Four Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week – 4/18/2014


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 soba restaurant above a sushi mainstay, a grilled cheese joint in Bushwick, and a Paris wine bar finds a home stateside.

Daruma-Ya, 428 Greenwich Street, 212-274-0428

The restaurant above Sushi Azabu is now Daruma-Ya, a Japanese izakaya and soba house. We talked to soba master Shuichi Kotani, earlier this week, who told us, “Buckwheat is very hard. Ramen is easier.” But Kotani has the skill to turn buckwheat into the perfect noodle, and for that we can be thankful. Daruma-Ya is now open for both lunch and dinner.

Polpette, 483 Amsterdam Avenue

The former home of Good Enough to Eat is now Polpette, an Italian restaurant. The space serves up all the classics, from lobster ravioli to spaghetti alfredo. Polpette offers both full and half orders of its pastas.

Racines, 94 Chambers Street, 646-644-6255

Paris wine bar Racines now has a New York City location. Restauranteur David Lanher has partnered with David Lillie of Chambers Street Wines for his new American outpost. Along with a selection of wines headed by sommelier Arnaud Tronche, Racines offers menu items like monkfish and veal tartare.

The Wheelhouse, 165 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn

Bushwick’s grilled cheese lovers have a new spot to flock to. The Wheelhouse offers up a variety of warm cheesy sandwiches, from the classic to more ambitious versions. The restaurant is open until 10:30 p.m.