Pastai, the second venture from chef/restaurateur Melissa Daka, will open in Chelsea on Thursday. The restaurant specializes in handmade pasta dishes, but the menu also offers an antipasti bar and small dishes like octopus salad and crostini. For breakfast, there’s organic stone-ground polenta with various toppings, house-made yogurt, and Balthazar pastries. Pastai also sells its handmade pastas to go for $3.50 for three ounces. 186 Ninth Ave.
Clockwork Bar has opened on Essex Street in the space that used to house Sasha Petraske’s White Star. Bowery Boogie reported that the space was originally slated to become bar/restaurant Lo-Fi, but Clockwork swooped in instead, and will serve cheap drinks and play punk music. Right now the bar is in soft-opening mode, and is only open on the weekdays. 21 Essex St.
Barn Joo, the new 8,100-square-foot Korean restaurant on the ground floor of Hotel Verite, opened last Thursday, Flo Fab learned. Chef Steve Song, a former apprentice to Jean-Georges Vongerichten, serves small plates like rice cakes with chicken, kimchi-stuffed rolls, and bulgogi. Song also worked at Mono & Mono, a popular Korean fried-chicken restaurant in the East Village, and his signature fried bird will show up on Barn Joo’s menu too. 893 Broadway
Candela Candela may have closed, but its chef-owner Shai Zvibak is back at the same address with a new Israeli restaurant, Local 92, according to EV Local. Zvibak also runs The Hummus Shop on the Lower East Side. Local 92’s menu will feature falafel-crusted salmon, nine different kinds of hummus, and kosher wines. It will be open for dinner all week and will serve brunch on the weekends. 92 Second Ave.