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RESTAURANT NEWS

Openings

Smør is a Nordic all-day café in the East Village that serves open-faced sandwiches on rye bread, like smoked salmon and pickled herring, plus bowls, salads and coffee. Smør, 441 E. 12th St., New York, NY 10009, 646-478-8391.
 
In the former Amy’s Bread space, Murray’s Cheese, which runs its flagship cheese shop on the same block, has opened Murray’s Mac & Cheese. The 20-seat spot allows guests to build their own mac and cheese, or choose from mac varieties like buffalo chicken (New York cheddar, blue cheese, chicken, buffalo sauce and ranch dressing) and French onion (Gruyère, raclette, caramelized onions and bacon). Lunch & Dinner daily. Murray’s Mac & Cheese, 254 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, 212-243-3289, ext. 350.
 
Rodrigo Abrajan's Mexican restaurant El Paso has opened in East Harlem, where his taco bar also called El Paso was formerly located. The new spot serves ceviche, moles, margaritas and more. Lunch & Dinner daily. El Paso, 123 E. 110th St., New York, NY 10029, 212-831-9831.
 
The team behind cocktail institution Death & Co has opened Lost Hours, a hidden bar in Midtown's Hotel 3232. Sixteen cocktails, which are crafted behind a green marble bar, are on offer, divided into the four elements: air, water, earth and fire. There's a brass chain chandelier and a record player to provide the music. Open nightly. Lost Hours, Hotel 3232, 32 E. 32nd St., New York, NY 10016, 646-692-3760.
 
In The Times Square EDITION hotel, chef John Fraser's all-day restaurant, The Terrace and Outdoor Gardens, gets its inspiration from the French brasseries and American chophouses where Fraser began his career. The menu includes tuna crudo, mushroom carpaccio, Colorado lamb rack, and a chocolate soufflé with Grand Marnier ice cream for two. Outside, there's a cozy terrace and a beer garden lush with plants and ivy. The Terrace and Outdoor Gardens, The Times Square EDITION, 701 7th Ave., New York, NY 10036, 212-398-7017.
 
Empanadas are the name of the game at the East Village Panamanian restaurant KC Gourmet Empanadas. They're all made by hand, and come stuffed with potatoes, yuca, chorizo or pernil. For dessert, try the tres leches cheesecake. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. KC Gourmet Empanadas, 38 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009, 917-675-7039.
 
Inspired by the French Quarter in New Orleans, the Lower East Side restaurant Parish serves a classic po'boy with either fried oysters or blackened shrimp, plus deviled eggs stuffed with lump crab, Brussels sprouts with spicy hot honey, and chicken and waffles. Parish, 146 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002, 212-706-0050.
 
With an emerald green bar and an all-red VIP Room, the cocktail bar Mister Paradise was made for Instagram. The menu features reinvented classic cocktails, like an old-fashioned made with olive oil, plus fried chicken and homemade hot pockets. Open nightly. Mister Paradise, 105 First Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
 
Restaurateur Nate Adler, partner at the East Village tapas spot Huertas, has a new all-day restaurant in Williamsburg called Gertie. The place has a retro feel and features dishes like whole rotisserie duck, popcorn shrimp, and a house root beer float. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner daily. Gertie, 58 Marcy Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211, 718-636-0902.
 
The Fly is a wine bar-meets-rotisserie chicken restaurant in Bed-Stuy from the team behind Hart’s in Bed-Stuy and Cervo’s in the Lower East Side. The name "The Fly" comes from Hart's most popular cocktail. The 70-seat spot features natural wines from around the globe and whole rotisserie chickens with sides. The Fly, 549 Classon Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, 347-405-5300.
 
Hand Hospitality, the team behind Her Name is Han and Atomix, has a new restaurant in NoMad called O:N. The spot serves seasonally-changing dishes prepared tableside, like galbi-jjim with egg, pearl onions and bacon, and a roasted pork chop with oyster sauce in a chic minimalist space. Dinner nightly. O:N, 110 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, 917-261-4326.
 
Barolo East serves Northern Italian cuisine in Midtown East. With exposed brick walls and white tablecloths, the classic-feeling setting reflects a quintessential menu of linguine with white clams, semolina gnocchi, and veal scaloppini in peppercorn sauce. Lunch & Dinner daily. Barolo East, 214 E. 49th St., New York, NY 10017, 212-754-5710.
 
At Sonnyboy, an all-day café in the Lower East Side, the menu options include eggs with harissa and Brussels sprouts; and a green bowl with salsa verde, Israeli couscous, sugar snap peas and pomegranate dressing. Look for cocktails like "But, First Coffee," with tequila, mezcal and cold brew. Sonnyboy, 65 Rivington St., New York, NY 10002, no phone.
 
At Gran Tivoli, Australian partners Jason Scott and chef Robert Marchetti pay homage to the coastal cuisine of Italy. Their menu features a Calabrian salt-baked baby beet salad, veal schnitzel with egg and anchovies, and squid ink risotto with calamari. Gran Tivoli, 406 Broome St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
 
The 18,000-square-foot Russ & Daughters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard is this historic NYC appetizing spot's largest space yet. Russ & Daughters’ beloved smoked fish specialties, cheeses, pickles and prepared foods are on offer, as are bagels, bialys, rugelach and black-and-white cookies, which customers can watch being baked. There is also an area for private events. Breakfast & Lunch daily. Russ & Daughters at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 77, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 141 Flushing Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11205, 212-475-4880, ext. 4.
 
Owner Claire Sprouse and chef Kirstyn Brewer offer silver-dollar pancakes, pork schnitzel, and persimmon and walnut pound cake at Hunky Dory in Crown Heights. They also shake up cocktails made with sustainable ingredients in this colorful and casual restaurant. Hunky Dory, 747 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11238, no phone.
 
In the former Pok Pok space in Brooklyn, Krok serves the Isan street food of Northeastern Thailand from chef Krit Ploysomboon and his wife Jeerathinan Ranthom. Dishes include spicy green papaya salad, grilled skirt steak with lime and chili powder, and herb marinated crispy chicken wings. Lunch & Dinner daily. Krok, 117 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11231, 718-858-8898.
 
Owner Eric Cerato and chef Richard Farnabe are behind The Meatpackers, a brasserie-style American restaurant in the Meatpacking District. The menu includes raw bar selections, charred octopus, linguine alle vongole, and bone-in rib-eye. The Meatpackers, 1 Little West 12th St., New York, NY 10014, 929-341-4890.
 
Wayan is a French-Indonesian restaurant in NoLita from Cedric Vongerichten Wayan is a French-Indonesian restaurant in NoLita from Cedric Vongerichten (son of chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten) and his wife, Ochi. The name means “first-born” in Balinese, and the restaurant features family-style dishes like gado gado with avocado and peanut relish, sea bass cooked in banana leaves, and Balinese-style suckling pig. Wayan, 20 Spring St., New York, NY 10012, 917-261-4388.
 
In Harlem's new The Africa Center on the northeast corner of Central Park, Teranga co-founder and executive chef Pierre Thiam celebrates African culture through modern fast-casual food. His menu features plantain and red palm fufu; roasted salmon topped with Moroccan charmoula; and a beet and fonio salad. The entire menu is gluten-free and vegan-friendly. Teranga, The Africa Center, 1280 5th Ave., New York, NY 10029, 203-571-7524.
 
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s fourth-floor restaurant, The Dining Room at The Met, once open to members only, is expanding to include vegetable-focused food from chef John Fraser (Nix, The Loyal) available to the public. The seasonal menu will feature chanterelle polenta with acorn squash fricassée, and steamed bass with pickled hon shimeji mushrooms. Lunch & Dinner daily. The Dining Room at The Met, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave., New York, NY 10028, 212-570-3975.
 


News Bytes
Sunday Yoga Brunches feature healthy food and a discussion with a guest yoga instructor For a Healthy Mind & Body: Yoga Brunch
Rôtisserie Georgette presents Sunday Yoga Brunches with a guest teacher leading an informal discussion about yoga at a communal table for up to 12 guests. Diners will enjoy a healthy two-course menu, including gluten-free and dairy-free options. Each brunch begins at 1 p.m. and costs $39 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Bee Bosnak will be the guest on March 3, 2019. For more information, visit the official website. Rôtisserie Georgette, 14 E. 60th St., New York, NY 10022, 212-390-8060.
 
Jean-Georges Restaurants is offering limited edition chocolates Valentine’s Day Chocolates at Jean-Georges Restaurants
Jean-Georges Restaurants are offering limited edition Valentine’s Day chocolates made with single-origin chocolate. Treat your loved one to classic flavors such as raspberry or pistachio, or more unique options such as peanut hibiscus or sour cherry vanilla. The chocolates are available in boxes of 12 or 24. Pick-up is available at various restaurant locations, including Jean-Georges. For more information, visit the official website. Jean-Georges, Trump International Hotel & Tower New York, 1 Central Park W., New York, NY 10023, 212-299-3900.
 

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Closings

Esther & Carol, a NoLIta bistro serving American classics, has closed. Esther & Carol, 341 Broome St., New York, NY 10013, no phone.
 
The Crooked Tree, mostly known for the varieties of crêpes that are served, has shuttered in the East Village. The Crooked Tree, 110 St. Mark's Pl., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
 
Chef April Bloomfield's John Dory Oyster Bar, in Ace Hotel New York, closed in February. Christina Tosi's Milk Bar will reportedly open in the space. John Dory Oyster Bar, Ace Hotel New York, 1196 Broadway, New York, NY 10001, no phone.
 

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