New Jack’s Wife Freda In West Village

A second outpost of the popular brunch spot in SoHo on Lafayette Street, Jack’s Wife Freda, will be opening in the West Village tomorrow! The decor is very similar to the original location, and so is the menu aside from just a few new items. For example, the anchovy baguette with salsa verde, orange-blossom pancakes with yogurt and honey syrup, lamb tartare and mussels with coriander curry are all new additions.

The new outpost will be opening tomorrow at 50 Carmine Street, where Fatty ‘Cue used to be housed. Owners Dean and Maya Jankelowitz, state that the new location on Carmine Street will be a “natural extension” of the original on Lafayette. The space will be somewhat larger as well as the menu but the classic dishes will still be served such as the piri-piri sweetbreads, prego rolls, and matzoh ball soup.

To view some pictures of dishes at the new Jack’s Wife Freda in the West Village, click here

Cafe Edison Closing This Sunday

Owner Jordan Strohl will unfortunately be closing the beloved lunch spot Cafe Edison on W 47th Street after a long battle to keep the space. There are hopes of opening the notorious theater spot in a new location. The final meal at Cafe Edison will be serves this Sunday, December 21st around 3PM, however, being that the owner “doesn’t like to waste food,” the Cafe will remain open until all the food is gone, down to the last Matzo ball!

Strohl commented on the closing of his Cafe by stating that, “We lost the fight…but we did not lose the battle. Six weeks ago, we would have just shut down, but the campaign to Save Cafe Edison re-inspired my family. We are committed to reopening in a new space, and to bringing our food and our family warmth back to the city. A thousand thank-yous to everyone. We cannot say thank you enough.” Even Mayor De Blasio and Ira Glass joined in on trying to save the favorite lunch counter near Times Square. According to Gerald Barad, who owns the hote, a “name chef” will be moving into the space.

To read more about the dramatic closing of Cafe Edison, click here.

Vietnamese Bricolage To Open In Park Slope

Bricolage will be opening in Park Slope in the space that used to house Brooklyn Fish Camp. The people responsible for the acclaimed Slanted Door in San Francisco are opening up shop in Park Slope! The restaurant Bricolage will be serving a version of modern Vietnamese food, similar to the Slanted Door’s menu in San Francisco. The bar has already been set up as it is in the same place as it was when it was the Fish Camp, full of plenty of chairs and bar stools in the entryway. So far there is no hard opening date for Bricolage, but it seems like it could be in the near future.

The word ‘Bricolage’ implies something created or constructed from a variety of different materials, which would be very fitting for a Vietnamese fusion restaurant concept. The restaurant will open at 162 Fifth Avenue. To read more about the new Vietnamese neighborhood restaurant Bricolage opening soon in Park Slope, click here.

Defonte’s Soon To Open In Staten Island

After the sudden move of the beloved sandwich shop in Manhattan, the Defonte’s family has decided to open up shop in Staten Island! The sandwich shop which retreated to Red Hook after the Manhattan building where the outpost was located was bought by a developer, will be opening their second location this Sunday at 95 Water Street, Stapleton, Staten Island. Owner Nicholas Defonte recently stated that the Stapleton neighborhood, “reminded me a little bit of Red Hook many years ago before it got built up as it is now.”

The original sub shop opened in 1922 and hasn’t really undergone any drastic changes since. The menu will be almost identical to the Red Hook shop, and the bread used to make the massive sub sandwiches will still be delivered daily to the new outpost. To read more about the opening of Defonte’s in Staten Island this Sunday, click here

Two More Sweetgreens in NYC

The new Sweetgreen outpost in Nolita opened today! The opening is actually one day ahead of schedule, and is having a ‘Pay What You Want Day,” which is the tradition of the brand on opening day with all the proceeds going to a given charity; in this outpost the proceeds will all go to Grow NYC. The following Monday Sweetgreens will also be opening a new location in Brooklyn, in none other than Williamsburg, with the same charity event except that at this location all proceeds will be going towards Education Through Music.

Sweetgreens is having a really great run, especially in recent months given their $18.5 million boost from investors including Danny Meyer and Daniel Boulud. Both new New York City locations were designed by local artists to give a contemporary feel. The furniture in the Brooklyn location is mainly made from reclaimed oak from the company Aellon and Uluru (based in Brooklyn). The menu items also have a New York theme including seasonal ingredients such as pears, apples, cheddar and many fall vegetables.

To read more about the two new Sweetgreens locations in New York City, click here

Rossopomodoro Opens In Greenwich Village

The Neapolitan pizza chain Rossopomodoro, known as Eataly’s inner pizza place, has opened it’s first outpost outside of Eataly. The new Rossopomodoro opened last Thursday in the former Cole’s Greenwich Village space at 118 Greenwich Avenue. The space has multiple dining rooms with marble tabletops and hanging light fixtures as well as a fully-equipped bar and gilded pizza oven similar in shape to the gold pizza oven that once was at Donatella in Chelsea. Rossopomodoro also has some pantry items on display which are available for purchase.

The menu includes a great pizza selection with a variety of toppings such as squash, gorgonzola and guanciale, as well as a great selection of pasta courses such as ricotta ravioli, linguine with sea urchin and the classic tagliatelle alla bolognese. The cocktail menu is also in keeping with the Italian theme as they are serving many Italian liquors such as limoncello, Campari, Aperol and different Amari. To check out some pictures of the new space and to read more about the opening, click here

100 Montaditos to ReOpen in Brooklyn

The 100 Montaditos on Ludlow Street that opened three months ago is now set to close. After spending a full year to build out the space the outpost will be closing after a short three month run. Mini Hospitality owns the US franchise rights to the chain, named for its 100 varieties of mini-sandwiches, and is planning to transform the space into more of an upscale concept with a full liquor license.

The concept works very well in Madrid, Spain’s capital, where the chain blankets the city center, but did not have as much luck when it opened in Miami, and is now proving to be unsuccessful in New York City as well. The goal of Mini Hospitality was to open 30 US locations by 2017 but this now seems too aggressive and it may be time to revisit this goal. Mini Hospitality believes the concept of small finger sandwiches and beer will do better in Brooklyn. A release from DNAinfo quoted the franchise owners, “We feel that the demographic of neighborhoods such as Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Upper Manhattan, offer us multiple opportunities to expand our international brand in the coming year.”

To read more about the closing of 100 Montaditos due to a combination of location and concept, click here

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