Once again, it's time for the Plywood Report, chronicling yet-to-open restaurants and bars around town. Thanks as always to the readers who make this feature possible.
1) Midtown: Shall we kick off with a sizzling scoop? Chef Marco Canora, having clearly absorbed the teachings of his former boss Tom Colicchio, is spinning off a second edition of his East Village eatery Hearth. This one will occupy an under-construction space in the Michaelangelo Hotel on West 51st; opening set for the week of April 16. [PLYWOOD]
2) West Village: Back in January, news broke that Harold Moore, the former sous chef at March and former head chef at Montrachet, had secured the lease on the old Grange Hall space. Comes a tipster today with more intel on the situation: "Moore has been billing his new place simply as Grange Hall. He's a fantastic chef so it should be good. Opening in August. He did a sample plate at La Paulee over the weekend which was delectable." [PRE-PLYWOOD/PLYWOOD]
3) Boerum Hill-Park Slope DMZ: By launching its own renovation blog, forthcoming "literary bar" Pacific Standard becomes the second Brooklyn eating-drinking establishment to do this year. (Two equals trend; Styles piece entering production; etc.) The blog offers folky wisdom ("I got a glossy 8x10 photo of Nick Swisher that I'm going to try to get him to sign for the bar") and even a "Broadsheet Poetry Contest." Seen here is the front room; opening pegged for May. [PLYWOOD, via Brooklyn Record]
4) Clinton Hill: It's not the West Village, but it is Waverly... in this case, a new bar on Waverly Avenue that seems to have acquired the name Jelani Lounge. Initial flyer artwork marks this one as potentially radioactive; neighborhood Hazmat teams have been deployed. [Clinton Hill Blog]