727-1170.
Eddie Huang is bringing an outpost of his popular Baohaus to the East Village. This version will be bigger and, in addition to the regular menu, serve Taiwanese fried chicken patties. Baohaus, 238 E. 14th St., New York, NY 10003, phone not available.
The Lower East Side's popular The Meatball Shop has opened an outlet in Williamsburg. Expect the same meaty, spherical offerings at this location as well. The Meatball Shop, 170 Bedford Ave., New York, NY 11211, 718-551-0520.
The brick-and-mortar version of the MexiCue food truck has opened on Seventh Avenue and W. 29th St. Creative and hearty tacos are on the menu. A Lower East Side outpost will be opening soon as well. MexiCue, 345 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10001, 212-244-0002.
In the space that was a generic Irish pub called Affair on 8th Street comes Pour George, a gastropub with a menu designed by Josh Eden. Pour George, 35 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-253-2999.

News Bytes
A Great (White) Deal
The Sunburnt Cow is celebrating Shark Week in a great (white) way: Stop by between August 1-5 to take a bite out of some shark-inspired specials, such as fish tacos, pasta dishes, and drink specials. The Sunburnt Cow, 137 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009, 212-529-0005.
Boozy Brooklyn Fare
Brooklyn Fare is (finally) about to get its liquor license. Reports claim it should arrive sometime in mid-August, which means a price hike for wine drinkers who will no longer be able to bring their own bottle of vino. Brooklyn Fare, 200 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-243-0050.
Fatty Village
Zak Pelaccio has finally found something for the space that once housed his Mexican eatery Cabrito: he's importing his popular barbecue/meat mecca, Fatty 'Cue, to the West Village. The Carmine Street restaurant should be open by mid September.
Summer Restaurant Week is Hot
Come one and come all (and come hungry) for Summer Restaurant Week. From July 11-24, participating restaurants will offer a prix-fixe lunch for $24.07 and dinner for $35. Restaurants include Bar Boulud, Lincoln, Maialino, Pier 9 and SD26, among many others. For more info, visit
Where to Celebrate Bastille Day in NYC
Gaby, Cercle Rouge and L'Absinthe are just a few of the restaurants celebrating Bastille Day on July 14. This French national holiday lands on the day of the storming of the Bastille in 1789, which marked the start of the French Revolution. The day commemorates the fall of the monarch and the rise of the modern republic for French citizens. Find more New York restaurants where you can join in the festivities with's selections for the Best Bastille Day Dining.
Remembering the Champion of Café des Artistes: George Lang
Restaurateur George Lang passed away on July 5, 2011, at the age of 86. In the 1960s he worked with Joe Baum and Restaurant Associates on developing dining concepts around the world. He also served as director of The Four Seasons Restaurant, later leaving to form his own consulting firm which counted Marriott and Loews Hotels among its clients. Lang is perhaps best known in the Big Apple for re-opening the historic Café des Artistes in 1976. (The restaurant closed in 2009 and recently re-opened under new ownership as The Leopard at des Artistes.)
Big Apple Umami Burger?
Word on the street is that Los Angeles' Umami Burger is coming east. First, though, the chain will hit other California destinations and then, finally, sometime in 2012, New York City.

Chef Shuffle
Robbie Richter, the pitmaster at Williamsburg's Fatty 'Cue, has left his post. No word yet on what he's doing next or a replacement. Fatty 'Cue, 91 S. Sixth St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-599-3090.


Prolific restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow's Asia de Cuba will be closing for good sometime in autumn 2011. A new project will go in the space, but it is yet to be determined. Asia de Cuba, Morgans, 237 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-726-7755.
South Houston, the southern-inspired eatery on West Broadway and Grand St., has closed after being open for a year.
The one-year-old, three-floor Wall Street Burger Shoppe has shut down and filed for bankruptcy. Wall Street Burger Shoppe, 30 Water St., New York, NY 10004, no phone.

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