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Week of August 13, 2001

The fourth, funkiest Manhattan branch of Haru, the Benihana-owned chainlet, opens this week on the hallowed sushi ground last occupied by Shinbashi. Haru means "spring" in Japanese, and the design theme is man-made nature, from the digital-photomural-of-grass floor to the robotic fish in the aquariums over the bar. An extensive menu features all the usual sushi and sashimi suspects, and a raw bar, plus fusion fare like the New York strip steak with wasabi croquette, spicy shallots, and ginger sauce.
280 Park Avenue, at 48th Street
 Cuisine: Japanese

Looking Ahead...


Fiamma, 206 Spring St. (212) 653-0100
Opening Date: Early September
Set-up: Tri-level space in SoHo with exterior glass elevator and 130 seats
Cuisine: Italian
Chef: Michael White (formerly at the four-star Spiaggia in Chicago and chef di cucina at Ristorante San Domenico in Imola, Italy)
Owners: Stephen Hanson (Blue Water Grill, Park Avalon, Ruby Foo's)


The Harrison, 355 Greenwich St.
Opening Date: Early October
Set-up: Designer Mark Zeff creates a 100-seat dining room filled with wainscoting, handmade chandeliers, and a walnut bar. Nine French doors will open onto the street, with an additional 40 seats available for sidewalk dining.
Cuisine: Eclectic American
Chef: Joey Campanaro (protégé of Jonathan Waxman)
Owners: Jimmy Bradley and Danny Abrams (The Red Cat)

April, 2002

Blue Smoke, 116 East 27th Street
Opening Date: Spring, 2002
Set-up: Jazz joint with a built-in barbecue pit.
Cuisine: Barbecue
Chef: Pitmaster Kenny Callaghan (Sous Chef, Union Square Cafe)
Owners: Danny Meyer (Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, Eleven Madison Park)


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Photos: Carina Salvi.
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