In case you've been caught up in your holiday shopping, we wanted to let you know about some recent restaurant openings:
- Kobe Club: If you're into Waygu beef, it's all over the menu at Jeffrey Chodorow's latest venture. Restaurant Girl gives us an early look. 68 West 58th Street, 212-644-5623.
- Dennis Foy: chef (and painter) Dennis Foy brings his take on "French-influenced Contemporary American fare" to Tribeca, even dabbling in a bit of so-called molecular gastronomy: the menu features a butternut squash soup, with air-dried duck and a cinnamon “marshmallow," and the torchon of foie gras with "eis and snow" comes with an eiswein gelée and a garnish of "snow" powder made from foie gras. 313 Church Street, 212-625-1007.
- Rosanjin Tribeca: formerly a delivery-only outfit, Rosanjin now has a brick-and-mortar home in Tribeca. Rosanjin specializes in Japanese cuisine from Kyoto, which is "known for its sublime expression of seasonal flavors, and serving food that reflects the colors of the season." 141 Duane Street, 212-346-7991
- Varietal: Although they serve 75 wines by the glass, Varietal is also serious about the food. With Ed Witt, formerly of Il Buco, and pastry chef Jordan Kahn, most recently from Alinea, have designed a creative menu highlighting seasonal ingredients. Augie stopped in for a bite and wondered if they had "opened a restaurant just to please [him] alone in the whole dining world." 138 West 25th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, 212-633-1800.
- And it's burgermania this week: Brgr, from Chris Russell, formerly of Moomba, showcases natural Angus beef along with Ronnybrook Dairy shakes, while Stand, from Jonathan Morr, will open on Friday (fingers crossed), and in addition to his 7 oz. burgers with optional homemade ketchup, they'll offer shakes from Il Laboratorio del Gelato, with or without booze. Brgr, 287 Seventh Avenue, 212-488-7500, Stand, 24 East 12th Street 212-488-5900.
Photo of Varietal chandelier courtesy of Augieland.