“My dream project for 25 years,” is how Missy Robbins described the latest addition to Lilia and Misi, the Brooklyn places she owns with Sean Feeney. “I always intended to open a store,” she added, referring to an outlet for her fresh pastas, jarred vegetables and other products. She introduced the packaged goods in 2019, but, because of the pandemic, sold them only online in the restaurants. Though the new spot — a compact storefront and kitchen with retail shelves up front, seating for 22 and a shady garden in back — has a menu and accepts limited reservations to allow for walk-ins, she considers it to be primarily a shop. “I want people to come and buy pasta and try it at home,” she said. Need help? She has two cookbooks, also on sale. As for dining in, a recent menu featured assorted vegetables, like marinated eggplant, and grilled artichokes with Provolone and hot peppers on a sesame roll; and also prosciutto di Parma with fontina gougères, and mozzarella in carrozza. The pasta dish of the day was spaghetti with bottarga, lemon and garlic bread crumbs. The menu changes frequently.
46 Grand Street (Kent Avenue), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, no phone, misipasta.com.
A marathon waiting period for the liquor license has reached the finish line, and Jamie Mulholland — the founder of Mulholland Leisure, an owner of the Surf Lodge in Montauk, N.Y. — is ready to open his clubby new SoHo spot. Mr. Mulholland took the name, which is Jamaican patois for catching the groove, from a Peter Toth song; there are references to reggae in the décor. It comprises a plush downstairs lounge and a spacious main floor dining room done with rustic elegance. The menu, by the culinary director Sean Olnowich, is seasonal, featuring local ingredients. (Opens Thursday)
406 Broome Street (Cleveland Place), 212-256-0715, ketchyshubynyc.com.
This graciously decorated partner to James Fantaci’s adjacent wine shop, Taste56, has opened, also featuring the shop’s signature 56 wines by the glass.
53 Water Street (Dock Street), Dumbo, Brooklyn, bar56dumbo.com.
Occupying two floors and a terrace in the Motto by Hilton hotel in Chelsea, this Italian restaurant, by the Renwick Hospitality Group and its executive chef and partner Carsten Johannsen, offers a predictable lineup, including fritto misto, spinach ravioli and chicken piccata. The space includes a lounge and an upstairs dining room with live music. (Wednesday)
113 West 24th Street, 212-668-8624, lullanyc.com.
When Japanese chefs venture out on their own chances are it’s to open an omakase counter. Cheng Lin, a veteran of Sushi Seki and Blue Ribbon restaurants, now has his in Brooklyn for 18 courses, $175.
50 South Third Street (Wythe Avenue), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 929-989-6979, shotaomakase.com.
If it’s not working, fix it! The chef and restaurateur Greg Baxtrom, whose fief is in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, has revised the menu at his first Manhattan outpost, in Midtown, with a somewhat less vegetable-forward menu. Now, Americana reigns with crowd-pleasers like shrimp cocktail, a BLT flatbread, turkey club sandwich, Wisconsin-style Cheddar burger, mac and cheese and a chocolate cookie à la mode.
30 Rockefeller Plaza, rink level, fiveacresnyc.com.
Bouchon Coral Gables
Thomas Keller is opening a South Florida branch of his bistro in a historic building dating from 1924. (Saturday)
2101 Galiano Street (Alhambra Circle), Coral Gables, Fla.
Chefs on the Move
This native of Austria, once an owner of Edi & the Wolf in the East Village, is now the executive chef at Hancock St., John McDonald’s Greenwich Village restaurant. Mr. Ban’s menu, enriched with Austrian specialties like Wiener schnitzel, spaetzle with Gruyère and mushrooms, and elderflower salad, will make its debut on Saturday.
Mr. Mor, the executive chef and a partner in Barbounia, will provide expertise to the Lyonnais menu at L’Express, directly across the street, where he has become a partner and the executive chef.
The Bushwick, Brooklyn, pizzeria, a magnet since it opened its doors 15 years ago, now has several outposts. The newest of them will open next year in Miami Beach, Fla.; it will be installed in a new residential tower, 72 Park.
580 72nd Street (Carlyle Avenue), Miami Beach, Fla.
The Tutto il Giorno restaurant group, founded by Gianpaolo de Felice and Gabby Karan de Felice, with places in the Hamptons, will expand into Palm Beach next year. The group has been tapped to open a major waterfront restaurant, a Mediterranean-style affair, in the Royal Poinciana Plaza’s Playhouse building overlooking the intracoastal waterway.
70 Royal Poinciana Plaza, Palm Beach, Fla.
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