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Village Prime steakhouse has opened in the West Village. The menu also offers crab cakes and other seafood, and there’s a 30-seat back garden for the warm weather months. Village Prime, 302 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10014, 212-727-7463.
Flashy, clubby London import Zuma has opened on Madison Avenue. The Japanese-centered eatery serves up an array of dishes, including grilled seafood and skewers, as well as sushi overseen by Katzutoshi Endo. Zuma, 261 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016, 212-544-9862.
Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone add to their Manhattan empire of (mostly) Italian restaurants with Santina, situated under the High Line Park in the Meatpacking District. The menu is mostly coastal Italian cuisine in the form of fresh seafood dishes. Santina, 820 Washington St., New York, NY 10014, 212-254-3000.
Delice & Sarrasin is a charming new wine bar and crêperie on Christopher Street in the West Village. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant's menu is loaded with sweet and savory crêpes and galettes. Delice & Sarrasin, 20 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014, 212-243-7200.

News Bytes
Perpetual Stew
Louro, the West Village restaurant with a Portuguese accent, has a new dish that is exciting regulars: perpetual stew. The pork broth-laden soup is available for dine-in at the bar or take-out for only $5. Louro, 142 W. 10th St., New York, NY 10014, 212-206-0606.
Jams, the California Redux
Jonathan Waxman, the chef at Barbuto, is reviving his California cuisine restaurant Jams in Midtown starting this spring. Jams, which was open from 1984 to 1989, was one of the first venues offering California fare in New York City. The restaurant will open inside the new 1 Hotel. Jams, 1414 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
Frozen Sushi?
The New York City Department of Health is mulling a stricter code for how the city's restaurants prep sushi for serving. In the proposal, sushi chefs would be required to freeze the raw fish they serve, thus altering the quality of the sushi and dramatically changing the sushi eating experience.
Daisuke Dreams of Seafood
Daisuke Nakazawa, the raw fish master behind Sushi Nakazawa and one of the stars of the hit documentary "Jiro Dreams of Sushi," has just announced he's opening a new restaurant. Located in the West Village, likely on Grove Street, the place won't have sushi but will focus on seafood.
The Palm to Undergo Renovation
The Palm, the legendary steakhouse that is nearly 90 years old, will shut down in April. But have no fear, lovers of historic New York restaurants: it will reopen later in 2015 after a renovation. The Palm, 837 Second Ave., New York, NY 10017, 212-687-2953.
Presstea's Going Coffee
Presstea, the West Village tea house that is home to the infamous “ramenrrito” (that's ramen stuffed into a tortilla to make a Japanese-Mexican burrito), is now getting into the coffee business. For $25, coffee drinkers can get an unlimited amount of coffee for the entire week, from espresso to latte to drip to iced. For an additional $5, tea is included in the weekly deal. Presstea, 167 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, 212-888-6666.
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks’ New Home
Bonnie Slotnick, the cookbook seller whose shop at 163 W. 10th St. was shut down (because the landlord refused to offer her a new lease), has found a new home for her store, which is frequented by many of the city's best chefs. Her new East Village shop on E. 2nd St. should be open in early February. Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks, 28 E. 2nd St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Hops, the Portuguese Version
Chef George Mendes, who runs the kitchen at Aldea, has finally settled on a name for his upcoming restaurant, which will open sometime in March 2015: Lupulo. The name means "hops" in Portuguese and the focus, as you might expect, will be craft beer and the food that pairs well with it.
Bourdain Market?
Bourdain Market is the working name at the moment for the much-anticipated food hall that chef, writer and TV personality Anthony Bourdain could open in 2015. The market will house 40 or 50 street food carts from all over the world, hand-picked by Bourdain himself.
RIP Mr. Pappalardo
Angelo "AJ" Pappalardo, owner of popular NoLIta Italian-American restaurant Rubirosa, has passed away. He was 40 years old. Rubirosa, 235 Mulberry St., New York, NY 10012, 212-965-0500.
The Breakfast of Campioni
New West Village Italian restaurant Via Carota has begun offering breakfast. Strong espresso and a bounty of cornetti will get your day started on the right note. Via Carota, 51 Grove St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-1962.
Dominique Ansel Coming to the West Village
Dominique Ansel, inventor of the cronut, is moving into the West Village space that recently housed the German bakery Landbrot. But don't start queueing up for cronuts at Dominique Ansel Kitchen, as their availability is limited to Ansel's first bakery in SoHo. Dominique Ansel Kitchen, 137 Seventh Ave. S., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
School's Out!
L'Ecole, the restaurant inside SoHo’s International Culinary Center, will close in November 2015, leaving students without an on-premises restaurant in which to train. Instead, students will have to do external internships. There's no word if another restaurant will open in the space. L'Ecole, International Culinary Center, 462 Broadway, First Fl., New York, NY 10013, 212-219-3300.
Ivan Ramen Now Reserves
Ivan Ramen, the buzzy spot on the Lower East Side, has had a no-reservations policy since its opening day. That is, until now. The restaurant has commenced accepting reservations, saving hungry ramen lovers from having to wait out in the cold for their table. Ivan Ramen, 25 Clinton St., New York, NY 10002, 646-678-3859.

Chef Shuffle
Riccardo Bilotta is the new chef at A Voce Columbus Riccardo Bilotta, who has logged time in the kitchens at Il Pellicano in Tuscany, is the new chef at A Voce Columbus. A Voce Columbus, Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Cir., Third Floor, New York, NY 10019, 212-823-2523.
Chef Hemant Mathur has left Tulsi to helm the kitchens at six Indian restaurants: Malai Marke, Chola, Dhaba, Kokum, Haldi and Chote Nawab. Chef Mathur will help in creating some signature dishes at the restaurants. Tulsi, 211 E. 46th St., New York, NY 10017, 212-888-0820.


La Bottega, the Italian restaurant inside The Maritime Hotel, has closed. This summer the space will become a coastal Italian restaurant run by Mario Batali. La Bottega, Maritime Hotel, 363 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
After 25 years in business, Koreatown staple Gahm Mi Oak Restaurant has shut down for good. Gahm Mi Oak Restaurant, 43 W. 32nd St., New York, NY 10001, no phone.
Closed in the East Village is Bikinis, the diminutive restaurant that was an homage to a Barcelona version of the croque monsieur. Bikinis, 56 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Torrisi Italian Specialties, the restaurant that helped chefs Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone launch a mini Big Apple empire, closed for good after December 31, 2014. The two chefs plan to turn the space into a 15-seat eatery with a new name and a new concept. Torrisi Italian Specialties, 250 Mulberry St. , New York, NY 10012, no phone.
The original Dallas B-B-Q, which launched a mini empire, has shut down. The other locations remain open. Dallas B-B-Q, 27 W. 72nd St., New York, NY 10023, no phone.

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