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March 2010 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

The long-anticipated Fatty Cue has finally opened in South Williamsburg. Zak Pelaccio's barbeque restaurant serves up just about everything that one could possibly fit in a smoker. Fatty Cue, 91 S. Sixth St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-599-3090.
 
Joey Campanaro's latest project is Kenmare, on the downtown street of the same name. Look for more continental fare here than the American eats found at The Little Owl; short rib ragù and basil gnocchi are both on the menu. Kenmare, 98 Kenmare St., New York, NY 10012, 212-274-9898.
 
D.O.B. 111 is the latest restaurant from the tireless Michael "Bao" Huynh (Baoguette, Mikey's Burger, and Baohaus, to name just a few of his eateries). This offering mixes French and Vietnamese inside a sleek St. Marks storefront. D.O.B. 111, 115 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, 212-228-2532.
 
Blue Bottle Coffee, the celebrated West Coast coffee chain, has opened their first New York City outpost in Williamsburg. Blue Bottle, 160 Berry St., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-534-5488.
 
Keith McNally's Pulino's, a Pizzeria on the Bowery, has opened. Nate Appleman, last seen in San Francisco, is working the pizza ovens here; the pies will be cut in a special square fashion. Pulino's, 282 Bowery St., New York, NY 10012, 212-226-1966.
 
Chef Alain Ducasse's miX on the beach has opened at the new W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Island. This is Ducasse's first restaurant in the Caribbean. The contemporary menu draws on the local and regional ingredients of Vieques Island with dishes such as the spicy crab salad appetizer and farm-raised pork en cocotte with creamy grits that utilizes locally sourced pork. Executive chef Dagan Lynn, formerly with Alain Ducasse at the Essex House in New York, collaborated on the menu with Ducasse (Adour Alain Ducasse). Breakfast and dinner are offered at miX on the beach. ALAIN DUCASSE Entreprise also oversees the entire food and beverage program at the property, including W Café, Living Room and WET. Adour Alain Ducasse, The St. Regis Hotel, New York, 2 E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-710-2277.
 
The Michael 'Bao' Huynh empire continues to expand. His latest, Baoguette and Thao Noodles, is an off-shoot of his Baoguette mini-chain and includes a larger noodle selection. Baoguette and Thao Noodles, 231 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, 212-228-5500.
 

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News Bytes
No Blue
Sushi Samba has annouced that they will stop selling the endangered bluefin tuna at their restaurants. Customers can also sign petitions at the restaurant to protest illegal fishing of the tuna. Sushi Samba, 245 Park Ave. S., New York, NY 10003, 212-475-9377.
 
James Beard Award Finalists
The James Beard Award finalists were announced, and among the New Yorkers are Marea and Locanda Verde for best new restaurant; Tom Colicchio for Outstanding Chef; and Babbo and Daniel for Outstanding Restaurant.
 
Prix Fixe Fixed!
Colicchio and Sons has ditched their $78 prix-fixe menu---there were no a la carte options---after just three weeks. The reason? Hue and cry from customers, according to Chef Colicchio. CSPF, 85 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-400-6699.
 
Lure Burger Redux?
John MacDonald, of Lure Fishbar, is planning to open a gastropub is the space last occupied by Centovini. His team is currently aiming for a June opening date. Lure II, 142 Mercer St., New York, NY 10012, 212-431-7676.
 
St. Grimaldi's
Grimaldi's the famed Brooklyn pizzeria, is coming to Manhattan. The pie spot will be located inside the recently renovated (former church) Limelight Marketplace in Chelsea. There will be indoor and outdoor seating and a 24-hour window.
 
BLT Split
The BLT empire has officially crumbled. Laurent Tourondel and his BLT partner Jimmy Haber have split as business associates. Haber will retain most of the existing restsaurants (BLT Fish, BLT Steak, BLT Prime, BLT Burger), but Tourondel will keep the BLT name. Look for Tourondel to open his own place soon.
 

Chef Shuffle
Sylvain Portay has replaced Joel Dennis as chef at Adour Alain Ducasse. Adour Alain Ducasse, The St. Regis Hotel, New York, 2 E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-710-2277.
 
Michael Psilakis has split as chef and owner at Anthos. Donatella Arpaia will remain at the Midtown Greek spot, while Psilakis is said to be shopping for space in Williamsburg. Meanwhile, the menu at Anthos will remain the same. Anthos, 36 W. 52nd St., New York, NY 10019, 212-582-6900.
 


Closings

Eighty One will close in April after two years on the Upper West Side.
Eighty One, The Excelsior Hotel, 45 W. 81st St., New York, NY 10024, 212-873-8181.
 
Allen and Delancey has closed after struggles finding a chef. Allen and Delancey, 115 Allen St., New York, NY 10002, 212-253-5400.
 
The Boerum Hill location of Mexican spot, Mezcals, has shut down. The two other locations, on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope, remain open.
 
The East Village spot, Cafe Brama, has shut down.
 

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