Openings: Metrograph Commissary, Izi, Zurutto

May 12, 2016 12:28 am Last Updated: May 12, 2016 12:28 am

Restaurant openings in NYC:

Metrograph Commissary

The Metrograph, an independent movie house, which opened in March, has now opened a restaurant.

The restaurant draws its inspiration from the commissaries of Hollywood in the early part of last century, where stars such as Clark Gable would have their meals alongside film crew, stage hands, and film producers.

Argentine chef Norberto Piattoni, who was the former chef de cuisine at Francis Mallmann’s Hotel & Restaurant Garzón in Uruguay, consulted on the menu. Dennis Spina (previously of River Styx, Roebling Tea Room, El Cortez) is the chef.

The menu includes dishes such as Steak Tartare with fried capers, spring onions, and spiced mayonnaise; Burrata with green tomato salsa verde and walnuts; Roasted Carrots, Radishes and Celeryroot, with chickpea, curry, and herbs. The wine list consists of American and French wines, featuring small producers.

Open for dinner daily from 6 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and brunch to follow.

7 Ludlow St. (between Canal & Hester streets)


Located at the W New York in Times Square, Izi is a lively 26-seat izakaya with a focus on boutique Japanese and American whiskeys and an extensive list of Japanese sakes and beers.

The drinks list is curated by Richard Breitkreutz, formerly of Eleven Madison Park and Craft.

Diners have the option of addictive snacks, such as Ginger Togarashi Olives and bonito-topped Dancing Shishito Peppers; a selection of pokes, including Tuna Poke with sake-braised hijiki and garlic chips, and for the vegetable-inclined, a vegetarian Spring Poke with asparagus, fava beans, ramps, and radishes in a citrus ponzu.

For fried chicken aficionados, the Sticky Fried Chicken takes its cues from a number of different culinary influences. It’s twice fried in the Korean tradition and glazed in a sticky sauce of fish sauce, Thai chilies, tamarind, ginger, and peanuts. The inventive sushi menu features Fluke Sashimi with sizzling sesame oil and rolls such Sudachi Shrimp Roll with salmon, pickled cucumber and sudachi lime. Seasonal mochi and a giant rocky road fortune cookie are among the dessert options.

Open daily from 5 p.m.

1567 Broadway (at 47th Street)

Zurutto Ramen & Gyoza Bar

New ramen spot Zurutto Ramen & Gyoza Bar has opened on the Upper West Side, offering Zurutto Ramen and Spicy Zurutto Ramen (both chicken broth-based), Truffle Dan Dan Ramen, Vegetable Soy Milk Miso Ramen, among other varieties.

Menu options also include Kobe Beef Burger and Okonomiyaki, which are Japanese-style pancakes.

142 W. 72nd St. (between Columbus Avenue & W. 72nd Street)