Weekly Opening Report: The Week of November 11, 2013

Every week, we take a look at some of the restaurants that have opened or will soon open across the country. Here’s this week’s roundup:


New York City

An eco-friendly gastropub, The Brew Inn, just opened in Brooklyn featuring 30 New York craft beers and ciders and three wines on tap, according to a press release. Some items on its food menu include the Greenpoint Kielbady Reuben and Brooklyn’s Own Salad with grilled peaches, nuts, Hudson Valley farm cheen, greens, and a sunny side up egg. For two weekends, on Nov. 15, 16, 22, and 23, The Brew Inn will host a pop up dining exprience by Top Chef stars Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis, who will serve guests a 9-course meal as well as beer pairings

Featuring Afro-Asian-American cuisine, The Cecil is open in Harlem and offers a fusion of traditional dishes from the three cultures. Some of these include the roasted pousson yassa with curry coconut sticky rice, seeded long beans, and Bourbon-dried fruit; citrus jerk wild bass with African Fonio, okra, Asian turnips, and tomato; and the gullah jumbo shrimp burger.

Offering authentic Neapolitan-style pizza made in a wood-burning oven as well as Italian dishes, Luzzo’s BK is now open in Brooklyn, according to a press release. Its chef is Michele Iuliano of Luzzo’s, Ovest Pizzoteca, and Da Mikele.

On Nov. 16, a new dining destination, Holiday Dining Pavilion: "Streets of New York," which is lead by Stephen Starr Events, is opening at the New York Botanical Garden for the Holiday Train Show, according to a press release. Decorated with vintage photos and historical New York street scenes, it "captures the spirit, bustle and good eats" of city neighborhoods. Guests can find Italian pastas and pizza, house-made soups and spicy chili, a hot dog called the "dirty water dog," and much more.

Café Noir closed its doors and is moving to Tribeca to open "a more polished version of the original" in January, according to a press release. The cuisine will transfer from Spanish tapas to "Gastro Bites," reflecting the owner’s "passion for local, organic, and seasonal ingredients of the highest quality."

Davio’s Manhattan just opened next to Grand Central Station, featuring Italian dishes including homemade pasta, salads, and prime aged Brandt beef, according to a press release.

Featuring Victorian design with wainscoting and antique brass detail, North River is opening in the East Village in early December, according to a press release. The menu reflects various culinary influences from across the United States including Southern-inspired shrimp and grits and Italian meatballs and cavatelli.



Urbanbelly, known for its noodles and dumplings, opened a new location on Ogden Avenue and Randolph Street, according to a press release. The menu includes favorites such as Kimchi Stew ¾ rice noodles with braised pork belly, hominy, and kimchi broth ¾ and Urbanbelly Ramen ¾ ramen noodles with braised pork belly and soft-boiled egg. The restaurant also offers a new beverage menu consisting of Japanese beer, red and white wine on tap, and bombers and Funaguichi Sake.


Oklahoma City

Award-winning chef Matthew Kenney opened Mexican restaurant Tamazul in Oklahoma City, offering plant-based, gluten-free dishes with a modern twist, according to a press release. Dishes include black bean chili, a kale ensalada, and a veggie burrito to name a few.



Bringing an exclusive catering experience, Verde will open Dec. 4 at Perez Art Museum Miami, according to a press release. Verde will feature an international menu using local ingredients that includes ceviche, zesty heirloom tomato tartare, and charred octopus.

Italian restaurant Lorenzo just opened next to The Redbury South Beach Hotel, according to a press release, offering handmade pastas, pizzettes, hot and cold antipasti, crudo, meats, seafood, house-made gelato, and Italian caffe.


Columbus, Ohio

Hudson 29 Kitchen + Drink will open at The Lane in Upper Arlington in early 2014, according to a press release. The menu will feature locally sourced dishes including sushi, farm-style salads, prime steaks, and rotisserie-roasted chicken. 

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