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.
· Cuisine: Eclectic American
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
Opening This Week
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
Owner: Matthew Kenney
not a comprehensive listing, here are a few dining spots
that have bid adieu...
Odeon (Luckily, its progenitor, The
Odeon is still alive and well)
Avenue, at 8th Street
41st Street, at The Dylan Hotel
Avenue, at The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
350 Hudson Street
267 W. 4th Street
630 Ninth Ave. at 44th St.,
4000 square-foot space designed in 1940's French-Moroccan
style with zinc bar and ebonized mahogany accents.
Chef: Alex Urena
Owner: Simon Oren
L' Express, Maritime)
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.
Chef: Paul Sale (Icon at W Court Hotel)
Owner: Stephen "BR Guest" Hanson (Isabella's,
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
206 Spring St., 212-653-0100
Tri-level space in SoHo with exterior glass elevator
and 130 seats
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
Smoke, 116 East 27th
Set-up: Jazz joint with a built-in barbecue pit
at former 27 Standard space.
Chef: Pitmaster Kenny Callaghan (Sous Chef, Union
Owners: Danny Meyer (Gramercy
Square Cafe, Eleven
Hear about a restaurant opening? Post an announcement
- even a rumor - in the
Dylan's Candy Bar, Luce, roomservicecafe
of October 8
Vicala, Zazen, Fraunces Tavern
of October 1
Bodum Café & Homestore, Blue Grotto, Notable
of September 24
Photos: Patrik Rytikangas.