The long awaited New York outpost of Govind Armstrong's Table 8 (also found in LA and Miami) opens tomorrow night in the Cooper Square Hotel. The setup: first we have a sleek dark bar at street level with a handful of two tops, connected to a room featuring a more formal dining area with dark tables and a long leather banquette and a "salt bar" serving cured meats, raw fish, and pate. That all opens out onto a large outdoor area (seen here!) facing 5th St. The main room is dominated by glass and leather— the one wall that isn't glass is covered in thick panels, perhaps an attempt to help balance out the acoustics—and dark and neutral tones.
As for the food, Govind and the chef who will really be running the show, Willis Loughhead, are not ready to release a final menu yet. However, the preview menu set all apps in the the $9-12 range, entrees in the $14-29 range, a good move on their part. Signature dishes include a bone in skate with steamed cockles, grilled baby chicken with shortrib hash, and seared cana de cabra with arugula. Vital music note: we noted loungey music mixed with indie rock during the preview.