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EDITED BY ROB PATRONITE AND ROBIN RAISFELD
Week of September 24, 2001

Re-opening

Jo Jo
For a while there, the fine-French-food future of the Upper East Side looked grim. But then, to the relief of molten-Valrhona-cake addicts everywhere, Jean-Georges Vongerichten opted to not only renew his lease at Jo Jo, but to embark on a million-dollar renovation by Christophe Tollemer, the St.-Tropez-based designer who's building the megachef's Riviera retreat. The once-staid townhouse has been rendered nearly unrecognizable via an emerald-and-plum color scheme, sumptuous fabrics, and terra-cotta farmhouse tiles. But to avoid alienating his finicky clientele, Vongerichten has preserved must-have signatures like roast chicken with chickpea fries, goat-cheese-and-potato terrine, and a tuna spring roll with soybean coulis.
160 East 64th Street
212-223-5656
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 Cuisine: French Fusion

 
Looking Ahead...
October

Fiamma, 206 Spring St., 212-653-0100
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)

Marseilles, 630 Ninth Ave at 44th St., 212-333-2323
Set-up: Two-story, 4000 square-foot space designed in 1940's French-Moroccan style with zinc bar and ebonized mahogany accents.
Cuisine: French/Mediterranean
Chef: Alex Urena (Blue Hill)
Owners: Simon Oren (Sushi Samba, Le Express, Maritime)


The Minnow, 442 Ninth St., Park Slope, Brooklyn
Set-up: Cozy 60-seat space with exposed brick walls, hardwood floors and private garden.
Cuisine: Eclectic American/Seafood
Chef: Aaron Bashy (Slate, Alva)
Owners: Aaron Bashy and wife, Vicki (Former pastry chef at Boston's Four Seasons Hotel)


Suba, 109 Ludlow St., 212-982-5714
Set-up: Subterreanean, multi-level grotto with moat, underwater lamps, and floor-to-ceiling glass-paneled doors. Designed by Andre Kikoski.
Cuisine:Pan-Latin
Chef: Stephane Bucholzer (L'Actuel)
Owners: Yann De Rochefort and Phillip Morgan


The Harrison, 355 Greenwich St., 212-274-9310
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 St.
Set-up: Jazz joint with a built-in barbecue pit at former 27 Standard space.
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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