The inspiration for this bar and restaurant is Robert Gair, a Scotsman who emigrated to New York, became a printing and packaging magnate and, in the late 1800s, opened factories and warehouses in what is now Dumbo, Brooklyn. He is credited with having created the efficient folded cardboard box. The owner here, Kevin Cimini, a partner in the design firm March, has hired Gabe McMackin, formerly the executive chef at Troutbeck in the Hudson Valley and the Finch in Brooklyn, to assemble a menu of bar snacks like deviled eggs with a twist and charcuterie and spreads. More substantial smashburgers, fish and chips, and lamb chops will also mollify the hungry. Sandblasted concrete defines the interior, including a 36-seat central bar. There are tables for 20 and outside seating for 30. (Opens Friday)
41 Washington Street (Water Street), Dumbo, Brooklyn, 718-233-2595, gair-dumbo.com.
A seventh-floor setback in the DoubleTree Hotel in Rockefeller Center is the site of this new Italian restaurant with an indoor-outdoor terrace and views of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. No wonder they’re calling it Duomo, Italian for cathedral. The executive chef, Vilfredo Hodai, also works at Ramerino Italian Prime in Manhattan, and La Giostra in Florence, Italy. Though billed as Tuscan, the menu is more generally Italian, with dishes like grilled octopus, tomato soup with burrata, pappardelle with truffle oil, linguine with clams, and veal scaloppine with mushrooms in a brown sauce. Dessert options include cannoli Siciliana. Super Tuscan wines are well-represented. (Thursday)
Seventh floor, DoubleTree Hotel, 25 West 51st Street, 646-398-8098, duomo51.com.
You might associate Bruce and Eric Bromberg’s restaurants, notably the Blue Ribbons, with fried chicken, but Japanese food, cue the sushi, is also their thing. This omakase counter, seating 12, is the latest example, $195 per person. It’s named for the sushi expert Toshi Ueki, a founder of the company’s sushi restaurants, who died in 2018.
34 Downing Street (Bedford Street), 212-691-0404, uekisushi.com.
The ice cream parlor and burger counter in Chelsea Market has opened an offshoot in Long Island City, Queens. Like the parent location, this one is also in partnership with Ronnybrook Farm in Ancramdale, N.Y., which provides the dairy products used in the spot’s ice creams and milkshakes. But unlike the original, the food here is strictly for takeout and delivery. Burgers, sandwiches, fries and chili are available, in addition to milkshakes.
40-05 Skillman Avenue (40th Street), Long Island City, Queens, creamlinenyc.com.