Author Archives: Melissa McCart

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Hudson Yards Will Cost Nearly $100 Million Over Budget — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, Gwyneth Paltrow visits The Grill

Unanticipated expenses for Hudson Yards

The destination-in-progress that will include a food hall from Jose Andres and the Adria brothers, as well as a collection of Thomas Keller-approved restaurants, Hudson Yards could cost the city an additional $100 million, reports The Real Deal. That’s $64 million for the four acres of open space called Hudson Park & Boulevard and $32 million for an extension of the subway. It’s not yet clear how the additional expenses will be funded: “The development corporation has already issued the maximum amount of completion bonds ($3 ...

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Hometown Fried Chicken Is Back on Track

Source: Eater NY

Billy Durney’s second Red Hook restaurant could open as soon as September

Despite delays that have stalled his sophomore restaurant build-out, Hometown Bar-B-Que chef owner Billy Durney is back on track to open his second Red Hook restaurant Hometown Fried Chicken as soon as September.

In April, the buildout at 329 Van Brunt Street was derailed when a stop work order had been placed on the property for life when the expeditor of his project Scott Schnall — the guy who helps restaurants land permits and navigate the city’s bureaucracy — was banned from working in the city. After ...

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No Breslin at the Ace on Bowery — and More Intel

Plus, Eric Werner from Hartwood in Tulum is coming to cook for New Yorkers

No Breslin sibling at the Bowery Ace

Another Ace Hotel shows signs of progress in the former Salvation Army location at 225 Bowery with Bowery Boogie pointing to “rooftop appendages” for the rooftop bar following the interior gutting: “Eventually, this new construction will look something like this.” Though the hotel will feature a 130-seat restaurant, last we checked, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield are not setting up a restaurant in that location, despite that The Breslin and The John Dory anchor the NoMad’s Ace.

Tulum in New York

Exciting news for those who can’t afford to jet off to Tulum, as well as those who miss their vacation dinner at Hartwood: Eric Werner is cooking at Chefs Club (275 Mulberry Street) on June 22 and 23. The Peasant alum and master of open-fire cooking will prepare five Hartwood dishes for an à la carte menu. You can book through Open Table here.

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Shoolbred’s is closing

EVGrieve reports that Shoolbred’s at 197 Second Avenue will close on Sunday after nearly ten years in the neighborhood because the rent’s too high. “It is appropriate that we should be closing on Father’s Day weekend,” co-owner Robert Morgan told the blog, “Shoolbred’s was designed as ‘Your Father’s Bar, while your father is away on business.'” Morgan also runs Kingston Hall on Second Avenue and Baci e Vendetta on Avenue A with Nic Ratner.

A Bronx Tale’s Chazz Palminteri moves his restaurant

The man who wrote and performed the Broadway show — now playing at the Longacre Theatre — also has a namesake restaurant that he’s moving from Second Avenue to 30 West 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues at the Cambria Hotel later this month. The restaurant has resided at its current location since 2015.

It’s herring season, don’t you know?

Grand Central Oyster Bar kicked off its Holland Herring Festival that runs through June 30, with an event earlier this week with the higher-ups from the Netherlands Consulate. The delicacy arrives air-expressed from Scheveningen, The Netherlands, on the North Sea where herring is caught. For the next two weeks, they’ll be served with hard-boiled egg, sweet onion, and chives, priced starting at $7.

Mark your calendar: Rosé soiree at Roberta’s

Next Sunday there’s a rosé soiree on Sunday, June 25 from noon to 6 p.m. Wine guy Hugh Crickmore will feature over thirty natural, organic, and biodynamic rosés from producers from around the world. And because no rose party is complete without a pig roast, there will be pork — along with pizzas available from the take-out bakery.

What does it take to raise a perfect oyster?

Find out here:

No Breslin at the Ace on Bowery — and More Intel

Plus, Eric Werner from Hartwood in Tulum is coming to cook for New Yorkers

No Breslin sibling at the Bowery Ace

Another Ace Hotel shows signs of progress in the former Salvation Army location at 225 Bowery with Bowery Boogie pointing to “rooftop appendages” for the rooftop bar following the interior gutting: “Eventually, this new construction will look something like this.” Though the hotel will feature a 130-seat restaurant, last we checked, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield are not setting up a restaurant in that location, despite that The Breslin and The John Dory anchor the NoMad’s Ace.

Tulum in New York

Exciting news for those who can’t afford to jet off to Tulum, as well as those who miss their vacation dinner at Hartwood: Eric Werner is cooking at Chefs Club (275 Mulberry Street) on June 22 and 23. The Peasant alum and master of open-fire cooking will prepare five Hartwood dishes for an à la carte menu. You can book through Open Table here.

Carretera Tulum Boca Paila

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Shoolbred’s is closing

EVGrieve reports that Shoolbred’s at 197 Second Avenue will close on Sunday after nearly ten years in the neighborhood because the rent’s too high. “It is appropriate that we should be closing on Father’s Day weekend,” co-owner Robert Morgan told the blog, “Shoolbred’s was designed as ‘Your Father’s Bar, while your father is away on business.'” Morgan also runs Kingston Hall on Second Avenue and Baci e Vendetta on Avenue A with Nic Ratner.

A Bronx Tale’s Chazz Palminteri moves his restaurant

The man who wrote and performed the Broadway show — now playing at the Longacre Theatre — also has a namesake restaurant that he’s moving from Second Avenue to 30 West 46th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues at the Cambria Hotel later this month. The restaurant has resided at its current location since 2015.

It’s herring season, don’t you know?

Grand Central Oyster Bar kicked off its Holland Herring Festival that runs through June 30, with an event earlier this week with the higher-ups from the Netherlands Consulate. The delicacy arrives air-expressed from Scheveningen, The Netherlands, on the North Sea where herring is caught. For the next two weeks, they’ll be served with hard-boiled egg, sweet onion, and chives, priced starting at $7.

Mark your calendar: Rosé soiree at Roberta’s

Next Sunday there’s a rosé soiree on Sunday, June 25 from noon to 6 p.m. Wine guy Hugh Crickmore will feature over thirty natural, organic, and biodynamic rosés from producers from around the world. And because no rose party is complete without a pig roast, there will be pork — along with pizzas available from the take-out bakery.

What does it take to raise a perfect oyster?

Find out here:

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Cecconi’s in Dumbo Has the View of the Summer

Source: Eater NY

The Soho House restaurant opens this week

Cecconi’s has opened in Dumbo at 55 Water Street in a spectacular location with views of the Manhattan skyline and bridges. The restaurant from Nick Jones of Soho House & Co. landed in Brooklyn precisely because of this perch.

The restaurant that started in Venice now includes locations in Mayfair, West Hollywood, Miami Beach, Berlin, Barcelona, and Istanbul, among others — plus another one opening in London at The Ned hotel.

Trieste-native Riccardo Bilotta is the chef, who comes by way of Geoffrey Zakarian’s Lamb’s Club. Before that, he was the the executive ...

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Catch Kingpin Mark Birnbaum Sells Half His Company to Landry’s

Source: Eater NY

Plans for expansion are underway

Catch owner and “king of New York nightlifeMark Birnbaum is riding high after the sale of half of his hospitality company EMM Group to increasingly monopolistic restaurant group Landry’s. Landry’s is owned by billionaire Tilman Feritta the Texas money man behind Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Rainforest Cafe, and CNBC show “Billion Dollar Buyer” who also recently bought the 17 restaurants of BR Guest, which includes Dos Caminos and Bill’s Bar & Burger.

To celebrate his 40th birthday with a spurt of Feritta money, on Saturday night Birnbaum reopened for ...

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Literally Fish for Your Dinner at This Japanese Chain Opening in Chelsea

Source: Eater NY

Rent poles, buy bait, and hook your line inside the restaurant

You’ll need a fishing pole at the soon-to-open Zauo, the restaurant where diners can fish for their dinner that’s debuting in Chelsea. Yet another Japanese chain opening in New York, Zauo will open its three-floor restaurant at 152 West 24th Street, where diners on the first two levels can sit in a “boat” and reel in fish from a tank stocked with ten different kinds of fish.

If the Chelsea location is set up like one of the Zauo locations in Japan, diners start by grabbing poles ...

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Get Your Car Snacks Ready: It’s Eater Road Trip Week

Source: Eater NY

Fun day trips and easy overnights for your summer planning

Rev your engines for Road Trip Week across Eater as we fill you in on fun spots for eating and drinking Out East, up north, and elsewhere — starting now.

From this very moment through Friday, every site across the Eater network will offer posts to inspire you to plan a road trip focused on food or drinks, whether it’s destination dining, waterside spots, ice cream, Mexican food, and more.

Have a suggestion for a road trip? Feel free to share it in the comments. And don’t forget about ...

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Red Hook Dive Bar Sunny’s Raised the Money to Stay Open — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, two new beer gardens open in Rockaway

A Sunny’s Celebration

Sunny’s in Red Hook has raised the down payment on the $2.5 million property that will allow the artsy dive bar to keep the doors open — and they’re having a party on June 21 as a last-push fundraiser at Littlefield (622 Degraw Street). Once owned by Sunny Balzano, the owner died last year which exacerbated the family fight over what to do with the property. His widow Tone Balzano Johansen got approval to buy the building (253 Conover Street) in January and had six months to raise funds ...

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Eleven Madison Park Closes for the Summer on Sunday

Source: Eater NY

In case you’ve forgotten

This Sunday marks the start of the summer-long hiatus for Eleven Madison Park, Will Guidara and Daniel Humm’s New York restaurant that earned the number one spot on the World’s 50 Best list. Rumor has it Questlove is headlining the invite-only closing party Sunday.

Starting later this month, the crew is headed to East Hampton to EMP Summer House (341 Pantigo Road) with indoor and outdoor seating a seafood-centric menu and, under a big tent out back, lobster rolls, burgers, salads, and grilled fish. There will also be large-format meals like a lobster boil. ...

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The 10 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of the Summer

Source: Eater NY

Speedy pasta, world-famous cocktails, food halls, and The Pool

Big, splashy projects dominate the summer’s restaurant openings, starting with the first Grant Achatz project in NYC set to debut in the Mandarin Oriental, to the EMP Summer House with hard-to-score reservations out east. Read on for openings we’re excited about between now and around Labor Day.


The Aviary

The Operators: Nick Kokonas and Grant Achatz

The Details: When Chicago’s most famous cocktail bar the Aviary and the Office open on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental this summer, restaurateur Nick Kokonas and chef Grant Achatz will serve breakfast and ...

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The 10 Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of the Summer

Source: Eater NY

Speedy pasta, world-famous cocktails, food halls, and The Pool

Big, splashy projects dominate the summer’s restaurant openings, starting with the first Grant Achatz project in NYC set to debut in the Mandarin Oriental, to the EMP Summer House with hard-to-score reservations out east. Read on for openings we’re excited about between now and around Labor Day.


The Aviary

The Operators: Nick Kokonas and Grant Achatz

The Details: When Chicago’s most famous cocktail bar the Aviary and the Office open on the 35th floor of the Mandarin Oriental this summer, restaurateur Nick Kokonas and chef Grant Achatz will serve breakfast and ...

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Bobby Flay Buys a Racehorse Before the Belmont — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, all-day brunch with an all-you-can-drink beer ATM

Flay’s a betting man

Some people bet on a horse: Bobby Flay buys them. Turns out he’s invested in a second colt, a 25 percent interest in J Boys Echo in a $485,000 purchase, says Page Six, just before Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. This year was the horse’s 15th Kentucky Derby; it has two wins in seven career starts and has earned $349,600. Last year, Flay bought an interest in Creator before it won the Belmont.

More to Crave

Todd Mitgang and Brian Owens of Crave Fishbar are expanding. Chef ...

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Bruno Pizza’s Landlord Is Going to Jail

Source: Eater NY

Notorious slumlord Steve Croman owes $5M in fines

Steve Croman, the notorious slumlord and owner of 140 buildings — including the one that houses Bruno Pizza in the East Village — is going to Rikers Island for a year. Originally charged with over 20 felonies, Croman has pleaded guilty to three felony charges of grand larceny, tax fraud, and another fraud charge relating to false statements.

By pleading guilty, Croman avoided jail time between 3.25 and 11 years, reports The Real Deal. He’s also on the hook to pay $5 million in fines with $3 million to ...

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Michelin-Starred Masa Chef Giggles With Seth Meyers to Promote New Restaurant — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, get ready for cheesecake at a new Junior’s location

Masa Takayama on Late Night with Seth Meyers

The Michelin three-starred chef owner of Masa was on “Late Night” making summer cocktails and items on the menu at the upcoming Tetsu, opening later this month. The two joked their way through a tuna guacamole appetizer and noodles made out of fish, when Takayama revealed that the Tetsu menu will include burgers. And not just one — there will be four, made of lamb, beef, duck, and chicken. Check it out:

Another Manhattan location for Junior’s

Alan Rosen...

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Public Hotel Restaurants Open This Week

Source: Eater NY

NYC’s busiest chef just keeps going

Tonight is the invite-only opening party at the new Public Hotel (215 Chrystie Street) from hotelier Ian Schrager, who has teamed up with Jean-Georges Vongerichten for the food and beverage for the hotel. It includes Public Kitchen as the showcase restaurant, along with several other food-and-drink spots: The outdoor terrace of the Bowery Garden, a luncheonette/grocery/coffee shop called Louis (named after Schrager’s son), Diego that’s “akin to a private gentlemen’s club in London,” a scene-y rooftop bar, and the lobby bar.

Initial reports pointed to today and tomorrow as the opening date, ...

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Cote Opens From Michelin-Starred Piora Crew This Week

The Korean steakhouse dry-ages cuts in-house

Cote — a Korean steakhouse from Simon Kim of the Michelin-starred Piora — is officially opening for dinner on Thursday, June 8 at 16 West 22nd Street in Flatiron. The name is a Korean play on the word for flower, but it’s also used in reference to intensely-marbled steaks.

M. Wells alum David Shim is the executive chef, overseeing a menu of USDA Prime rib-eye and sirloin dry-aged on site. Also on the menu are classic steakhouse dishes like shrimp cocktail, steak tartare, and wedge salad, as well as a dolsot bibimbop and a prix-fixe butcher’s feast: a display of banchan, stews, a savory egg souffle, and four cuts of beef that’s grilled at the table.

As for drinks, look for soju, martinis, old-fashioneds, and wine poured from magnums, a selection chosen by Victoria James, also of Piora. Thomas Brown is the director of operations.

Seating includes a marble-topped standing bar, two dining rooms with grill tables, booths, and benches.

Chris Cipollone and Simon Kim’s Piora opened in 2013 and has retained its single Michelin star for several years.

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Dinner Series Where Refugees Cook (And Get Profits) Is Growing

Source: Eater NY

Bigger dinners to break fast during Ramadan helps recently arrived refugees get on their feet

The fundraising dinner series where refugees make food — and use the profits to get back on their feet — is getting even bigger with a new feast at a new cafe later this month.

The Displaced Dinner series, first hosted at Mazeish Grill, will move its June dinners to Spreadhouse Cafe (116 Suffolk Street) for both a bedouin-style seated dinner, and a five-course dinner for $59 per person. The meals will be on June 16th and June 30th.

The series, initially a grassroots ...

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Grocerant City Acres Will Open Food Hall in FiDi in June

Source: Eater NY

It’ll host Vanessa’s Dumpling House, Artichoke Pizza, Beyond Sushi, and more

City Acres will open June 19 at 70 Pine Street with a food hall and grocerant — including vendors Artichoke Pizza, Vanessa’s Dumpling House, JuiceBrothers, the vegan-friendly Cinnamon Snail, and another location of Beyond Sushi following its full-service spot that opened last month.

The food hall and market is in a 13,000 square-foot space on the ground floor and basement-level and was originally scheduled to open in March. The first location for City Acres, which started as Key Foods Urban Market, opened in 2013 ...

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Union Fare Signs a Lease on a Hudson Yards Location — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus an all-felt bodega at The High Line

Union Fare to open a second location near Hudson Yards

Union Fare is expanding to a second space, a 30,000 square-foot location near the High Line entrance by Hudson Yards at 535 West 28th Street. The venue, called Union Fare at 28th Street, expected to open in late 2017, will feature a new American restaurant, a French spot, an oyster and champagne bar at Fog Cutter, and a cocktail bar with small plates called Bar Coquette. Owner Will Kim is working with Blank Design on the space; the details are being ...

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Jonathan Benno Will Open Three Restaurants in The Evelyn Hotel

Source: Eater NY

Construction is about to begin for a fall or winter opening

Criminally under-appreciated chefJonathan Benno, who left Lincoln as head chef after six years back in March, will headline restaurants at The Evelyn Hotel in Nomad (7 E. 27th Street), where he’ll oversee the food and beverage program. Expect a high-profile restaurant called Benno, along with a casual restaurant, and a fast-casual restaurant — one of which may or may not offer pizza.

In addition to heading the kitchen at Lincoln, Benno’s impressive resume includes having been chef de cuisine at Per Se for six ...

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No More Peeping Tom at Clever Blend — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus, Lorde gifts festival passes to a cashier at Liquiteria

No more peeping Tom at Clever Blend

Following customer outrage and a negative Yelp campaign, Park Slope cafe Clever Blend has removed its peeping Tom sign from a restroom door, but its Civil War-era map remains on the wall. Co-owner Luca Tesconi sent a photo to Munchies as to why the map remains hanging. “This map shows how the US geography briefly changed as some Southern states with cotton-based economies joined the Confederate States of America in a stupid attempt to maintain their ‘legal’ rights to Slavery and profit from ...

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Paper Planes, from LA Eggslut Founder Alvin Cailan, Set to Land in NYC by Fall

Source: Eater NY

You can try some of the menu at Chefs Club Counter

Today is the final day of the a.m. Eggslut offerings at the newly-opened Chefs Club Counter on Spring Street. And while chef-owner Alvin Cailan isn’t going anywhere, his new menu will roll out tomorrow — in anticipation of his soon-to-open NYC brick and mortar spot, Paper Planes, in a yet-to-be-disclosed location. To celebrate the changeover and tease the new menu, Cailan is giving away breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 1.

Paper Planes, from LA Eggslut Founder Alvin Cailan, Set to Land in NYC by Fall
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Paper Planes’ raclette tots

“I’m not from New York but I ...

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Drawing Inspiration from Mexico City, Casa Pública Opens in Williamsburg Today

Source: Eater NY

Look for homestyle Mexican dishes and large-format drinks

Another pastry chef is opening a Mexican restaurant — this time in Brooklyn. Bob Truitt, who left Altamarea Group after six years, will join Meaghan Montagano and managing partner Daniel Ortiz de Montellano to open Casa Pública today: A Mexico City-inspired spot at 594 Union Avenue in Williamsburg, a block from McCarren Park.

Truitt — whose experience includes working under the Adria brothers at El Bulli and Stephen Starr at Morimoto — is focusing on regional Mexican home cooking with an opening menu of small plates like esquites, ceviche, tacos, and ...

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A Two-Alarm Fire at Artichoke Basille’s Pizza — and More Intel

Source: Eater NY

Plus unlimited rose at a pig roast and an all-day Monday brunch

Early a.m. two-alarm fire

Artichoke Basille’s Pizza at 328 E. 14th Street caught fire early this morning, a two-alarm blaze that started on the ground floor. Damage reportedly extended to the upper levels. Firefighters got the call at 5:15 a.m and had it under control by around 6:30 a.m. From the Daily News: “I woke up to drunk girls on the street eating pizza and taking Snapchats, saying ‘Holy s–t! There’s a fire,'” said Morgan Crouse, 25, who lives above the pizzeria.

The restaurant opened in 2008 ...

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