Open & Closed: Say Hello to Riverpark, Goodbye to Johnny Rockets


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

The Johnny Rockets on 8th Street has shuttered as a result of having lost its lease.

Long Tan in Park Slope has closed for a complete renovation and conversion into a cocktail and wine bar serving seasonal small plates, set to open in a few months.
[Fucked in Park Slope]

Anthos, which was said to be closed for a long “vacation,” will soon reopen as a “high-end beefery” run by the team behind Ben & Jack’s steakhouse.
[NY Post via Eater]

The Old Rooster Bar & Grill is bringing more craft beer to Williamsburg. It features a beer garden built of recycled materials.
[NY Daily News]

The Darby is the latest by Butter’s Alex Guarnaschelli: another seasonal American with a supper club vibe. Cocktails will be made with housemade syrups.

The much anticipated Niko, headed up by sushi chef Hiro Sawatari and sustainability consultant The Story of Sushi author Trevor Corson, will also feature Japanese small plates.

Queen Vic has arrived in the East Village, serving English pub faves like bangers and mash, and fish and chips, with an afternoon high tea service.
[EV Grieve]

The Lower East Side’s D’Espresso now has a midtown outpost near the New York Public Library, featuring a mind-blowing décor that looks like a bookstore turned on its side.
[NY Times]

Tom Colicchio and Sisha Ortuzar of ‘wichcraft are opening Riverpark, a big waterfront restaurant specializing in seafood and meat dishes.
[NY Tmes]

MexiQ is bringing Rio Grande cuisine to Queens with a menu by consulting chef Julieta Ballesteros (of Crema) feauturing fiesta nachos, grilled cowboy rib-eye, and short ribs.
[NY Tmes]

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