Six Restaurants That Opened This Week In NYC – 5/16/2014


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: the team behind Rosemary’s brings us a Southern French restaurant, fresh mini donuts are being served up in Harlem, and a Southern restaurant takes on the Lower East Side crowd.

Boswyck Bagels, 264 Bleecker Street, Brooklyn, 718-386-3663

Bushwick residents George Lagos and Phil Joseph just opened Boswyck Bagels, a shop that offers a variety of hand-rolled bagels, smoothies, burgers, and more. Boswyck Bagels is open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Carvin’s, 381 Lenox Avenue, 646-852-6780

Carvin’s is now serving mini donuts in Harlem, which range from the classic powdered sugar variety to flavors like peanut butter and jelly, bacon and egg, or white chocolate and coconut. All donuts are made to order and cost $3 for a set of three, $5 for six.

Claudette, 24 Fifth Avenue, 212-868-2424

Bobo and Rosemary’s owner Carlos Suarez brings us Claudette, a Provençal restaurant inspired by a trip to Southern France. Chef Koren Grieveson’s menu includes items such as whole roasted dorade, chicken tagine, and truffle hummus. The space amplifies the rustic French feel with blue and white tiling and wooden accents.

The Derby, 167 Orchard Street, 212-777-8469

The former Tiny Fork space is now The Derby, a Southern restaurant. We spoke to chef Jeff Kreisel earlier this week, and he told us, “We’re not trying to be a Cajun or a barbecue place. We’re trying to take ideas from all different states, all different cuisines from the south, not just one specific place.” The menu includes everything from a patty melt with pimento cheese to brisket tacos.

Horchata, 470 Sixth Avenue

Following in the steps of other recent Mexican restaurant openings is Horchata. The kitchen is run by chef Manuel Trevino, a Texas native who has cooked in other New York City Mexican restaurants. He told us earlier this week that he would be putting his “whole Mexican portfolio in the menu,” which means not only authentic Mexican food but also Tex-Mex and New York-inspired fare. See, for example, the New York classic bagel and lox, which Trevino has reimagined as a tostada topped with cream cheese and mezcal-cured salmon. Horchata is open for dinner, lunch, and brunch.

Pye Boat Noodle, 35-13 Broadway, Queens, 718-685-2329

A new Thai restaurant has made its way to this sprawling stretch of Astoria. The white and bright blue exterior opens up to the street, making it a prime spot for upcoming sunny days. Patrons can chow down on fried pork strips, taro rolls, papaya salad, and much more. According to We Heart Astoria, the owners stay away from MSG and plan to offer a vegetarian broth soon.