Joju Bowl, Fine and Rare, Good Stock West Village, and More NYC Openings

The counter at Joju Bowl

1) West Village: Soup restaurant Good Stock is now open in the Carmine Street space that was previously home to Victory Garden, according to FloFab. Good Stock owner Ben LeBlanc will be serving a menu similar to his other locations (including a stand in Urbanspace Vanderbilt). In addition to soups like tomato, fried chicken (yes), and gumbo, the team will be serving salads, too. Status: Certified Open; 31 Carmine St.,

2) Midtown: Fine and Rare is a new restaurant and bar from Tommy Tardie, a managing partner of the Flatiron Room. According to the Times, Fine and Rare will focus on spirits in the brandy, rum and the agave categories (while the Flatiron Room focuses on whiskey). Menu items include cheeses, charcuterie, and raw bar dishes like oysters. Status: Certified Open; 9 East 37 St., 212-725-3866

3) Elmhurst: Vietnamese sandwich shop Joju has expanded to the downstairs space to open Joju Bowl, a rice bowl-focused restaurant. Joju owners Julie Wong and Scott Wong are offering toppings similar to the original Joju like pork belly, vegetarian ginger beef, lemongrass chicken, beef bulgogi, and barbecue pork. Diners can also add spicy sauces, spring rolls, and an egg. Status: Certified Open; 83-25 Broadway (lower level), 347-808-0887

4) Forest Hills: Ayahuasca Express Peruvian Cuisine is a new take out-focused restaurant on Austin Street. Lima-born chef Adriana Morote has broken the menu into three sections (meat, poultry, seafood) and is offering options like ceviche, rotisserie chicken, battered fish with rice and beans; and steak and eggs. Status: Certified Open; 68-60 Austin St., 347-809-7009


Good Stock is a partnership between the aforementioned Ben LeBlanc and David Santos, ex-Louro, ex-Um Segredo pop-up. That, alone, should distinguish it from all the other new joints and chain soup joints.

With regard to the photo of the "rice bowl-focused" restaurant (again, -focused, curated, intel are among the many vastly overused cliches in these pages), doesn’t that guy know that Elmhurst is a no-food-photography neighborhood? Eat and enjoy. Put the phone away.

Why is Elmhurst a no-food-photography neighborhood?

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