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Week of October 22, 2001

The Harrison
When The Red Cat chef-owner Jimmy Bradley and his partner, Danny Abrams (pictured, left to right), took over the old Spartina space, little did they know what sort of no-man's restaurant land TriBeCa was about to become. But to their credit -- and per Mayor Giuliani's express orders -- they continued building The Harrison's French doors, installing walnut wainscoting, and hanging local art. And if ricotta cavatelli with braised veal cheeks, quail cassoulet, and homemade bresaola with taleggio fettunta and fig syrup aren't enough to lure diners back downtown, nothing is.
355 Greenwich Street
 Cuisine: Eclectic American

The Minnow
Aaron Bashy grew up in New England and trained at Le Bernardin -- two fishy life experiences that pervade his menu at The Minnow, the mostly seafood restaurant he and his wife (and pastry chef) Vicki (pictured) are opening this week in Park Slope. There's a bit of Ipswich in his fried-clam-and-halibut basket, a concession to fish-phobes in the odd vegetarian dish, and a grudging recognition of the excruciatingly finicky New York dining public in his willingness to poach, sauté, grill, or fry any of the day's fresh catch, and serve it with a choice of two sides.
442 Ninth Street, Brooklyn
 Cuisine: Seafood

Also Opening This Week
Commissary, 1033 Third Ave. at 61st St., 212-339-9955
Set-up: Encased in floor-to-ceiling glass with 100 seats and circular bar for optimal people watching.
Cuisine: Modern American
Chef: Sarma Melngailis
Owner: Matthew Kenney (Commune, Canteen)

Notable Closings
Though not a comprehensive listing, here are a few dining spots that have bid adieu...
Bar Odeon (Luckily, its progenitor, The Odeon is still alive and well)
136 W. Broadway

1 Fifth Avenue, at 8th Street
52 E. 41st Street, at The Dylan Hotel
Peacock Alley
301 Park Avenue, at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
350 Hudson Street
Q Bar
267 W. 4th Street

Looking Ahead...


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)
Owner: Simon Oren (Sushi Samba, L' Express, Maritime)


Blue Fin,
Set-up: Situated in the highly-anticipated W Times Square Hotel, this 400-seater will have a floating staircase connecting its two levels and a view of the Great White Way.
Cuisine: Seafood
Chef: Paul Sale (Icon at W Court Hotel)
Owner: Stephen "BR Guest" Hanson (Isabella's, Atlantic Grill)

January, 2002

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.
Chef: Stephane Bucholzer (L'Actuel)
Owners: Yann De Rochefort and Phillip Morgan

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)
Owner: Stephen "BR Guest" Hanson (Blue Water Grill, Park Avalon, Ruby Foo's)

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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Openings Archive

Week of October 15
Dylan's Candy Bar, Luce, roomservicecafe
Week of October 8
Vicala, Zazen, Fraunces Tavern
Week of October 1
Bodum Café & Homestore, Blue Grotto, Notable closings
Week of September 24
Jo Jo

and more ...

Photos: Patrik Rytikangas.
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