Worldwide icon-chevron-right North America icon-chevron-right United States icon-chevron-right New York State icon-chevron-right New York icon-chevron-right Restaurant and bar openings: October 3–October 10, 2012

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Kielbasa sandwich at the Library at the Public
Paul Wagtouicz Kielbasa sandwich at the Library at the Public

Restaurant and bar openings: October 3–October 10, 2012

The Library at the Public, Brooklyn Central and more open in New York

By Christopher Ross

Brooklyn Central Chefs Matthew Hyland (the Spotted Pig) and Roberto Patriarca (I Trulli) twirl Neapolitan-style pies at this 45-seat Park Slope pizzeria, which sports an imported Ferrara wood-burning oven. 289 Fifth Ave between 1st and 2nd Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn (347-725-4891)

Graffiti Me Iron Chef contestant Jehangir Mehta expands on Indian-inflected Graffiti with an intimate 16-seat eatery next door, serving a globally influenced $30 tasting menu. 224 E 10th St between First and Second Aves (212-464-7743)

The Library at the Public Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde, the Dutch) unveils his newest project: a chefly love letter to old-school New York, in the same landmark building as the revitalized Public Theater. Carmellini plucked chef Michael Oliver from Locanda Verde and installed him here to dispatch reimagined standards that reference the Eastern European and Jewish traditions of the East Village and Lower East Side. Look for dishes such as short-rib goulash with caraway-infused sour cream, or a grilled-kielbasa sandwich with riesling-braised sauerkraut on a toasted pretzel roll. Pair the preshow fare with one of the craft cocktails, like the Jersey Lightning Sling, which combines Laird’s Applejack, lemon juice, house-made orgeat, maraschino liquor and club soda. The stately room, designed by architect David Rockwell, is modeled after the building’s original inhabitant—New York’s first public library—with clubby features like studded leather banquettes and industrial steel-frame bookcases. 425 Lafayette St between Astor Pl and E 4th St, mezzanine level (212-539-8777)

Melt Shop Midtown's gourmet grilled-cheese spot opens a second location in Chelsea, serving traditional and creative renditions of the classic 'wich. 55 W 26th St between Broadway and Sixth Ave (212-447-6358)


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