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by CHLOE. is a new vegan restaurant in Greenwich Village from chef Chloe Coscarelli, serving up veggie burgers, pasta dishes and juices. by CHLOE., 185 Bleecker St., New York, NY 10012, 212-290-8000.
Two former Box Kite chefs have opened Bruno Pizza, a spot that serves up Neapolitan pies and natural wines in the East Village. For now, the restaurant is BYOB until they get their liquor license. Bruno Pizza, 204 E. 13th St., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
J.G. Melon, the lauded burger spot that has been on the Upper East Side since 1972, has expanded to Greenwich Village. The new outlet is similar in regard to its look and menu. J.G. Melon, 89 MacDougal St., New York, NY 10012, 212-460-0900.
Michael Chernow, the meatball king behind The Meatball Shop franchise, has opened the seafood-centric Seamore's. The menu includes fish tacos, Hawaiian poke, and daily seafood specials. Seamore's, 390 Broome St., New York, NY 10013, 212-730-6005.
The latest outpost of Parm is in Battery Park City's Brookfield Place. This location boasts complimentary garlic bread and warm mozzarella and several new dishes, including a roast beef and mozzarella sandwich. Parm Battery Park City, Brookfield Place, 250 Vesey St., New York, NY 10080, 212-776-4927.
Ned Baldwin, who logged time in the kitchen at Pruneis the toque at Houseman in TriBeCa. The menu includes a double-stacked burger, pork terrine, and ample amounts of seasonal vegetable dishes. Houseman, 508 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10013, 212-641-0654.

News Bytes
No Big Apple Arrival for Chef Anne-Sophie Pic
Sad news for lovers of Gallic fare: acclaimed chef Anne-Sophie Pic is not going to open her restaurant La Dame de Pic in New York City after all. A financial backer has pulled out. Chef Pic says she's on the search for another backer and hopes to open the venture at a later date in a different location.
Major Food Group Boys to Take Over The Four Seasons Restaurant
The guys behind Parm, Carbone, Dirty French, etc., have announced that they're going to be taking over The Four Seasons Restaurant next year. They'll close the restaurant for a short time to revamp, and then open it with a concept that honors the history of the prestigious space. The Four Seasons Restaurant, 99 E. 52nd St., New York, NY 10022, 212-754-9494.
New Union Square Café Location Announced
Fans of Danny Meyer's longtime restaurant Union Square Café have been crestfallen to learn the spot will shutter at the end of 2015 due to a rent increase. But all can breathe a sigh of relief to learn Union Square Café has found a new location: Park Ave. and E. 19th St., in the space currently housing City Crab. Union Square Café, 235 Park Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
David Chang Goes to Chelsea
Reports are seeping out that David Chang is on the verge of spreading his Momofuku empire to Chelsea. New York dining spies have noticed chef Chang has applied for a liquor license for a spot on Eighth Ave. and W. 20th St. There is no word yet on the concept, so stay tuned.
A Porcine-Flavored Lunch & Brunch
West Village restaurant Swine has begun serving lunch Monday to Friday and weekend brunch. Menu items include the bone-marrow-laced burger, pulled pork sandwich, and even a flight of different types of bacon. It's certainly an oink-worthy meal. Swine, 531 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014, 212-255-7675.
New York City Restaurant Week – Summer Edition
Forget the Hamptons. Stay in town from July 20 to August 14, 2015, and partake of New York City's summer Restaurant Week. Enjoy a three-course lunch for $25 or dinner for $38 at handfuls of restaurants around the Big Apple. Participating eateries include Monkey Bar, Le Cirque, Lafayette, Kin Shop, Esca, DBGB Kitchen and Bar and Empellon Taqueria, among many others. For more information, visit NYC Restaurant Week's official website
Neta's New Summer Menu
Summer is here and that means new menu items at Neta, the acclaimed Japanese and sushi spot in Greenwich Village. Look for chilled corn soup, abalone and duck pastrami (as part of the omakase) and halibut teriyaki. There is also a range of summer cocktails and even ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Neta, 61 W. 8th St., New York, NY 10011, 212-505-2610.
Lunch on the Upper West Side Just Got Better
Burke & Wills, the Australian-accented bistro on the Upper West Side, is serving lunch Monday through Friday. Dishes such as grilled octopus with braised pork belly, a 'roo burger, and rotisserie chicken will be available between noon and 3 p.m. Burke & Wills, 226 W. 79th St., New York, NY 10024, 646-823-9251.
José Andrés Restaurant for the Big Apple
Super Spanish chef José Andrés, who has been largely based in Washington, D.C., is bringing a version of his restaurant The Bazaar to New York City. The venture will be located in the Philippe Starck-designed SLS New York hotel (444 Park Ave.) and is scheduled to open in summer 2016.
The Not-So-Late Late Brunch
The Late Late, the only bar/restaurant in the country dedicated to an Irish late-night talk show, has launched weekend brunch. Expect Gaelic-accented dishes like eggs and black pudding, french toast and a Scotch egg. And just to up the ante, the restaurant is offering a $15 bottomless brunch option: for 90 minutes get unlimited mimosas or Barry's brunch punch. The Late Late, 159 E. Houston St., New York, NY 10002, 646-861-3342.
Michael White Goes Blanc
Chef Michael White, who has largely stayed within the Italian cuisine fold with his mini empire of restaurants, has announced he'll open a French establishment called Vaucluse in fall 2015. It will be located on E. 63rd Street and serve classic brasserie fare. Vaucluse, 100 E. 63rd St., New York, NY 10065, no phone.
Brooklyn's Answer to the Rainbow Room?
Hotelier Ian Schrager has announced he is working on a new project in the Dumbo neighborhood that will feature an observatory-like rooftop restaurant, and that it will be Brooklyn's version of the iconic Rainbow Room that sits atop 30 Rock. The venture is scheduled to be completed in 2017.

Chef Shuffle
A Voce Madison has a new chef: Davide Venturini is now the top toque at the Italian restaurant. A Voce, 41 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010, 212-545-8555.


Sosa Borella, the Hell's Kitchen hybrid restaurant for Argentinean and Italian cuisines, has shut down permanently. Sosa Borella, 832 Eighth Ave., New York, NY 10019, no phone.
The BLT empire is one restaurant fewer: BLT Bar & Grill shut down its grill for good after service July 31, 2015. BLT Bar & Grill, 123 Washington St., New York, NY 10006, no phone.
Char No. 4, the acclaimed barbecue spot on Brooklyn's Smith Street, has shut down permanently. Char No. 4, 196 Smith St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, no phone.
After a high rent increase proposal by the landlord, the owners of the Manhattan outpost of Jackson Diner have decided to close up shop. The original Indian restaurant favorite in Jackson Heights, Queens, will remain open. Jackson Diner, 72 University Pl., New York, NY 10003, no phone.
Perbacco, the once avant-garde Italian eatery in the East Village, is no longer. Perbacco, 234 E. 4th St., New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Tre Dici and its upstairs sister restaurant, Tre Dici Steak, have closed. Tre Dici, 128 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001, no phone.
La Lucha, the Mexican wrestling-themed taqueria, has served its last tacos and its wrestlers have retired. The restaurant has shut down. La Lucha, 147 Ave. A, New York, NY 10009, no phone.
Barchetta, the just-over-a-year-old restaurant from seafood-slinging chef Dave Pasternack, has shut down. The Chelsea restaurant never gained a following. Barchetta, 461 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011, no phone.
After 25 years serving TriBeCa denizens upscale Italian cuisine, Il Giglio has closed. Il Giglio, 81 Warren St., New York, NY 10007, no phone.
Chef Andy Ricker's Whiskey Soda Lounge NY, which served Thai drinking dishes, has shut down. Ricker will still operate his immensely popular Pok Pok NY and Phat Thai in the same neighborhood. Celebrity chef and co-host of the TV show The Chew, Carla Hall, is taking over the Whiskey Soda Lounge NY space to open a restaurant that offers hot chicken. Whiskey Soda Lounge NY, 115 Columbia St., Brooklyn, NY 11201, no phone.
Commerce, the six-year-old beloved West Village restaurant, has shut down. Chef Harold Moore has reported that a four-year rift with the landlord has finally culminated with it closing. Moore plans to open Harold's Meat + Three in the Tommie Hudson Square hotel this autumn. Commerce, 50 Commerce St., New York, NY 10014, no phone.
The East Village outpost of the popular Queens fowl spot, Unidentified Flying Chickens, has shut down permanently. Unidentified Flying Chickens, 60 Third Ave., New York, NY 10003, no phone.

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