Weekly Opening Report: The Week of May 20, 2013

A look into this week’s notable restaurant openings and news

Every week, we take a look at restaurants that have opened across the country. Here’s this week’s roundup:

The Cutting Room: A larger and more opulent Cutting Room is reopening with an all-new menu and wine list. It is holding several events in conjunction with the grand reopening, including performances from entertainers like Billy Joel and Whoopi Goldberg.

Harlem Shake: On May 16, Harlem Shake, a fast-casual restaurant focusing on fare like burgers and milkshakes, opened at the corner of Lenox Ave. and W 124th in Harlem. Located in a recently restored building, the restaurant has a nostalgic theme, and the menu and décor are meant to evoke “the Harlem of old.”

Table Green Café: Located near Table Green, further south on the opposite side of the East Coast Memorial in Battery Park in NYC, the Table Green Café will open on June 6 as the Cleaver Co.’s second kiosk. Its focus will be on handmade food, with a lighter menu.

Battery Harris: Battery Harris, a new craft beer and cocktail bar with a focused food menu, opened on May 23 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It features a large outdoor space, with 143 seats in total inside and outside, and also contains a corner stage for live blues, soul, and funk music performances.

SushiSamba: The seventh location of SushiSamba opened on May 23, in Westin Colonade Hotel in Coral Gables, Fla. Brand new cocktails have been added to the menu for the opening of the new location, which also features an enormously diverse food menu.

Blue Ribbon Beer Garden: In the Thompson LES Hotel at 190 Allen St., NYC, the Blue Ribbon Beer Garden opened on May 22, the first seasonal barbecue and beer venture of the company behind the Blue Ribbon Restaurants. On an outdoor terrace in the Lower East Side, the Blue Ribbon Beer Garden offers outdoor seating for 60 and features a barbecue-focused menu and a diverse beer list.

Cognac East: This new French brassiere will open on May 31 on New York’s Upper East Side. Opened by Provence native Florian V. Hugo, Cognac East will feature an extensive menu of predominantly French food, beer, and wine, along with a French afternoon snack and tea service known as “Le Goûter.”


Paxti’s Pizza: In the Crescent Village apartment complex in San Jose, California, the ninth Bay Area location of Paxti’s Pizza opened on May 21. Originating in San Francisco, the popular restaurant franchise has brought its first location to San Jose, and this Paxti’s Pizza features “a rustic, yet contemporary atmosphere,” with a diverse pizza menu.