Caviar on a boat
Boat restaurant Hudson’s at Pier 81 is hosting a luxe new guest chef dinner series on the water, dedicated entirely to caviar. Noted chefs will prepare menus that feature both foods and drinks incorporating white sturgeon caviar. For the first dinner, on October 14, teen chef Flynn McGarry will prepare the menu. Prominent Brazilian chef Alex Atala follows on October 21, and James Beard award-winning chef Zakary Pelaccio will take over on October 28. The dinner includes five courses, and tickets are $199 for table seating and $169 for bar seating. The ship will sail to the Statue of Liberty and back during the course of the meal.
New ownership moves forward with reopening Great Jones Cafe
The community board’s SLA licensing committee signed off on the plans for new proprietors Avi Burn, Anthony C. Marano, Scott Marano, and chef Jonathan Kavourakis to reopen iconic Noho restaurant Great Jones Cafe, which has been closed ever since its former owner Jim Moffett died. The new team agreed to the stipulations of moving the closing time from 4 a.m. to 2 a.m Sunday through Wednesday and moving the kitchen vent from the front of the building. Burn, who also owns Pinks and Pinks Cantina, said at the meeting that Kavourakis will make a menu that “people can eat several times per week” and that the Cajun-influenced food served at the original Great Jones Cafe “is a once-in-a-while treat for many people.” He also noted that some of the original dishes will appear on the menu. The board’s approval is advisory to the State Liquor Authority, which makes the final call.
Former speakeasy is just a cocktail bar now
Gibson + Luce, the bar downstairs at Henry at the Life Hotel, is doing away with the pomp and circumstance of its password-entry system, reopening on Friday as merely a cocktail bar rather than a secret speakeasy. It has a new drink menu, overseen by beverage director Pam Wiznitzer, that focuses on large format drinks. Eater Young Gun bartender Dorothy Elizabeth is behind the bar along with head bartender Luis Hernandez, who previously worked at Seamstress and The Eddy. Some of the items from chef JJ Johnson’s menu upstairs will be available.
A 24-hour gyro joint called Empire Gyro Kebab will open in the former Sugar Cafe space at 200 Allen St., near East Houston Street on the Lower East Side. It’s expected around Thanksgiving. Construction continues on East Village location of Moxy Hotel, with signage arriving that notes it’s coming in 2019.