This is the Thursday Opening Report, a regular feature that provides the precise status of venues reported as open elsewhere. As per standard operating procedure around here, your contributions are so very welcome.
1) Union Square: TONY reports that Café Society is to open this week off of Union Square. Here’s the lowdown: “Restaurateur Andrew Silverman has replaced his relocated Union Square stalwart Steak Frites with this 110-seat eatery. An eclectic menu from chef Matthew Jaffe (Brasserie) ranges from a deconstructed Spanish bocadillo to fried squid with crispy ginger and garlic.” Status: Certified Open with limited menu this week, full menu next week. 9 E 16th Street; 212-675-4700. [TONY]
2) Crown Heights: Brownstoner is reporting that the much anticipated bar and beer garden, Franklin Park will open tomorrow, indicating an initial 2am closing time. They write: “Franklin Bar co-owner Matthew Roff, who also co-owns Southpaw in Park Slope, told us the earlier closing time was more of a business decision to initially gauge the street life in the area before staying open all night.” Status: Not open. Opening Friday according to website. 618 St. Johns Place, Crown Heights; no phone listed. [Brownstoner]
3) Nolita: Flo Fab does some minor reporting on the opening of Elizabeth in the old Rialto space. Here’s the scoop: “Sam Martinez, the owner of Rialto in NoLIta, has renovated the restaurant and renamed it; it will open Thursday. Doug Psaltis and John Iconomou, formerly of Country, will turn out small plates.” Status: Not open. Opening Tomorrow night. 265 Elizabeth Street; 212-334-2426. [NYT]
4) East Village: The Times also reports that Tet opened on Monday with the following details: “Steven Duong, the owner of Nam in TriBeCa and O’Mai in Chelsea, has returned to the East Village, where he had his first restaurant, Cyclo, now closed. This place, which opened on Monday, features Vietnamese regional dishes.” Phone calls confirm it open. Status: Certified Open. 83 Avenue A; 212-253-0800. [NYT]
5) Harlem: Uptown Flavor reports on the opening of a new wine bar at Harlem Vintage wine store. They write: “How about the new wine bar at Harlem Vintage!...Word is that they finally opened the long awaited wine bar last Friday and the place was packed!” We called to get the scoop and turns out it did open last week. Status: Certified Open, serving meats and cheeses as well. 2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd, Harlem; 212-866-WINE. [Uptown Flavor]