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Artichoke Pizza Is Opening a Detroit-Style Pizza Restaurant

Source: Eater NY

Lions and Tigers and Squares debuts in Chelsea this month

The owner of popular late night pizzeria Artichoke is getting in on the Detroit-style pizza game.

Artichoke founder and co-owner Francis Garcia is opening two new concepts, including one in Chelsea focused on the current Detroit style trend. Lions and Tigers and Squares — the name is an ode to the city’s major sports teams — is set to open at 268 West 23rd St., near 8th Avenue, at the end of the month.

The square pizza will be served with a traditional caramelized cheese crust and toppings that include ...

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A Luxury Sake Bar from Tokyo Eyes New York Opening

Source: Eater NY

Twelv offers sake tastings and $700 bottles of sake

A super upscale sake bar from Tokyo with sake tasting menus and $700 bottles is headed to New York. Twelv, which specializes in sake and Japanese tapas made from organic ingredients, is scouting spaces in Soho and the West Village, according to Norihiro Tacamizuma, CEO of the company that will open the bar.

The idea behind the bar is that while sake in Japan is considered “traditional,” Twelv aims to be fashion-forward and focuses on sakes that are naturally-made. The interior at the Tokyo location was done by architects who’ve ...

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Rossopomodoro Owner Launches Fast-Casual Pizza Chain

Source: Eater NY

It’s debuting with two locations for the Neapolitan-style pies

Joining the slew of new fast-casual pizza restaurants to hit New York City recently — &pizza, Martina, Blaze — is Simo Pizza, a spinoff Neapolitan-style pizzeria from the owners of Rossopomodoro.

Rossopomodoro chef/owner Simone Falco is coming in hot with not one, but two locations already squared away for the restaurant, which will serve four different pies daily for $10 or under. The first Simo will launch in the Meatpacking District at 90-92 Gansevoort Street, with a second to follow over the summer at 300 Livingston Street in downtown ...

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Former Philippe Chow Head Takes Over UES Restaurant For Asian Steakhouse

Source: Eater NY

Jade Sixty will serve wagyu beef and sushi

A founder of splashy Chinese-ish chain Philippe Chow now has an address for the home of his next project, an Asian steakhouse called Jade Sixty.

Restaurateur Stratis Morfogen, who now owns Jue Land Club and Skinny’s Satay, will be taking over the Blue on Park space at 116 East 60th Street, between Lexington and Third avenues. He’s partnering up with Franco Moscato, who previously owned Rothman’s. Earlier this week, the staff of Blu on Park were spotted posting a “closed for renovation” sign at the space.

“He doesn’t want ...

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Jean-Georges’ JoJo Reopens Tonight With a Lighter Look

Source: Eater NY

The UES mainstay underwent a revamp

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten is ready to reopen his very first solo restaurant JoJo with a facelift, some 26 years after it first debuted.

The restaurant, which opened in 1991 on the Upper East Side, was the first that Vongerichten opened on his own. Over the years, his style has gotten cleaner, with an emphasis on organic, local, and plant-based ingredients, but the brownstone’s boudoir décor of carpeting, heavy curtains, and purple velvet accents had more recently been deemed “antique”-feeling.

Last October, JoJo closed for a total renovation, and today, the restaurant at 160 ...

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Le Cirque May Have Already Found a New Space

Source: Eater NY

Sources say the Maccioni family already has a replacement for the fine dining restaurant

It looks like Le Cirque may have already found a new home. According to industry sources and employees of the restaurant, the legendary French spot will be moving for the fourth time — this time, to the Upper East Side.

Sources say the Maccioni family are eyeing a restaurant space at 36 East 60th Street, between Madison Avenue and Park Avenue, possibly with the help of major NYC developer William L. Zeckendorf. Zeckendorf’s super high-end building 520 Park Avenue sits across the street, and sources ...

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Another Ambitious Restaurant Opens Near Brooklyn Waterfront This Week

Source: Eater NY

The Osprey comes from Matt Abramcyk and a Locanda Verde vet chef

The restaurateur behind Tribeca spots like Tiny’s and Yves opens in Brooklyn Heights this week with The Osprey, an American restaurant on the ground floor of the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge.

Matt Abramcyk — best known for building a restaurant empire in Tribeca — has brought on chef Michael Oliver for the restaurant at 60 Furman Street, near Brooklyn Bridge Park. Oliver, former executive sous chef at Locanda Verde and Lafayette, will be serving a seasonal American menu with the help of former Vinegar Hill chef Mike ...

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Celebrity Magnet Beautique May Reopen as an Entirely New Restaurant

Source: Eater NY

The owners want to bring on a chef with pedigree

Celebrity and billionaire favorite Beautique suddenly shuttered its Midtown location this week with word that it would reopen — but management now says the new version of the restaurant may have an entirely new name and menu.

A spokesman for the lavish restaurant, located at West 58th Street between 5th and 6th avenues, says that the four-year-old French-ish American restaurant plans to bring on a new chef. The resulting menu will be either French or Italian cuisine, depending on who’s hired. Candidates are currently being interviewed, including a TV personality ...

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Troubled Trump Soho Hotel Space Finds New Restaurant Tenant

Source: Eater NY

Chef John Creger is opening Spring & Varick this month

A new restaurant is taking a bet on success in the Trump Soho hotel space — even though the previous tenant closed after regulars ditched following the election.

Chef John Creger, a former Artisanal chef who’s worked at Le Cirque and Bar Americain, is taking over the space at 246 Spring Street, at Varick Street. The new restaurant Spring & Varick will serve modern American fare.

Pan-Asian clubstaurant Koi used to be in the space. It closed in April, with owners saying that business declined after the election due ...

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West Village Greek Restaurant Nisi Plots Three More NYC Locations

Source: Eater NY

The restaurant from a former Liquiteria CEO plans to go big

West Village Greek restaurant Nisi already has some big expansion plans. Mike Hamani has partnered up with Mark Wood, a former CEO of juice chain Liquiteria, to open at least three more locations of the Bleecker Street spot in New York City — plus outposts in Miami and Los Angeles.

The first new outpost will be in a bi-level location in the west 40s, with 150 seats and an upstairs lounge. Like the original, the location will offer seafood by the pound. It’s expected to open early 2018. ...

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Le Bilboquet Team Plans New French Restaurant on Upper East Side

Source: Eater NY

Partners behind the fancy UES mainstay are expanding

The partners behind fancy French UES restaurant Le Bilboquet are plotting another French restaurant on the Upper East Side together.

Billionaire Ron Perelman and restaurateur Philippe Delgrange will be opening a to-be-named restaurant at 27 East 62nd Street, between Madison and Park avenues. It’s on the first floor of a building Perelman purchased in 2014. The new spot will only be about 50 seats and will focus on the cuisine of Provence, according to insiders. Look for a February opening.

Perelman and Delgrange have been busy lately, with a splashy Hamptons offshoot ...

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Is Le Cirque Closing?

Source: Eater NY

Owners are trying to save the restaurant from shuttering at the end of 2017

It looks like one of the city’s most legendary restaurants, Le Cirque may close, with New Year’s Eve the final night of service after a more than 40-year run.

At least that’s what staffers have been telling regular customers. In response, some residents at the neighboring Bloomberg building have been trying to raise money to stave off the closing.

“A group of us were going to put together a fund to float them, and to raise a couple of million from this group is no big ...

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Is Le Cirque Closing?

Source: Eater NY

Owners are trying to save the restaurant from shuttering at the end of 2017

It looks like one of the city’s most legendary restaurants, Le Cirque may close, with New Year’s Eve the final night of service after a more than 40-year run.

At least that’s what staffers have been telling regular customers. In response, some residents at the neighboring Bloomberg building have been trying to raise money to stave off the closing.

“A group of us were going to put together a fund to float them, and to raise a couple of million from this group is no big ...

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Southside and Brinkley’s Will Close in Late June

Source: Eater NY

It’s last call at two notorious Nolita pickup bars

As The Martignetti brothers have been building a mini empire uptown, they’ve decided to shutter their original downtown spots/pickup bars on June 24: Southside which opened in 2007 and Brinkley’s which debuted in 2008. The two bars functioned as veritable meat markets, usually packed with financial types on the hunt.

“We’ve had a good twelve year run and we made a lot of friends, but we are moving on and Anthony and I want to focus on expanding our other restaurant brands,’’ says Tom Martignetti. “It’s always better to leave on ...

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LA’s Farid Zadi and Rome’s Cristina Bowerman Join NYC Chefs on an All-Star Roster Monday

With 20 chefs from around the world, it’s one of the biggest-deal swanky charity events of the year

One of Italy’s most celebrated chefs Cristina Bowerman from Rome’s Romeo, along with the chef who makes some of LA’s best tacos, the North African-native Farid Zadi will join 20 colleagues to cook for the 32nd Chefs’ Tribute to Citymeals — the nonprofit that feeds homebound elderly — on June 12 in the Rockefeller Center skating rink.

“I’m very excited that we have chefs coming from Lebanon and Croatia,” says Citymeals co-founder and Insatiable Critic Gael Greene. “Citymeals created the chef walk around 32 years ago and I think it’s still the best moveable feast in town.” She says the event has raised around a million dollars a year.

With a focus on cuisines of the Mediterranean, the event will include duos and trios playing Greek, Italian, and Turkish music, belly dancers and an area with a bocce court.

Citymeals tries to honor the needs and requests of participating chefs, but this year had to turn down one from Hrvoje Zirojević, who is traveling from his restaurant in Croatia. He wanted to bring a deli meat slicer, but they had safety concerns about a meat slicer being so close to attendees. Eater got a sneak peak at a few dishes being prepared this year, which include:

Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar & Grill: Grilled branzino with roasted cherry tomatoes, olives, ramps, fava beans, herbs de Provence and sauce vert

Celebrity Greek chef Maria Loi of Loi Estiatorio: baklava kyklos with spiced honey drizzle

Michael Psilakis of MP Taverna: Greek salad and tuna tartare with whipped ricotta, garlic, and chive

Marc Forgione of Marc Forgione: nduja ravioli, clams, and green garlic

Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group (Lincoln Ristorante, Rock Center Cafe): Contemporary Nicoise salad in a can

Markus Glocker of Batard: Miso-braised pork shoulder sandwich with jalepeño and slaw

Daniel Boulud and Travis Swikard of Boulud Sud: Smoked eggplant ravioli confit with tomato, feta cheese, za’atar-mint pesto

Tickets start at a swanky charity event-priced $600 for a regular ticket and can be purchased here.

Cafe Clover Branches Out to East Hampton

Source: Eater NY

It has partnered with a restaurant in The Maidstone Hotel

Downing Street’s Cafe Clover owners Kyle Hotchkiss Carone and David Rabin are diving into Hamptons real estate this season having partnered with Jenny Baker at Maidstone Hotel in East Hampton. Cafe Clover’s David Standridge will be the consulting chef of the restaurant, which will now be called The Maidstone instead of The Living Room.

Standridge likens the menu to California meets the Hamptons, with vegetables and shellfish the focal points. “Even when coming up with dishes I think of as indulgent vacation foods, I’m keeping in mind that most people ...

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Wölffer Estate Rolls Out Rosé-Inspired Fare at a New Hamptons Spot

Source: Eater NY

Wölffer Kitchen Amagansett will open this week

Wölffer Estate Vineyard’s Joey and Mark Wölffer are opening their second Hamptons restaurant at 4 Amagansett Square this week and they’re calling it Wölffer Kitchen Amagansett. The first Wölffer Kitchen opened opened in Sag Harbor in 2015.

The new restaurant will focus on fresh “rosé-inspired cuisine” and the wine list will of course feature wines and ciders from Wölffer as well as other Long Island wineries.

Vanity Fair reported that Wölffer Estates in Sagaponack was in part responsible for rosé becoming a thing stateside, with the vineyard producing its first rosé in 1992 at ...

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David Bouley Will Close Tribeca Flagship in Late June

Source: Eater NY

He’ll open ‘B at Home’ in the Flatiron mid- to late-summer

Though the time table is a a bit delayed from earlier projections, David Bouley may finally be getting ready to close down his iconic Tribeca restaurant Bouley at 163 Duane Street by early summer. A reservationist confirms that the French fine dining restaurant is taking reservations through June. Originally, word was that he would close it by the end of last year.

Up next, the chef will be opening B at Home, a wine bar with food in the Flatiron District at 31 East 21st Street, next ...

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Before Opening a Nolita Spot, the Vongerichtens Will Open a Restaurant in Jakarta

Source: Eater NY

It’s a busy year for Cedric and his wife Ochi

Before they open their Nolita Indonesian restaurant at 20 Spring Street by the end of the year, Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s son Cedric and his wife Ochi — who’s Indonesian — will be opening a restaurant in Jakarta at the Alila Hotel.

“We are bringing American/French cuisine to Indonesia and then reversing it here,” Cedric says.

The younger Vongerichten says his new New York restaurant will be more casual than Perry Street where he has been chef de cuisine, but distinctly different from his father’s Southeast Asian venture Spice Market. “That ...

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Food Hall Union Fare Adds Literary-Themed Cocktail Lounge

Source: Eater NY

Noble Room has cocktails like “‘Chata in the Rye”

Union Fare, the restaurant and food hall that stretches a full block from 17th to 18th streets off Union Square, is opening a new 70-seat downstairs lounge on Thursday. The new lounge Noble Room is a reference to the fact that the space once housed the original Barnes & Noble.

Banquettes will wrap around the room’s border, rugs will be installed, and foliage added, while the cocktail list will offer drinks that pay homage to the room’s literary past. Spritzcurious, for instance, is a sparkling banana-based cocktail celebrating Curious George, ...

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Tertulia’s Seamus Mullen Out at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

Source: Eater NY

He was the headliner chef for a project in the works since 2014

With press as early as 2014 that Seamus Mullen would head up the kitchen at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge, the Tertulia chef is out at the eco-friendly hotel which opened last month. The restaurant still hasn’t opened yet.

“Seamus Mullen and SH Group [a division of Starwood Capital Group] decided to discontinue their work together on the 1 HotelBrooklyn Bridge project,” says a spokesperson. “The decision was made for reasons that have nothing to do with food or concept. SH Group continues to think very highly ...

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Vegan Sushi Is Taking Over Manhattan

Source: Eater NY

Beyond Sushi will open three restaurants this year —including a full-service place, with booze

Beyond Sushi, the plant-based, vegan, grab-and-go restaurant is planning two more locations for spring. The first will debut in April in FIDI’s City Acres Market at 70 Pine St. while the second will open in May: a larger, full-service restaurant at 134 West 37th St., with a liquor license.

“It will be about seven times the size of our Union Square location,” says Tali Vaknin, who owns Beyond Sushi with her husband and the chef, Guy Vaknin. “And we will have phenomenal drinks, including a really ...

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Tao Group Jockeys To Take Over Opia

Source: Eater NY

Clubstaurant kings sign onto two spaces this month

After 16 years, it appears the space on the second floor of 130 E 57th St. that housed Frederic Lesort’s restaurant lounge Opia is about to change hands.

“My 15-year lease was up in September and I chose not to renew,” says Lesort. “It is time to move on and do something else but I am still open seven days a week for now.”

Industry sources say that Tao Group, which owns Avra as well as Stanton Social, Tao, Lavo, and Vandal will be taking over the space.

“We are not ready ...

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