Open & Closed: Say Hello to the John Dory Oyster Bar, Goodbye to Le Jardin


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

The long-embattled East Village bar Aces & Eights has finally closed for good after efforts to re-brand itself earlier this year.
[EV Grieve]

Katsu joint Arang in Koreatown appears to be closed. Despite Halloween decorations in the windows, the gate is down and phone calls to the restaurant go unanswered.
[Midtown Lunch]

Brooks 1890 Restaurant, an old mainstay in Long Island City, has closed for renovations. When it reopens, it will be under new management.
[Lost City]

Le Jardin, a little-known Soho bistro and brunch spot with a lovely back garden, has shuttered after 15 years in operation.
[Grub Street]

The team behind Brick Lane Curry House and Satay Junction have opened Radicchio Pasta and Risotto Co. in Midtown.
[Grub Street]

The space formerly occupied by Brooklyn Star is now Best Pizza. Joaquin Baca and pizzaiolo Frank Pinello offer a menu of seasonal pies.

Court Street Grocers, first christened Good and set in Prospect Heights, has opened after many delays in Carroll Gardens.

Hotel Tortuga, near Union Square, specializes in cheap all-day breakfast, like huevos rancheros, and other typical Mexican fare.

Lair is a new candlelit bar not far from Osteria Morini. A cocktail list of signature drinks is paired with nibbles by Chris Cheung, formerly of Nobu and Monkey Bar.

Jalapeño on the Upper West Side is the latest by David Ruggerio of Bomboloni. Expect Mexican favorites like burritos, tacos, and enchiladas, alongside tequila cocktails.
[Zagat Buzz]

The long-awaited John Dory Oyster Bar will finally make its debut in the Ace Hotel next week. April Bloomfield’s menu includes raw-bar specialties, crudi, chowders, and fish.
[NY Times]

Buca Brick Oven Pizza is the second pizzeria Sebastiano Cappitta has opened near Columbia in a month. The pies are “somewhere between Neapolitan and Roman.”
[Grub Street]

Eolo Sicilia a Tavola specializes in Sicilian specialties, like tummala del gattopardo (a round pastry filled with pasta and meatballs) and swordfish with couscous.
[NY Times]

Chelsea Manor offers a clubby atmosphere with some 30 “social plates,” including pulled wild boar brioche sliders and lardon-studded crawfish cakes.

The West Village has a new sports bar — for gentlemen. The Windsor looks like a country club and serves snacks like truffle mac and cheese and red-velvet cupcakes.

Meanwhile, SNAP in the Meatpacking District, features banquettes upholstered in football pigskin and a menu of meat pies, house-made pickles, and cured meats.

Also in the Meatpacking, the Bunker is a subterranean lounge and dance club with a checkered dance floor.

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