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) West Village: Flo Fab reports on the opening of The New French, a new Hudson Street spot near Employees Only. She reports that: “Livio Velardo, who was most recently the chef at Provence, is now a partner in this little West Village spot, producing a menu that is Gallic enough (braised lamb, hanger steak and roast chicken) but also touches other bases (Vietnamese pho, vegetable curry, pulled pork).” Phone calls to the venue confirm open status. Status: Certified Open. 522 Hudson Street; 212-807-7357. [NYT]
2) Lower East Side: A tipster writes us with some details on the opening of Slurp Vietnamese Noodle Bar on Stanton Street, claiming it opened Tuesday night. The deets are as follows: “Menu categories include sandwiches, small dishes, pho, ca ri, & bun. Not a late night spot, early bedtime (10:30p most days, midnight Fri-Sat). Free delivery.” Thrillist also reports it open this week, describing it as: “A low-lit, silver-ceiling Vietnamese joint with floor-to-ceiling windows.” Phone calls confirm it open. Status: Certified Open. 84 Stanton Street; 212- 982-8895. [Eater Inbox]
3) Douglaston: TONY has it that George Martin will open this week in the far reaches of Queens: “the popular 19-year-old Long Island restaurant opens a satellite location in Douglaston.The menu is a meat-and-potatoes greatest-hits compendium: Steaks and chops share space with a list of pastas and “surf” selections (tuna, organic salmon).” Status: Not Open. Opening April 8th. 2-15 235th Street; Douglaston, Queens; 718-224-2898. [TONY]
4) Park Slope: TONY's got the lowdown on the Brooklyn outpost of Ghenet, which they have also reported open this week. Some background: "Mother-and-daughter team Yeworkwoha Ephrem and Sosinna Degefu open a Park Slope spin-off of their Nolita Ethiopian restaurant this week. The menu will skew lighter than Manhattan’s, with grilled meats and fish replacing sautéed dishes. A beverage program that includes tej—Ethiopian honey wine—could give Marcus Samuelsson’s infused rums a run for their money.” Status: Unknown, no answer to phone calls. 348 Douglass Street; Park Slope; 718-230-4476. [TONY]
5) Chelsea: TONY also reports on the opening of Bar Baresco in the former Sette space. The changes include: "an interior makeover, and a new menu from chef Roberto Lopez (Bice, Cipriani Dolci). His lineup includes enoteca-style snacks like seared sardines, as well as larger plates (baked pasta dishes, pork saltimbocca). A Cruvinet wine-preservation system holds 40 Italian pours that are hard to find by the glass (try the pricey amarone); 200 bottles are also available.” Phone calls confirm open status. Status: Certified Open. 191 Seventh Avenue; 212-675-5935. [TONY]
Photo: Ghenet Brooklyn in Plywood Stage via Brownstoner