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Monday Opening Report: Fishtail, Prespa, Demel Certified Open, L'Artusi Tomorrow

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1) West Village: Gabe Thompson and Joe Campanale will open their follow up to dell'anima, L'Artusi, tomorrow. As usual, Andrea Strong thinks the place is perfection, chiming in with a friends and family rave. The Robs also offer up some pre-opening factoids: “Thompson has gained a raw bar, a cheese counter, and a fryer for heretofore impossible dishes like fritto misto. But L’Artusi isn’t Dell’anima gone upscale: The focus is on medium-size plates, with most ranging between $12 and $19. Thompson plans to change the menu frequently...Partner Joe Campanale’s wine list emphasizes native-grape varieties, small producers, and natural growing methods?” Status: Not Open. Official word says Tuesday. 228 W. 10th Street, 212-255-5757. [NYM; Strongbuzz]

2) Lower East Side: NYMag also reports that Susur Lee’s Shang will finally open this weekend in the new Thompson LES Hotel. They write: “According to Lee, Shang loosely (and imaginatively) reflects the way Chinese emigrants have adapted their food over time. One example, the lobster-and-shrimp croquette, is akin to the Cantonese har gow, but wrapped in potato threads, deep-fried, and paired with a curry-leaf-flavored black-pepper sauce.” Status: Not Open. Opening Friday. 187 Orchard Street; 212-260-7900. [NYM]

3) Upper East Side: NYMag also reports that David Burke’s Fishtail will open this week and writes the following: “The seafood shrine’s long-term goal, according to chef-owner David Burke, is to become a completely sustainable-seafood restaurant, if that’s possible. Not that the opening menu is teeming with Chilean sea bass and Atlantic cod (both sustainability no-nos). On the contrary, it ranges from Kindai (farmed) tuna sashimi to seared wild salmon with lentils. Even the swordfish in the swordfish “steak-frites” is caught the right way, by harpoon, says Burke.” Status: Certified Open. 135 E. 62nd Street; 212-754-1300. [NYM]

4) Murray Hill: From the Bao universe, Baoguette, a “gourmet” banh mi shop from Michael Bao and his wife Thao Nguyen that NYMag reports open this week. They write: “The latest from peripatetic husband-and-wife restaurateurs Thao Nguyen and Michael Bao (Bu’n, Bao Noodles) takes the increasingly popular bánh mì where no bánh mì has ever gone before: into the world of the delicatessen and a space previously occupied by a Blimpie’s.” Status: Not Open. Opening "probably Wednesday." 61 Lexington Avenue; 212-518-4089. [NYM]

5) Midtown: Blogger Salli Vates checks in with a rave review of Demel, a new bakery/café at the Plaza’s mini-mall. She writes: “If you go, I recommend that you order a double espresso with whipped cream (all coffee comes with sugared, chocolate-covered hazelnuts) while you make your selection from one of the most enticing dessert menus in the city. Then, sit back and hope your selection hasn't already been consumed by another lucky patron!" Status: Certified Open. The Plaza Retail Collection, 1 West 58th Street; 212-572-0989. [Salli Vates]

6) Murray Hill: Lady Strongbuzz reported last week on the opening/relaunch of a new Mediterranean resto, Prespa, from Jean-Georges protégé, Richard Farnabe. She writes: “Named after two freshwater lakes in southeast Europe shared by Greece, Albania, and the Republic of Macedonia, Prespa is owned by Saciro Gashi (Arcobaleno, NYC; The Dolphin, NYC) and Julian Aliaj (The Russian Tea Room, NYC), and features tapas and entrée-sized plates...” Status: Certified Open. 184 Lexington Avenue; 212-810-4335. [Strongbuzz]

7) FiDi: And finally, NYMag reports that a second location of Zibretto Espresso Bar is opening in FiDi. They write: “This second branch is even sleeker than Zibetto No. 1, thanks in part to a stunning replica of the defunct Faema E61—aesthetically speaking, the ne plus ultra of espresso machines. To go with the coffee, there are simple pressed panini, biscotti, and—perhaps in anticipation of a rush of converts from Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts up the block—a little more room than the original.” Status: Unknown. No phone. 102 Fulton Street; no phone yet. [NYM]


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