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August 21, 2020
More Restaurant Closings, Changes, & Other NYC Intel
Restaurant updates from the week of 8/17/20.

Closings, restaurant changes, and final goodbyes

  • Blue Hill At Stone Barns announced several major changes this week, including a new chef-in-residence program that will replace their 25-course tasting menu. We wrote about everything we know here.

  • Before they close up shop, The Banty Rooster is running one last week of outdoor dining from now until August 22nd. You can have one last hurrah there (and buy some of the booze they’re trying to get rid of), and read about the restaurant owner’s (Delores Tronco-DePierro) decision to move from New York to Denver from our colleagues over at Zagat Stories.

  • TAK Room in Hudson Yards announced that they will be closing. Keep track of all of NYC’s latest restaurant closings on our guide here.

There’s no update on indoor dining, and some restaurant owners are pissed

  • Summer is winding down and there has still been no word from the government about the possibility of indoor dining in NYC. We covered why some restaurant owners are not pleased and demanding a plan, which you can read here.

New restaurants keep opening

  • There’s a new soul food spot on Orchard Street on the LES called Oola’s Kitchen. They were supposed to open before the pandemic, and they’re now officially serving food like deep fried ribs, watercress and beet salad, and a smash patty burger. You can stop by for outdoor dining every day (except Monday), and check out their website for takeout and delivery orders.

  • In rooftop news, you can now visit a bar in Bushwick called Runaway Roof. This new spot is serving cocktails and summer bar snacks like salt and pepper ribs and a tomato-watermelon salad, and they’re also hosting bingo on Monday, August 24th at 7:30pm. If you want to go, make sure to show up early since it’s first come, first served.

  • The Momofuku team quietly opened outdoor dining at a new restaurant in the old Ssäm Bar space in the East Village called Momofuku 207. They’ve been doing takeout since July, but only began outdoor dining (with a special, fried-chicken filled patio menu) this past weekend. Find all the details here

  • If you’re looking for something new on the UES, Horn’s Hook Tavern recently opened on 1st Avenue and 83rd Street. It’s vaguely Revolutionary War-themed, which means there are menu items like “Declaration fries” and “Lafayette’s beignets.”

  • The Wayla team (a Thai restaurant on the LES with a great backyard) opened a new restaurant on Kenmare Street in Nolita on Tuesday. Kimika makes Japanese-Italian dishes like eggplant katsu, peaches wrapped with shiso and prosciutto, gelato, and spaghetti with mentaiko, ikura, and bottarga. They’re open for outdoor dining and takeout every day from 5pm to 10pm.

Some Great, Not-New Spots Are Reopening For Outdoor Dining

  • Nur in Flatiron reopened this week with a takeout window and seat-yourself tables. They’re serving a short menu of drinks and Israeli dishes like lamb-stuffed pita, eggplant carpaccio, and halva mousse starting at 4pm every day from Wednesday to Sunday. Also worth noting: the street is closed off to cars on weekends, so there’s even more space to hang out.

  • Other notable reopenings include Strings Ramen in the East Village, Jajaja in Chinatown, Lafayette in Noho, and Ichiran in Bushwick. Looking for more great outdoor spots? Check out our guide with 300+ options for outdoor dining.



  • Mohamed Wahiba, the chef and owner of Tripoli Events, started cooking this week at Maison Yaki. He’s the last chef in Maison Yaki’s Black entrepreneur summer pop-up series, and he’s making pasta, wood-fired pizza, and picnic boxes until August 30th.

  • There’s a new outdoor pop-up near Bryant Park called Midtown Social that’s open every weekday for lunch and dinner with choco tacos, $4 beers, and wine Wednesdays. If you’re going into a Midtown office during the week, Slack your team.

  • Looking for more pop-ups, even if it’s just to confirm that time is actually moving forward? Read our full guide here.

Possible plans for your weekend

  • If you anticipate your weekend to be extremely boring, know that Beastro in the Bronx has outdoor brunch events every weekend with DJs, bottomless sangria or mimosas, and a full food menu. You can make a reservation online for a seating between noon and 4pm.

  • Maybe you’re in the business of securing picnic supplies. Two Hands in Nolita reopened as a provisions and grocery store on Thursday. You can stop by for pantry staples and produce between Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 4pm.

  • We recently published five itineraries with eating and drinking plans around the city. From Red Hook to Ridgewood, and even in your own apartment. Check them all out here.

And, lastly, a bar on the UWS got its liquor license back after the State took it away

  • Hi-Life Bar & Grill on Amsterdam Avenue had its liquor license suspended in the end of July, after a misunderstanding that they were allowed to seat people inside with open floor-to-ceiling windows. In the last several weeks, they have raised almost $40,000 through a GoFund Me page to pay for the fines and cover the legal fees. Now they can get their liquor license back, and are throwing a Happy Hour party to celebrate.
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