Narcbar is an offshoot of chef John Fraser’s acclaimed vegetable-forward restaurant Narcissa, in the Standard East Village hotel. Two Dram alums, Tonia Guffey and Natasha Torres, are responsible for the bar’s summery cocktails; playful bar nibbles (think burgers, onion rings, and ceviche) are of course courtesy of Fraser.
Where: 25 Cooper Square, New York City
When: July 6, 2017
The team from Chicago’s Alinea and The Aviary (as well as The Aviary’s offshoot, The Office) have made their way to NYC to open a similar Aviary/Office concept here. The NYC location of The Aviary isn’t yet ready, but its (soon-to-be) adjacent bar, The Office, is now offering pricey craft cocktails and a mind-blowing selection of vintage spirits—and bar snacks from a menu overseen by Grant Achatz himself—in a dim, wood-paneled room with cushy leather chesterfield sofas and cow-print bar chairs.
Where: 80 Columbus Circle, New York City
When: June 30, 2017
Another Indian restaurant has moved into the space that formerly held Babu Ji, this one called Old Monk (and named for a brand of Indian rum). The restaurant’s website bills it as “contemporary Indian soul food,” and you can expect to see dishes like lentil “risotto” with tomato chutney and lamb chops marinated in the namesake rum… and as liberal a hand with orchid garnishes as its predecessor in the space.
Where: 175 Avenue B, New York City
When: July 18, 2017
The second space to open in the former home of the Four Seasons restaurant (the first being The Grill), The Pool is a gussied-up version of the former Pool Room, offering seafood-focused fare in luxe and romantic surroundings. An Alexander Calder mobile now hangs over the room’s central water feature, and the former private events space overlooking the dining room has been transformed into a sophisticated bar offering whimsically garnished cocktails.
Where: 99 E. 52nd St., New York City
When: July 20, 2017
The sprawling, 6,000-square-foot brewpub that’s now home to Circa Brewing will offer up to a dozen beers on tap that are brewed on-site. (Circa’s brewer Danny Bruckert comes from Sixpoint, a Brooklyn fave). You’ll be able to get wine, too, and cocktails created by Damon Boelte of Grand Army. Food options center on wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas.
Where: 141 Lawrence St., Brooklyn
When: July 26, 2017
Sen Sakana is serving up Nikkei cuisine, a blending of Japanese and Peruvian culinary traditions that traces its origins to the late 19th century, when an influx of Japanese immigrants settled in Peru. Look for dishes like ceviche, tiraditos, sushi, salmon with yuzu-miso cheese and maiitake mushrooms, and yucca croquettes with daikon.
Where: 28 W. 44th St., New York City
When: July 26, 2017