Instead of going up entirely in parmesan-infused flames, Murray Hill restaurant Artisanal quietly changed hands six months ago and got a refresh. Terrance Brennan, who also runs Picholine, is officially out and the new owner, Sarid Drory tells Eater via email that the place "was in a bad condition from the previous owner, and I do not want to begin to tell you as a professional restaurateur, what I found here." Other gems from the email include: "I hired the number one bartender in the world who made us an amazing 17 signatures cocktails and 4 seasonal winter cocktails." And: "I want you to know that In January 15, we will have the number one chef in the world slide in." Curiously, there's no word on who the bartender or chef is.
The restaurant expanded its wine menu, and now boasts 500 bottles and 80 wines by the glass. There are also promises of a sidewalk cafe next summer, and renovations come August to spruce up the place. In the meantime, there's a new menu which sports a $45 "fondue burger."