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Kurt Gutenbrunner's latest venture is Café Krystall, located in the SoHo Swarovski store. The dishes, as one would expect from chef Gutenbrunner, are elevated Austrian fare. CafĂ© Kristall, 70 Mercer St., New York, NY 10012, 212-274-1500.
Michael Psilakis' FishTag is open for business. With Ryan Skeen as chef de cuisine, the restaurant should garner much attention. The menu, as the name suggests, is heavy on seafood. FishTag, 222 W. 79th St., New York, NY 10024, 212-362-7470.
Ai Fiori in the new Setai Fifth Avenue hotel Michael White (Marea, Osteria Morini, among others) has just opened Ai Fiori in the new Setai Fifth Avenue hotel. The menu focuses mostly on the coast of Liguria, otherwise known as the Italian Riviera. Ai Fiori, The Setai Fifth Avenue, 400 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10018, 212-613-8660.
After closing 24 Prince, Top Chef alumna Nikki Cascone has opened Octavia's Porch, an East Village restaurant that serves what is called "global Jewish cuisine." Octavia's Porch, 40 Ave. B, New York, NY 10003, 212-677-4096.
Like its Las Vegas sibling, club-like and scene-y LAVO New York prides itself as much on its celebrity diners as it does the stylized Italian fare it serves for the moneyed set (and those who love them). Steaks, big salads and seafood are also available. After dinner, hit up the downstairs club. LAVO New York, 39 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-750-5588.
The space that was recently occupied by Geoffrey Zakarian's Country is now Millesime, a vehicle for chef Laurent Manrique to serve up Frenchified seafood dishes. Millesime, 90 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-889-7100.

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News Bytes
Todd English is Sizzling
Todd English, the prolific chef who opened Ça Va earlier this year, has a new Big Apple project: he will team up with Pongtawat "Ian" Chalermkittichai to create a restaurant based on Asian barbecue. The restaurant, called the Ember Room, will open in January 2011.
Sunday: A Day of Resto
Resto, the Belgian-inflected eatery in Gramercy Park, is bringing back the Sunday supper. From 5 p.m.-10:30 p.m. every Sunday, diners are offered a four-course meal (plus a carafe of wine or beer) for $38. The Sunday menu offerings will change on a weekly basis. Resto, 111 E. 29 St., New York, NY 10016, 212-685-5585.
The Pierre's Vodka & Caviar Bash
In celebration of The Pierre's 80th birthday, the hotel's swanky cocktail bar, 2E, is throwing a vodka and caviar party. On weekends through December, guests can sample a trio of American caviars for $65. For $14 more, it can be paired with three vodkas or a flight of wine. The Pierre, 2 E. 61st St., New York, NY 10021, 212-838-8000.
Insieme Introduces New Menu
Midtown Italian eatery Insieme has recently introduced a new chef (taking over for Marco Canora who now runs the kitchens at Hearth and Terroir) and a new menu. Chef Andres Grundy, originally from Queens, has created a stylish menu of chestnut tagliatelle in a foie gras emulsion and broiled hamachi paired with cherry tomato compote, among other items. Insieme, The Michelangelo, 777 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-582-1310.
Expansion Update
In restaurant expansion news, West Village eatery Bobo is taking over the empty space on W. 10th St. and Greenwich Ave. for a second restaurant. And popular SoHo restaurant, La Esquina, is taking over the Williamsburg spot that was Relish to open its first Brooklyn eatery.

Chef Shuffle
Naomichi Yasuda, the sushi master behind acclaimed Midtown restaurant Sushi Yasuda, has announced he's packing up and moving to Tokyo to open a restaurant at the beginning of 2011. He's leaving his restaurant in the hands of his longtime underling, Mitsuru Tamura. Sushi Yasuda, 204 E. 43rd St., New York, NY 10017, 212-972-1001.
Nate Appleman, late of San Francisco's A16, has left Keith McNally's Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria. Tony Liu, of McNally's other Italian restaurant, Morandi, is filling in on kitchen duty for now. Pulino's Bar & Pizzeria, 282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012, 212-226-1966.


Marfa, the East Village restaurant that focused on the Hill Country of Texas, has closed.
Chow Bar, the longstanding West Village restaurant, has closed. In its place will be a Mexican restaurant called Empellon from former wd-50 and Alinea pastry chef Alex Stupak.

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