Open & Closed: Say Hello to Riverpark, Goodbye to Johnny Rockets
Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week.
The Johnny Rockets on 8th Street has shuttered as a result of having lost its lease. [Eater]
Long Tan in Park Slope has closed for a complete renovation and conversion into a cocktail and wine bar serving seasonal small plates, set to open in a few months. [Fucked in Park Slope]
Anthos, which was said to be closed for a long "vacation," will soon reopen as a "high-end beefery" run by the team behind Ben & Jack's steakhouse. [NY Post via Eater]
The Old Rooster Bar & Grill is bringing more craft beer to Williamsburg. It features a beer garden built of recycled materials. [NY Daily News]
The Darby is the latest by Butter's Alex Guarnaschelli: another seasonal American with a supper club vibe. Cocktails will be made with housemade syrups. [TONY]
The much anticipated Niko, headed up by sushi chef Hiro Sawatari and sustainability consultant The Story of Sushi author Trevor Corson, will also feature Japanese small plates. [TONY]
Queen Vic has arrived in the East Village, serving English pub faves like bangers and mash, and fish and chips, with an afternoon high tea service. [EV Grieve]
The Lower East Side's D'Espresso now has a midtown outpost near the New York Public Library, featuring a mind-blowing décor that looks like a bookstore turned on its side. [NY Times]
Tom Colicchio and Sisha Ortuzar of 'wichcraft are opening Riverpark, a big waterfront restaurant specializing in seafood and meat dishes. [NY Tmes]
MexiQ is bringing Rio Grande cuisine to Queens with a menu by consulting chef Julieta Ballesteros (of Crema) feauturing fiesta nachos, grilled cowboy rib-eye, and short ribs. [NY Tmes]
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