The Feed openings: Beauty & Essex, Junoon, Bell Book & Candle and more



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Chef Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex

Chef Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex

Photo: Melissa Hom

The following restaurants and bars are expected to debut before December 15. Always call ahead, as openings can be delayed. 

Beauty & Essex Chef Chris Santos (Stanton Social) brings his globally inflected small plates to another AvroKo-designed fantasyland on the Lower East Side. A curated thrift store in front hawks vintage jewelry, boom boxes and guitars; a massive one-story chandelier made from pearls fronts a grand, curving staircase; and the main dining room opens up under a massive skylight. Though the interior aims to dazzle, the food offers comforting flavors—grilled cheese and tomato soup dumplings, and mains like braised veal short ribs with a tangerine-BBQ glaze and onion rings. To drink there are updates on cocktail classics, like the B&E Pink Lady (gin, house-made grenadine, lemon, applejack), but freebie seekers might want to head to the bathroom, where an attendent slings gratis flutes of bubbly. 146 Essex St between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-614-0146, 

Bahr Ch Former Wall Streeter Camille Glickman ditched the briefcase to open this sleek caf-bar. Light fare will be served throughout the day—Intelligentsia coffee and Bouchon Bakery pastries in the morning, and selections from Murray's Cheese and D'Artagnan charcuterie at night. But the real focus is an international wine list, curated by master sommelier Fred Dexheimer and displayed in a steel, 1,500-bottle wine wall. 26 Astor Pl between Bowery and Lafayette St (212-260-2220,

Bell Book & Candle Billed as the city's first rooftop-to-table restaurant, this rustic West Village eatery takes local to a whole new level—about six floors up, to be precise. Onion chives, Turkish purple eggplants, black cherries, and a rotating selection of 70 varieties of herbs, vegetables and fruits grow in 60 hydroponic towers in the garden. The produce is lowered into the restaurant—outfitted in reclaimed wood, denim-blue booths and filament lights—via a pulley system, and used in dishes like grilled sausage with house-grown pickles and a frise and fennel salad with warm pork belly and apples. 141 W 10th St between Greenwich Ave and Waverly Pl (212-414-2355,

Dough The owners of Choice Greene and Choice Market in Brooklyn are behind this ten-seat Bed-Stuy caf. Nibble on freshly fried doughnuts and sip Stumptown coffee at the bar (fashioned from a recycled door) while watching bakers roll out the goods in an open kitchen. 448 Lafayette Ave at Franklin Ave, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn (no phone,
Junoon Chef Vikas Khanna (Salaam Bombay) showcases his refined take on India's varied regional cuisines at this ornate restaurant. Antique teak swings, a 200-year-old wooden archway and a reflective pool with hand-carved, eight-foot  sculptures constitute the decor. Diners can take the plunge with a tasting menu spanning the five elements of Indian cooking: handi (pot cooking), sigri (open fire pit), pathar (stone), tawa (griddle) and tandoor (clay oven). An la carte menu is also available, offering dishes like lamb chops with yogurt, green cardamom, white pepper and ginger; black bass with a pistachio crust and pistachio cream; and stuffed eggplant with cashew paste and mustard seed. On the lower level, guests can peer into a white-tiled room displaying jars of the spices that work their way into the food, as well as cocktails like the Spice Trail—made with garam masala--infused dry vermouth and orange bitters. 27 W 24th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-490-2100,

La Petite Maison The New York debut of this breezy French restaurant, imported from Nice, signals the resurrection of two victims of the city's fickle food scene: the elegant space that housed the short-lived Grayz, and chef Alain Allegretti, whose eponymous restaurant shuttered last spring. The expansive bi-level eatery—with fireplaces and private dining rooms on the main level and a cocktail lounge, courtyard atrium and dining room below—is appointed with olive-green banquettes and distressed-wood shelving stocked with Provencal products. Allegreti will execute staples from La Petite Maison's France location, including stuffed baby vegetables and cte de boeuf with marrow bones, and plans to eventually add his own dishes. 13-15 W 54th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-616-9931,

Yuba Former Masa chefs George Ruan and Jack Wei open a modern Japanese restaurant that bears the minimalist look of their former employer, with food at a price point mere mortals can swing. The 36-seat sanctuary, outfitted in walnut wood and paper lanterns, keeps the focus trained on a handsome bar in back, where the sushi and sashimi is prepared. Hot and cold plates, like dashi-poached lobster and grilled maitake mushrooms with truffle sauce, round out the menu, and yuba—the bean curd skin for which the place is named—finds its way into a few items, including pork dumplings. 105 E 9th St between Third and Fourth Aves (212-777-8288,

Sweet Grapes Wine & Beer Bar The owner of Flowers caf opens a cozy neighborhood bar around the corner. Tin ceilings, French windows and an exposed-brick wall frame the room, and live jazz takes place on a small stage in the back. Guests can order beer, wine and simple snacks—cheese, hummus or charcuterie platters—at the oak bar; those seeking a more filling repast can get sandwiches and salads delivered from the sister caf. 39 Essex St between Grand and Hester Sts (908-601-8110)

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