Eight Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week – 3/7/2014


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 pop-up in the former Bowery Diner space, an Arabian-French fusion in the East Village, and a cafe with laundromat service.

Au Za’atar, 188 Avenue A, 212-254-5660
An Arabian restaurant with a French twist, Au Za’atar soft opened this week (it makes its official debut on Monday) and will serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner to Alphabet City. Located in the former Table 12 space, the restaurant boasts dishes from across the Arabian peninsula plus items from France, which had extensive influence in that region. Look for steak frites and kafta kebab.

Café Boca Ciega, 355 Broadway, 212-431-3561
Cuban natives Osiel Rojas and Joel Morejon have opened Café Boca Ciega, a coffee bar specializing in, you guess it, Cuban style coffee. The couple couldn’t find a decent cup of Cuban brew in the city, so they decided to make it themselves. Located in TriBeCa, the coffee shop also serves a variety of pastries.

Chez Jef, 241 Bowery, 212-388-0052
The Bowery Diner may have closed last week, but the space isn’t going to waste. Chef Mathieu Palombino just launched his pop-up restaurant Chez Jef with a menu that is très French; try classics like French onion soup and croque madame. Don’t miss the dessert list, which is longer than the entree board.

Covenhoven Beer Bar, 720 Classon Avenue, Brooklyn, 917-449-6793
Located in Crown Heights, this new watering hole has 16 beers on tap. The bar also sells an extensive selection of bottles, and the shop’s back garden will serve as a great space to enjoy a brew once the weather warms up.

General Assembly, 360 Park Avenue South, 212-951-7111
The team behind Quality Meats and Smith & Wollensky has opened General Assembly. The 170-seat restaurant offers items like rabbit wellington, oysters, and corn crème brûlèe. The space draws influence from the Art Nouveau era at the turn of the 20th century and features an oak bar, a black and white marble floor, and a Lillet cellar room.

Sushi Zayy, 57 First Avenue, 212-228-9516
The East Village is home to yet another sushi restaurant. Sushi Zayy offers the usual seaweed salad, a variety of rolls, and tempura, as well as a few oddities like chicken soft bone, chicken neck, and chicken hearts.

The Gilroy, 1561 Second Avenue, 212-734-8800
If you find yourself in the Upper East Side with a hankering for comfort food and a craft cocktail, The Gilroy has you covered. Pair mac and cheese or chicken pot pie with one of the bar’s seven variations of a negroni. We chatted with the owners about their plans earlier this week. The new bar is open until 4 a.m. every night.

The Wash House, 44 East 4th Street
Ever spend an evening at the laundromat and think this would be way better if there were food and drink involved? Enter The Wash House. Drop your laundry off and grab a drink while it gets cleaned.