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October 2012 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

El Toro Blanco, located in Greenwich Village, serves up a seafood-leaning menu of Mexican delights. The 80-seat eatery also has a guacamole bar. El Toro Blanco, 257 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10014, 212-645-0193.
 
In the space that was formerly Le Caprice comes Sirio Ristorante. The restaurant, in The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, New York, and named for its owner --- Sirio Maccioni, legendary restaurateur behind Le Cirque --- serves elevated Italian cuisine. Sirio Ristorante, 2 E. 61st St., New York, NY 10021, 212-838-8000.
 
It's just been announced that chef Wylie Dufresne is opening his second restaurant. After ten years running wd-50, Dufresne will open Alder in the East Village, a more casual eatery that will feature his creative concoctions. Alder, 157 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
 
Chef Michel Richard Chef Michel Richard will open his first Manhattan-based restaurant at the New York Palace hotel in the summer of 2013. Richard's other establishments include his flagship DC restaurant, Michel Richard Citronelle, which is temporarily closed to repair water damage, and locations of his casual American bistro, Central Michel Richard, in Washington, DC, Las Vegas and Atlantic City. New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-888-7000, 800-697-2522.
 
A TriBeCa outpost of the well-loved uptown sushi spot, Sushi of Gari, has opened. The menu will be similar to the original. Sushi of Gari, 130 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212-285-0130.
 
A renovation of the Public Theater produced a restaurant space, now occupied by The Library at The Public, helmed by chef Andrew Carmellini. The American menu has serious Italian accents. The Library at The Public, Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., New York, NY 10003, 212-539-8777.
 
Located on the fourth floor of the Time Warner Center on Columbus Circle, the new Center Bar is a wine-centric spot with small plates for nibbling. Center Bar, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, 212-823-9482.
 

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News Bytes
Wednesday is the New Monday at Mission Chinese Food
Mission Chinese Food, the über-popular Lower East Side eatery, is now open on Wednesday, which means every day of the week. Mission Chinese Food, 154 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-529-8800.
 
NYC’s Own Taste of Umami
Talk of the long-rumored New York arrival of popular Los Angeles burger chain Umami Burger is heating up. The first Big Apple location will be on Sixth Ave. and W. 10th St. Expect the grills to fire up sometime in spring 2013.
 
Chumley's Re-Opening Delayed
Though there were whispers that the once-popular West Village speakeasy Chumley's would reopen in 2012, fans are going to have to wait until next year. After a chimney collapsed in 2007, the restaurant/bar closed for reconstruction and has yet to reopen.
 
What's in a Name?
Chef Andrew Carmellini has at last decided on a name for his upcoming French restaurant on the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones Sts., in the former Chinatown Brasserie space. The name will be ... Lafayette. The restaurant is slated to open at the end of the year.
 
Le Cirque in New York New Le Cirque Chef?
After not-so-flattering reviews of Le Cirque have been filed, Sirio Maccioni and Co. are rumored to be seeking a new chef. The current top toque, Olivier Reginensi, came on at the beginning of 2012, but his days might already be numbered. Stay tuned. Le Cirque, One Beacon Court, 151 E. 58th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-644-0202.
 
Monday Pork Feasts at Bocca Restaurant & Bar
Bocca Restaurant & Bar is pigging out. The Roman restaurant in the Flatiron District is snubbing its nose at the supposed pork shortage by serving a pork feast every Monday in October and November. For $30, diners will get a feast of porcine proportions. Bocca Restaurant & Bar, 39 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-387-1200.
 

Chef Shuffle
Katie Busch, now the chef at Hospoda, has debuted a new menu at the Czech restaurant on the Upper East Side. It includes sea scallops and braised pork shank; and duck leg confit with sour cream spätzle and red cabbage essence. Hospoda, 321 E. 73rd St., New York, NY 10021, 212-861-1038.
 
Simon Glenn has been named the chef at Dean Street in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights. Dean Street, 755 Dean St., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 718-783-3326.
 


Closings

As part of the revamping of the World Financial Center, 24-year-old Chinese restaurant Au Mandarin shut down as of October 27. Au Mandarin, World Financial Center, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10281, no phone.
 
Alain Ducasse's five-year-old restaurant Adour Alain Ducasse shut down for good on November 17. Adour Alain Ducasse, The St. Regis Hotel, New York, 2 E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022, no phone.
 
After eight decades in business, West Village Spanish restaurant El Faro has shut down. El Faro, 823 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
 
The Gallic and North African-leaning Bistro Lamazou has shut down. The family-run cheese shop Lamazou, one block away, remains open. Bistro Lamazou, 344 Third Ave., New York, NY 10010, no phone.
 

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