Open & Closed: Say Hello to Taberna; Goodbye to Bar Blanc Bistro


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

Bar Blanc Bistro (formerly just Bar Blanc) tried to reinvent itself with a modified name and new chef last year. Now it has announced it has closed and Sebastian Zijp has gone, but promises to reopen in the fall “with a new name, chef, design, and menu.”

Tapas bar Taberna has opened on the Upper West Side with Jennifer Cole at the helm. Expect small bites like marinated trout and cava-poached oysters at this 50-seater.
[NY Times]

Lina Frey, a French bistro, is opening on East Houston. The team behind it, which ran the now-defunct Boucarou, will turn out Alsatian-inspired dishes.
[Bowery Boogie]

Caffetteria SoHo is a new venture from two former Blue Bottle Coffee employees from the West Coast. The café will use Blue Bottle beans for iced coffees and espressos from the country’s first mechanical-paddle GB5 La Marzocco machine.
[Time Out]

5 Burro Café in Forest Hills now has a Cobble Hill outpost. The sister location of the 20-year-old Tex-Mex cantina serves the same menu of tacos, fajitas, and nachos.
[Time Out]

Totto Ramen, from the owners of Yakitori Totto, has debuted in Hell’s Kitchen. The ramen comes topped with two slices of fatty pork cheek, seared before your eyes.