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Week of December 17, 2001

Stone Street Tavern
Goldman (as in Sachs) has long been a presence on Wall Street. And SoHo and South Beach pioneer Tony Goldman (no relation) has quietly been building a real-estate empire downtown since he opened Wall Street Kitchen and Bar in 1996. Now he's restored the nineteenth-century Blackstone Cafeteria and renamed it the Stone Street Tavern, bravely opening this week despite the post-attack downtown chill. The 92-seat room reflects a sense of age, with old wood, tables and chairs made from recycled barn doors, and outdoor furniture made from century-old wine barrels. Prices are somewhat retro as well: Grilled salmon is $12, chicken Parmesan with asparagus casserole and potatoes $13, a ten-ounce burger $8.50. For those who want more of a splurge, there's a $23 strip steak and a $26 rack of lamb.
52 Stone Street
 Cuisine: American


Looking Ahead...

Late December

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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