Savoy Becomes Back Forty West; Benares Brings Indian to the Theater District


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

The former space of chef Peter Hoffman’s Savoy, said to be one of the original farm-to-table restaurants, will reopen as Back Forty West this week. The Soho sister restaurant to Alphabet City’s Back Forty will have a menu broken down by methods of eating the dishes — spoon, fork, break, knife and fork, etc. [Grub Street]

Benares, an Indian collaboration between a former Devi partner and Tamarind chef, is opening today on 56th Street between Eighth Avenue and Broadway. The menu will emphasize the Uttar Pradesh region. [Fork in the Road]

High-end sushi has taken a place on a fairly seedy strip of 8th Street. Neta, reportedly set to open on March 9, gets street cred from a duo of sushi sensei; one comes from pricey Masa, and the other the slightly less expensive Bar Masa. [Time Out NY]

Beloved pizza chainlet Numero 28 Pizzeria Napoletano has opened another location, this time on the Upper East Side (74th Street and First Avenue).