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marlie202 Aug 28, 2008 07:49 AM

Been traveling and need to know the scoop--what restaurants have recently opened and what do Chowhounds like or dislike about them?

  1. kcijones001 Aug 28, 2008 08:00 AM

    Black Iron Byurger Shop - 5th street between a & b
    Apiary - 600 third
    Vintage Irving - 15th @ Irving

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    1. re: kcijones001
      KTinNYC Aug 28, 2008 08:25 AM

      Have tried Black Iron? I've yet to see a report on these boards but I would love to hear about it. I'm excited to try, maybe this weekend.

      1. re: KTinNYC
        erin07nyc Aug 28, 2008 08:27 AM

        It is really open? Looked like they had some work still to do pretty recently.

        1. re: erin07nyc
          KTinNYC Aug 28, 2008 08:49 AM

          NY Magazine and Eater reported that it was opening this past Monday.

          1. re: KTinNYC
            kathryn Aug 28, 2008 09:10 AM

            "UPDATE: Not open. From a tipster: "Stopped by at 8pm today. There are enough ketchup and mustard bottles for 1000 burgers....but sadly no burgers. The staff said come back at the end of the week." 540 E. 5th Street; 212-677-6067."


            1. re: kathryn
              KTinNYC Aug 28, 2008 09:47 AM

              Thanks for saving me the walk, kathryn.

              1. re: KTinNYC
                Wilfrid Aug 28, 2008 02:22 PM

                Black Iron Burger should have opened Monday. It didn't. On Tuesday it was still doing friends and family (I know: I was turned away). The guy who turned me away predicted an opening today.

                1. re: Wilfrid
                  KTinNYC Aug 28, 2008 03:05 PM

                  I'll try tomorrow or this weekend.

                  1. re: KTinNYC
                    kathryn Aug 28, 2008 06:19 PM

                    A friend of mine went tonight! So apparently it was the grand opening tonight. Now to bother him on how it was...

    2. JoanN Aug 28, 2008 08:02 AM

      Is January '08 "new"?


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        kathryn Aug 28, 2008 08:48 AM

        Black Iron Burger Shop - Eater says it's not open yet (?)
        Kurve - not sure if this really counts as open, as Eater reports some customers who were told the vast majority of the menu was unavailable a few nights ago
        Rhong Tiam - the Greenwich Village Thai spot supposedly has an EV output that is delivery/takeout only
        Belcourt - opened last year, Prune alum, the guy who used to cook at Uovo
        Back Forty - from the people who brought you Savoy
        The Smith - great brunch from the people who brought you Jane and Neptune Room
        Abraco - awesome little coffee shop with pastries from the Babycakes woman. Note: no teas, no decaf, no frou frou drinks. Just great coffee and espresso.
        Chocolate Bar - moved from the WV space
        JoeDoe - supposedly trying to give Prune a run for its money
        New Friendhouse location (with a silly name "Friend Tri") - it's on 13th and 3rd, not open yet
        Persimmon Kimchi House - it's been written up but has gotten pretty mediocre CH reviews and many have complained about service
        Old Julep space on Ave A - going to be a piano / cocktail bar according to Eater
        Curry Ya - specializing in Japanese curry, my friends weren't impressed
        Seymour Burton - got a good write up for the burger, currently closed and undergoing renovations, one of the owner-partners has left
        Chikalicious Dessert Club (ex- Chikalicious Pudding) - take out joint from Chikalicious people, now with soft serve and cupcakes and not just pudding
        Terroir - newish wine bar from Hearth owners, with good food
        Artichoke - galvanizing pizza place that some call disgusting, others call the new Di Fara
        Dessert Truck - ex-Le Cirque pastry chef, parking on 3rd and 8th
        Hakata Ippudo - ramen chain from Japan
        Setagaya - shoyu ramen chain from Japan
        BBQ Chicken / TKettle - Korean fried chicken and bubble tea space
        New noodle joint between 14th at 1st, Kambi Ramen House - from the Minca folks, coming soon
        Mr Jones - yakitori, 14th street, coming soon, with cocktails from ex-Angel’s Share bartender

        Oh, and we have succumbed to the frozen yogurt invasion: Eks on Astor Place, Oko on 1st and St Marks, Pinkberry on St Marks, 16 Handles on 2nd Ave and 9th, Red Mango opening soon on St. Marks, even Cold Stone has froyo now.

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        1. re: kathryn
          kcijones001 Aug 28, 2008 08:51 AM

          Should have opened monday
          (212) 677-6067‎

          1. re: kathryn
            CalJack Aug 28, 2008 09:59 AM

            These sorts of comprehensive responses are so refreshingly helpful - thanks as always, Kathryn.

            Though neither is brand spanking new, I'd possibly add The Redhead and Caffe Emilia to the discussion - the former riffs on haute southern comfort fare in a cozy bar space, with varying degrees of inspiration and success, while the latter offers cleanly-flavored, reasonably-priced Italian bites (pizzas, sandwiches, pastas, eggy brunch creations) in a bright, intimate setting.

            1. re: kathryn
              ExFlexitarian Aug 28, 2008 01:43 PM

              Great list!

              Another item to add, though it is not new, is Perbacco. The buzz around this place has definitely be re-invigorated ever since the Brunz gave it a good review.

              Giano - New Italian concept on 7th St and Ave A, right next to the neighborhood favorite, Pylos. I've heard mixed reviews, but it's worth checking out.

              Degustation recently re-vamped their menu and approach.

              Both the EU and Solex have new chefs at the helm.

              1. re: ExFlexitarian
                kathryn Aug 28, 2008 02:08 PM

                The new Solex chef has already left and is now at Ssam Bar!

                1. re: kathryn
                  ExFlexitarian Aug 28, 2008 02:17 PM

                  Argh! Who's the new Chef at Solex? I went there a few months ago, before the guy from Tailor came in, and thought it was pretty average.

              2. re: kathryn
                kobetobiko Aug 28, 2008 01:50 PM

                Hi kathryn,

                have you tried all the froyo places you listed? Which one do you think is the best?

                1. re: kobetobiko
                  kathryn Aug 28, 2008 02:09 PM

                  Sadly, I have not, and the concept of the 16 Handles place kind of scares me. But a chef friend swears by Oko.

                  1. re: kathryn
                    whitneybee Aug 29, 2008 12:05 PM

                    I haven't tried any of the others, but I'm a fan of 16 Handles. I don't really like my yogurt very tart, and they have enough sweet flavors to keep me happy. The topping selection is good as well. My only complaint is that even the smallest cup you can get for your yogurt is the size of a large anywhere else, so it can be somewhat hard to gauge how much you're getting.

                    1. re: kathryn
                      carfreeinla Aug 29, 2008 12:26 PM

                      I went to 16 Handles last weekend and was not thrilled. Some of the flavors ( the mint in particular) were artificial tasting and the Butter Pecan was way too sweet. Also, lots of flavors with modified food starch and other additives with hidden ingredients ( a problem if you have food intolerances as I do). But... loved drowning my dollop of yogurt in fresh berries! My kids say that doesnt hold a candle to Yogurtland

                      1. re: carfreeinla
                        syb Sep 18, 2008 03:04 PM

                        i walked in for the first time this week and saw a woman "taste" a flavor by wiping off one of the handle nozzles with her finger. i can't imagine what happens in the self-serve fruit and topping bins. i'm sticking with full service frozen yogurt!

                        1. re: syb
                          misnatalie Sep 29, 2008 01:34 PM

                          That doesn't surprise me. They are too cheap to give you sample cups, unlike Yogurtland.

                  2. re: kathryn
                    marlie202 Aug 28, 2008 02:42 PM

                    wow kathryn--thanks for all the possibilities

                    1. re: kathryn
                      skgchow Sep 29, 2008 10:36 AM

                      Has anyone tried Mr. Jones yet?

                      1. re: skgchow
                        marksmithurbana Oct 21, 2008 08:28 PM

                        Just went to Mr. jones today. It's a japanese restaurant with an american name. That should be your first clue of what to expect.

                        I had a large variety of dishes, and they were completely hit or miss. The lamb chops with cumin, fried chicken, soup (forgot name of dish), and duck breast were fantastic. Everything else was an absolute failure. A number of dishes contained some awful miso sauce. I've never seen such horrible execution of simple yakitori dishes..

                        For the inconsistency of dishes I'd say it's worth about $30/person. We paid about $70/person for 3 people with a total of 4 drinks. That being said those four dishes I mentioned were fantastic, but given it's overall inconsistently I wonder if they would be good again on a second visit. Unfortunately a second visit isn't gonna happen. For $70/person I can get top notch japanese without guessing what will be good or not.

                    2. misnatalie Aug 28, 2008 04:29 PM

                      Has anyone been to Kurve yet, same owner as Rhong Tiam, on 5th and 2nd??

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                      1. re: misnatalie
                        maggiej Oct 12, 2008 07:42 PM

                        I went to Kurve and was NOT impressed. They may have still be "soft opening" but did not warn us when we came in, and food was mediocre and expensive.

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                        suznewyorkcity Oct 11, 2008 07:03 PM

                        Bubble tea place on 14th st bet/ 1st and 2nd. I don't know the name, but it is on the north side of the street. The pearls are the freshest better than Chinatown bubble tea places. It is across the street from Artichoke, a take out gourmet pizza place. Yumm! But be warned that the slices are really rich and sometimes stomach ache inducing.

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                        1. re: suznewyorkcity
                          maggiej Oct 12, 2008 07:43 PM

                          I recommend Boka on St. Marks.

                          Has anyone been to the new ramen place on 14th st near 1st ave?

                          1. re: maggiej
                            baobao Oct 13, 2008 04:38 AM

                            I went the other night—it's pretty much exactly like Minca.

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                          foodwhisperer Oct 21, 2008 10:46 PM

                          ippudo is terrific, only thing i dont like is there are no tables for 2, just communal. Nori is a nice quiet sushi spot . Kyo ya is amazing, there is nothing about it that I dont like ,it's all good!!

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