Mathieu Palombino, David Malbequi Step In at Prima; Robert Berry Takes Over at Monument Lane


Mathieu Palombino, of Motorino and the forthcoming Bowery Diner, and David Malbequi, of BLT, have lent their talents to Prima Strada, which lost its chefs shortly before opening yesterday. [Eater]

Monkey Bar debuted Damon Wise’s new lunch menu, featuring dishes like smoked fettuccine with uni and American caviar and braised pork belly with crispy oysters. [Eater]

The Bistro Truck has confirmed that chef Yassir is in Morocco and on hiatus until mid-January. A brick-and-mortar location may be in the works. [Midtown Lunch]

Cesare Casella is expanding his popular Salumeria Rosi gourmet shop and restaurant to the Upper East Side. [NY Post]

Teqa, in Murray Hill, opened last year with Derek Jeter’s former personal chef at the helm. She has now left and Chris Goosen, Mark Wahlberg’s ex-personal chef, has taken over. [Zagat Buzz]

Robert Berry, formerly of Cookshop, is the new executive chef at Monument Lane, whose opening chef Brian Murphy left shortly after the restaurant opened. [Eater]

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