Open & Closed: Say Hello to Bluebird Sky, Goodbye to Ama Ya
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week.
Thai restaurant Ama Ya on 4th Street near Avenue B appears to have shuttered. The windows are papered over and the phone is disconnected. [EV Grieve]
Pinisi Bakery, on First Avenue near 2nd Street, has closed its doors after little more than a year in operation. The 4th Street location remains open. [EV Grieve]
Al Diwan, a Lebanese restaurant on Avenue A and 13th Street, has given up the ghost. Percy's Tavern, described as a "Gaelic gastro pub," will take its place. [EV Grieve]
Giuliano's in Hell's Kitchen is closed for good. Management cited "cold winter, hot summer, bad economy" as reasons for going out of business. [Zagat Buzz]
La Focaccia, a little Italian spot in the West Village once known for its large picture windows and pleasant outdoor seating, is no more. [Zagat Buzz]
The Hook and Ladder II in the Financial District, famous for its "bikini bartenders," is now closed, and the phone has been disconnected. [EV Grieve]
Bon Chon Chicken's "new concept" has opened on Fifth Avenue between 32nd and 33rd streets. At happy hour, the ordering counter turns into a bar. [Midtown Lunch]
The owners of Bocca Lupo and Nectar have opened Strong Place in Cobble Hill. Expect a raw bar, charcuterie, and craft beer. [Eater]
Blackburn Burger Bistro brings more gourmet burgers to Hell's Kitchen. It will also serve a crab and shrimp melt, various salads, and tandoori chicken with couscous. [Dmanburger via Eater]
Ditch Plains' Drop In pop-up at Brooklyn Bridge Park will have a limited menu of lobster rolls, mac-and-cheese-topped hot dogs, and wraps. [Time Out]
Fulton Grand bar is Clinton Hill's newest watering hole. It opened with all-night-long happy-hour prices on drinks. [Brownstoner]
Bluebird Sky brings a neighborhood vibe to Little Chitaly. For now, they're open for breakfast and lunch only, serving fun sandwiches like peanut butter, banana, and honey. [Grub Street]
Darryl Strawberry has opened Strawberry's Sports Grill in Queens, specializing in nachos, chili, pulled pork sliders, spicy crayfish, burgers, steaks, ribs, and barbecued chicken. [NY Times]
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