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The Dish: Nelson Blue, Suba, Vynl, Thai Me Up

We've got some serious ground to cover today in the Dish, and so it's coming at you today in two parts. Minimize the IM windows, off we go.

2007_04_nelsonblue.jpg1) Nelson Blue: The Front Street restaurant row expands once again, this time into the cuisine of New Zealand. The restaurant and bar -- dare we say, Aussie gastropub -- is semi-open, for private parties and tastings and such, through the middle of next week, but locals especially might want to pop in their heads for an early look. The chef, per Cutlets, is Eric Lind, of Flatbush Farm fame. Ground report: "The first (they say) Kiwi (New Zealand) restaurant and bar in NYC. At the corner of Front Street and Peck Slip, the Seaport area’s own little restaurant row. Today they were loading in cases of New Zealand (duh) wine. Nice bright compact (6, maybe 8 feet square?) kitchen." 235 Front St, Financial District/Seaport; (212) 364-9090. [Eater Staff]

2) Suba: The overhaul at Yann de Rochefort's LES bi-level is 95% complete (some furniture pieces are still en route), and, because it's just how he rolls, reopened on time. She's yours for the weekend taking. Seamus Mullen (of two-star Boqueria fame) is now cooking here, which is the cornerstone element of a complete makeover of the space. Where once there were deep colors to exaggerate the cave-like space, a lighter air now pervades throughout. 109 Ludlow St. LES; (212) 982-5714. [Eater Staff]

3) Vynl Diner: The UES sister restaurant to one of Hell's Kitchen's very best delivery options, Vynl Diner, is now open. From this tipster: "just walked by vynl of hell's kitchen cheap american/thai fusion fame on 78th and 2nd and they are doesn't start to the 30th..." 1491 2nd Avenue, UES; (212) 249-6080. [Eater Staff]

4) Thai Me Up: Just weeks old in a space that previously housed a Chinese take out joint (Chintown Chinese Restaurant, to be exact) is this Bahn Mi sandwhich shop. To Strong, for what sounds a lot like a press release cut/paste job (we're just sayin'): "If you’re a fan of the Vietnamese Bahn Mi then you’ll want to check out Thai Me Up Sandwich Bar, a sweet new exposed brick café and takeaway on 14th Street. Owner Amir Hushinsky has created a fresh new sandwich concept that’s a riff on the refreshing Bahn Mi. He layers your choice of chicken, beef or tofu with a flurry of freshly wok-sauteed vegetables—mushrooms, carrots, snap peas, cabbages, carrots and broccoli and then customizes the flavors with your choice of sweet soy, scallions and oyster sauce (the Black Pearl), sautéed ginger, lime leaf, and green curry (The White Ginger), pineapple, grenadine, and garlic (The Pine Grand). Sandwiches are $5.50 and can also be served as a noodle bowl for $6." PR jargon or no, a report into us is "it effen rocks." 238 East 14th Street, East Village; (212) 533-8424. [Strong Buzz]

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