Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week.
The East Village’s Wai? Café has closed and will be replaced by Sa Aming Nayon, serving “authentic Filipino cuisine.”
Havana Central is closing its Union Square location as part of an alleged “growth plan.”
Umberto’s Clam House in Little Italy has opened in new digs after closing last year. It can now be found smack in the middle of Tourist Lane at 132 Mulberry Street.
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The team from DeGrezia is opening Gotham 50, a modern American bistro with a late-night menu and, on some nights, live DJs.
Lloyd’s Carrot Cake gets its first outpost, a takeout counter in East Harlem. In addition to the legendary carrot, expect German chocolate, red velvet, and pineapple-coconut cakes.
Matt Abramcyk’s Tiny’s in Tribeca is open for lunch. The menu features Italian-influenced options like a bay scallop crostini and a Tiny’s Burger with pickled beets and a fried egg.
LTO stands for Limited Time Only, a Lower East Side pop-up-themed restaurant featuring rotating guest chefs expected to run for a year.
Verde Coal Oven features a restored 105-year-old coal-fired oven turning out fresh pies, ciabatta and baguettes for Italian-style sandwiches, and biscotti.
Pichet Ong is as busy as Michael “Bao” Huynh these days. His new Qi Bangkok Eatery will serve Thai home cooking.
Blue Caravan has arrived on the Upper West Side, offering small plates from around the globe, including gambas al ajillo and duck confit salad, as well as entrées.
Physical GraffiTea, a new, bright aqua blue tea-fronted tea parlor, has opened its doors on St. Marks Place.
The Vault at Pfaff’s, a new cocktail spot set in an old space that dates the 1850s, will be serving craft drinks and eats such as lamb chops and truffled mac-and-cheese.
The long-awaited new David Bouley resto, Brushstroke, has finally arrived. Chefs Isao Yamada and Hiroki Murashima will do traditional sushi, with cocktails.
The team behind the Village Pourhouse and SideBar have debuted a new “contemporary brewhouse” called Little Town NYC in Union Square, doing craft beer and bar snacks.
116 has opened in the space that formerly housed the folk-music venue the Gaslight Café. Expect live music, comedy, and craft cocktails.
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