Seven Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week – 12/19/2014


Not even the impending holidays can slow the pace of restaurant openings in this city. If you’re sticking around — or, perhaps, entertaining relatives — you might check out one of these places. The list includes new locations of popular restaurants Parm and Jack’s Wife Freda, a beer hall, and what may be the only Bhutanese restaurant in the boroughs.

Stanton Street Kitchen (178 Stanton Street)
Beer-centric Stanton Street Kitchen opened its doors on Wednesday in the Lower East Side. When we talked to owner Erik Blauberg in July, he told us, “The craft beer concept has really taken off in the past eight years, and now even the supermarket has a craft beer section. I’ve done a lot of research, and I’ve worked with a few craft beer venues. Some of these places have great beer lists, but there’s still a lot further where this concept can go. That’s what I want to accomplish.” He’s serving a menu of small plates in addition to a lineup of craft beer.

The Halal Guys (722 Amsterdam Avenue)
What started as a midtown food cart with lines around the block is growing into an empire. The Halal Guys added an Upper West Side outpost this week, which joins an East Village location. The company also has franchises in the works for cities in this country and in the Philippines. As ever, look for spit-roasted lamb, grilled chicken, and falafel.

Parm (235 Columbus Avenue)
Major Food Group expands uptown with a second location of Parm, the restaurant devoted to parm sandwiches and red-sauce Italian. The menu here is slightly different from that of the original location, with pastas and entrees on the list in addition to the sandwiches (down on Mulberry Street, pastas and entrees ran only as specials). Look for pork Milanese and penne fra diavolo. And keep your eye out for more locations of the restaurant, which are slated to open downtown and in Brooklyn.

Heyward (258 Wythe Avenue)
From the team behind Hudson Clearwater comes this seafood-heavy spot in Williamsburg, where chef Derek Orrell, a Locanda Verde alum, is turning out Southern-style dishes like she-crab soup. The restaurant is located in the old Zebulon space, a concert hall that shuttered in 2012 after supplying the neighborhood with a venue for experimental music for years.

Jack’s Wife Freda (50 Carmine Street)
A second location of perpetually packed Soho brunch spot Jack’s Wife Freda is now open in the West Village. Look for signature dishes like the shakshuka, plus new additions like orange blossom pancakes and a more robust sandwich section. Dinner service starts after Christmas.

Voilá ( 221 West 79th Street)
Pop in and try your hand at making chocolate candy or truffles at this new Upper West Side shop. Rather than sit through a formal class, an employee will guide you through the process on the spot, and then you can take your confections home to eat. Crafting a dessert takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Ema Datsi (67-21 Woodside Avenue)
Ema Datsi owner Lekay Drakpa claims his Woodside restaurant is the first Bhutanese restaurant in New York. Traditionally, the cuisine revolves around red rice, soups, dumplings, and stews. Ema datsi is a ubiquitous dish of chiles and cheese. Look for spicy dishes like a red-chile-dusted dried pork called sekam thali. Drakpa is supplementing these specialties with Indian and Tibetan dishes.