A roundup of new eating-and-drinking spots in the land of brownstones and walkers.
As many of the Michelin-raters have moved or opened outposts downtown, somebody gotsta save the nabe. John DeLucieâ€™s Crown, on E. 81st Street, is killing it a year in, leading an Upper East Side eats and scene revival. Billâ€™s Gay Nineties, in the East 50s, was to close last month, but rumors suggest that it may be bought by DeLucie and company; JBIRD, on East 75th, is a happening new cocktail bar by way of the East Villageâ€™s Death & Co. and the like; Doppio Senso, is shilling weird cocktails in a new Italian, on 84th St. and 2nd Ave.
Thereâ€™s the new Tolaoche, on E. 82nd; ABV Wine Bar, same chef as Earlâ€™s Beer & Cheese, just round the bend, on 97th; Le Bilboquet (being pushed out of their landmark E. 63rd street spot) is moving this year to much bigger, â€śmore youthfulâ€ť locale on â€śthe good side of Park Avenueâ€ť; Prime Butcher Baker, dry-aged kosher meats, and prepared foods, opened this month, nab the chefâ€™s table, on Second by E. 82nd; Kitchen M on Madison Avenue, is more of that gourmet-prepared stuffs weâ€™re accustomed to now downtown; Tonyâ€™s Di Napoli is getting a new bigger space with that subway project closing up the old one on E. Second uptown; and Joe Coffee, West Village, goes Uptown as of a few weeks ago, round about 73rd and Lex.
OK, so this isnâ€™t going to exactly send downtowners rushing past nose-bleed crossroads, but at least thereâ€™s some joints to go to, while we wait to see if there will ever be another Elaineâ€™s sceneâ€¦