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February 2015 Archive

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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Leslie Nilsson, owner of Sage General Store, has opened an eponymous eatery called mrnilsson in Long Island City. The restaurant’s focus is on Scandinavia and it’s offering four- and seven-course tasting menus in the evening from Tuesday to Saturday. mrnilsson, 24-20 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101, 718-361-0707.
 
Danny Meyer has thrown his restaurateur hat into the cocktail bar ring. Porchlight features a handful of signature cocktails and cocktail-friendly snacks such as smoked beef jerky, avocado and crab toast, and smoked swordfish sandwiches. Porchlight, 271 Eleventh Ave., New York, NY 10001, 212-981-6188.
 
Jeremy Strawn, who previously concocted cocktails at Death & Co., has opened Lazy Point, a cocktail-centric spot in SoHo that has an urban sea shack feel. Food options include buffalo pork belly and creative takes on the grilled cheese sandwich. Lazy Point, 310 Spring St., New York, NY 10013, 212-463-7406.
 
The new Bricolage is a 50-seat Vietnamese gastropub in Park Slope. The restaurant was started by two alums from San Francisco's Slanted Door, and serves Vietnamese food but with some Chinese influences. Bricolage, 162 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217, no phone.
 
A pan-Latin American steakhouse? Si! K-Rico serves up Peruvian chicken, Colombian arepas and, of course, ample amounts of steak. John Greco III is in the kitchen. K-Rico, 772 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10019, 212-757-9393.
 
The East Village location of Terroir (413 E. 12th St.) has changed its name to Fifty Paces. Wine is still the focus, but now diners and drinkers can get food "inspired by Hearth," a sibling restaurant a half a block away. Plates include pork ragù Sloppy Joes and braised rabbit leg with polenta. Fifty Paces, 413 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10009, 646-602-1300.
 
Chef Amanda Cohen's vegetarian restaurant Dirt Candy has gone from 18 to 60 seats, moving from the East Village to the Lower East Side. The new 2.0 version offers some old favorites on the menu, but there are plenty of new dishes as well. Dirt Candy, 86 Allen St., New York, NY 10002, 212-228-7732.
 


News Bytes
Dead Rabbit, New Menu
The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog has just debuted a slew of new cocktails plus their third menu, all in honor of the second anniversary of this cocktail bar and restaurant. The new book-size menu includes 64 new cocktails in addition to a guidebook-like chapter of 19th-century New York saloons and other fun tidbits about bar culture in New York history. The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, 30 Water St., New York, NY 10004, 646-422-7906.
 
Big Apple Paella
All three outlets of Socarrat Paella Bar, including the one in NoLIta, will be debuting a New York City-themed paella from March 9 to April 12. The Big Apple paella combines salami from Katz’s Delicatessen and beef franks from Nathan's Famous, two of New York's most iconic culinary establishments, into a paella pot (along with pulled pork, red cabbage and rice). Socarrat Paella Bar, 284 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10012, 212-219-0101.
 
And the James Beard Semifinalists Are...
The semifinalists for this year's James Beard Foundation Awards have been announced. For New York, there are many familiar names. Best New Restaurant semifinalists include Batard and Cosme, while Outstanding Restaurant of the year are The Spotted Pig, Momofuku Noodle Bar, Per Se and Blue Hill at Stone Barns. The finalists will be announced on March 24 and the winners will be awarded at the big ceremony in Chicago on May 4.
 
Restaurant Week(s)
It's one of our favorite weeks of the year: Restaurant Week is back. From February 16 to March 6, dine at up to 340 participating restaurants. The three-course prix-fixe meals are $25 for lunch and $38 for dinner. New participants this year include Little Park, Bar Primi and All'onda.
 
Nobu New York on the Move
Big news in Nobu Land. Nobu New York, the sushi stalwart of TriBeCa, has announced it will be moving. It's planning to go further south to plant itself in the Financial District. The move will take place sometime in 2017, and the new location will be 195 Broadway at Dey Street. Nobu New York, 105 Hudson St., New York, NY 10013, 212-219-0500.
 
Guenter Seeger Finds a Home in the West Village
Guenter Seeger, the chef who made a name for himself in Atlanta, has found a space for his restaurant, Guenter Seeger NY, in the West Village. The 38-seat establishment will serve a tasting menu only when it opens later this year. Guenter Seeger NY, 641 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
 

Chef Shuffle
Wes Whitsell is the new chef at the in-house restaurant of Soho House New York. Soho House New York, 25-39 Ninth Ave., New York, NY 10014, 212-627-9800.
 
Contrada, the Italian restaurant in the East Village, has a new chef. The top toque is now John Paidas, who has worked at Le Bernardin and Charlie Bird among other restaurants. Contrada, 84 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10003, 212-260-8484.
 
Akhtar Nawab, formerly of La Esquina and La Cenita, is the consulting chef at Gelso & Grand, located inside the erstwhile Italian Food Center. Gelso & Grand, 186 Grand St., New York, NY 10013, 212-226-1600.
 
Keith Geter is the new chef at Midtown East’s 212 Steakhouse. Geter has worked in the kitchens of Artisanal, Picholine and Brennan's Seafood & Chophouse. 212 Steakhouse, 316 E. 53rd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-858-0646.
 
Chef Matthew Lightner has left Atera. He'll move on to his own fine dining restaurant project in New York. The new chef at Atera is 32-year-old Danish chef Ronny Emborg. Emborg has spent time in the kitchens of elBulli in Spain and AOC in Copenhagen and even served as the personal chef for the Queen of Denmark. Atera, 77 Worth St., New York, NY 10013, 212-226-1444.
 
Cameron Dale, a mixologist who has shaken and stirred cocktails at Minetta Tavern and ZZ's Clam Bar, has joined Cafe El Presidente in the Flatiron District. Certainly, he's going to mix up a mean margarita. Cafe El Presidente, 30 W. 24th St., New York, NY 10010, 212-242-3491.
 


Closings

Waterfront Crab House in Long Island City has closed after 40 years in business. Waterfront Crab House, 2-03 Borden Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101, no phone.
 
La Parisienne, serving up simple comfort food since 1950, has shut down. La Parisienne, 910 Seventh Ave., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
 
The Elm, the acclaimed Williamsburg restaurant where chef Paul Liebrandt was the top toque, has shut down. Liebrandt says he'll move on to his own restaurant project soon. The Elm, 160 N. 12th St., Brooklyn, NY 11249, no phone.
 
Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar, the acclaimed Austrian establishment in Midtown, has shut down. The new restaurant in the space, Loi Estiatorio, is Greek and run by Maria Loi. She has retained Arno Mueller, the chef from Seasonal. Seasonal Restaurant & Weinbar, 132 W. 58th St., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
 
Terroir, the original wine bar in the East Village that spawned a few different locations around Manhattan, shut down on January 31. But chef Marco Canora plans to retain the space and turn it into an entirely new concept. Terroir, 413 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
 

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