Openings: The Smith NoMad, Trademark Burger, Ceci-Cela, Cafe Bamba, and More

April 8, 2016 9:34 am Last Updated: April 8, 2016 9:34 am

The Smith NoMad

The Smith founder Jeff Lefcourt has opened a fourth location of the brasserie in NoMad. The 200-seat restaurant has open-air, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Broadway.

Executive chef Brian Ellis serves favorites such as Mac + Cheese and Brick Pressed Chicken with smashed garlic potatoes, Tuscan kale, and grilled lemon. There are also new dishes, from the Prime Burger (28-day dry-aged beef, Gruyère, crispy onions, and wild mushroom on a housemade bun) to Slow Roasted Lamb Ribs with tzatziki, lime, and herbs. Desserts include Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie and Toasted Carrot Cake with cheesecake semifreddo, orange, and ginger.  

A bar program includes five cocktails on tap, from a classic Moscow Mule to a take on a Boulevardier called the NoMad Boulevard.

Open for dinner daily from 5 p.m. Lunch and brunch to launch in mid-April.

1150 Broadway (at 27th Street), New York, NY

Trademark Burger

(Courtesy of Trademark Burger)
(Courtesy of Trademark Burger)

Owner-chef Sébastien Pourrat has opened burger spot Trademark Burger in SoHo, just next door to his restaurant Cocotte.

Priced at $6.75 and $7, the burgers are made using premium beef from Colorado, from cattle descended from an ancient Japanese breed. 

The Trademark Veggie Burger ($8) is impressively fresh and packed with flavor. At first Pourrat played with garbanzo flour to hold the burger together but ended up eschewing it in favor of using whole chickpeas, along with sweet peas, corn, and spices. Parsley and cilantro give it an extra kick and a greenness that looks downright virtuous.

Milkshakes come in traditional flavors (vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) as well as boozy versions. The restaurant is cash only.

Open daily from 11:30 a.m.

110 Thompson St., New York, NY


The new outpost of Ceci-Cela has just opened on the Lower East Side. After 25 years in SoHo, the patisserie is gradually relocating to new digs that are almost twice as large.

With a large oven on location, it will be able to churn out hot, flaky croissants throughout the day.

Owners Laurent and Sandra Dupal will also be able to offer new delights, including crepes, waffles, and hot dogs (or “happy dogs,” according to Laurent Dupal’s recipe.)

Ceci-Cela has counter service and some limited seating.

Open Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., although the opening hours may be extended in the future.

14 Delancey (between Bowery & Chrystie Street), New York, NY

Café Bamba

Jorge Guzman Hospitality Group, which recently opened Temerario, has just launched Café Bamba, a Euro-Latino cafe and bistro in Chelsea.

Meant as a place to bring the art community together, Café Bamba, with its high ceilings and bright setting, serves as a rotating gallery of street art for VolaVida Gallery.

The menu, created by consulting chef Mario Hernandez, features light dishes with European and Latin influences, such as Burrata with butternut squash, aji amarillo, and cilantro; and Salmon Tiradito with pears, avocado, wasabi oil, and seaweed.

The specialty cocktails, mixed focus on Latin and small batch spirit brands.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

265 W. 20th St., New York, NY

Speedy Romeo

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(Courtesy of Speedy Romeo)

Speedy Romeo has opened a second location on the Lower East Side. Just like at the original Brooklyn location in Clinton Hill, dishes are all prepared using a wood-burning oven and grill.

Popular dishes include Stuffed Peppers with hot and sweet soppressata, ricotta, and pecorino, and the Kind Brother pizza with wild mushrooms, smoked mozzarella, farm egg, and sage. There are also new additions such as Peekytoe Crab Crostini with nasturtium vinaigrette and spring vegetables; and Wood Roasted Artichoke with lemon aioli, spring greens, and mint.

A selection of Italian wines by the glass and bottle is available, as well as local beers on draft and cocktails.

Open for dinner, Tuesday through Sunday from 5 p.m. Brunch and lunch service to come.

63 Clinton St. (between Rivington & Stanton streets), New York, NY


(Courtesy of Fuku)
(Courtesy of Fuku)

David Chang brings Fuku to Citi Field starting April 8. Baseball fans will find the spicy fried chicken sandwiches, Fuku fingers, french fries, and a selection of cookies from Christina Tosi’s Milk Bar. The latter will also be available in the Delta Sky360 Club on the Sterling Level and in Citi Field suites.

Open during Citi Field events.

Citi Field, Field Level Concourse, adjacent to Section 102
123-01 Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, Queens


(Courtesy of Chick-fil-A)
(Courtesy of Chick-fil-A)

Chick-fil-A now has a second location steps away from Rockefeller Center. 

On its opening day, April 2, it surprised passersby giving away free food and gave 100 people free Chick-fil-A for a year.

The restaurant is engineered to get customers in and out in six to eight minutes by using tablets to take customer orders in line so that meals are ready once they reach the counter.

The chain plans to open several Manhattan and outer borough locations over the next two years. 

Open Monday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m.

1180 Avenue of the Americas (at West 46th Street), New York, NY