Seven Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week – 2/28/2014


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 gluten-free creperie opens in Cobble Hill, the owners of Buttermilk Channel open a French bistro in Brooklyn, and Sardinian food finds its place in the Upper West Side.

Arco Café, 886 Amsterdam Avenue, 212-665-0033

If you’ve ever wondered what Sardinian food tastes like, you now have your chance to find out when you drop into the Upper West Side’s brand new Arco Café. Diners can expect dishes featuring bottarga (dried fish roe), Zuppa Gallurese (a cheesy casserole-like dish), and semifreddo with Sardinian amaretti cookies. All dishes are priced under $16, and the café is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Cobble Creperie and Tea Spot, 194 Court Street, Brooklyn

Those on a gluten-free diet are in luck: Cobble Creperie and Tea Spot soft-opened this week in Cobble Hill offering a menu that is completely gluten-free. According to Chef Adam Ali, both the sweet and savory crepes are made using chickpea flour. The restaurant will officially open next week.

Custom Fuel Pizza, 2288 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, 646-524-5636

DC pizza spot Custom Fuel Pizza has opened on Harlem’s restaurant row. The spot’s signature square pizzas are cut into eight small pieces — a pie is enough to feed one or serve as a snack for sharing between two. As the name suggests, Custom Fuel allows customers to customize their pizzas or choose from one of the menu options. Everything on the menu is under $8.

Dojo, 14 West 4th Street, 212-505-8934

Japanese diner Dojo had stood in its West 4th Street location for 20 years until it closed for renovations six months ago. Now it’s back with a new menu (though a few of its beloved dishes, such as the soy and tofu burgers, survived the changeover). The new menu is “IZAKAYA,”, which means dishes are served tapas style.

French Louie, 320 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-935-1200

The owners of popular brunch hotspot Buttermilk Channel in Carroll Gardens bring us French Louie, named for beloved French Canadian lumberjack Louie Seymour. Chef Ryan Angulo delivers French bistro food like steak tartare and snails using local ingredients. The restaurant is only serving dinner at the moment, but will open soon for breakfast, lunch, and brunch.

Navy, 137 Sullivan Street, 212-533-1137

Former Paloma chef/owner and Top Chef contestant Camille Becerra is behind the burners at this new raw bar and restaurant in Soho. Focusing on locally sourced vegetables and fresh seafood, Becerra is creating dishes such as ocean trout en croûte and house-made crackers with caviar for this 51-seat space. Navy is currently serving dinner and has plans to soon open up for breakfast and lunch.

The Roost, 222 Avenue B

Vito DiTomaso returns to his former Luca Lounge space with The Roost, a coffee shop and bar. According to EVGrieve, the joint is serving up Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee during the day and beer at night.