Moscow 57 on Delancey Street and More Restaurant Openings
JAN. 28, 2014
Seth Goldman and Ellen Kaye of Moscow 57.
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Headliner Moscow 57
It’s not damning with faint praise to say that this lipstick-red bandbox of a restaurant in the shadow of theWilliamsburg Bridge has what may be the best children’s menu in town. Kebabs, pelmeni dumplings, sour cherry rice, borscht and mashed potatoes with sour cream and garlic do not talk down to youngsters. These items are also on Seth Goldman’s adult menu, along with zakuska (“Russian tapas,” he calls them), Georgian chicken, blini and caviar to wash down with infused vodka. Mr. Goldman is in partnership with Ellen Kaye, whose parents, Faith Stewart-Gordon and Sidney Kaye, owned the fabled Russian Tea Room from 1947 to 1996. Ms. Kaye and Mr. Goldman will run their catering and entertainment business here, also called Moscow 57, with Ethan Fein, another partner. “It’s great to have a home base,” Ms. Kaye said. “We’ll have music every night.” (Opens Feb. 5): 168 ½ Delancey Street (Clinton Street), 212-260-5775, moscow57.com.
INDIKITCH This is a quick-service Indian place with an open kitchen and 60 seats. It is owned by the Amin family, who also run Deep Foods in Union County, N.J., makers of Tandoori Chef frozen foods. There are platters, sandwiches, salads and rice dishes. (Thursday): 25 West 23rd Street, 646-590-7152, indikitch.com.
MONARCH ROOM The Metric, a hospitality group, has turned the ground floor of a 1930s industrial building into this handsome 180-seat restaurant with dark polished wood, tufted burgundy leather and luxe light fixtures set against gray concrete. A 10-seat raw bar occupies one corner. The chef, Michael Citarella, follows the seasonal farm-to-table formula with dishes like fried hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and halibut with golden beets. (Wednesday): 408 West 15th Street, 646-790-7070, nymonarch.com.
SUSHI SEKI CHELSEA A favorite of chefs because it stays open until 3 a.m., Sushi Seki on the Upper East Side now has a branch. The new place is open only until 1 a.m. but it also serves lunch: 208 West 23rd Street, 212-255-5988, sushisekinyc.com.
EGG This Southern-style breakfast and lunch spot is to move in a few weeks into the space occupied by Parish Hall, which closed last week: 109 NorthThird Street (Bedford Avenue), Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
EXKI The name of this Belgian restaurant-market, which is to open in June, is a play on the word exquis, French for exquisite. This is the first American outlet for a company that started in 2001 and now has 73 locations in Europe. Laurent Kahn, a partner, plans to hire a New York chef and stress organic ingredients: 257 Park Avenue South (East 20th Street).
GENERAL ASSEMBLY Fourth Wall Restaurants plans to create this market-driven grill to replace Hurricane Steak and Sushi in the spring: 360 Park Avenue South (East 26th Street).