The owners of Westside Market have opened Vareli, a Mediterranean restaurant and wine bar in Morningside Heights. Expect Italian-flavored small plates, panini, and lotsa wine.
Red Betty’s has opened in the space formerly known as Boucarou, featuring a retractable-roofed husk, red banquettes, and red curtains. The menu is Franco-Senegalese.
A new upscale Thai restaurant in the West Village will specialize in street food-style dishes. Betel will also serve a selection of signature craft cocktails.
The Collective has arrived in the Meatpacking district. Covered in art, it serves chicken and waffles, blue cheese Tater Tots, and disco fries well into the wee hours.
Mustang Cafe brings more generic deli food to Midtown. The menu features what you’d expect: salads, sandwiches, Tex Mex, udon, and teriyaki.
[Eating in Translation via Midtown Lunch]
Blarney Stone on Fulton Street has been shuttered yet again (it closed last year for “renovations”) and looks like it won’t reopen. The reason cited was trouble with the law.