Openings: Crave Fishbar, Playa Betty’s, Jue Lan Club, and Carla Hall Bakes

December 23, 2015 1:52 pm Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm
Back dining room.  (Ashley Sears)
Back dining room. (Ashley Sears)


(Ashley Sears)
(Ashley Sears)

Crave Fishbar Upper West

In addition to an existing location in Midtown, owner Brian Owens and chef Todd Mitgang are opening a second location of Crave Fishbar on the Upper West Side.

“We have always been a neighborhood seafood spot and are looking forward to catering to a new group of regulars while continuing to welcome in our existing guests. We envision Crave Fishbar Upper West as a comfortable and welcoming neighborhood go-to, while also expanding our food and beverage offerings,” said Owen in a press release.

Mitgang’s menu features sustainable seafood in dishes such as Spicy Scallop Tartare on crispy sweet potato and Lobster Curry with charred red onion and Japanese eggplant in a Thai coo chee curry. A daily #oystergram happy hour offers all East Coast and West Coast oysters for $1 each between 4 and 6 p.m. Brunch service is set to launch in January.

Open daily from 4 p.m..

428 Amsterdam Ave. (between 80th and 81st streets)

(Courtesy of Playa Betty's)
(Courtesy of Playa Betty’s)


(Courtesy of Playa Betty's)
(Courtesy of Playa Betty’s)

Playa Betty’s 

A dose of California coastal cuisine comes to the Upper West Side with Playa Betty’s. A project of Tom Wilson and Eugene Ashe, who met at Mas, the 3,000-square-foot space offers a laid-back venue (think beach-themed movie posters and surfboards) that dishes out drinks, like the Frozen Paloma with pink peppercorn-lined rim, and Californian fare.

You can get fire-roasted Beachfire Chicken or tacos in traditional and nontraditional flavors (like the Marley, with Jamaican-style jerk chicken, or the Taco-Fella with breaded fried oysters and wilted spinach). 

Open daily from 11 a.m.
320 Amsterdam Ave. (at West 75th Street)


Salmon. (Paul Wagtouicz)
Salmon. (Paul Wagtouicz)

Jue Lan Club

The kitchen at recently opened Jue Lan Club is helmed by executive chef and partner Oscar Toro. He features a Chinese raw bar as well as dim sum brunch served on rolling carts and a la carte tasting menus. 

The 275-seat restaurant, located in a historic church on Sixth Avenue, has two dining rooms, a private event space, and an outdoor garden.

Stratis Morfogen, Robert Collins, Vikram Chatwal, Richie Romero, Marcell Dareus, and Karlos Dansby are behind the project.

49 W. 20th St. (at Sixth Avenue)

Pecan Shortbread Cookies. (Courtesy of Carla Hall Bakes)
Pecan Shortbread Cookies. (Courtesy of Carla Hall Bakes)

Carla Hall Bakes 

Chef and television personality Carla Hall is bringing her cookies and baked goods to a brick-and-mortar store at the Gansevoort Market. 

“I’ve always been inspired by the Franklin Tennessee Farmer’s Market and have wanted to bring a similar style space to New York City. I love the idea of fresh cookies, breads, jams, and teas being so accessible and the community getting a chance to support Nashville businesses,” Hall said in a press release.

The store stocks items such as Lemon-Glazed Five Flavor Pound Cake, Salted Caramel Banana Bread, and Pecan Shortbread with vanilla salt. Other products from Nashville and the South will be offered as well.

Open daily 8 a.m.–9 p.m.
Gansevoort Market
52 Gansevoort St.