Food

Say Hello to Leona’s; Goodbye to Pinch & S’Mac

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Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week.

Lucy Browne’s, the restaurant that replaced Steak Frites last summer, has closed. The owner, Andrew Silverman, filed for bankruptcy in February.
[Eater]

Pinch & S’Mac, the Upper West Side combo of the pizza and mac ‘n’ cheese joints, has closed. The team behind it will open a classic Italian restaurant called Grandma’s.
[Eater]

A new Sardinian place, River Deli, has opened in Brooklyn Heights. It will serve its charcuterie-and-cheese platter on taglieri: imported handmade wooden trays.
[TONY]

B.E.S. is a new brunch spot whose initials stand for Boutique Eat Shop. Among other things, it will serve a P.B. & Bacon Sandwich.
[UrbanDaddy]

Leona’s, the reinvention of the Helmsley Hotel restaurant named for the notoriously mean hotelier, features seasonal cooking from Brian Wieler, formerly of Gotham Bar & Grill.
[TONY]

Rabbit in the Moon is classy new West Village spot done up like an English manor. Sip Earl Grey martinis with gourmet bangers and mash.
[UrbanDaddy]

Mercato, a new trattoria on West 39th Street, will specialize in traditional Puglian fare, like fish stew, pasta gratin, and porchetta.
[NY Times]

Le Pain Quotidien is opening a new location in Central Park, as well as another in Battery Park. The Central Park branch will eventually serve vegetarian dinners. [NY Times]

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