Former Oceana star Cornelius Gallagher is charting his own course with the debut of his Asian-inspired Dragonfly. Husband-and-wife duo Nick Cervera and Guadalupe Elizalde opened a new location of Móle, while Japanese restaurant Kotobuki began welcoming diners at its first area outlet and Tilman Fertitta (Chart House) rolled out the first area location of his Vic & Anthony’s steakhouse concept. Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok NY came to Brooklyn from Portland. Former Momofuku Noodle Bar chef Kevin Pemoulie threw open the doors on seafood-centric Thirty Acres. AvroKo Hospitality cut the ribbon The Daily, which is located in the old Public space. Down in Coney Island, the new Steve’s Grill House and Cha Cha’s of Coney Island both opened.
Mihoko’s 21 Grams will open next week with Robert Rubba in the kitchen. Masa Takayama is looking to open a new restaurant called Tetsu; more details as soon as we have them. Red Farms is expanding into the space below it. Alamo Drafthouse is coming to the Big Apple in the former Metro theater space. After two-and-a-half years of travelling in Asia and Spain, Top Chef alumna Leah Cohen (Centro Vinoteca) will reportedly open a new Asian restaurant in the old Falai space with Rick Camac of the Fatty Crew group. Ken Friedman and April Broomfield are reportedly no longer planning to open a wine bar on Bleecker Street.
Soy Café, Fresh & Fast burger joint, Salvatore of Soho and its sister restaurant Soho Pizza, Fall Café, and Sweet Paradise have all closed.
Photo of Masa Takayama by Katherine Bryant Flaherty.