The Wooly Public
The Wooly, located inside the iconic Woolworth Building, was in its original form a clandestine bar and private events space: the province of celebrities and the fashion set. Now there’s The Wooly Public, from the same team and open to all. Drinks are conjured up by bar star Eryn Reese, formerly of Death & Co and Mayahuel; bites—mostly small plates and an array of burgers—are from Jeff Srole, who came from Maison Premiere.
Where: 9 Barclay St., New York City
When: February 22, 2017
This will be the first U.S. outpost of Japan-based steak chain Ikinari Steak. With more than 100 branches in Japan, these restaurants are characterized by a particular quirk: Diners eat their steak (quickly) while standing at counters. The NYC location will have 40 standing spaces and 10 table seats, and serve 40-day wet-aged beef from the same Illinois company that provisions the Japan locations. You order cuts of ribeye, sirloin, or filet by weight at a counter, and a butcher cuts it in front of you and serves it rare, on a very hot iron platter; you cook it to the desired temperature yourself.
Where: 90 E. 10th St., New York City
When: February 23, 2017
The chef at Pinch, Charlie Chen, is a former executive chef of famed Taiwan-based Xiao Long Bao chain Din Tai Fung (two of its locations have earned a Michelin star). So, yes, it’s to be expected that soup dumplings are this new restaurant’s speciality. The menu also includes dishes from a variety of Chinese regions—think Dan Dan noodles and Dong Po pork belly.
Where: 177 Prince St., New York City
When: February 15, 2017
Chef Victor Chavez, who was the executive chef of renowned steakhouse Smith & Wollensky for 30 years, has opened a place of his own in a small West Village townhouse. Dispensing with traditional wood-and-leather steakhouse decor, Greenwich Steakhouse is decked out in pale fabrics and lush blue velvet chairs.
Where: 62 Greenwich Ave, New York City
When: February 22, 2017
Noted chef Suvir Saran, who opened Tapestry in the West Village less than a year ago, has headed out to Long Island City with his global fare. Unico Tacos’ offerings will include tacos, burritos, and enchiladas with “international fillings” inspired by cuisines as diverse as Peruvian and Korean.
Where: 31-31 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, Queens
When: February 20, 2017
We’ve been waiting for this restaurant from chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten for a long, long time, and it’s finally ready to open. An offshoot of his popular ABC Kitchen, ABCV will be the chef’s first all-vegetarian spot; to be helmed by Neal Harden, formerly of Pure Food & Wine. Look for dishes like mushroom and barley soup and wild mushroom burdock noodles.
Where: 38 E. 19th St., New York City
When: Late February, 2017