John DeLucie opened his new restaurant Bedford & Co last night. It's his first venture since splitting with Crown Group Hospitality, and the focus is on a wood-fired grill. "I was in Buenos Aires last year and I was really inspired by the wood cooking and design,'' says the chef. There will be wood and leather in the room, though it will be modern. The menu has old favorites like a pork chop, here with extra fat and called a bacon chop, along with short ribs — both cooked on the wood-fired grill. Fish and vegetables also get the wood-fired treatment: Spanish mackerel is seared and served with sunchoke skins and scallion ginger oil, while beets are charred and presented with seeds, grain, labneh, and dill. "It's simple, accessible food,'' promises DeLucie. "There will also be good music and hopefully a good crowd.'' Check out the menu below, and stay tuned for photos of the space later this week. 118 East 40th St.; 212-634-4040.
He's not with Crown Group any more.
by Beth Landman
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