Restaurant and bar openings: October 31-November 6, 2013

Golden Cadillac Food & Drink, A Slice of Naples and more debut in New York City

Hot Grasshopper at Golden Cadillac

Hot Grasshopper at Golden Cadillac Photograph: Virginia Rollison


The following venues are expected to open by November 6th. Always call ahead, as openings can be delayed.

Brooklyn Night Bazaar The crowd-pleasing pop-up market—a Williamsburg holiday-shopping favorite since 2011—found a permanent home in this 24,000-square-foot Greenpoint warehouse. Modeled after eclectic Asian street markets, the flea runs year-round on weekend nights—Sigmund’s Pretzels uses the space during weekdays—and features a locally focused lineup of artists, craftspeople and food vendors. On the menu are BrisketTown’s topflight pork ribs, Ample Hills Creamery ice cream (salted caramel, coconut-fudge), lobster rolls from the Lobster Joint and Arancini Bros. rice balls. Kelso and Brooklyn Lager are on tap in the beer garden. The sprawling emporium is also equipped with a minigolf course, a rock-climbing wall and large-scale light installations by NBNY, and live bands play nightly. 165 Banker St at Norman Ave, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (no phone yet)

Golden Cadillac Food & Drink Before Times Square transformed into a light-polluted tourist trap and the Bowery became a monied playground, New York City’s streets were littered with a far-grittier bunch. Nostalgic for the 1970s, third-generation barman Giuseppe Gonzalez (PKNY, Clover Club) and drinks historian Greg Boehm (owner of barware emporium Cocktail Kingdom) join forces for the first time for this ode to the seedy decade. At the 55-seat spot—outfitted with a wooden canopy bar and patterned wallpaper—the powerhouse duo revives maligned classics like the hot grasshopper, the sour-apple Bellini and the Miami Vice (a frozen piña colada with a strawberry daiquiri float). To match the throwback quaffs, chef Miguel Trinidad (Maharlika, Jeepney) crafts a menu of retro comfort eats from vintage food magazines—a shrimp Louis salad with Treasure Island dressing; a deep-fried Monte Cristo sandwich; and Italian turnovers stuffed with tomato alla vodka and cheese. 13 First Ave at 1st St (646-924-8153)

Maison Kayser Grab baguettes and pastries at the fourth NYC location of Eric Kayser’s global boulangerie chain. The Bryant Park outpost—which boasts a standing-only coffee bar—also features a selection of grab-and-go sandwiches, salads and soup. 8 W 40th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-354-2300)

Randolph Brooklyn The industrial 2,500-square-foot hall—operated by the crew behind the Randolph at Broome and Randolph Beer—is loosely inspired by ‘70s punk, with red-leather banquettes, retro televisions and collages of era-appropriate album art. Find 12 draft lines at the distressed-wood bar, with craft beers like Peak Organic Fresh Cut pilsner, Greenflash Hop Head Red ale and Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ ale. For spirit seekers, cocktails include the Old Roman (rye, rhubarb aperitivo, absinthe and bitters) and a Randolph Paloma (pepper-infused tequila, grapefruit, strawberry, agave nectar and smoked salt). Balance the booze with grown-up bar bites, such as pulled-lamb sliders with coriander-feta yogurt, seared striped bass with clam dashi, and panfried chicken with confited potato and grilled garlic chives. 104 South 4th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-0412)

Shaka Burrito Hang ten at this burrito joint from gourmet grocer Garden of Eden. As at the original Long Branch, NJ, location, this Gramercy hangout draws inspiration from the Aloha State, featuring surfboard menus and a tiki-hut bar. Off the six-burrito menu, choose from wraps like the Big Island Shrimp (shellfish with grilled pineapple and Vidalia onions) and the Big Kahuna (chicken, beef, jack cheddar and guacamole). For dessert, cool off with a cup of shaved ice. 210 E 23rd St between Second and Third Aves (212-213-4612)

A Slice of Naples After acing flash-fried pies at Forcella next door and kosher rounds at Pizza da Solo, specialty-pizza savant Giulio Adriani set his sights on pizza al metro for this ten-seat East Village slice shop. The rolled-thin Roman specialty is built atop rectangular, meter-long crust and slow-cooked in an imported electric oven. The Naples native turns out five varieties, including the Stracchino-cheese-and-prosciutto Ripiena and a Caprese topped with hand-pulled mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto, plus a rotating pie of the day: A ham-and-cheese special is stuffed with imported Parma and mozz. Bottled Italian beers—including Moretti, Peroni and Menabrea—are also on offer in the subway-tiled space. 334B Bowery between Bond and Great Jones Sts (212-466-3300)

The Skylark Enjoy a view of the Empire State Building at this 7,000-square-foot lounge, filled with suede couches and tufted-leather stools. On the menu are cocktails like the New York State of Mind (apple brandy, pomegranate liqueur and ginger beer) and the Aztec Empire (tequila, cumin liqueur and chocolate bitters). 200 W 39th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-257-4577)

Toby’s Estate Coffee Refuel at this Australian outfit’s first Manhattan outpost, a six-seat espresso bar inside Club Monaco’s flagship store. In addition to pour-overs, baristas pull shots on a La Marzocco Strada machine, painted matte white to match the space’s vintage accents, including pressed-tin ceilings and antique mirror tiles. Ceramic stands hold house-made sandwiches (rosemary roasted chicken, smoked-salmon salad), along with pastries from local bakeries. 160 Fifth Ave between 20th and 21st Sts (no phone yet)


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