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Dish: Insieme, Resto, The Zipper Tavern, Gold St.

1) Insieme: The owners of East Village restaurant Hearth have ventured above 14th Street for their new Italian eatery, which is located inside the Michelangelo Hotel in the west 50s. From the friends and family note that went out to Hearth regulars this week: "Insiemeoffers an Italian menu. Our food, drinks and design bring together the traditional and the contemporary, the old world and the new world. At Insieme, our ethics and approach to dining reflect what we’ve brought you at Hearth: the idea that uncomplicated food is best, and sincere hospitality is foremost." (Michelangelo Hotel, 777 Seventh Ave btwn 50th and 51st Sts, (212) 582-1310). [Eater Inbox]

2007_04_resto-thumb.JPG2) Resto: We hope the food isn't as boring as the name: this eatery has opened in the culinary hotspot that is the 20s and Park Avenue South, taking over the space that had housed Pigalle. Owner Christian Pappanicholas, formerly of 'inoteca and Otto, is switching from Italian to Belgian: the menu offers standards like mussels and fries as well as fancier dishes such as charred sepia with grapefruit and bitter almond. The back of the house will be run by chef Ryan Skeen, who's put in time at Café Boulud. (111 E 29th St btwn Lexington and Park Ave South, (212) 685-5585). [UrbanDaddy, NY Mag]

3) The Zipper Tavern: The folks behind venue Zipper Theater, located in a particularly desolate area near Madison Square Garden, have opened Zipper Tavern. The restaurant will serve dishes (like periogis and sausages) that reference the immigrant cultures that once called the Garment District home. (336 W 37th St btwn Eighth and Ninth Aves, (212) 695-4600). [Eater Inbox]

4) Gold St.: The name of this restaurant certainly sounds fancy, but the place, a 24-hour diner, isn't. Nevertheless, Flo Fab thought it merited prime placement in Wednesday's Off the Menu, so here we go with the details. Owners: the people behind Harry's Steak and Ulysses Folk House. Menu: a weird amalgamation of diner favorites like omelets (egg dishes are served all day), French toast, rotisserie chicken and burgers as well as a sushi bar. Could be excellent in its own strange way. (2 Gold St at Maiden Ln, (212) 747-0797). [Thrillist, NY Times]

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