Signage for Korean grocery H Mart pops up Uptown
The area between Morningside Heights and the Upper West Side has quickly increased the number of Chinese and Korean restaurants recently, and now, it looks like H Mart — the Korean grocery store chain with a cult following — will soon be opening in the neighborhood, too. Harlem Bespoke spotted signage for the company at the former D’Agostino’s at 110th Street and Broadway. The grocery’s known for its expansive selection of Asian ingredients and snacks, as well as fantastic food courts with Asian cuisine. Word came out earlier this year that the chain was eyeing the location. The company has several locations in Queens, but this will only be the second Manhattan outpost.
An Italian restaurant with a dim sum theme opens today
A new West Village Italian restaurant called Raviolo makes its debut on Wednesday at 57 7th Avenue South, near Bleecker Street. It’s essentially a typical pasta restaurant, but owner Paolo Meregalli has opted to divide the menu into sections and call it “Italian dim sum.” The restaurant offers five kinds of ravioli (aka Italian dumplings), steamed open-faced Italian sandwiches, steamed Italian savory doughnuts, and pastas. See the full menu below.
Another pasta restaurant expands
New York, a town that apparently loves its pasta restaurants, is getting another one this month too, in the form of a second location of Aunt Jake’s. The Little Italy restaurant opens a Greenwich Village outpost at 47 West 8th Street, near 6th Avenue, next Monday. Update: Previously, this story said Aunt Jake’s opens today. The opening has been pushed back to Monday, Sept. 11. The deal here is that people can customize their pasta, choosing a noodle base and adding sauces like marina, arrabiata, and roasted garlic pecorino. See the full menu below, as well.
Famed Hamptons market destroyed in fire
Southampton seafood market The Clamman — a favorite of people like Anthony Bourdain, Kelly Ripa, and the Hiltons — burned down last Thursday. Owner Jean Mackenzie has been selling fish in the parking lot instead and hopes to rebuild when things die down for the season. She plans on still fulfilling any seafood orders via her other business, Seasons of Southampton. No one was hurt in the fire.
One of New Orleans’ best chefs will cook in NYC
Nina Compton of Compere Lapin in New Orleans will be cooking at Scott Conant’s Fusco later this month as part of a new visiting chef series at the Flatiron Italian restaurant. The James Beard Award-nominated chef will collaborate with Conant on a menu with dishes like a Caribbean pepper pot with lobster, jerk halibut, and broccoli rabe ravioli. The dinner is on Wednesday, September 27, and the four-course meal with wine pairings costs $185. Call Fusco at (212) 777-5314 to make a reservation.
The Robs highlight some best dishes
Over at Grub Street, the Robs find that the pancakes at Chez Ma Tante in Greenpoint, the Chimek — a whole fried chicken dinner — at Fuku, and the gazpacho salad at The Pool rank among the best dishes to eat in NYC right now. On Chez Ma Tante: The “pancakes are exceptional: hot and fluffy little Frisbees of salty-sweet flavor and melting richness that could convert the staunchest flapjack skeptic.”
Various coming attractions and reopenings around town
East Village Ukrainian restaurant Streetcha is back in business after its regular summer hiatus. A small plates restaurant wants to take over the troubled space of Birds & Bubbles, which closed amidst troubles with the landlord of the building. And coffee chain Irving Farm now has a bigger Greenwich Village location with an expanded menu, offering food like shakshuka. For those who drink coffee at home, maybe this trick will help make brew less bitter: