Murray’s Cheese Bar and Murray’s Cheese Shop
The West Village-based Murray’s Cheese has had aging caves in Long Island City, Queens, since 2012. Now, not far from the caves, it has opened a satellite, a cheese shop and restaurant. At the moment, the restaurant has tables on the sidewalk, socially distanced, and there’s waiter service for sandwiches, including a grilled cheese, a cheese board assortment and salads. For dinner, there’s a half roast chicken with puttanesca sauce and cheesy polenta, and a risotto. The chef is Clare Malfitano. Next to the restaurant is the well-stocked cheese shop, where no more than three customers are permitted at a time. Both spaces were designed by David Rockwell. Murray’s has also made some changes in Manhattan, moving its Mac + Cheese from 250 Bleecker Street to 264 Bleecker Street (Leroy Street).
Erika Chou, an owner of Wayla on the Lower East Side, is opening a spot that serves a combination of Italian and Japanese fare. The chef is Christine Lau, who worked at Bar Chuko Izakaya. Some of her fusion specialties are assorted grissini with Japanese seasonings like nori, heirloom tomatoes with tofu and shiso, a fritto misto prepared like Japanese kakiage, spaghetti dressed with various kinds of roe, and a crispy rice cake lasagna. The pastry chef, Clarice Lam, will be frying mochi bomboloni. The restaurant’s spacious outdoor seating area is surrounded by greenery.
40 Kenmare Street (Elizabeth Street), kimikanyc.com.
Three Peaks at Collective Retreats Governors Island
This outdoor restaurant, part of a lavish camping resort on Governors Island, has reopened. There is also Fire & Water, with à la carte dinners and an outdoor exhibition kitchen for watching chefs at work. A new Sunset Terrace bar has also been installed. (Opens Wednesday)
Collective Retreats Governors Island, 970-443-2033, collectiveretreats.com.
Temple Court on Ten
If your restaurant doesn’t have the right configuration for sidewalk seating, perhaps you can move up to an outdoor rooftop. That’s what Tom Colicchio has done with his restaurant near City Hall. For the time being, it’s open for socially distant dinner and brunch.
10th floor, Beekman Hotel, 5 Beekman Street (Nassau Street), 212-658-1848, templecourtnyc.com.
Another downtown rooftop with stunning views has opened, this one also observes safety protocols and is run by the Gerber Group.
50 Bowery (Canal Street), 646-630-8057, thecrownnyc.com.
Undaunted by outdoor seating limitations and social distancing, Japanese restaurants serving omakase tasting menus keep opening. Here’s the latest, offering a varied sushi menu of multiple courses, $95. The chef, John Daley, who studied in Japan, was at 15 East and also at New York Sushi Ko. (Wednesday)
28 Grand Street (Avenue of the Americas), 917-675-0771, kintsuginyc.com.
A Night In by Adá Supper Club
The supper club, a series of pop-ups meant to showcase Black and female chefs, is on hold during the pandemic. But the founder, Nkem Oghedo, has pivoted to offer three-course dinners for takeout on Friday and Saturday evenings. They’ll be prepared by various chefs, including Kwame Williams; Brittney “Stikxz” Williams; Cybille St. Aude; and Kia Damon of Lalito in Chinatown, which closed. The price ($65 per person) includes two mocktails and a playlist. There’s a $4.99 delivery fee. Pickup and delivery locations vary in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and are supported by Zevv, a system of mobile kitchens.
Eli Zabar has taken on new partners at this year-old Lower East Side bakery-café. Maria Rust and Angie Berry have moved their Midtown East wine bar, Somm Time, into the bakery, and are operating it from 5 to 11 p.m. (The bakery closes at 4 p.m.) Ms. Berry, who is a chef, is preparing a simple menu featuring gazpacho, Mexican corn salad, burrata, a pasta and chicken confit.
254 Broome Street (Orchard Street), sommtimewinebar.com.
Warung Jancook and Hendra Lie, who have an Indonesian street food stall in the Queens Night Market, will be cooking their specialties for curbside dining at a pop-up at this Singaporean restaurant Fridays through Sundays.
31 East 20th Street, 646-429-9986, lautsingapura.com.
Sagaponack Supper Club
The chef, Trevor Lombaer, and his wife, the designer Sutathip Aiemsaard, who ran a Thai food truck, Warung Roadside, for the past two years in Brooklyn, are now in the Hamptons. They were hoping to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Brooklyn this year, but for now it’s on hold. So they are cooking Thai and Indian food for takeout and delivery in the kitchen of the newly reopened Old Stove Pub on Montauk Highway. Dishes like chilled corn salad, skirt steak skewers, chicken satay with peanut sauce, prawns with cashews and peppers, crisp-edged short rib biryani, chicken tikka masala and spicy pork stir fry are prepared Friday through Sunday evenings. They expect to continue into October. On Tuesday evenings, there is a set menu ($85) served at well-spaced tables on the restaurant’s front lawn.
Old Stove Pub, 3516 Montauk Highway (Sagg Road), Sagaponack, N.Y., 631-296-8553, warungroadside.com/sagaponacksupperclub.
The restaurateur Antoine Blech closed his Upper East Side restaurant Orienta in 2000. Now he’s reopening a version of it in Greenwich, Conn. It was French-Vietnamese, as is the new one. His son, Adrien, is the chef. For now, it’s takeout-only but will begin serving dinner inside and out soon. (Wednesday)
55 Lewis Street (Greenwich Avenue), 203-489-3394, orientarestaurant.com.
La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels, which owns bars in Paris, London and New York, has opened a resort in the Finger Lakes. Supernatural Lake, in Interlaken, N.Y., on Cayuga Lake, will be open until the end of October. There’s a wine bar and restaurant where dinner is served Thursday through Monday (pig roast on Fridays), four well-equipped cottages for rent (starting at $410 per night, including breakfast) and an area for socially distant live music performances with combos from New York City and the nearby Smith Center for the Arts. Finger Lakes wines and rieslings, along with bottles from Burgundy and Champagne, are poured.
7930 County Road 153, Interlaken, N.Y., 815-450-1977, supernaturallake.com.
The list of restaurant closings resulting from Covid-19 keeps growing. Small but highly regarded places, like the Fat Radish and Porsena, and pedigreed restaurants, including Augustine from Keith McNally and Uncle Boons, have no plans to reopen. The Cupping Room Cafe in SoHo is gone after decades in business. A significant loss is TAK Room, Thomas Keller’s new, grandly plush homage to continental cuisine at Hudson Yards. His Bouchon Bakery there and in Rockefeller Center have also shuttered.
Chefs on the Move
The longtime manager of Le Bernardin, a welcoming presence at the dining room entrance, is leaving after 27 years. He is joining Bluepoint Hospitality, a company with a varied portfolio of restaurants, from high-end to casual, in Easton, Md., where he will be general manager overseeing all food and beverages. Eric Ripert, the chef and a partner in Le Bernardin, said Mr. Chekroun was leaving on good terms. His replacement is Tomi Dzelalija, who has been at the restaurant for 20 years. Mr. Ripert said he hoped Le Bernardin could reopen in early September. It is not able to provide outdoor seating.
The chef and restaurateur, who closed her Rotisserie Georgette on the Upper East Side, is now the culinary ambassador for Great Performances, a major catering company.
Mr. Leveillee, who has been working in Philadelphia, notably at the Rittenhouse Hotel, has moved to New York’s Hudson Valley. He is now the executive chef at the DeBruce, a luxury resort in the Catskills in Livingston Manor.