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