— After years of anticipation, abcV has finally opened for dinner after starting last month with just breakfast and lunch. Jean-Georges Vongerichten and executive chef Neal Harden began quietly serving the evening meal this past Thursday through Saturday in Vongerichten's third space within the ABC Carpet and Home store. The schedule will be the same this week.
On the menu, the "vegetables'' section is divided into "light & fresh'' offerings such as wood roasted beets with dijon, avocado puree, chili aioli, pickles and lovage, and "warm and hot'' options like white asparagus with hearts of palm, vanilla, and basil. There is also a "noodles and rice'' section including coconut sticky rice, as well as Meyer lemon and curry leaf bouillon, pea shoots, mushrooms, and ramen noodles. Two smaller sections are "legumes and grains'' offering pilaf with baby turnip, hazelnut, avocado, lemon, and crunchy sorghum; and "dosa'' — plain or with yogurt, avocado, and sprouts. There is also an omakase style "taste of early spring'' that is meant to be ordered for the table. — BL
A spacious lounge is set in the soaring neoclassical forest of Botticino marble columns in part of the lobby of the building, a landmark that was erected from 1912 to 1922. In the center is a large, circular bar, faced in backlit onyx, serving drinks, bar food and sushi, under black ribbons of wood meant to represent Japanese calligraphy. Upholstery is inspired by weavings from Japan as well as Peru, where Mr. Matsuhisa once lived and worked.
— The fast-casual Junzi Kitchen is opening in Morningside Heights next to Columbia at 2896 Broadway, serving customizable noodles and bing. Founded by a group of graduate students from Yale University, the original location opened in New Haven in October 2015.
— The a.m. Eggslut residency with LA’s Alvin Cailan at the new fast-casual Chefs Counter at 62 Spring St. has been pushed to a Friday opening, where customers can order his popular breakfast sandwiches from 7 to 11 a.m. Stay tuned for details.
— Agern in Grand Central is temporarily closed due to flooding damage in the main dining room caused by nearby construction. During this period, diners can visit Claus Meyer’s Great Northern Food Hall, immediately adjacent to Agern in Grand Central’s Vanderbilt Hall, open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the interim, stay tuned for info on Agern pop-ups around the city.
— Bowery Boogie reports that Birds & Bubbles has closed — with staff posing for farewell photos — but chef owner Sarah Simmons reached out to Eater to say otherwise: “We've had to temporarily close Birds & Bubbles to make some urgent and extensive repairs. In the meantime, a number of our restaurant friends have offered to give our staff new homes while we assess the extent of the damage.” Details to come.
— Timed with the release of his cookbook, On Vegetables: Modern Recipes for the Home Kitchen, LA’s Rustic Canyon chef Jeremy Fox is guest cheffing at Ssäm Bar and Ko for two guest chef dinners. On Wednesday, April 26, Ssäm Bar will host a five course, vegetable-focused menu in the back room that starts at 7:30 p.m. and costs $135 per person, which includes a signed copy of the book. Reservations are available starting tomorrow via OpenTable. Then on April 27 at Ko, Fox will offer a tasting menu featuring dishes from the cookbook, developed while he was at Ubuntu. It’s $250 and includes a signed copy of the cookbook. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com or by calling 212.203.8095, also starting tomorrow.
— And last, if you didn’t need a warm weather vacation after all this rain, you may after this sunny video: