Summer restaurant preview
Summering in the city? It might be worthwhile this year.
While the splashy restaurant and bar debuts tend to happen in the fall, this summer brings upscale hotel restaurants, large beer halls, and sure-to-be-popular food trucks.
Who needs the Hamptons anyway?
Milk Street Cafe
Trump Building: 40 Wall St., 212-542-3663
This new food hall (whose first, and much smaller, location is in Boston) will occupy 23,000 square feet offering various made-to-order food stations starting next month. There's an emphasis on healthy and vegetarian food.
Eventi Hotel: 845 Sixth Ave., 646-600-7140
It's the year of the beer garden - and starting Monday, the 12,000-square-foot backyard of Jeffery Chodorow's futuristic food hall FoodParc is set to join those ranks. BeerParc's suds list will expand throughout the summer, but five beers will kick it all off, including Brooklyn Lager. The munchies are being served from gourmet food stands - there's Austrian-German food from Ed & the Wolf, Asian-inspired food from Harold Dieterle's Soi 29 and barbecue from Fatty'Cue.
Co-Op Food and Drink
Hotel on Rivington: 107 Rivington St., 212-796-8040
Tomorrow, Alan Philips and his Guerrilla Culinary Brigade - the group behind the Hunger and the Feast pop-ups - will open a modern American brasserie and sushi bar, the first of four restaurants at the hotel. Executive cocktail chef Julio Torres will source vegetables, fruits and herbs for seasonal drinks and infusions.
Midtown and Chinatown locations expected
Serial restaurateur Michael Bao Huynh tells us he plans to open two new locations of his Vietnamese sandwich joint this summer - one in Chinatown and one in midtown. The exact date is unknown, but Huynh expects to be open by July.
345 Seventh Ave., no phone yet
This popular food truck will transform into its own two-floor brick-and-mortar location sometime "midsummer," according to its owners. Mexicue's signature smoky barbecue tacos are likely to attract LIRR commuters heading out to the Hamptons over the summer, and MSG sports fans and concertgoers all year long.
Del Frisco's Grille
50 Rockefeller Plaza, no phone yet
This July, Rockefeller Center will get a more casual sister restaurant to Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House. Expect wood-oven-baked flatbreads, salads, appetizers and fresh seafood, as well as signature steaks and chops. Al fresco seating will be available too.
For locations, go to thefryingdutchmen.com.
With all of the city's mobile food vendors and all french-fry brick-and-mortar spots, Gotham has yet to see a french-fry truck. Luckily, will change Friday. Aside from Belgian-style and sweet potato fries, the Frying Dutchmen truck will offer 17 different homemade dipping sauces, including lychee and sweet chili aioli, white truffle and parmesan cream, and "guacahummus," a combination of guacamole and hummus.
Yotel New York: 570 10th Ave., 646-449-7700
Named for the ring in which sumo wrestling matches take place, this sumo-themed restaurant (yes, you read that right) will open in the ultra-modern Yotel New York on June 13. Richard Sandoval of Latin-Asian fusion restaurant Zengo is in charge of the food. The space is shaped like a sumo ring, with communal tables that can be lowered into the ground to make space for performances and a dance floor.
Eataly: 200 Fifth Ave., 646-398-5100
Just when you thought Eataly couldn't get any more popular, its long-awaited rooftop beer garden - which will open at the end of this month or the begining of next - is sure to be a hit. The 8,000-square-foot space will feature a retractable roof. Eataly's house brewmaster has collaborated with Delaware's Dogfish Head and two Italian brewmasters on three original ales, which will be made in a copper-clad brewing system on the roof. Naturally, Italian foods - designed for sharing - also will be served.
Nolitan Hotel: 153 Elizabeth St., no phone yet
A seasonal American restaurant, from the company that operates Dell'anima, L'Artusi and Anfora, will open in the long-delayed Nolitan Hotel sometime this summer. Troy Unruh, former chef de cuisine at Dell'anima, will lead the kitchen.
359 Sixth Ave., no phone yet
Seamus Mullen, formerly of Boqueria, will open his first solo restaurant sometime this summer. Described as an "easygoing" Spanish restaurant, it will pay homage to Northen Spain's cider houses, specifically those in Asturias, the region that inspires the menu.
The Meatball Shop
170 Bedford Ave., Williamsburg; 64 Greenwich Ave.; no phone yet
Good news for carnivores: Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, founders of the popular Lower East Side resto the Meatball Shop, are expanding their empire. A large Williamsburg location - originally slated to debut this month - will open its doors in June or July. And in August or September, the duo will open another location in the West Village. Both will maintain the aesthetic of the flagship and its customizable meatball menu.