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Accademio di Vino is expanding with a Broadway locale. They'll be changing up the menu, adding more seafood to the mix, including a raw bar, and offering 500 varieties of wine. Accademia di Vino Broadway, 2427 Broadway, New York, NY 10024, 212-787-3070.
From a co-owner of the much beloved Num Pang, The Vanderbilt brings classic Brooklyn cuisine to a burgeoning part of the borough. Look for everything from berry doughnuts to ham smoked in-house, along with an extensive cocktail list. The Vanderbilt, 570 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-623-0570.
From the same team behind the teeny tiny Little Giant, Tipsy Parson is an upgrade in all senses. A real stove, with items like cheeseburgers, poached eggs and a veggie fry-up make the menu here, along with oysters and brews from Stumptown. Tipsy Parson, 156 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10011, 212-620-4545.
Firmdale Hotels first US property is also the site of their first US restaurant, called the Crosby Bar. Don't be fooled by the name: they serve all manner of food big and small, including a scallop burger and cured duck spring rolls. Crosby Bar, Crosby St Hotel, 79 Crosby St., New York, NY 10012, 212-226-6400.
Steve Hanson's newest Meatpacking meatopia, Bill's Bar and Burger, is all about the patties. Look for burgers in flavors such as classic, topped with chiles and jack cheese, and even paired with "disco fries," an upstate diner special with gravy and cheese. Bill's Bar and Burger, 22 9th Ave., New York, NY 10014, 212-414-3003.
Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield's project inside the Ace Hotel New York called The Breslin is now open. They're starting with breakfast and lunch, but you can still find a whole collection of nose-to-tail English eating here. The Breslin, Ace Hotel New York, 20 W. 29th St., New York, NY 10001, 212-679-2222.
Abe and Arthur's is a total overhaul of the space last occupied by Lotus, the famed Meatpacking District nightclub. The grill is a centerpiece here, with steaks, halibut and scallops all appearing on it (before making the trip to your table). Abe and Arthur's, 409 W. 14th St., New York, NY 10014, 646-289-3930.
Jeffrey Chodorow never stays still for long. After shuttering Ono, he's transformed it into the Tanuki Tavern---the Tanuki, a raccoon-like creature, is most famous here in the United States for it's appearance in Super Mario Bros. 3--which will serve more casual Japanese fare in the Hotel Gansevoort. Look for chicken wings, noodles and other people-friendly grub here. Tanuki Tavern, Hotel Gansevoort, 18 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10014, 212-660-6766.
Café Boulud returns! After a quick facelift, the restaurant now has a bar space (Bar Pleiades) next door and two new private dining rooms, plus a general lightening of the décor. CafĂ© Boulud, The Surrey, 20 E. 76th St., New York, NY 10021, 212-772-2600.

News Bytes
Grimaldi's Gone
Grimaldi's Manhattan restaurant is facing the boot, even before it opens. The pizza purveyors owe several months in back rent and face the initiation of eviction proceedings from their Financial District landlord. Grimaldi's, 19 Old Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, 718-858-4300.
Restaurant Delivery Week
It's Restaurant Delivery week! Participating restaurants have delivery menus with three-course meals for at $12.09 for lunch and $20.09 for dinner.
Finger Lickin' Expansion
Hill Country will launch a spin-off nearby to the original location, called Hill Country Chicken, next year. Just in time for spring chickens! They'll also sell Southern pies, cakes and rolls. Hill Country, 30 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-255-4544.
Bao Boomlet
Michael Hyunh (of Baoguette and others) is taking over the space last occupied by the unloved fast food joint Rush Hour. On the agenda? Bao burgers. No word yet on an opening date, but expect it by the end of November. Baoguette, 61 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-518-4089.
Artichoke Blooms
Big plans afoot from the boys at Artichoke Basille's Pizza, who are in talks to expand into the space occupied by Red Rocks West. They hope to turn it into an 80-seat restaurant, which may alleviate the lines at the current Artichoke location just a tad. Artichoke Basille's Pizza, 328 E. 14th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-228-2004.
No Basta Pasta
Andrew Carmellini has announced plans for "all-you-can-eat" pasta dinners in his private dining room at Locanda Verde. No word yet on dates, but for carb lovers everywhere, this is fine news. Locanda Verde, The Greenwich Hotel, 377 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-925-3797.

Chef Shuffle
Jason Zukas is taking over as the chef at Charles. He replaces Kristine Mana-ay, who is on maternity leave. Charles, 234 W. 4th St., New York, NY 10014, No phone.
Richard Farnabe is the new executive chef at Cavo Cafe Lounge in Astoria. Cavo Cafe Lounge, 42-18 31st Ave., Astoria, NY 11103, 718-721-1001.


Pamplona, Alex Ureña’s Modern Spanish restaurant, has closed. Pamplona, 37 E. 28th St., New York, NY 10016, no phone.
Avenue B's Le Souk has shut down. The newly opened Greenwich Village outpost of Le Souk remains open though. Le Souk, 47 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Seoul Station, the futuristic Korean fast food spot, has closed. Seoul Station, 81 St. Marks Pl., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Mia Dona will close for the next two weeks for renovations. Mia Dona, 206 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-750-8170.
Chanterelle, the long-time Manhattan restaurant of all things haute and Gallic, has shut down.

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