Openings: Barano, Sabbia, Don Muang Airport, Invite Only, Fish Bar, Milk Bar, Urbani Truffle Lab

May 11, 2016 11:57 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Restaurant openings in NYC:


Pizza Vongole. (Courtesy of Barano)
Pizza Vongole. (Courtesy of Barano)

Chef Albert Di Meglio brings the flavors of the island of Ischia, off the coast of Naples, Italy, to south Williamsburg with his new restaurant Barano.

Di Meglio, who has worked at Le Cirque, Osteria Del Circo, and most recently Rubirosa, offers a menu with dishes such as mozzarella hand-pulled to-order, meatballs made with dry-aged beef and ricotta, Tagliatelle “Arrabiatta” with lobster, tomato, and stracciatella, and wood-fired pizzas such as the the Bosciaolo with mushrooms, crispy pancetta, mozzarella, and pecorino. Other main dishes that receive wood-fired treatment include the Spit-Roasted Lamb Leg with carrots and watercress, pine nuts, and raisin panzanella; and Grilled Whole Fish with charred broccoli rabe, pickled chilies, and salsa verde.

Open daily from 5 p.m.

26 Broadway (between Kent & Wythe avenues)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn


Eataly has revamped its 14th floor Birreria for the warm weather, leaving the snowy mountains of Alto Adige for the sands of the Italian seaside. Inspired by places such as Domus de Maria in Sardegna, Rimini in Emilia-Romagna, and the island of Capri, the space features summery cabanas. The roof is retractable on warm days.

Eataly’s executive chef Fitz Tallon features coastal fare such as Gamberetti alla Bagnara (seared shrimp with oregano, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest), inspired by the seaside town of Bagnara in southern Calabria; Fusilli alla Scoglio (Gragnano fusilli with local squid, Gulf shrimp, cockles, cherry tomatoes, and white wine). An oyster bar is also setting shop, in partnership with sustainable purveyor Island Creek Oysters.

In addition to more than 50 wines and beers, there are a dozen specialty drinks include the Limone-Jito cocktail, made with Kraken Spiced Rum, Meletti Limoncello, passion fruit purée, lime, and mint; and Pesca Fresca, made with peach purée, rosemary, lemon, and sparkling water.

Open daily through October from 11:30 a.m.

Eataly, 14th Floor
200 Fifth Ave. (at 23rd Street)

Don Muang Airport

Dong Muang Airport, a Thai restaurant located inside music venue Baby’s All Right, is opening on May 9. Conceived by chef Jarrett Wrisley (Soul Food Mahanakorn in Bangkok) and executed by chef Michael Sablan (formerly of Mission Chinese Food and Northeast Kingdom), the menu features Thai classics as well as creative bar snacks.

Selections include Green Curry Fried Rice with slow-braised beef cheeks, pumpkin, and mushrooms; Khao Soi Cowboys (pulled pork shoulder with northern-Thai coconut curry, crispy noodles and mint in slider buns); and The Risky Chicken, a Thai-style fried chicken sandwich with papaya salad, among others. There are also large-format drinks, such as Full Moon Party with vodka, rum, orange, and pineapple juice, served in a bucket.

At Baby’s All Right
146 Broadway (between Bedford and Driggs avenues)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Invite Only

Mash Burger. (Courtesy of Invite Only)
Mash Burger. (Courtesy of Invite Only)

New to the Meatpacking District, Invite Only, a 122-seat eatery, is the latest project of Chris Reda (Gansevoort Market) and Esquared Hospitality.

Executive chef Jordan Andino’s menu features small plates such as Pineapple Kalbi (Korean short ribs served with kimchee coleslaw), Poutine Truffle Fries, and Fried Chicken Sliders—all served to the sound of live music and cocktails—such as the Sweet 100, with bourbon, sweet tea, lemon juice, and ginger syrup—served by the glass or pitcher.

Open daily Monday through Saturday from 5:30 p.m.

63 Gansevoort St. (between Washington Street & Ninth Avenue)

Fish Bar at North River Landing

A rendering of Fish Bar. (Courtesy of Fish Bar)
A rendering of Fish Bar. (Courtesy of Fish Bar)

Fish Bar, a three-story seafood lounge and restaurant located on a 10,000-square-foot yacht, has opened at Pier 81, including a 3,000 square-foot outdoor top deck for sunset and city views.

The restaurant from New York Cruise Lines Inc., serves shared plates including Black Truffle Burrata, Tomato Garlic Confit Toast, and Plymouth Rock Oysters. Sorbets inspired by cabernet, Champagne, and Campari feature on the dessert menu.

A dedicated craft beer and champagne bar offers over 20 craft beers and 26 varieties of Champagne.

New York Cruise Lines Inc. is the parent company of Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises and also operates the casual lobster shack North River Lobster Company, also docked at Pier 81.

Open daily from 5 p.m.

Pier 81 at 41st Street

Milk Bar

Milk Bar's new location. (Epoch Times)
Milk Bar’s new location. (Epoch Times)

The latest Milk Bar has opened in Chelsea, satisfying any local cravings for compost cookies, crack pies, or cereal milk soft serve. The sister bakery of the Momofuku restaurants is located a few doors down from David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi. A street side window overlooking Eighth Avenue allows for grab-and-go.

This is Christina Tosi’s sixth Milk Bar shop in New York City.

Open daily from 7 a.m.

220 Eighth Ave. (at 21st Street)

Urbani Truffle Lab

Culinary Director Christine Berni-Silverstein at Urbani Truffle Lab. (Courtesy of Urbani)
Culinary Director Christine Berni-Silverstein at Urbani Truffle Lab. (Courtesy of Urbani)

The latest venture of Urbani Truffles USA, a leading truffle purveyor, is Truffle Lab NYC, which will serve as a test kitchen and tasting room to introduce new experiences to truffle lovers, including cooking demonstrations, culinary and wine events, and cultural soirees.

Upcoming series Truffle Pasta 101 (May 9), Truffling With Pizza (May 12), The Art of Truffles (May 19), and Celebrating the Summer With Truffles (May 27).

10 West End Ave. (between West 59th & West 60th streets)

Social Drink & Food

Restaurant Social Drink & Food, newly opened on May 2 on the fourth floor of the Yotel hotel, boasts a 7,000-square-foot terrace.

The globally inspired menu includes Chicken Shashlik skewers with charred tomato, onions and pita; Fish ‘n’ Chips with rosemary fries and caramelized lemon; and a range of pizzas including Hula Hula with ham, pineapple and jalapeño peppers. The cocktails likewise have a global touch, from Fig Caipirinha to Rosewater Martini.

The restaurant will host outdoor movies throughout the summer.

Open daily from 11:30 a.m.

At Yotel
570 10th Ave. (between 41st and 42nd streets)