New restaurant openings
Beat the crowds to these noteworthy new eateries.
Mon Jan 5 2009
Pan-roasted scallops with bacon and corn at Butcher Bay
Butcher Bay After closing Seymour Burton last summer, the owners reopen the space as a 50-seat gastropub devoted to traditional Northeast and mid-Atlantic foods. The offerings skew toward seafood—whole lobsters, local clams and oysters are piled onto an ice-filled zinc raw bar—while terrestrial dishes include a kosher chicken that is soaked in buttermilk and then fried. What of the famous Burton burger? Alas, it is no more, though a pan-seared Salisbury steak sandwich with onion gravy takes its place. 511 E 5th St between Aves A and B (212-260-1333)
Minetta Tavern Restaurateur Keith McNally (Balthazar, Pastis), along with chefs and co-owners Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, unveils the latest, historic addition to his New York portfolio. Eight months after its shuttering, the former Hemingway haunt has new blood, including an updated kitchen, but its most beloved elements—the bar, murals and tin ceiling—remain. Expect old-world comfort foods (roasted marrow bones, crispy pigs’ trotters), as well as the celebrated Black Label burger from Pat LaFrieda. 113 MacDougal St at Minetta Ln (212-475-3850)
Compiled by Daniel Gritzer
Alta Voce The owners of Park Slope’s Sotto Voce introduce this larger offshoot, with a multiregional menu. 318 Fifth Ave between 2nd and 3rd Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (718-369-4899). Subway: F, M, R to Fourth Ave--9th St. Dinner. Average main course: $13.
Caracas Brooklyn The East Village’s popular Venezuelan hole-in-the-wall introduces a larger location in Williamsburg, with a similar menu. 291 Grand St between Havemeyer and Roebling Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-218-6787). Subway: L to Bedford Ave. Dinner. Average arepa: $6.
Daydream Frozen Yogurt Entering the crowded fro-yo fray is this fantastical spot, decorated with a trompe l’oeil blue-sky mural. 110 Third Ave at 13th St (212-228-4288). Subway: L to Third Ave; L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St--Union Sq. Mon--Thu 11:30am--midnight; Fri, Sat 11:30am--1am; Sun noon--midnight. Average frozen yogurt: $4.
Dousoeur de Paris Nibble French pastries at this tiny, 17th-century-inspired salon. 652 Tenth Ave at 46th St (212-315-4543). Subway: C, E to 50th St. Mon--Fri 10am--10pm; Sat, Sun 11:30am--11pm. Average sandwich: $7.
La Barra Chef-partner Allan Feldman (Veritas) focuses on ceviche and other dishes from his native Mexico. 250 Broome St between Ludlow and Orchard Sts (212-260-3900). Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey--Essex Sts. Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $12.
MauiWowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies This coffee and smoothie joint offers 100 percent Kona coffee and fat-free fruit-shakes. 1598 Third Ave between 89th and 90th Sts (212-289-1975). Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St. Mon--Fri 6am--9pm; Sat, Sun 7am--9pm. Average smoothie: $5.
Moustache The third location of this affordable Middle Eastern restaurant opens in East Harlem. 1621 Lexington Ave at 102nd St (212-828-0030). Subway: 6 to 103 St. Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $12.
Ortine Sarah Peck (Pastis) is behind this family-run caf in Brooklyn, focusing on house-made goods such as pizzas and pickles. 622 Washington Ave between Dean and Pacific Sts, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-622-0026). Subway: C to Clinton--Washington Aves. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Average main course: $15.
Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen Hale & Hearty Soups founders Andrew and Jonathan Schnipper turn their attention to burgers and other American comfort foods in midtown. The New York Times Building, 620 Eighth Ave at 41st St (212-921-2400). Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St--Port Authority; N, Q, R, W, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St--Times Sq. Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $9.
Seoul Station A quick-service Korean takeout joint opens in the East Village, offering classics to go, like bibimbap. 81 St. Marks Pl between First and Second Aves (212-979-9300). Subway: L to First Ave, 6 to Astor Pl. Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $10.
Sorella Chef-owner Emma Hearst (Union Square Cafe) and general manager Sarah Krathen created this eatery devoted to the cuisine of Piedmont, Italy. 95 Allen St between Broome and Delancey Sts (212-274-9595). Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey--Essex Sts. Dinner. Average small plate: $12.
Stratta Pizzeria & Restaurant Thin-crust pies are cooked at a counter in the center of this Italian newcomer, while standards like veal parmigiana make up the rest of the menu. 831 Arthur Kill Rd between Giffords Ln and Richmond Ave, Staten Island (718-605-5556). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the SIR to Eltingville. Lunch, dinner. Average pizza: $12.
Sur Empanadas An Argentine arepa counter from the owner of Covo opens in Woodside. 45-57 47th St between Greenpoint and 47th Aves, Woodside, Queens (718-706-8646). Subway: 7 to 46th St. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Average arepa: $2.
Washoku Caf Midtown gains this Japanese lunch spot, offering warming noodle soups like udon and ramen, alongside a self-serve salad bar. 9 E 37th St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-686-2233). Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 4nd St--Grand Central. Breakfast, lunch. Average noodle soup: $7.
Barbarini Mercato An Italian food market and eatery opens just down the street from the flagship Barbarini Alimentari. 227 Front St between Beekman St and Peck Slip (212-608-9622). A, C to Broadway--Nassau St; J, M, Z, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Fulton St. Daily 9am--10:30pm. Average main course: $14.
Choice Greene Former Musette owner Thierry Cabigeos’s gourmet grocery store, a spin-off of nearby Choice Market, stocks more than 120 types of cheese, local dairy and fresh sushi. 214 Greene Ave between Cambridge Pl and Grand Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (718-230-1243). Subway: G to Classon Ave. Daily 10am--9pm.
Marlow & Daughters From the owners of Marlow & Sons comes New York’s first butcher shop offering only sustainable meat from animals raised on small, local farms. 95 Broadway between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-5700). Subway: J, M, Z to Marcy Ave. Daily 11am--8pm.