Spring preview season is finally upon us. Today, the Robs offer details on a slew of new restaurants that will open in the coming months. Jesús Núñez and his partner at Barraca are planning a new Mediterranean project at 2 Bank Street called Melibea which should open very soon. Einat Admony is also expanding to the West Village. The chef/restaurateur will open a "New Israeli" restaurant by the name of Bar Bolonat in a space on Hudson Street near Abingdon Square Park. And Chicago's wildly popular Intelligentsia Coffee will open its first New York coffee bar in the High Line Hotel this May.
The Manhattan location of Brooklyn Fare is now on track for a May opening. The new restaurant will offer an a la carte menu of Mediterranean-American fare in the main dining room, and tasting menus will be served in a 10-seat basement room. (Cesar plans to spend most of his time in Brooklyn.) Work is now underway on ABC Cocina, Jean-Georges's Latin-themed restaurant in the Pipa space, which should open in April. Chris Jaeckle's hotly anticipated Italian restaurant All'onda will make its debut in May. And the new Midtown location of Kajitsu is slated to open soon with a downstairs dining room that will serve dishes made with seafood.
And no spring/fall/winter preview would be complete without a few Michael White projects. Blanco plans to open his long-delayed Midwestern-influenced bar and restaurant The Butterfly in May, which is also when he hopes to open his steakhouse in the old Fiamma space, Costata. No word yet on when his Upper East Side project, Ristorante Morini, will open.
· Spring Preview [NYM/GS]