The Migrant Kitchen Central Park
When it established its flagship restaurant on the Upper West Side a little more than a year ago, the Migrant Kitchen put an element of the business of hospitality on its marquee — recognizing the cooks, servers and others who are often recent arrivals in the United States. The company, which started with pop-ups and catering pre-Covid and opened locations in Brooklyn and on the Upper East Side, is now bringing its eclectic menu to Central Park. It has moved into what is popularly known as the Ballfields Cafe, a building just north of the Heckscher Ballfields at 65th Street. Dan Dorado, who founded Migrant Kitchen with Nasser Jaber and Jaclinn Tanney, said the kitchen space offered enough muscle for them to serve hummus and sandwiches like a lamb torta, roast turkey with halloumi and avocado, and shawarmas of chicken or cauliflower. They’re also offering a burger, a hot dog and a “corn” dog, a hot dog topped with esquites. Soft drinks, coffee and soft-serve are available. There are about 40 seats outdoors, many shaded by umbrellas and trees. Mr. Dorado said he hopes they can remain open through marathon weekend in early November.
The Golden Swan
The West Village townhouse that was home to the gastropub the Spotted Pig, which closed in 2020 in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, has turned a page. The restaurateur Matthew Abramcyk, one of many who tried to acquire the building and now owns it, claims to have created “a classic New York restaurant,” whatever that means. A hundred or so years ago there was a Golden Swan at West Fourth Street and Sixth Avenue that was said to have been frequented by writers like Eugene O’Neill and painters, notably the Ashcan School artist John Sloan. This new restaurant is done in vintage style. The ground floor Wallace Room (named for Thomas Wallace, an owner of the original Swan) has a bar and a limited menu of standard fare like baby Gem salad, salmon rillettes, tuna niçoise, steak tartare and a version of tagliolini carbonara with peas. The second floor dining room will offer a more elaborate experience when it opens next month. The chef, Doug Brixton, who worked with Daniel Boulud, had previously been the replacement for Markus Glocker at Bâtard.
Another contribution from Hand Hospitality is this second outing from Hoyoung Kim, whose tasting menu restaurant Jua has a Michelin star. Here Mr. Kim treads a more casual path with an à la carte menu representing different categories of Korean cooking like ssam wraps, jeon pancakes and sotbap rice dishes. Cocktails feature Korean spirits, and the wine list tilts natural and Burgundian. The restaurant, on two levels, occupies the landmark building built in 1889 that housed the Grolier Club, now on East 60th Street. To the setting with high ceilings and skylights the designer Junho Choi of Two Point Zero has added works from the Korean artist Ancho. Eventually there will be an intimate chefs counter on the third floor. (Opens Wednesday).
Il Terrazzo by Nordstrom
The outdoor patio at Bistro Verde, the fifth-floor restaurant in Nordstrom’s women’s store on West 57th Street, has opened as a summer oasis. The orange-hued décor is inspired by Aperol, which is mixed into the spritzes and used for the sorbet by Il Laboratorio del Gelato. Snacks like polenta fries, tomatoes with burrata and fried calamari are served. There’s even a bocce court.
Blue Box Café by Daniel Boulud at Tiffany & Company
In the newly reopened flagship store, breakfast (a continental option for $32 and a more elaborate spread for $58), afternoon tea ($98) and an à la carte menu are served from lunch through early supper in an airy, bejeweled Tiffany blue setting designed by Peter Marino. There’s also an intimate room for private parties.
Heladeria de Ernesto’s by Morgenstern’s
A collaboration between Ryan Bartlow, of Ernesto’s, and Nick Morgenstern has produced a summer ice cream cart featuring Basque flavors in front of Mr. Bartlow’s restaurant. Egg custard, Basque cheesecake, chocolate turrón and caramel flan are some of the options.
Christian’s by Wölffer Estate
Marc Wölffer and his sister, Joey Wölffer, have renamed their Wölffer Kitchen restaurant in Amagansett, N.Y., in memory of their late father, Christian Wölffer. The décor is richer, and there is a memory wall of photos. The new menu includes a bouillabaisse, grilled Wagyu sirloin with green peppercorns, herb-crusted Montauk tuna and chicken paillard. Many wines are from the nearby Wölffer Estate.
Frank DeCarlo and Dulcinea Benson, who owned Peasant in Manhattan and Barba Bianca in Greenport, N.Y., are adding this combination market and restaurant to the North Fork food scene. The salumeria will open Friday, with cheeses, cured meats, olive oils, pastas that include hard-to-find grano arso from Puglia, and locally produced items. Mr. DeCarlo consulted with Lou DiPalo, of Di Palo’s in Manhattan, to select the Italian inventory. There will be a rotating array of sandwiches, some with Italian regional identities. Starting June 29, Thursday through Sunday evenings, the store will become Salumeria Osteria, serving a dinner menu of small plates, seafood salads, vegetables and pasta.
The restaurateur Zach Erdem has opened this cafe, a sibling to his popular 75 Main in Southampton, in a hotel that he has acquired and renamed Zey Hotel.
Zach Erdem has opened this Greek restaurant in the heart of Greenport, N.Y. Mr. Erdem, who was born in Turkey, pointed out the similarity of his native cuisine to Greek, noting that in the United States Greek food was the more popular of the two.
Sugarfish by Sushi Nozawa
A Brooklyn edition of this omakaze-style restaurant based in Los Angeles, with several outposts in Manhattan, has opened.
The Flower Shop Summer Rooftop Pop-Up
With better views than at their Lower East Side boutique Dylan Hales and Ronnie Flynn, the owners, have installed a summer pop-up on the roof of a TriBeCa hotel. (Friday)
Hiding, like a speakeasy, is the style for this group of spots run by Sushi by Bou. One has set up shop behind Sydney’s Taylor Made Cuisine with an eight-seat counter for omakase dinners.
Pig & Khao
The chef Leah Cohen and her husband, Benjamin Byruch, will open an Upper West Side outpost of their Southeast Asian restaurant in early 2024.
The chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller will take over this Palm Beach, Fla., hot spot with zebra banquettes and tiki touches that’s been on high-end Worth Avenue since 1941. “It’s a restaurant I used to go to,” said Mr. Keller, a Palm Beach native whose mother ran local restaurants. He has a penchant for the throwback style of this spot — witness the Surf Club Restaurant by Thomas Keller in Surfside in Miami, and the former TAK Room in Hudson Yards in New York. Mr. Keller said the restaurant will have to close for much-needed renovations so that the kitchen, restrooms and other areas can be modernized and comply with current building codes, but he is not certain when it will happen or how long it will take. He hopes to preserve as much of the décor as possible.
Filippo and Massimiliano Paccagnella, brothers from Venice, have closed their Venetian-style sandwich shop on East Houston Street after nearly six years. Economics and the pandemic were the main issues. But they plan to reopen in a larger, more centrally located space.
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