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March 2011 Archive

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Openings

Located in the old and short-lived Choptank space in the West Village comes Caffe Muzio, from the owners of newly opened Spasso. The menu consists of light Italian fare and affordably priced wine. Caffe Muzio, 310 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, 212-675-2009.
 
Located in the old Chow Bar space on the corner of W. 10th and W. 4th Streets, 90-seat Empellon is a new Mexican eatery by former wd-50 and Alinea pastry chef Alex Stupak. Empellon, 230 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-367-0999.
 
Danny Meyer's latest project is called Untitled, located in the Whitney Museum of American Art. Chef Chris Bradley cooks up American fare like burgers and salads for hungry art gawkers. Untitled, Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10021, 212-570-3670.
 
Lido is a new modern Italian eatery in Harlem, serving up familiar-sounding Italian dishes with a twist. Stephen A. Putnam is the top toque here. Lido, 2168 Frederick Douglass Blvd., New York, NY 10026, 646-490-8575.
 
Located in the heart of Bohemian Greenwich Village, Bar'rique is a contemporary American bistro serving up cider-glazed pork belly and goat cheese soufflé. The wine cellar boasts over 100 selections from generally smaller producers. Bar'rique, 264 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, 212-620-3117.
 
After Table 8 failed and Faustina shut down, the latest restaurant contender on the ground floor of The Cooper Square Hotel is The Trilby, a lounge-like spot serving a menu of pan-European comfort fare. The Trilby, The Cooper Square Hotel, 25 Cooper Sq., New York, NY 10003, 212-475-3400.
 
Newly opened Desmond's is a modern American restaurant set in an old bank. The menu offers some retro faves like Waldorf salad and beef Wellington. Desmond's, 153 E. 60th St., New York, NY 10065, 212-207-4949.
 

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News Bytes
James Beard Award Nominations Announced
The nominations for the 2011 James Beard Awards are out and there are several noms for the New York restaurant industry, including ABC Kitchen and Torrisi Italian Specialties for Best New Restaurant and Blue Hill and Eleven Madison Park for Outstanding Restaurant. The winners will be announced on May 9.
 
"The Restaurateur" Coming to DVD
"The Restaurateur," Roger Sherman's documentary about Danny Meyer, has been realeased on DVD. The film spans more than a decade of Meyer's career, including the openings of Tabla and Eleven Madison Park. For more information, visit firstrunfeatures.com. Eleven Madison Park, 11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-889-0905.
 
Documentary About Corton's Chef Coming to HBO
Paul Liebrandt, the top toque at Corton, is going to be a star on HBO. A documentary about the chef, which premiered at this year's SXSW festival, has been picked up by HBO. The cable network will broadcast it this summer. Corton, 239 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212-219-2777.
 
Momofuku Times Two for Toronto
David Chang is expanding his empire internationally. First came word of a Momofuku outpost in Sydney, and now we learn of a pair of Chang restaurants set to fire up their burners in the yet-to-open Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto in 2012. The restaurants are Momofuku Noodle Bar and something called Momofuku Daisho.
 
Meyer's Downtown Invasion
When Tabla shut down, chef Floyd Cardoz promised he'd be back. Well, he's back. Or at least he will be at the end of 2011 when Danny Meyer's Battery Park City restaurant North End Grill opens. The menu will focus on fine dining, specifically on seafood. Meyer also intends to open outposts of Blue Smoke and Shake Shack in the area.
 
John Fraser Goes Scavenging
John Fraser's pop-up restaurant What Happens When in NoLIita is, as promised, changing menus (as it will do every month). This month, out goes the Germanic fare, and in comes forest fare. Inspired by things one might find in the woods, Fraser gives diners venison carpaccio, forest mushrooms and lots of hazelnuts. What Happens When, 25 Cleveland Pl., New York, NY 10012, 212-925-8310.
 

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Closings

Acme Bar & Grill, the New Orleans-themed restaurant on Great Jones Street, has shut down for good. After nearly two decades in business, the restaurant had run its course, said the owner.
 
After just four months, the Greenwich Village eatery Carmine Club Cafe has shut down.
 
The Greenwich Village gastropub Rabbit in the Moon has shut down for good.
 
Choptank, the homage to the cuisine of Maryland on Bleecker Street near Seventh Avenue, has closed. The owners are keeping the space and hope to open a new restaurant with a totally different concept later this year.
 
Safran, the Vietnamese restaurant in Chelsea (Seventh Ave. and W. 15th St.), has become Legend, a Chinese restaurant specializing in Sichuan cuisine.
 
It's a sad day for lovers of Italian cuisine in New York. Alto and Convivio, two acclaimed Italian eateries, have shut down. The reason is tangled up in the Michael White and Chris Cannon feud which saw the two former partners split their restaurant empire. Cannon received Alto and Convivio.
 
Bistro Bagatelle, the French restaurant in the Meatpacking District on W. 13th St. that was known for its wild atmosphere and snarky waiters, has been transformed into Brasserie Beaumarchais. Nicolas Cantrel will remain the chef but the menu will change.
 
Jean-Georges Vongerichten's homage to the soba noodle, Matsugen, closed for good on Saturday, March 5. There's no word if the chef will keep the space to use for another restaurant or if he'll let it go. Matsugen, 241 Church St., New York, NY 10013, 212-925-0202.
 
Japonais, the big, upscale sushi place in Gramercy, has shut down for good.
 

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