The subterranean lounge opening at 19 Kenmare tomorrow has a “secret chef,” according to its menu. The folks at The Lø aren’t saying who it is, but Camille Becerra would be a safe bet. The onetime Top Chef contestant will soon open a restaurant, De Maria, in the space above The Lø, and the 50-seat lounge is operated by Becerra’s partner in the restaurant, musician/DJ/entrepreneur Grace Lee.
Seoul Chicken, the Korean wing joint captained by former Top Chef competitor Chaz Brown, opens on Clinton Street this Thursday. Last week we gave you a preview of what the menu has to offer, but today we’ve got the real deal. Click the image above for a better view.
Two of Top Chef’s blondest, Southernest contestants, Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth were making the rounds at Root & Bone‘s opening party last night. The duo are at the helm of the newest Southern dining establishment in the old Mama’s Food Shop space.
Today we spoke by phone with Ilan Hall, who will soon open an East Coast outpost of his LA restaurant, The Gorbals inside the new Urban Outfitters concept store, Space Ninety 8. The winner of Top Chef‘s second season, who “was born in Manhattan, grew up on Long Island, then blossomed into a flower in the East Village,” is now based in South Williamsburg. On April 15, the second season of his cooking face-off, Knife Fight, premieres on Esquire Network.
Whelp, this land-use matter just got a whole lot sexier! Opponents of NYU’s plan to expand in Greenwich Village have gotten a few more bold-face names behind their lawsuit against the school.
A rep for Faculty Against the Sexton Plan (one of the groups suing the school) tells us Padma Lakshmi of “Top Chef” (and of the East Village) will join Village-based authors Peter Carey and Joseph McElroy in the audience at State Supreme Court on Thursday.