Open and Closed: Say Hello to Brushstroke, Goodbye to Wai? Café


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.”
[EV Grieve]

Havana Central is closing its Union Square location as part of an alleged “growth plan.”
[Grub Street]

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.
[NYC The Blog]

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.
[NY Times]

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.
[Zagat Buzz]

Physical GraffiTea, a new, bright aqua blue tea-fronted tea parlor, has opened its doors on St. Marks Place.
[EV Grieve]

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.
[Grub Street]

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.

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 22, 2011

Archive Highlights