New York Restaurants - Restaurant News
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Mercadito Cantina has just instituted a spicy, taco-crammed weekend brunch. Hangover-curing pozoles, creative salsa-drenched egg dishes, and, of course, their acclaimed fish tacos are all on the menu---and awaiting to be washed down by cocktails. Mercadito Cantina, 172 Ave. B, New York, NY 10009, 212-388-1750.
AGO, the expensive, if not especially well-liked, Italian spot in Robert DeNiro's Greenwich Hotel, may not be long for this world. Rumors are swirling that Jean-Georges Vongerichten may swoop in and take over the space. AGO, The Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-925-3797.
Soho's Cendrillon is on the move. The restaurant plans to ditch its current digs in February and head to Brooklyn after a big rent increase. Cendrillion, 45 Mercer St., New York, NY 10013, 212-343-9012.
The art deco-bedecked West Village eatery, Commerce, has commenced Sunday brunch. Hearty shakshuka, biscuits and gravy, doughnuts, German pancakes, a creamy smoked salmon croque madame, and the recently ubiquitous spaghetti carbonara are all on the menu. The brunch lasts until 4 p.m. Commerce, 50 Commerce St., New York, NY 10014, 212-524-2301.
Naya, the new Lebanese-Mediterranean eatery on the Upper East Side, is already serving lunch. Highlights include several sandwiches and a $17 fixed-price meal. Naya, 1057 Second Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-319-7777.
Chanterelle's sommelier, Roger Dagorn, has just put a new notch in his belt, In Japan, he was recently named an official saké samurai. Now you can get expert advice on saké when ordering your meal. Just watch out for that sword. Chanterelle, 2 Harrison St., New York, NY 10013, 212-966-6960.
A former busboy at Justin Timberlake's Southern Hospitality, is suing the restaurant, claiming they stiffed him out of tips. No word yet on whether a judge has found the suit "Justified." Southern Hospitality, 1460 Second Ave., New York, NY 10075, 212-249-1001.
Susur Lee's Shang, in the Thompson LES Hotel, will delay opening officially until December. There' no exact date yet, but it looks like the delays plaguing the hotel have caught up with the restaurant as well. Shang, 190 Allen St, New York, NY 10002, no phone yet.
The Plaza hotel's Oak Room has reopened. It's clad in---wait for it---oak, and Joël Antunes mans the stoves, serving up hearty classics like rack of lamb. Oak Room, 768 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-759-3000, 800-257-7544.
Chef Ed Witt, the man working the stoves at Bloomingdale Road, has a new chef's table. Snuggled up in the kitchen, the table gives diners a chance to taste Witt at his best. The menu, which changes based on Witt's whims and the season, is heavy on the pork (think: pork neck, cheeks and tongue). The six-course meal is $55 per person ($40 with wine pairing). Bloomingdale Road, 2398 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, 212-874-7400.
Gray's Papaya is selling "Obama Dogs" for a limited time to celebrate the election. Yes, you can get a hot dog for 99-cents, as long as the hot dog establishment offers the special. Gray's Papaya, 402 Ave. of the Americas, New York, NY 10011, 212-260-3532.
Belcourt is launching a special menu for the fall, with a $16 beer and burger special on Sunday nights and discounted wine on Tuesdays. Belcourt, 84 E. Fourth St., New York, NY 10003, 212-979-2034.
David Chang is expanding. Set to open soon is the Momofuku Milk Bar, an East Village bakery that will serve varieties of flavored milk.
Though the soon-to-be ultra scenester spot on the corner of W. 10th and W. 4th Streets hasn't opened, Charles already has its first casualty: chef John McAllister is out. The number-two chef will take his place.
Izakaya Ten, the Japanese tavern in Chelsea, is now open late. Craving pork belly at 2 a.m. on Saturday? Get it here. It's now open Thursday through Saturday until 3 a.m. The restaurant has also expanded its saké list. Izakaya Ten, 207 Tenth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-627-7777.
Freemans, the hard-to-find hipster hangout, has been expanding its new menu, thanks to new-ish chef Michael Citarella: maple-glazed quail, lamb stew, and slow-cooked Heritage pork are a few of the hearty new items. Freemans, 2 Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002, 212-420-0012.
The Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant empire is expanding. And it's going to be green. The acclaimed chef has announced he'll open a new restaurant in New York's ABC Carpet & Home, tentatively called ABC Simple. The project will use renewable and recyclable materials in its construction, and offer a menu featuring locally sourced, organic ingredients.
Grimaldi's is expanding! The popular Brooklyn pizza spot is adding a new restaurant to their portfolio, just across the East River on Water and John streets in the Financial District. Look for it towards the beginning of 2009. Grimaldi's, 19 Old Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-858-4300.
Vermillion, a Chicago-based restaurant, will open a Midtown location in the space last occupied by Django. It's scheduled to be ready by the end of November; expect Indian-Latin fusion cuisine. At Vermillion, 480 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10167, 212-871-6600.
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