Restaurant Openings: Local Leaf, Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, P.S. Kitchen

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
August 14, 2017 2:15 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Local Leaf

Local Leaf's South Pacific bowl. (Simmer Group)
Local Leaf’s South Pacific bowl. (Simmer Group)

A new fast-casual concept specializing in lettuce wraps is coming to New York City. Local Leaf will serve Swiss chard leaf wraps, platters, and bowls, with a variety of grains, vegetables, and dressings for guests to choose from. Some signature combinations include the West Coast with wild grains, seitan al pastor, black bean falafel, tortilla crumble, and a Tabasco-lime dressing; and the Upstater with a wild grain mix, slow-roasted pork belly, maple-roasted Brussels sprouts, apples, mushrooms, and caramelized onion dressing. The restaurant’s Hydration Bar offers cold-pressed juices and infused waters. 440 Third Ave. (between East 30th & East 31st streets), Kips Bay.

Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar at Rockefeller Center

(Courtesy of Blue Ribbon Restaurants)
(Courtesy of Blue Ribbon Restaurants)

Bruce and Eric Bromberg, the brothers behind the Blue Ribbon restaurants, have opened a sushi bar at Rockefeller Center, with an 11-seat counter serving sushi a la carte as well as an omakase menu. The restaurant will also offer traditional Japanese breakfast platters and takeout options from customizable bento bowls to a retail corner selling Japanese snacks and food products. Concourse level of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (between West 49th & West 50th streets), Rockefeller Center.

P.S. Kitchen

Buffalo hen of the woods mushrooms. (Courtesy of P.S. Kitchen)
Buffalo hen of the woods mushrooms. (Courtesy of P.S. Kitchen)

A new fine dining restaurant with an all plant-based menu, P.S. Kitchen will be led by chef Gary Barawidan (Union Square Cafe, Avant Garden), serving creations like the Orzo Alfredo with broccoli purée and sun-dried tomato-chili paste; Ginger Rice Congee with sautéed shiitake and pink oyster mushrooms, spinach, and jasmine rice; and Buffalo Hen of the Wood mushrooms with German purple sweet potato salad and dairy-free blue cheese. Owned by the team behind Terri, the vegan fast-casual concept, the restaurant will donate all of its profits to local and international charities. 246 W. 48th St. (between Broadway & Eighth Avenue), Times Square.