Will Lustberg was promoted to the top toque at The Waldorf=Astoria’s Bull & Bear steakhouse. Francis Derby stepped down from the throne at King; no word on where he’ll reign next. Eleven Madison Park’s Will Guidara and Daniel Humm debuted The Nomad with Chef de Cuisine Abram Bissel overseeing the kitchen. Chef-Owner Cornelius Gallagher (Oceana) opened Dragonfly. Gran Electrica said “hola” with a menu from Bradford McDonald and Sam Richman (Per Se). The gourmet boutique and café Gastronomie 491, Meatball Obsession, Lenox Social, Mediterranean-friendly Atrio, and a second location of Kaffe 1668 all welcomed their first customers.
Leyla opens next week with former Public chefs Jared Braithwaite and Monique Fiso in charge of the new American menu. The German bakery Landbrot is hoping to say “guten tag” in early April, Macaron Café will open a second location later this year, the Five Leaves team will open an Australian meat pie shop next door sometime this year, and RedFarm will open an Upper West Side location this fall. Gourmet food hall All Good Things will open at a TBD date with stalls from Blue Bottle, Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Cavaniola Cheese, Nunu Chocolates, and Orwasher’s Bakery.
Doma and Bill’s Gay Nineties closed. Bar Basque will shutter at the end of April.
Photo of Will Lustberg, Bull & Bear.