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 DeLucie‚Äôs Crown, on E. 81st Street, is killing it a year in, leading an Upper East Side eats and scene revival. Bill‚Äôs 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 Village‚Äôs Death & Co. and the like; Doppio Senso, is shilling weird cocktails in a new Italian, on 84th St. and 2nd Ave.
There‚Äôs the new Tolaoche, on E. 82nd; ABV Wine Bar, same chef as Earl‚Äôs 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, ‚Äúmore youthful‚ÄĚ locale on ‚Äúthe good side of Park Avenue‚ÄĚ; Prime Butcher Baker, dry-aged kosher meats, and prepared foods, opened this month, nab the chef‚Äôs table, on Second by E. 82nd; Kitchen M on Madison Avenue, is more of that gourmet-prepared stuffs we‚Äôre accustomed to now downtown; Tony‚Äôs 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 isn‚Äôt going to exactly send downtowners rushing past nose-bleed crossroads, but at least there‚Äôs some joints to go to, while we wait to see if there will ever be another Elaine‚Äôs scene‚Ä¶