Open & Closed: Say Hello to 61 Local, Goodbye to The City Grill


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

La Taqueria in Park Slope has closed completely after downsizing from sit-down restaurant to takeout joint in October.

East Village vegan café the Little Bird appears to be closed and the phone has reportedly been disconnected.
[EV Grieve]

Upper West Side mainstay the City Grill has closed its doors after 15 years in business. The owner plans to reopen it as the Columbus Tavern next month.
[Grub Street]

Carroll Gardens has a new public house. 61 Local occupies 2,000 square feet and offers local beer, wine, and kombucha on tap.
[Grub Street]

Hudson Clearwater is bringing alfresco dining and cocktailing to the West Village, with a focus on locally farmed ingredients.

Albert Hall Tavern is a new gastropub in Hell’s Kitchen. Expect lamb gnocchi, bone marrow, and something called “Screaming Oysters From Hell.”

A new Dixieland-themed sandwich shop and bar is opening in Cobble Hill. Van Horn Sandwich Shop will offer pulled pork and buttermilk fried chicken and seasonal cocktails.

Brit-influenced gastropub Jones Wood Foundry offers wine-based cocktails by Raines Law Room’s Meaghan Dorman, plus various savory pies.

Chef John Fraser of Dovetail’s new pop-up, What Happens When, promises to change its menu, soundtrack, and decor every 30 days for nine months. [TONY]

Niko will serve a sustainable omakase menu, as well as short ribs braised with a mustard glaze in a beef jerky dashi and octopus seared on a plancha with watermelon radish.
[NY Times]

The Mulberry Project is the latest secret subterranean cocktail bar. Expect inventions like the Rum and Cola Cheesecake and the world’s first “mai martini.”


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