Dan Kluger, the former executive chef at ABC Kitchen who went on to open Loring Place and its pizza sideline, Washington Squares in Greenwich Village, is opening this restaurant and bakery just north of Hudson Yards. The executive chef, Caitlin Giamario, who worked with him at Loring Place, and the pastry chef, Jake Novick-Finder, from Gramercy Tavern, are in the kitchen. Mr. Kluger’s vegetable-forward approach, developed at ABC and furthered at Loring Place, is on full display here: focaccia with homemade ricotta, pea and asparagus fritters; mixed radishes with grapefruit and mint; sea bream with honshimeji mushrooms and sugar snaps; lumache pasta with Long Island duck and Swiss chard; and, from a busy rotisserie, a half chicken and a whole cauliflower. Amply windowed, the 58-seat dining room has some rustic elements, using natural wood, linen and bronze, and a wall covering showing gray clouds. Opening adjacent to the restaurant next month will be the Bakery at Greywind, selling housemade breads, pantry items, grab-and-go sandwiches and such, some of them laid on a farmhouse table with a view of the kitchen for breakfast and lunch. By night, it will become an eight-seat chef’s table with a tasting menu. Beverages focus on New York State producers. (Opens Wednesday)
451 10th Avenue (36th Street), greywindnyc.com.
Andrew Yuan and his wife, Seven Gu, both of Chinese background, have created this restaurant to reflect their heritage and their travels. The couple plans to serve shrimp wonton noodles in soup, Korean barbecue wings, salmon with truffled honey in homemade ponzu sauce, and money pouch dumplings (a.k.a. beggar’s purses) filled with shrimp, bacon, crab and mushrooms. Some of the cocktails involve Asian ingredients. By day, the space, with soaring windows, green marble counters and slatted Chinese screen details, is a coffee and tea bar, Knock Knock x Coffee Project, with some uncommon drinks like one combining espresso, black tea syrup and chocolate powder. (Wednesday)
42-44 Crescent Street (42nd Road), Long Island City, Queens, knockknockny.com.
Complementing Raoul’s, a quintessential SoHo bistro, is this compact yet comfortable spot where the restaurant once ran a butcher shop. The space’s tin ceiling and tile floor have been buffed. An Art Deco bar has been refitted as a soda fountain with diner-style stools, and a few booths and a larger table make it possible to seat 25. For now, it’s lunch only with burgers, salads, starters like clams casino, and sandwiches, including a BLT, a croque monsieur, fried chicken and an unlisted jambon beurre. Soon, the menu will expand to offer dishes like roast chicken, boudin noir, shrimp and grits, and onglet (hanger steak) with shallots, as well as a list of daily specials, including blanquette de veau and pot au feu, that provide a stronger French accent than expected from a luncheonette. Soda fountain favorites, including egg creams, are dispensed.
179 Prince Street (Sullivan Street), 212-696-1917, revelie.com.
Seamore’s Lobster Shack
This casual new spinoff from the Seamore’s group of seafood restaurants is getting its feet wet at Urbanspace on West 52nd Street. The concise menu features lobster rolls, lobster mac and cheese, fish and chips, buffalo shrimp, oysters and burgers, in a setting with ample seating indoors and out, ripe to be replicated in other locations.
Urbanspace, 152 West 52nd Street, 646-747-8222, seamores.com.