Chelsea Gets a Buzzy New American Restaurant — and More Openings


Chelsea: Two restaurateurs with serious experience — former Le Turtle executive chef Greg Proechel and Major Food Group vet Charles Seich, who’s leading operations — have teamed up on Ferris, a seasonal New American restaurant. Dishes like blood sausage with grilled dates and toasted seeds, as well as Iberico pork collar with mushrooms and peppers in black bean sauce, fill the menu (in full below). The cocktail list comes from Jeremy Oertel and Natasha David, who have worked with Death and Company, Maison Premiere and Nitecap. The 40-seat restaurant is inside Made Hotel. 44 West 29th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue

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Shake Shack’s New Cashier-Free Location Really Does Reduce Wait, So Far


The new Shake Shack in the East Village certainly enjoys an auspicious location. At 51 Astor Place and across the street from NYU and Cooper Union dorms, it faces a long-running McDonalds that recently tanked and occupies the same building as IBM’s Watson, the computer that won Jeopardy. That computer connection may be significant for another reason: The Astor Place Shake Shack is the first to dispense entirely with cashiers.

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