Open & Closed: Say Hello to Empellón; Goodbye to Dinner at Insieme


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

Angelo & Maxie on Park Avenue South and its sister restaurant, Maxie’s Grill, appear to be closing. According to Steve Cuozzo, the spaces will be on the market soon.

Insieme doesn’t seem to be doing too well post-Marco Canora and Paul Grieco. The Italian restaurant located in the Michelangelo Hotel is now breakfast-only.

Vai on the Upper West Side is getting a Soho spin-off. Vai Spuntino Bar is a small wine bar serving small plates.
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Alex Stupak, the ex-pastry chef at wd~50, introduces Empellón, a taco joint in the West Village specializing in soft corn tortillas stuffed with fish tempura, tongue and bacon, and lamb barbecue.
[NY Times]

Farmers Rotisserie brings Colombian-style chicken on a spit to Hell’s Kitchen, as well as arepas, cracklings, and maduros (sweet plantains).
[NY Times]

Gramercy is getting a new beer bar. Taproom 307 boasts 42 taps pouring a rotating roster of craft beers served alongside an eclectic menu that includes foie gras poutine.

The Mussel Pot will offer an internationally influenced menu of bivalves, alongside lobster mac ‘n’ cheese and fried chicken in Greenwich Village. [Thrillist]