Openings: Chazz Palminteri, Ocean Prime, and More

October 21, 2015 12:38 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm
Gamberi Romano. (Courtesy of Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano)
Gamberi Romano. (Courtesy of Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano)

Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano

Actor Chazz Palminteri and restaurateurs Jeff, Jack, and Russ Sinanaj have partnered to open the new 130-seat Midtown restaurant Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano. 

The menu is inspired by Palminteri’s travels in Naples, Sicily, and Rome, with signature dishes including Zuppa di Cozze (mussels served in a marina or white wine, garlic, and olive oil sauce), Filetto di Pomodoro (linguini with tomatoes, onions, and fresh basil), and Cotoletta di Vitello al Marsala (veal scaloppini in mushrooms and a marsala wine sauce). The wine list features almost 250 wines.

“I always wanted to open a restaurant in NYC, but I could never find the right people until I met the Sinanaj brothers at Empire Steak House. We instantly bonded over our New York rough-and-tumble roots, strong family ties, and appreciation for a good family meal,” Palminteri said in a press release.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Chazz Palminteri Ristorante Italiano 
890 Second Ave. (between 47th and 48th streets)

Smoking Shellfish Tower. (Courtesy of Ocean Prime)
Smoking Shellfish Tower. (Courtesy of Ocean Prime)

Ocean Prime

Ocean Prime is opening its first New York location in Midtown in a 7,400-square-foot space. It’s the 11th Ocean Prime from restaurateur Cameron Mitchell.

True to its name seafood, and steaks are the focus. Signature items include a raw bar, hand-rolled sushi, entrees from Yellowfin Tuna to Dutch Harbor King Crab Legs, prime cuts of steak, Lobster Mashed Potatoes, and Ten Layer Carrot Cake. The wine list offers 50 wines by the glass. Open for dinner Monday–Sunday and lunch Monday–Friday.

123 W. 52nd St. (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues)

Biryani. (Courtesy of Tikka Grill)
Biryani. (Courtesy of Tikka Indian Grill)

Tikka Indian Grill

Mallika Khan, who hails from Bangladesh by way of cooking in Calcutta and London, is helming the kitchen at the new Tikka Indian Grill in Williamsburg.

The menu includes Chennai Lamb (coconut, curry leaves, sambhar powder), Paanch Poran Jhinga (tossed shrimp with five-spice mix), and Jhinga Balchao (shrimp, coconut, garden herbs); as well as vegetarian and vegan dishes such as Pumpkin Kala Chana (red pumpkin, black peas, mustard seeds). Open daily for lunch and dinner.

85 Grand St. (between Bedford & Driggs Avenues)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

(Courtesy of Bradley Imaging)
(Courtesy of Bradley Imaging)


It’s all burgers, shakes, and fries—but vegan. The first location of VBurger is set to open Oct. 29 at Union Square. Restaurateurs Robert Cox and Reese Martin are dedicated vegans and animal advocates. Ten percent of all profits will go to Mercy for Animals.

Selections include the Einstein Burger, made with cauliflower and potato; the Portobello Steak Sandwich; the Spicy Black Bean Burger; and the Fried Unchik’n Sandwich, dipped in chickpea batter and served fried.

815 Broadway (between E. 11th and 12th)

(Courtesy of Macaron Parlour)
(Courtesy of Macaron Parlour)

Macaron Parlour

Macaron Parlour recently opened its first Brooklyn location with an outpost in Park Slope. The new locations will means not only macarons, but also Brooklyn-exclusive collaborations with Liddabit Sweets, The Good Batch, and Whimsey & Spice.

808B Union St.
Park Slope, Brooklyn