A West Village French restaurant expands, and other openings
Downtown French steakhouse Boucherie looks like it’s eyeing a new location uptown in the Empire Hotel on the Upper West Side, in the space that formerly housed Ed’s Chowder House. The restaurant from chef Jerome Dihui, who used to work at Keith McNally icon Pastis, opened in the West Village in 2016 and has since added two more locations, Petite Boucherie on Christopher Street and Boucherie Park Avenue South in Gramercy Park. It focuses on meat and butchery, as well as French classics like escargot and coq au vin.
Further downtown, the Arlo Soho hotel opened its new lobby bar A.L.B., sporting 24 cocktails and a pop-up street art gallery. And after two weeks of renovations, Fort Greene’s New American restaurant Mettā reopens today. Menu changes include lower price points.
Car crashes into Brooklyn deli
On Thursday morning, a 72-year-old woman crashed into a Brooklyn deli after being rear-ended by a FedEx van and accidentally hitting the gas instead of the breaks. There were no substantial injuries in the crash, but a worker at the Bath Beach deli on Bay 25th Street was almost run over and subsequently got heated about the accident, allegedly slapping the driver in the face. The woman, whose name was not released, was arrested but not charged for a crime.
Armani Ristorante turns 10
Giorgio Armani’s Italian fine dining restaurant Armani Ristorante turns a decade-old in June, and this month, the restaurant is launching a new menu to celebrate. The anniversary menu includes venison with quince compote, stewed cabbage, and Marsala vinegar pickled red plum as well as a vegetarian risotto.
OddFellows is crowdfunding for expansion
OddFellows Ice Cream Co. is currently raising money through a crowdfunding campaign for their efforts to expand the brand’s retail and e-commerce presence. Various investor perks include free ice cream for life, private ice cream parties, and OddFellows swag. The company also has a somewhat creepy hotline at 1-866-4ICE-CREAM that directs customers to the investment campaign page.