Downtown Brickell has a new kid in town today! Restauranteur Claudio Giordano, who brought us Altamare on Lincoln Road, as well as one of the most fondly-remembered Italian restaurants of the '90s, La Bussola, is venturing into the bustling business and nightlife neighborhood of Brickell with his new restaurant, TIKL Raw Bar & Grill. Focused around small plates and sharing, Chef Simon Stojanovic, the executive chef at Altamare who was nominated for Food & Wine's Best New Chefs of 2012, has formulated an internationally-inspired menu of tapas-style dishes that are meant to be shared. In tune with today's culinary trends, Chef Stojanovic will focus on local and seasonal products that will result in an ever-changing menu that is sure to satisfy seasoned foodies and savvy business people looking for a relaxed bite to eat. The restaurant promises an unpretentious, loungy ambiance with an industrial décor accented by steel beams, exposed concrete columns, and Old Chicago brick walls.
Itching for Karaoke? Yes, you are. Here’s good news! Pulse is having a Grand Re-Opening next Wednesday, July 18th.
Renovated and upgraded, Pulse is the most technologically advanced karaoke lounge East of the Hudson and West of the East River. Highlighted at the new lounge, iPad and audio/visual capabilities buddies up with new LED lights and a pulsating sound system that features 85,000 songs you’ll never get tired of singing.
Throwing a party for a friend or a company get-together? Pulse has six private suites for any occasion and a lounge that can cater up to 140 people.
Toy at Hotel Gansevoort
18 9th Ave
Mulifunctional hotspot from the Koch Brothers, Toy brings lavish oyster and sushi bars, an al fresco terrace and private dining spaces to the Meatpacking District.
1 Little West 12th Street
Bagatelle is back in Meatpacking with its highly awaited brunch. Champagne, DJs and food are all in the mix for your weekend mid-day revelry.
New to Midtown Miami is Salumeria 104 an Italian deli and restaurant crossover. This eatery offers an assortment of Italian charcuterie foods such as cheeses, salamis and other Italian cold cuts. Salumeria 104 is inviting and casual, the perfect place for a snack and drink. Besides deli items, Salumeria 104 serves antipasti/salads, fresh pasta dishes, and regional Italian dishes along with an affordable array of wines.
3451 NE First Avenue #104, Miami
Never stale, New York’s atmosphere is always changing. Clubs, restaurants, and venues are evolving, revolving and dissolving at such a fast pace, sometimes you need a little held pinning down what’s actually going on. Here to help, browse this list of newly opened and soon to be opened hot spots within the Five Burroughs.
From Paris to London and now, to New York, the long awaited Experimental Cocktail Lounge is now open and serving up inventive cocktails garnished with a New York twist. The Parisian bar modeled like a speakeasy is in the old Kush location on Chrystie Street, in lower Manhattan.
Look out for the return of Pink Elephant in the West Village this May. Owners David Sarner and Robert Montwaird have shared that the new digs will be a much quieter experience offering high-end cocktails and live music. Formerly located in Chelsea, and famous for laser shows and bottle service, the previous incarnation closed in 2009 after the landlord filed for bankruptcy. The change in atmosphere isn’t the only news, Sarner and Montwaid are opening locations in Dubai and Los Vegas in the near future. For those interesting in being apart of the rebirth, bottle servers are now being hired.
Beekman Beer Garden Beach Club is officially re-opening its proverbial doors tomorrow, April 14th. The beach club, right next to South Street Seaport, will be open Fri-Sun for the rest of the month, and beginning May 4th, it will thankfully be open seven days a week from 12pm-3am. This outdoor summer hub will be launching a new menu with additional beers on tap, as well as a slew of fun events.
Beekman has two 25 and 60 foot bars, fire pits, flat screen TVs, foosball, and ping pong tables to ensure your never-ending amusement. Beekman Beach will now have its own private entrance and bar for exclusive events and on May 27th (Memorial Day weekend), the venue will launch its first Bikini Brunch Beach Party, which will take place every Sunday for the summer. Get decked out in your best swimwear and enjoy music from NYC's top DJs.
Psst.. we hear that EMM Group will be opening 'Catch' in Miami. After the success of the New York version, Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum will bring the seafood-club hybrid to the east coast's hottest getaway spot, South Beach. Miami has become an increasingly popular spot for New Yorker's to escape to over the past few years, making it the latest city nightlife impresarios wish to expand upon.
Late last year rumors swirled that EMM Group would be opening Abe & Arthur's at the James Royal Palm Hotel in 2012, however they reconsidered and decided to open Catch, citing "a lack of seafood-specific restaurant options in Miami, and a desire expressed by its residents for more social, shareable, city-style dining" as the reason.
Late in 2011, the original Ray's Pizza shuttered its doors forever. And while their demise may not have resulted in the total lack of a decent NYC slice, it did leave a neighborhood (ok, a two block radius) mourning the loss of a great spot.
This week, Nolita residents and irritating foot-trafficing tourists can once again satisfy their pie dreams at Prince Street Pizza. The new restaurant is located in the same space as the former Ray's, but is offering a decidedly modern menu. Prince Street specializes in square pizzas (cloying called "Soho Squares"), which can be ordered by the slice or by the pie. The shop also serves up a variety of "Munchables" which, despite their after-school-special style name, are consistently excellent. Try the Stuffed Proscuitto Balls (Ricotta, Mozzarella and Prosciutto) or the Crazy Calabrese (Broccoli Rabe and Garlic in an Egg Roll Wrapper with Sweet and Sour Sauce- trust us, it works.)
As if we weren't already feeling enough like heffers this holiday season, here's some hog news to keep us all porking out into the new year:
Baconery, the bacon-based baked goods company that launched in September, is looking to lay down roots in Manhattan this winter. The business currently hawks its wears online only but, according to Baconery owner Wesley Klein, there will hopefully be a brick and mortar locale in 3 to 6 months. Klein told Gothamist last week that they were, "still looking at neighborhoods that make sense."