Ever since being built, the space next to Bar 9 on 9th Ave (between 53rd&54th) has sat empty, with papers up forever. Finally the tenant has been revealed: Annabel, which will be an “artisanal pizza restaurant”, giving Merilu a block down from there some competition.
Photos by HK regular Stanley Conrad:
There’s not too much info about the new place yet – the only thing we could dig up so far is this Craiglist job ad for the hiring day they did last week – but it sounds like Annabel is going to be a bit upscale, with artisinal pizza and craft beers. Should be interesting to see how they compare to Merilu.
Things have been pretty quiet around here lately…sorry about that. But we couldn’t miss tomorrow! The annual 9th Avenue International Food Festival returns, bringing food from a whole heap of 9th Ave restaurants and stores out for us.
Tonight’s flood warning looks like it’s passed, and it’s looking like a clear day tomorrow, so it should be great. Last year was a bit overcast, so hopefully it turns out better. Here’s a taste (haha…) of what to look forward to:
And we’re bringing things back up to speed on the site, so “look forward” to more regularity soon!
With Vynl all settled into their new store next door to the old one, we wondered what would happen to the old place. It’s had papers up on the windows since the changeover, giving us no clue what was going on. HK regular Laurie heard a rumor that the difficultly-named Hell’s Kitchen restaurant (not the neighborhood…or the restaurant on 39th…) a few streets down from Vynl will be moving into the place.
The move would make sense: Vynl and Hell’s Kitchen – along with El Centro and Therapy – are owned by the same group, so it seems they’re shuffling their spots around, bringing everything closer together. If the move takes place, it’ll be interesting to see if they open up a new place in Hell’s Kitchen’s current spot or let it go.
Either way, given how long the Vynl changeover took, if any of this ends up happening it’s still a long way out, so we’ll keep an eye out for more as we go.
Another day, another closure. Rice & Beans, on 9th Ave, is the latest victim, getting shuttered at the end of last week:
Strangely, the inspection results aren’t online, and they’re still listed with an A-rating from January, so that’s a mystery… It’s been around a week since the closure, so you can expect them to back up and running in no time.
Al Horno takes over from the former Energy Kitchen store at this location, after their mysterious closure last year. We’ll have to wait and see how popular things like “energy tacos” are against all the more-traditional Mexican places around.
It’s been a long time coming, but the expansion of Vynl is finally here. We’ve gone from expecting this to be a completely separate new spot, to being just an extension of Vynl, but it turns out the whole “original” store is now closed – hopefully temporarily – and the new side is the way forward:
Already full of people, although it seems smaller than the older place so it might just look busier:
Meanwhile, the future of the old half is a mystery. Papers are already up on the windows, but we’re going to assume it’s renovations of some kind at least for the time being. Have to wait and see.
Anyway, the new place definitely “feels” a lot busier – the separation between the bar and the dining area the old place had is completely gone, so that might be a good or bad thing depending on what you’re into. Also no word on the fate of the musician dolls lining the walls of the old place… It’s a whole new Vynl.
In just over two weeks, the third Village Voice Choice Streets Food Truck Event (mouthful) will be on over by the Intrepid on Pier 86. There’ll be over 20 trucks with food to try, so there should be some more variety than the usual carts:
1,300 ticketholders will be presented with a exclusive tasting passport to gain access to over 20 of some of the city’s favorite and highly sought-after food trucks. Set amid the backdrop of the New York Landmark — The Intrepid — attendees will feast on Pier 86 and enjoy and evening of fabulous food, complimentary drinks, free tour of the Intrepid ship and an amazing view of New York City.
Here’s the scene from last year:
Tickets are $50-$70, so if you’re interested you can get them over here. We don’t really get a lot of “fancy” food trucks in our area, so it should an interesting interesting night.
Torishin, a successful Japanese restaurant on 1st Ave, is the next spot to try opening at the former La Silhouette store on W 53rd St. The place has been awarded a Michelin star for three consecutive years, as well as various other awards, and are very passionate about “yakitori”.
As we mentioned during the Clubhouse BBQ saga, while I understand people not wanting excessive noise coming from right outside their window, the courtyard is part of the store’s lease – any tenant there will be paying for it – so it’s a bit unreasonable to expect them not to use it. The buildings across 9th Ave there are above three bars/bar-like restaurants with music playing all through the night and you don’t see campaigns going on from those residents about it, so, not to be dismissive, but if a restaurant with people dining outside is the worst this block has to worry about, they’re doing pretty well…at least that’s one opinion.
As part of their 20th anniversary celebrations, Sullivan St Bakery have been having all sorts of promotions over the past few weeks, and tomorrow, if you head into their store on W 47th St they’re rolling back to 1994 prices on all their breads.
Taking over the forever vacant old Subway store on 9th Ave between 52nd&53rd, Poulette– “the first French-inspired rotisserie chicken experience in NYC” – has been revealed today, with their signage being put up:
The place will be open 7 days a week, from 11am to midnight. No menu up yet, but in addition to lots of chicken, here’s a taste of what else they’ll offer, from their site:
You think the chicken is the best part of this? Think again…we cook our roasted potatoes just like in France…on the rotisserie machine and just below the chickens. In addition we have created a range of seasonal sides from Green Bean Casserole w/Shitake Mushrooms & Fried Shallots to Baked Curried Caulifower w/Herbed Bread Crumbs, brussel sprouts, ratatouille and much more! For dessert we offer a daily selection of tarts, fruit salad or wild berry crumble.
Still, the closure looks very sudden. They’re still selling a Groupon for the place (and over 820 so far have been sold…), and haven’t made any announcement anywhere about their sudden disappearance. Once the scaffolding clears up around it, and the forever-incoming Galerie 515 opens up nearby, that location will be much more popular, so we should be looking forward to a new tenant in no time. Maybe we’ll even get a Thai restaurant!
The latest bar + restaurant in the area opened this weekend, with Jasper’s Taphouse arriving on the corner of 51st&9th. The new spot has a wide selection of beers (as you’d expect from the name), as well as food options. We’ve been keeping an eye on the place for a while now, but it was hiding behind plywood right up until the week of the opening, so the detail that’s gone into the place came as a surprise.
A nice aerial shot of the place from neighbor George Stoll:
The inside is nice and spacious:
The place used to be yet-another-Thai-restaurant Chanpen, which closed its doors almost six months ago, making way for Jasper’s. It sounds like their first weekend went very well, so we can expect to see them here for a long time to come.