Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week.
Thai restaurant Ama Ya on 4th Street near Avenue B appears to have shuttered. The windows are papered over and the phone is disconnected.
Pinisi Bakery, on First Avenue near 2nd Street, has closed its doors after little more than a year in operation. The 4th Street location remains open.
Al Diwan, a Lebanese restaurant on Avenue A and 13th Street, has given up the ghost. Percy’s Tavern, described as a “Gaelic gastro pub,” will take its place.
Giuliano’s in Hell’s Kitchen is closed for good. Management cited “cold winter, hot summer, bad economy” as reasons for going out of business.
La Focaccia, a little Italian spot in the West Village once known for its large picture windows and pleasant outdoor seating, is no more.
The Hook and Ladder II in the Financial District, famous for its “bikini bartenders,” is now closed, and the phone has been disconnected.
Bon Chon Chicken’s “new concept” has opened on Fifth Avenue between 32nd and 33rd streets. At happy hour, the ordering counter turns into a bar.
The owners of Bocca Lupo and Nectar have opened Strong Place in Cobble Hill. Expect a raw bar, charcuterie, and craft beer.
Blackburn Burger Bistro brings more gourmet burgers to Hell’s Kitchen. It will also serve a crab and shrimp melt, various salads, and tandoori chicken with couscous.
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Ditch Plains’ Drop In pop-up at Brooklyn Bridge Park will have a limited menu of lobster rolls, mac-and-cheese-topped hot dogs, and wraps.
Fulton Grand bar is Clinton Hill’s newest watering hole. It opened with all-night-long happy-hour prices on drinks.
Bluebird Sky brings a neighborhood vibe to Little Chitaly. For now, they’re open for breakfast and lunch only, serving fun sandwiches like peanut butter, banana, and honey.
Darryl Strawberry has opened Strawberry’s Sports Grill in Queens, specializing in nachos, chili, pulled pork sliders, spicy crayfish, burgers, steaks, ribs, and barbecued chicken.
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