12 Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week – 2/21/2014


When one restaurant’s doors close another restaurant’s doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday, we’ll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: A $7 latte hits Brooklyn, a Death and Company vet concocts cocktails in Astoria, and Cómodo’s husband-and-wife duo open a new Latin American restaurant in Fort Greene.

Antonioni’s, 117 Chrystie Street, 646-998-3407

Luc Levy, the man behind the über popular Café Gitane, has opened Antonioni’s, an Italian restaurant with an expansive menu. At the moment, Antonioni’s is only open for dinner, but starting March 14, it will begin serving both lunch and brunch.

Budin, 114 Greenpoint Avenue

Budin, the Nordic coffee shop that we reported on back in May, has finally opened and has people talking about how much they are willing to shell out for an espresso drink. The Brooklyn Paper reported that a licorice latte at the Greenpoint coffee shop will put you back a whopping seven bucks. But don’t fret — a regular latte is your standard $4 here.

Bustan, 487 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-595-5050

The Upper West Side has a new Mediterranean restaurant. Barbounia vet Efi Nahon and former Junoon general manager Guy Goldstein teamed up to open Bustan. The restaurant boasts a brick oven in the kitchen, which means fresh baked bread comes to the table ready to dip into hummus.

Café Cambodge, 111 Avenue C, 646-370-5158

In late January, Benjamin Alter closed his French-Caribbean restaurant Arcane, stating on Facebook that he would be “embracing a new concept.” EVGrieve reports that new concept has come in the form of Café Cambodge, which features a French-Cambodian menu. The restaurant is hard to miss with its new lime green paint job.

Colonia Verde, 219 DeKalb Avenue, 347-689-4287

Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe, the husband-and-wife duo behind SoHo favorite Cómodo, opened Colonia Verde in Fort Greene on Tuesday. The couple penned a love letter to the Brooklyn neighborhood on Grub Street in which they say they are humbled to join the community there. The Latin American restaurant seats 58 and serves food cooked over a wood-fired grill.

Front Toward Enemy, 40-11 30th Avenue, Queens 718-545-2269

Former Canz-a-Citi Roadhouse owners Tim Lorito and Matt Dill have opened a completely new restaurant in their former space. DNAInfo reports that what used to be a sports bar is now an upscale cocktail lounge and restaurant featuring handcrafted drinks designed by bartender Scott Teague. Front Toward Enemy offers dinner everyday as well as a weekend brunch. There will be live music on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Henry’s Local Café, 570 Henry Street

The space that was once Crave Wine Bar now houses Henry’s Local Café. The joint serves coffee, pastries, and sandwiches and will add beer and wine to the menu if a liquor license is approved.

Khao Kang, 76-20 Woodside Avenue, Queens, 718-662-8721

With a menu that changes daily, Khao Kang is the newest Thai restaurant to open in Jackson Heights. According to DNAInfo, owner Sopan “Ta” Kosalanan enlisted the help of her mother and aunt in the kitchen in order to bring a little piece of his home country stateside. Expect a kick in your food; Kosalanan isn’t afraid to load up on the spices.

La Nonna Ristorante & Bar, 184 Kent Avenue, 718-302-1100

Located on the Williamsburg waterfront, La Nonna Ristorante & Bar is now open. The Italian restaurant is owned by the same people who run nearby La Nonna Pizzeria, and the menu includes items such as octopus and Chilean sea bass.

Macaron Parlour, 560 Columbus Avenue

Christina Ha and Simon Tung opened the second outpost of their patisserie this week, this one on the Upper West Side. Expect the same creative flavor combinations the duo has become known for a their East Village shop as well as a few surprises.

Maizal, 32-07 34th Avenue, Queens, 718-406-9431

Family-run Staten Island Mexican restaurant Maizal has opened up a second location in Astoria. According to DNAInfo, the location has not yet gotten its liquor license, so you can’t wash down your made-to-order guacamole with a margarita just yet, though owner Leonel Zelaya plans for that to change soon. Leonel’s son Wilmer Santos serves as head chef at both locations where he’s serving dishes like stuffed plantains and paella.

The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, 514 Union Street, Brooklyn
After two years and a prolonged soft opening, this massive shuffleboard club in Gowanus has finally opened its doors for good. Stop by for Floridian drinks, a bite from a local food truck, and, of course, as many rounds of shuffleboard as you can handle. All staffers know the game, so all skill levels — including shuffleboard virgins — are welcome.