The next concept for Intersect by Lexus is...
Despite being a living advertisement for a luxury car company, Danny Meyer’s newest restaurant has managed to become a hot spot. The Meatpacking District’s Intersect by Lexus flips concepts two to three times a year, and the next iteration will feature food from acclaimed Santiago, Chile chef Sergio Barroso of 040 and Room 09. Barroso’s tasting menu 040 is considered one of the best restaurants in Santiago, and he’ll be recreating it here, executed by Intersect chef Nickolas Martinez.
Barroso spent time at famous molecular gastronomy restaurant El Bulli, and it shows in his small plate Spanish menu and adjoining speakeasy-style cocktail bar. At Intersect, it will be a 12-course, $95 dinner menu or six-course, $40 lunch — all eaten without silverware. Reservations go live today for the April 7 start.
Openings, closings, and coming attractions
Famous Israeli chef Nir Tzuk opened a 50-seat, gluten-free restaurant at 472 Columbus Ave. called Arba, serving Mediterranean fare. Nearby, West End Hall and Izakaya Ida have both shuttered, the latter by the health department and may reopen. In the East Village, counter-service cafe C & B Cafe has opened a second location at 39 St. Mark’s Pl., and in Tribeca, Burger King and Korean restaurant Kori have closed. 65 Delancey St. could soon be home to Douzo, a sushi spot from a former SushiSamba chef, and Mediterranean restaurant Taboonette has a new location coming to the West Village. Finally, the new Times Square Blue Ribbon debuted a subterranean lounge called Blue, but longtime West Village Italian restaurant Trattoria Spaghetto has shuttered.
Lilia chef’s second pasta temple now serving lunch
Williamsburg pasta hot spot Misi now has lunch. Friday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Missy Robbins’ newest restaurant serves up the same menu of vegetable and pasta dishes such as whole roasted eggplant with Calabrian chilie, lemon, and olive oil or linguine with anchovy, garlic, parsley, and colatura. Reactions to the restaurant have so far been split, with Times critic Pete Wells gifting a glowing three stars, while Eater critic Ryan Sutton called it “a rare miss” for Robbins. Regardless, it’s still one of the toughest reservations in town, and lunch could be an easier way in.
Meat Hook at Threes Brewing does Monday noodles nights in March
Popular Gowanus brewery Threes Brewing — with food up front from butcher Meat Hook — has a Monday-night special for the month of March. Every Monday, various restaurants are coming into the space at 5 p.m. with bowls of soup. Tonight is Suzume, March 11 is Win Son, March 18 is Di An Di, and March 25 is Hanoi Soup Shop.