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Cherche Midi

Restaurant and bar openings: June 19–25, 2014

Cherche Midi, Bar Chuko and more roll out in New York City


The following venues are expected to open by June 25th. Always call ahead, as openings can be delayed.

Annabel Chef Manuel Hornado slings wood-fired pizzas (goat-cheese-and-squash, ricotta-and-duck-prosciutto) and offers 16 beers on tap (Radiant Pig Junior IPA, Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny). 809 Ninth Ave between 53rd and 54th Sts (212-245-2215)

Bar Chuko After becoming Prospect Heights’ ramen pioneers with 2011’s Chuko Ramen, Morimoto cohorts David Koon, Jamison Blankenship and James Sato are venturing into another Far East tradition: izakaya. Japanese small plates like seaweed salad with bonito vinaigrette, kimchee-and-pork rice cakes and skewers (chicken, mushrooms) are meant to be shared and paired with sake. Located across the street from its sister noodle joint, the 60-seat, wood-lined space features a long bar pouring Japanese beers (Sapporo, Ginga Kogen) and shochu-based cocktails including an orange-ginger variety quaff. 565 Vanderbilt Ave at Pacific St, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (347-425-9570)

Cherche Midi Keith McNally got rocked in 2014, with the shutterings of his Nolita pizzeria Pulino’s and iconic bistro Pastis in the spring. But the king of Manhattan’s downtown revival comes out swinging once more, transforming the former Pulino’s corner into this highly anticipated French affair. The revamped space still shows some unmistakable McNally elements—red-leather banquettes, globe lights, wine bottles showcased in cabinetry—as does the kitchen, led by Balthazar vet Shane McBride and Minetta Tavern sous chef Daniel Parrilla. The menu takes on classic bistro fare like frog legs with green-garlic velouté and crisp parsley, bouchot mussels in basil broth with lemon confit and skate-wing meunière with an onion-fennel soubise; while the wine list expands beyond France with American and Italian varietals. 282 Bowery between E Houston and Prince Sts (212-226-3055)

EXKi The Brussels-born health-food chain makes its American debut with sandwiches, artisanal breads and tartines. 257 Park Ave South at 20th St (929-236-3954)

Fields Good Chicken At this fowl-focused FiDi joint, find roasted, grilled or pulled—never fried—chicken topping salads and sandwiches. 101 Maiden Ln between Gold and Pearl Sts (646-395-6831)

Hole in the Wall Australia native Barry Dry serves fair trade Denver coffee, organic Balthazar croissants and Ovenly banana bread at this eco-conscious café in a midtown atrium. 420 Fifth Ave at 38th St (646-682-9510)

Il Mulino Prime Joining the Il Mulino empire, this steakcentric sibling dishes up bone-in prime cuts and garlic-truffle mashed potatoes in a taxidermy-trimmed dining room. 331 West Broadway at Grand St (212-226-0020)

Meadowsweet Michelin-starred chef Polo Dobkin reimagines his former Dressler space with creative American plates (Chatham cod pil-pil, horchata-spiked chocolate semifreddo), while wife Stephanie Lempert (Al Di La Vino) dreams up herbal cocktails like the rosemary-tinged Ra Ra Rye. 149 Broadway at Bedford Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-0637)

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