Edward Taylor, owner of Down East Seafood Inc., as well as the restaurants Fish on Bleecker Street and Farmer and the Fish in North Salem, has taken over the space at 245 Park Avenue South that housed Tasca Chino. He and his partner, Michael Kaphan, former chef at Zoe, plan to reopen it as Farmer and the Fish, Gramercy.
The two own a four-acre farm in North Salem from which they plan to source their produce. "I've been in the seafood business a long time and five years ago we started Farmer and the Fish,'' says Taylor, who plans to open the Gramercy location in mid September. "A lot of people say they are farm to table, but we actually have our own farm. We even have bees that make our honey.''
The Manhattan restaurant will be decorated with photos of the farm, and the menu will include such dishes as grilled swordfish with an eggplant caponata stuffed heirloom beefsteak tomato, along with a raw bar with at least a dozen different oysters daily. The duo are also at work on Hudson Farmer and the Fish in Sleepy Hollow, to open later in the month.