This is the Thursday Opening Report, a regular feature that provides the precise status of venues. As per standard operating procedure around here, your contributions are so very welcome.
1) Gramercy: ZagatBuzz reports on the opening of Lantern Thai on Second Avenue, a new location of the Brooklyn original. Here’s the scoop: “With dramatic, gold-leafed trees, floor-to-ceiling windows that fold open and a sleekly lit bar, Gramercy Park's affordable Lantern Thai (an offshoot of the same-named but more modest Brooklyn Heights original) is a stylish arrival in a formerly bland space; its lunch and dinner menus are mostly traditional with a few modern twists, while brunch is served on weekends; N.B. it's BYO for now." Status: Certified Open. 311 Second Avenue; 212-777-2770. [ZagatBuzz]
2) Prospect Heights: TONY checks in with some deets on the opening of Blue Marble Ice Cream in Prospect Heights: “A second location of this eco-friendly ice cream shop opens in Prospect Heights. Owners Alexis Miesen and Jennie Dundas offer 12 rotating flavors, including classics like mint chocolate chip, along with their tangy cultured frozen yogurt." Status: Certified Open. 186 Underhill Avenue, Prospect Heights; 718-399-6926. [TONY]
3) Red Hook: TONY also reports on the opening of Red Hook bar Brooklyn Ice House. They write: “On the heels of the opening of Annabelle’s comes another new Red Hook drinkery—this one a haven for beer lovers. Owner Trevor Budd (the Ginger Man) snatched up the space that once housed Pioneer Bar-B-Q. Among the 30 bottled selections are Belgian brews like Duvel and Chimay; those with less lofty tastes can opt for two-buck Carling Black Labels. The grub pays homage to the spot’s previous tenant: Pioneer’s smokers still pump out brisket and pulled pork.” Status: Certified open, via an Eater commenter two weeks ago. 318 Van Brunt St at Pioneer St, Red Hook, Brooklyn (no phone yet). [TONY]