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Nobu Restaurateur Wants to Open a Chinese Restaurant Now

Plus, a review of Jean-Georges’ Public Kitchen

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Old-school restaurateur Drew Nieporent wants to open a Chinese place
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Drew Nieporent Wants to Open One More NYC Restaurant

Prolific old-school restaurateur Drew Nieporent — the man behind places like Nobu and Tribeca Grill — says he may still want to open one more restaurant in the city, likely a Chinese one. In a Times profile of him, Nieporent recalls the joy of eating egg rolls next to the Ed Sullivan Theater in 1964 on the night the Beatles performed. It was one of the formative experiences that encouraged him to get into the business.

A Michelin-starred gala

Tickets are now on sale for the Michelin Guide gala, a meal celebrating the 2017 announcement of the Michelin stars at the end of October. It will be a five-course meal from Ken Frank of La Toque in Napa Valley, Daniel Boulud of Daniel here, and Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin, along with wine pairings from Napa Valley. Each ticket costs $850. By comparison, a single chef’s tasting menu at Le Bernardin costs with wine costs $370.

NY Post appreciates Jean-Georges’ Public Kitchen

Steve Cuozzo at the Post finds that Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s newest LES restaurant Public Kitchen is “downtown, party-time cuisine that actually works,” and says “It rounds all the millennial-pleasing bases needed to score the No. 1 spot on the Manhattan ‘Heat Map’ for September.” (Note, though: The restaurants on the heatmap are arranged by geography, not by hotness level.) Expect the vibes to be loud, and go for snacks, appetizers, pizza, and pastas instead of main entrees, he writes. Cuozzo particularly liked smoked salmon with latkes, an egg pizza with fontina and truffle, and a rigatoni with a basil-pistachio pesto.

LES pasta favorite plans expansion

Simple Italian restaurant Spaghetti Incident is taking over a space next door for take-out spaghetti. The restaurant from co-owners Emanuele Attala, Ettore Pardossi, and Giovanni Gentile will sell their “spaghetti cone” there, a way for people to eat spaghetti on the go with a hand-held paper cone. Spaghetti Incident is known for being a reasonably-placed and easy go-to for pasta in the area.

Astoria’s Queens Kickshaw will flip into Chinese food

The husband-wife team behind shuttered Astoria restaurant Queens Kickshaw plan to reopen the restaurant as a vegetarian Chinese place. The to-be-named restaurant will serve versions of both traditional Chinese and Chinese-American fare, with both take-out and dine-in service. Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim plan to open the restaurant next month.

Chinese street food vendor goes brick-and-mortar

Popular jianbing vendor Mr. Bing looks close to opening a physical storefront in the East Village. EV Grieve spots signage going up at 115 St. Mark’s Place, between Avenue A and First Avenue. Jianbing is a savory crepe-like dish that’s common as a street food in China. Mr. Bing has been on the market circuit here in New York since 2015. Take a look how these jianbing are made, here: