Say Hello to Sauce, Battersby, Loi


Here are the latest newcomers to New York City’s cutthroat dining scene.

International Gourmet Kitchen (IGK) is a new lunch spot in Chelsea, offering great value on everything from burgers to burritos to Asian rice bowls. [Midtown Lunch]

Toloache 82, on the Upper East Side, is the latest addition to Julian Medina’s growing Mexican and Latin empire. [Eater]

The South Street Seaport has a new place to seek refuge from the tourist hordes. SamSara is helmed by Stanton Social alum Joshua Elliot. [Zagat Buzz]

Ko-Z Noodles has been open in the East Village for at least a month, serving Thai, including a vegan option. [EV Grieve]

Bowery Coffee continues the gentrification of the Bowery. It has a few tables, but is said to be “more of a to-go place.” [EV Grieve]

Onegin aims to bring Russian standards, like beef stroganoff and mushroom strudel, to Greenwich Village, in a caviar-and-chandeliers setting. [NY Times]

The latest by Anella vets Joseph Ogrodnek and Walker Stern is Battersby, in Cobble Hill, specializing in Mediterranean-accented American food. [Grub Street]

In case you were wondering whatever happened to the East Village Kurve space, it’s now occupied by Cooper’s Craft and Kitchen, a “straightforward Irish pub.” [NY Times]

Frank Prisinzano, of Lil’ Frankie’s and Supper, is opening Sauce in the old Kampuchea space on the Lower East Side. Expect rustic Italian and other red-sauce staples. [Eater]

Chimney Cake, in Long Island City, is the brainchild of a Transylvania native specializing in organic kurtoskalacs: thin sugar-crusted pastries served with toppings. [Time Out]

David Burke provides the eats for Greenwich Village Country Club, which features mini-golf, bocce, and shuffleboard. [Time Out]

Hopping on the meatball bandwagon, the Meatball Factory will turn out orbs made of turducken, braised pork, and short rib. [Time Out]

Coffee shop by day and restaurant by night, Sweetwolf’s offers riffs on American fare, like gluten-free lobster mac ‘n’ cheese with quinoa pasta. [Time Out]

Maria Loi, who has been called the Greek Martha Stewart, has launched her eponymous restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Compass. [Diner’s Journal]

Basik is a new wine bar in Williamsburg with a team hailing from both the Breslin and the Standard. Expect small plates, cocktails, and a back garden. [Zagat Buzz]