Downtown Fills Up On New Restaurants


Hampton's Restaurant Tutto IL Giorno Opens New York City Location

By: Alyssa Bird | Architectural Digest

"Following two successful locations in the Hamptons—first Sag Harbor, then Southampton—modern Mediterranean eatery Tutto Il Giorno has set up kitchen in lower Manhattan. Restaurateurs Gabby Karan de Felice and her husband, Gianpaolo de Felice, along with executive chef and partner Maurizio Marfoglia debuted the Tribeca spot during New York Fashion Week earlier this month. "I love that the New York Academy of Art is right across the street," Karan de Felice says of the Franklin Street location. "There’s a feeling that we’re part of something new and exciting in food, art, and culture." For their third restaurant, Marfoglia, who hails from northern Italy, is focusing on the dishes from De Felice’s native Naples."

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Joël Robuchon to Reopen L’Atelier in Battery Park City

By: Florence Fabricant | The New York Times

"After the chef Joël Robuchon closed his Parisian import at the Four Seasons hotel in the summer of 2012, it was sorely missed. He indicated then that he would like to return. And in March, he will. But his new place will not be on the Upper East Side or in Midtown, which would have pleased the well-heeled cosmopolites who enjoyed sitting at the counter, and are often loath to venture south of 42nd Street for dinner. Line up the car service. The restaurant plans to reopen in Battery Park City, becoming the jewel in the crown of Brookfield Place, at the southern end of the complex."

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Clarke’s Standard FiDi Space Hits the Market

By: Jennifer Henderson | Commercial Observer

"Clarke’s Standard, a burger joint owned by P.J. Clarke’s, plans to vacate its 1,683-square-foot, Financial District location at 101 Maiden Lane, Commercial Observer has learned.

Winick Realty Group was tapped to exclusively market the ground-level retail space, which is located inside one of TF Cornerstone’s two luxury residential buildings which are collectively known as 2 Gold Street." 

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China Blue Brings Shanghainese-style Cuisine to Tribeca

By: Angela Chen | The Wall Street Journal

"With China Blue, the owners of Midtown's popular Cafe China have taken the Shanghainese-style restaurant to Tribeca.

'Cafe China was like an experimental project to see where we could take our concept of a 1930s Shanghainese cafe, but we always wanted to have a bigger space,' said co-owner Xian Zhang of the first restaurant, which opened in 2011. China Blue opened in December as 'an extension of our vision.'" 

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Swedish Cafe Triples Outposts in Year 

By: Lisa Fickenscher | Crain's New York Business

"Fika, the Swedish coffee chain known for its handmade chocolate and espresso, is gaining a new reputation: that of the fastest-growing café in the city.

It has opened five stores in Manhattan since February for a total of 10, and it's about to open another two this month and three more in November.

'We are tripling the size of the company in less than a year,' said founder and co-owner Lars Akerlund, who opened the first Fika in 2006 at 41 W. 58th St., depleting his savings account to do so."

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News: 10.20.2014