Geoffrey Zakarian Working on Two Hotel Restos; Niko to Open With Quite the Team


Geoffrey Zakarian has not only been working on the menu for the forthcoming Lambs Club in the Chatwal Hotel off Times Square, he’s also doing National Bar and Dining Rooms, in the Benjamin in Midtown. [Diner’s Journal]

Michael “Bao” Huynh says his empire is still growing, with plans for an Asian taco joint and BAOBQ — yep, Asian barbecue. [Eater]

Michael Psilakis is planning a gut renovation of Gus & Gabriel Gastropub to turn it into a Mediterranean-style seafood restaurant, his fourth version of the space. [Diner’s Journal]

Honmura An will become Niko in the fall, with sushi chef Hiro Sawatari, formerly of Sushi Yasuda, and the help of sustainable fish consultant, Trevor Corson. Raj Dixit will handle the non-sushi side of the menu, and Josh DeChellis, of La Fonda del Sol, is a partner. [Diner’s Journal]

Alex Stupak, wd~50’s pastry chef, somehow ended up on the CB3 docket for the Cosmic Cantina space, despite claims that he isn’t ready to open his own place just yet. [Eater]