Vincent Chirico, the chef and serial restaurateur behind Coarse in the West Village and Vai on the Upper West Side, opened a new restaurant today in Sunset Park’s Industry City. We got some photos and a copy of the menu.
Something’s been cooking over at 2 Knickerbocker, the triangular lot that was once home to Amancay’s Diner, a late-night “spin the bottle” diner opened by a restauranteur known for his jello-wrestling glory days. The new tenant, Cape House, is a bit more serious minded, and aims to fill a big ol’ hole in the city’s food scene.
Remember Ben Sargent (aka. Dr. Klaw) and his underground lobster-roll delivery service, conducted from his basement apartment in Greenpoint? If you do, you’ll probably recall that he went radio silent for a while, only to resurface a couple of years ago on social media with cryptic messages about a “crazy idea” involving a trip, an epic search for Dr. Klaw, and a bewildering image of a motorcycle dressed as a lobster. He finally revealed his plans to us back in April, and now it’s official: Sargent just launched his Kickstarter, grandiosely titled “The Hunt for Dr. Klaw – Take Back the Underground.” That custom ride we’ve seen peeks of? Turns out its name is “Lobby The Lobstah Bike.”
You’ve probably gone to your fair share of $1 oyster happy hours, or guzzled an oyster shooter or two– maybe you’ve dipped fried oysters in a nice aioli. But have you ever had them pickled? Or poached in butter, cream, and sherry? Marco Canora, owner of acclaimed Italian restaurant Hearth, plans to go beyond the usual raw-bar menu when he opens Zadie’s Oyster Room on Thursday.
“Before opening a new restaurant you need a bottle of aspirin and your wife’s permission, which can take a few weeks and is sometimes harder to secure than a loan,” Shane Covey said to laughs. Covey was seated at Edwin and Neal’s, a seafood restaurant he’s opening on East 6th Street, just a shell’s throw away from his First Avenue oyster bar, Upstate.
With the launch of Good Night Sonny, Robert Ceraso and Jason Mendenhall, the chef/bartender team behind Alphabet City’s cocktail bar/live music venue The Wayland, are finally realizing their dream of opening a classic New York City tavern in the heart of the East Village. After a gut renovation of the former Simone martini bar location on First Avenue and Saint Marks, they’re having a soft opening this week with drinks and some food; they’ll be officially open for business daily from 5 p.m. to 4 a.m. starting this Monday.
Even at 3 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. is packed like a sardine can (the salmon spot was slammed mid-week, too). So it’s no surprise that fifth-generation fishmonger Vinny Milburn and former Pianos booker Adam Geringer-Dunn, co-owners of Greenpoint’s newest fish market and lobster joint, are starting to crack up. After the first ten days, when many restaurants are already floundering, this corner spot is making waves. We fought off the steady stream of customers to see how things are going.