Opening: DeKalb Market Hall

Our patience is finally rewarded! Tomorrow, DeKalb Market Hall is opening at the Downtown Brooklyn City Point development.  This project has been in the works since 2011, with intermittent pulses of news, and now we’re finally getting a look at the space.

The sub-level markets hosts over 40 vendors, restaurants, and a Forager’s Market and a Trader Joe’s.  The interest anchor here is actually Katz’s Deli–well, “A Taste Of.”  This is the first location of the venerable institution outside the LES original.

Here is the complete line up: Ample Hills, Andrew’s Classic Brooklyn Bagels, Arepa Lady, Belle Cheese, BK Jani, Bread & Spread, BK Juicer, Bunker, Bunsmith, Cafe D’Avignon, Craft and Carry, Cuzin’s Duzin, Daigo Hand Roll Bar, Dekalb Taco, Dulcinea, Eight Turn Crepe, Fletcher’s Barbecue, Foragers Butcher, Foragers Market, Foragers Rotisserie, Forcella, Fulton Landing Seafood Market, Fulton Landing Seafood, Guss’ Pickles, Hana Noodles, Hard Times Sundaes, Home Frite, Jianbing Company, Katz’s Deli, Kotti Berliner Doner Kebab, Likkle More, Lioni Heroes, Nobletree Coffee, Paella Shack, Pierogi Boys, Pop Cake Shop, Steve’s Authentic Key Lime Pies, Two Tablespoons, Wiki Wiki, and Wilma Jean.

This is the first location for many of these concepts.  This will be Ample Hill’s 7th location, Nobletree Coffee’s second (the first just opened inside the WTC Oculus),  and the third for Cafe D’avignon, the small-format outlet for Pain D’avignon.

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Empire Diner Seeks to Take Back the Empire

The Empire Diner, located on the western edge of Chelsea, has been open since the 1940’s.  Just like the city itself, the venerable diner has gone through a significant amount of change in that time.  Now, chef John DeLucie is taking on the project with restaurateur Stacy Pisone, and plan to reopen this Monday.

The 92-seat space was previously helmed by Food Network start Amanda Freitag, but her command didn’t last.  That iteration closed in 2015.  But, the far west side is seeing more and more development, as the massive Hudson Yards project works like a magnet on the surrounding area.  So the new team is battling current competition just south near Chelsea Market, and betting on the new residents just north to keep the seats full.

Additionally, DeLucie and Pisone completed an extensive 8-month renovation that brought the vintage diner into the modern age with new electric, ventilation, and interior design.

 

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Wagamama Opened Up Its First at NYC

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Wagamama, a popular British-headquartered Asian noodle restaurant chain, opened up it first location at West 26th street, 5th Ave, NYC,  with obsessive following. Although there are many Japanese style noodle restaurant such as Tabata, Ippudo and Ajisen already out there in New York City, with successful experience over decade at Boston, Wagamama could bring more flavor choice to NYC Roman fans.

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Fany Gerson opens La Newyorkina on Sullivan St.

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Dough’s chef and co-owner, Fany Gerson, has opened the first brick-and-mortar location for her paleta (Mexican ice pop) concept La Newyorkina. The new store on Sullivan Street will offer new and old flavors of the homemade paletas. While Gerson’s pops were already being sold to over 30 restaurants, stores, and pop-ups around New York, they can now be purchased at a dedicated storefront near Washington Square Park. The store also offers homemade cookies and ice cream.

 

You can visit La Newyorkina’s website here.

Dos Toros Opens its 12th Location in Bryant Park

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Dos Toros, the NYC taqueria mini-chain owned by two Bay Area brothers, opened its 12th location on October 5th. The newest storefront is located in Bryant Park and celebrated its first day with $1 burritos, chips, and salsa. Leo and Oliver Kremer, who opened the first location in 2009, said in 2015 that they plan to open 15-20 locations over the next 3 years. The brothers have said it is difficult to scout new neighborhoods that do not already have a Chipotle. But they also feel that their product is sufficiently different from the burrito mega-chain, which currently operates over 2,000 locations globally.

You can read more about the recent opening here.

David Chang’s Ando Now Open in Midtown East

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If you follow this website religiously, you will know that we previously reported on David Chang’s delivery-only restaurant concept. Ando is now open and delivering its nominally Asian-inspired offerings within the borders of Midtown East. Chang spoke about the restaurant on Friday at The New Yorker Tech Festival, offering a bit of insight into the origins of the idea. The entire menu, including the fried chicken and cheesesteak sandwich, was specifically engineered for delivery service. The one item he indicated would never be available from Ando? Ramen noodles. Chang stated that other Asian noodles travel better, but are still a while away from being offered on Ando’s menu.

You can read more about Ando here. To find our previous reporting, click here.

Orwashers to open Second UWS Location 100 Years after First

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Orwashers Bakery, a century-old mainstay on the UWS, will open their second location TODAY at 440 Amsterdam Ave at 81st Street.

The bakery known for its “quintessential Upper West Side” breads such as Pumpernickel and New York Rye was opened by The Orwashers – a Hungerian immigrant family – in 1916  looking to serve decades of family recipes to the Upper East Side’s local immigrant community

In 2008, the Orwasher family sold the bakery to its current owner Keith Cohen, who expanded the company’s wholesale business. Today, Orwashers provides bread to over 100 businesses, including salad mini chains Chop’t and Fresh & Co, as well as markets like Gourmet Garage.

As well as an expanded menu, Orwashers will be serving  Nobletree Coffee.