The Feed Openings: Brushstroke, Rucola and more APR 2011


Bone marrow at Rucola (Photograph: Paul Wagtouicz)

Looking to hit any new restaurants opening up? We’re eager to try Brushstroke, Bouley’s latest brain child, at the former Danube/Secession space. Hit us up @i8and8 and let us know if you try any of these new restys below..we’re curious!

Thx to TONY for this…

The following venues are expected to open by April 22nd. Always call ahead, as openings can be delayed.

Asia Dog The Brooklyn Flea favorite set up permanent digs for its beloved East-meets-West hot dogs on April 7th. As at their pop-up stalls, owners Melanie Campbell and Stephen Porto give classic American junk food an artisanal Asian spin at this tiny takeout shop. Toppings like kimchi, Japanese curry and Asian sesame slaw finish off beef, chicken and veggie dogs tucked into soft buns. This location’s expanded menu also includes a deep-fried Korean pancake corn dog, salads and yam fries. 66 Kenmare St between Elizabeth and Mott Sts (212-226-8861)

Bad Horse Pizza Unusual toppings like jalapeño-marinated skirt steak and sauteed garlic shrimp set this Harlem pizzeria apart. Look for house pies like the Rio Grande, topped with chicken stewed in San Marzano tomatoes, spanish onions, chilies and cilantro. This restaurant opened on April 1st. 2222 Frederick Douglass Blvd (Eighth Ave) at 120th St (212-749-1258)

Bosie Tea Parlor As tea parlors go, Bosie, which debuted on April 8th, has a lot going for it. First, there’s the selection of more than 80 loose-leaf teas from co-owner Nicky Dawda’s retail company, L’Age de Thé; it’s curated by co-owner Kiley Holliday, the youngest American female to be awarded the title of tea master. To go with the teas are sweets like macarons and tea cakes from pastry chef Damien Herrgott, who’s logged hours at Paris’s famed Pierre Hermé and as executive pastry chef at Bouley Bakery. Finally, a savory menu of soups, quiches, salads and sandwiches is available for those with larger appetites. 10 Morton St between Seventh Ave South and Bleecker St (212-352-9900)

Brushstroke David Bouley is on track to open his much-anticipated upscale Japanese restaurant on April 20th. Bouley teamed up with Yoshiki Tsuji, president of Japan’s most illustrious cooking academy, for this project, which has been several years in the making. Watch chef Isao Yamada dispatch refined plates from an L-shaped chef’s counter in the minimalist main dining room. The prix fixe menu changes seasonally, but you can expect dishes like steamed egg custard with Dungeness crab and black truffle broth, and sencha-smoked duck with deep-fried eggplant, buckwheat congee and tea sauce. For a more casual dining experience, check out the bar and lounge, where 25,000 stacked books cover the walls, and sample from an à la carte menu of sushi and small dishes. 30 Hudson St between Duane and Reade Sts (212-791-3771)

Lantern’s Keep Barkeep Meaghan Dorman (Raines Law Room) conjures the European cocktail scene of the 1920s and 1930s, when temperance drove American bartenders abroad, at this boutique hotel bar (expected to open April 19th). The intimate, candlelit salon features marble tables, pale blue velvet chairs and Impressionistic paintings of ballerinas. Expect classic cocktails like the Poet’s Dream, a mix of gin, dry vermouth, Benedictine and orange bitters, and the Maison Charles, which combines muddled mint with lime juice and white rum. To eat, you’ll find small plates—such as pan-fried chicken liver crostini with sherry-braised onions, and seared sea scallop with porcini and foie-gras butter—dispatched from the hotel’s Triompe kitchen. The Iroquois New York, 49 W 44th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-453-4233)

The London Candy Company This Upper East Side shop opened up its stock of 400 varieties of British sweets, like Maynards wine gums and Rowntree’s Jelly Tots, to the public on April 1st. The colorful candies are displayed in wicker baskets, flower vases and painted tins throughout the space, which features exposed-brick walls, edison lightbulbs and reclaimed maple counters. 1442 Lexington Ave at E 94th St (212-427-2129)

Macaroni Macaroni Find creamy noodles in eight preparations—including a version made with pepperoni, cheddar, Muenster and mozzarella—at this self-dubbed “macaroni and cheese castle.” 120 Macdougal St between Bleecker St and Minetta Ln (212-260-2653)

 Rucola Brooklyn’s locavore movement shows no sign of slowing, and the latest entrant—this Northern Italian tavern in Boerum Hill—has all the makings of a neighborhood insta-classic. The team is stacked with pedigree: partner Julian Brizzi stirred cocktails at Prime Meats and Hotel Delmano, while chef Joe Pasqualetto earned his haute-dining chops at Gilt, Daniel and Café Boulud. Locals can pop in throughout the day for a Stumptown coffee and house-made pastry in the morning or an Italian-influenced cocktail at the marble bar come nightfall. At dinner, there are meaty dishes like tomato-braised oxtail or penne with wild boar ragù, but the real focus here are the veggie-glorifying seasonal plates, such as Tuscan kale with wild rice, pecorino and a poached farm egg, and tagliatelle with fava beans, garden herbs and baby squid. The restaurant is even sharing its carefully sourced stock: Sign up for its Twitter feed (@rucolanyc) to find out what produce Rucola’s selling. The restaurant is expected to open by April 21st. 190 Dean St at Bond St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (no phone yet)

Upright Coffee This espresso bar, where patrons take their java standing, opened on March 27th. The diminutive storefront offers Brooklyn Roasting Company press-pot coffee and espresso shots pulled from a La Marzocco Linea, as well as croissants, raisin buns and brioche from Margo Patisserie. 860 Manhattan Ave between Milton and Noble Sts, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (no phone yet)

Vie Savory and sweet crêpes are the specialty of this quaint French café, which opened on April 4th. You can find more than a dozen versions—such as egg-and-cheese for breakfast, andouille for lunch and apple compote for dessert—served all day. Gallic-style salads and sandwiches round out the menu. 96 Orchard St between Broome and Delancey Sts (212-466-2966)

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