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April 2009 Archive

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Ricardo Cardona is the consulting chef at Sazon, a sleek new Puerto Rican restaurant in Tribeca. Look for Caribbean classics like mofongo and ropa vieja, as well as plantain sandwiches and tostones rellenos. Sazon, 105 Reade St., New York, NY 10013, 212-406-1900.
Quinto Quatro Osteria replaces the French-themed A.O.C. Bedford with Roman fare. Look for dishes like roasted baby lamb, tripe, and cacio e pepe pasta. Quinto Quatro Osteria, 14 Bedford St., New York, NY 10014, 212-675-9080.
In the blink of an eye (two months), Trigo is gone, replaced by Bar Artisanal. It's an affordable version of Terrance Brennan's cheese-focused restaurant, replete with communal tables, burgers, and of course, cheese plates. Bar Artisanal, 268 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013, 212-925-1600.
Baoguette is opening its third location, complete with a self-contained Vietnamese noodle soup outlet inside called Pho Sure. Look for Hue-style pork and beef soup, in addition to a selection of sandwiches and far out street-style nibbles (like tripe). Baoguette, 120 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014, 212-929-0877.
Opening in the space last occupied by In Tent, Emporio serves up authentic Roman fare. Look for dishes like rabbit braised in white wine and pizza topped with guanciale and Tuscan kale. Emporio, 231 Mott St., New York, NY 10012, 212-966-1234.
Jim Mamary's French bistro Patois has relocated from Cobble Hill to Little Italy. Despite the new location, the menu, including garlic snails and chicken rolled with spinach and gruyere, remains the same. Patois, 177A Mulberry St., New York, NY 10013, 212-925-8157.
Graydon Carter was so successful with downtown's Waverly Inn that he's trying to replicate the formula north of 42nd Street at the Monkey Bar. The décor includes a snazzy mural with literary icons and comfy booths for people-watching and the food is reminiscent of a different era: look for iceberg lettuce wedges, lobster Newburg and more. Monkey Bar, Hotel Elysée, 60 E. 54th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-838-2600.
Located in The Muse Hotel, Nios replaces the theater row restaurant known as District. The food here has a Californian focus with Mediterranean flair, including saffron chicken with Israeli couscous and grilled cheese sandwiches. Nios, Muse Hotel, 130 W 46th St., New York, NY 10036, 212-485-2999.
The Clerkenwell is an English-style gastropub on the Lower East Side. Look for extra authentic dishes here, including toad in the hole and smoked haddock. The Clerkenwell, 49 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 212-614-3234.
Kesté makes their pies according to strict Neopolitan standards; the owner runs the U.S. chapter of the Associazione Pizzaioli Napoletani. Here, you'll find wood-fired pies topped with mozzarella, lardo and more. Kesté, 271 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, 212-243-1500.
Sora Lella is an outpost of a Roman restaurant that's been open since 1940. Look for very authentic dishes like fettuccine with veal sweetbread sauce and bavette with clam pesto. Sora Lella, 300 Spring St., New York, NY 10013, 212-366-4749.

News Bytes
Danku is now serving stroopwafels! The Dutch deli will make the caramel filled confections to order, starting on the anniversary of Queen's Day in the Netherlands. They cost $1.50. Danku, 47 W. 57th St., New York, NY 10019, 212-888-3777.
A Voce Bis?
A Voce, the restaurant helmed by Missy Robbins, is the next contender to take a shot at success in the Time Warner Center. The restaurant will be designed by the Rockwell Group and will fire up its burners in September 2009. A Voce, 41 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-545-8555.
Le Bernardin Million Dollar Baby
City Harvest raised $1 million dollars at their annual gala dinner at Cipriani's. The night's honorees included Rachael Ray and Eric Ripert, who will donate a dollar this year for each person who eats at Le Bernardin. Le Bernardin, The Equitable Building, 155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019, 212-489-1515.
Danube Destruction
Wallsé had a surprised visitor recently when a Land Rover crashed through the restaurant's corner window. The damages were, luckily, minimal, and the restaurant remains open. Wallsé, 344 W. 11th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-352-2300.
New Nish
Bistro Vendome, in the townhouse occupied by Nish and March, will open this summer. Pascal Petiteau, the chef at Jubilee, is behind the project. Jubilee, 347 E. 54th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-888-3569.
Acccademia di Vino Expands
The Upper East Side Italian wine bar Acccademia di Vino will open a new location on the Upper West Side. It's slated to be ready sometime this summer. Acccademia di Vino, 1081 Third Ave., New York, NY 10065, 212-888-6333.
The Red Hook Ball Fields has returned. Look for them at the Brooklyn Flea market on weekends and at select Coney Island festivals over the course of the summer as well.
Eat Your Way to Savings
There's savings to be had across New York. Hill Country is offering an all-you-can eat special on Mondays for $30, and several high-end restaurants have launched prix-fixe menus, including a four-course dinner at Del Posto's Enoteca for $35, and a $24 three-course lunch at Bar Boulud.
The Meyer-Schrager Wedding
After some speculation as to who would assume responsibility for the in-house restaurant in Ian Schrager's Gramercy Park Hotel, it looks like Danny Meyer (of Gramercy Tavern, TablaEleven Madison Park, et al) will open up an eatery there in the old Wakiya space. There's no word yet on when the David Rockwell-designed, "Italian-themed" restaurant will open. Gramercy Park Hotel, 2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010, 212-920-3300, 866-784-1300.
Every Day is Like Friday
The "Damon: Frugal Fridays" promotion at Craft, where executive chef Damon Wise cooks $10 small plates in the restaurant's private dining room, has been extended and is now available six days a week. The new name? DFF, of course. Craft, 43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-780-0880.
Standard Fare
The restaurant in the still-under-construction Standard Hotel is set to open for Memorial Day weekend. Dan Silverman, last at the Lever House Restaurant, is heading the project. Standard Hotel, 848 Washington St., New York, NY 10014, 212-645-4646.
Blanc Slate
Bar Blanc is overhauling their concept; the new setup will include brown trim to augment the white-on-white design, a bar menu featuring mac n' cheese, a "blanc burger" and beers on draft. Bar Blanc, 142 W. Tenth St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-2330.
New Menu at The Oak Room
The Oak Room's chef, Eric Hara, has rolled out a new menu. In addition to a wine list with 50 bottles of wine under $50, he's serving bone-marrow crusted scallops, braised short rib with sheep's milk gnocchi, and dover sole with white asparagus. The Oak Room, The Plaza, 768 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-758-7777.

Chef Shuffle
Christian Delouvrier is the new chef at Secession. He was last in New York as chef of Alain Ducasse's Essex House restaurant. Secession, 30 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013, 212-791-3771.


Atria, housed in the space that was once Gray Kunz' Grayz, has shut down. The reason? The slumping economy.
Kobe Club, the much maligned steakhouse from Jeffrey Chodorow, has closed. Kobe Club, 68 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Caffe Emilia, an Italian pastry and sandwich spot, has closed. Caffe Emilia, 139 First Ave., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Town, in the Chambers hotel, has closed. Town, Chambers, 15 W. 56th St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Lever House has closed for renovations. There's no official date for when the restaurant is set to reopen, though the owners suggest it may remain shuttered for at least a few months. Lever House, Lever House, 390 Park Ave., New York, NY 10022, 212-888-2700.
Good World Bar has closed after a dispute with their landlord over rent. Good World Bar, 3 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-925-9975.

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