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. [Time Out]

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

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

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. [Time Out]

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. [Thrillist]

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. [UrbanDaddy]

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

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

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