Open and Closed: Say Hello to The Tippler, Goodbye to La Fonda Boricua


Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know.

Coco, a Japanese restaurant in Williamsburg, has shuttered. [Eater]

The Burger Heaven location on Madison between 54th and 55th Streets is closed. Apparently, a Japanese restaurant will take over the space. [Midtown Lunch]

Mondello, a pizzeria in Midtown, closed about a month ago. [Midtown Lunch]

La Petite Auberge, in Midtown, is closing on October 8. The owners are promising a glass of champagne to those who come to say goodbye. [Eater]

East Harlem mainstay La Fonda Boricua, with its killer mofongo, closed in early August, just two months after its sister location, the FB Lounge, was seized for unpaid rent. [NY Daily News]

Café China promises to bring “really great Chinese” to Midtown. Dishes include ma po tofu, tea-smoked duck, Chungking braised beef, and kung pao fish. [NY Times]

New Italian Il Tesoro Ristorante is opening in the space long occupied by Primavera on the Upper East Side. [NY Times]

The Upper West Side gets a new Italian, too, courtesy of the former La Focaccia owner. Machiavelli features murals by a Florentine painter. [NY Times]

Yet another cocktail bar: The Tippler is opening under the Chelsea Market. Paul Tanguay and Tad Carducci, bar consultants known as the Tippling Brothers, are behind it. [NY Times]

21 Club gets a bar makeover with Bar ’21’. Expect classic cocktails and six beers on tap, including Guinness, Prohibition Ale, and Brooklyn Lager. [Time Out]

Top Chef alum Hung Huynh is launching Catch, a three-story restaurant specializing in Asian-influenced seafood platters. [Time Out]

Chelsea is getting a new Sicilian with Granduca di Sicilia, serving wood-fired pizzas, arancini, and sea urchin pasta. [Time Out]

Interstate Food & Liquor brings more Pat LaFrieda burgers to the Lower East Side, as well as organic hot dogs and signature cocktails. [Time Out]

Island Burgers & Shakes, in Hell’s Kitchen, is expanding with an Upper West Side outpost, offering its menu of 64 different kinds of burgers. [Time Out]

Haute Korean comes to Tribeca with Jung Sik, a New York spin-off of a high-end restaurant in Seoul. [Time Out]

Homemade pastas and Sicilian pizza are the specialty at Papa Gino’s Restaurant and Pizzeria, in Astoria. [Time Out]

Schnippers gets a second location in the Flatiron district this week. New menu items include grilled or fried shrimp with a homemade tartar sauce. [Time Out]

Asian-Mexican fusion is all the rage these days. Taka Taka will offer Mexican sushi and Japanese tacos. [Time Out]

Paul Grieco and Marco Canora open the third branch of their popular wine bar, Terroir, this time in Murray Hill. [Time Out]

And the winner for best name this week goes to: Ugly Kitchen. It’s more Latin-Asian fusion, this time Korean-Argentinean. [Time Out]

Simpson Wong of Café Asean invents the “Asian locavore” category with this market-driven pan-Asian in the West Village. [Time Out]

Wild Rise aims to compete with Grimaldi’s, setting up its Neapolitan pie shop in DUMBO. [Brooklyn Paper]

Midtown West gets a helping of ramen with Tabata Ramen. [Midtown Lunch]