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 ramen shop two years in the making finally opens its doors, a low fat doughnut option is now available to New Yorkers, and a Lower East Side staple opens up its first cafe.
Après, 60 Third Avenue, 212-254-0888
Apiary owner Jenny Moon brings the East Village a spot called Après, where the kitchen is under the command of chef Mazen Mustafa, formerly of The Elm. The menu is comprised of vegetable-focused dishes like heirloom carrots with koji and crudités with soy miso royale. We spoke to Mustafa, who told us, “We’re trying to take the nose-to-tail idea with vegetables. We’re using the whole thing as many different ways as possible.” A few of the cocktails include veggies as well, like the carrot cocktail with gin, ginger, and Campari.
Azasu, 49 Clinton Street, 212-777-7069
Yopparai’s husband and wife duo Gaku and Christy Shibata bring us Azasu, a Japanese restaurant. The menu includes items like pan-fried gyoza, curry, and plenty of sake. When we spoke to Christy last month, she told us, “We’re hoping to be an addition to the neighborhood where people are comfortable.”
Delaware and Hudson, 135 North 5th Street, Brooklyn, 718-218-8191
The former Egg space in Williamsburg is now Patti Jackson’s Delaware and Hudson. Jackson recently told us, “I’m fascinated by American food and old-school things and the farmers markets. I wanted to do that kind of food. With regional food, it’s always southern or Californian. But there are great things to be had between Chesapeake Bay and Long Island and the Jersey Shore.” The chef is focusing on seasonal dishes that will change often. Currently, the menu features a plethora of ramps, which can be found in butters, fritters, and more, but expect that to quickly change as the farmer’s markets’ stock changes.
Holey Donuts, 101 Seventh Avenue, 212-252-3365
Holey Donuts now has it’s first brick and mortar shop. The low fat doughnut company run by Frank Dilullo has a variety of flavors such as caramel crumb, chocolate chip, and apple graham cracker.
Ivan Ramen, 25 Clinton Street, 646-678-3859
The highly anticipated Ivan Ramen opens today slinging bowls of soup and other dishes inspired by Tokyo and New York City, from dashi-braised tongue to the Coney Island, which features tofu “fries.”
Rosella Coffee Shop, 23 Clinton Street
The owners of Bluebird Coffee have opened Rosella Coffee Shop. According to Bowery Boogie, owner Alexander Hall is also currently working on opening two Austrian cafes in Brooklyn.
Russ & Daughters Café, 127 Orchard Street, 212-475-4881
One hundred years after the Russ & Daughters shop first opened on the Lower East Side, the holy grail of smoked fish now has its own café, which just began serving bagels topped with whitefish and lox, borscht, egg creams, and more. It’s open every day except Tuesday.