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Le Coq Rico restaurant opens at 30 East 20th Street in the Flatiron

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French chef Antoine Westermann has opened a new restaurant, Le Coq Rico, at 30 East 20th Street in the Flatiron. You may recall this spot as being the home of the beloved neighborhood dive bar No Idea, which had a name night calendar each month where those of that name could get free drinks.

As you might imagine from the name, the emphasis here is bird, and specifically whole birds. Chicken and duck are pervasive on the menu from mousse and terrines to foie as well as whole rotisserie birds for 4. Cornish hens and Guinea fowl also make appearances. Some birds are even found in combination plates with seafood (Roasted Cod & Smoked Duck Breast, Maine Lobster & Chicken fricasseée), which reminds us of a Simpson’s episode in which Moe asks the waiter “Bring us your finest food, stuffed with your second-finest” and gets lobster stuffed with tacos. However Chef Westermann is no joke, earning 3 Michelin stars at prior restaurant “Le Buerehiesel” in Strasbourg, France and reportedly owns 4 restaurants in Paris, including a Le Coq Rico in Montmarte. Le Coq Rico is quite popular in Paris (4.5 stars on Yelp) and should do very well in the Flatiron.

We have not eaten there yet, but will certainly review it here if we do.

Here is the lunch and dinner menu:

And they also serve brunch:

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A Zuber luxury wallpaper showroom to open at 4 West 19th Street in the Flatiron

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We get word that the luxury wallpaper/fabric maker Zuber will open a showroom at 4 West 19th Street in the Flatiron. The space had been the site of restaurants Bazar Mediterranean Bistro and Nasha Rasha.

The French company has been around since 1797, and is said to hand print the wallpaper using the traditional wood block method of printing. You can browse some of their wallpapers at

Jackie Kennedy was apparently a big fan, and used Zuber wallpaper to decorate the White House. Something tells us we will see quite a bit of Zube wallpaper installed in condos around the Flatiron in the coming years.


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40 foot art sculpture by Martin Puryear coming to Madison Square Park in Spring

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As part of the seasonal Madison Square Park art exhibits, this spring will feature a 40 foot tall structure by American artist Martin Puryear. Called Big Bling, the structure will be on exhibit in Madison Square Park all summer and fall/early winter from May 16, 2016 through January 8, 2017. It will be built of wood and wrapped in a thin chain link fence, with a gold leaf shackle at the top. This will be Martin Puryear’s largest sculpture/structure to date.

The sculpture is part of the Madison Square Conservancy’s groundbreaking Madison Square Art public art program. Each season you will find thought-provoking sculptures, structures, video and audio art throughout the park by the most prominent artists in the world including Antony Gormley, Orly Genger, Iván Navarro, Jim Campbell, Richard Deacon, Tadashi Kawamata, Teresita Fernández, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, William Wegman, Ursula von Rydingsvard, Jaume Plensa, and Sol LeWitt.


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Élan restaurant in the Flatiron to close at the end of February

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We get word from the New York Times that Élan restaurant in the Flatiron (43 East 20th Street) will close at the end of February. The restaurant was opened by David Waltuck (Chanterelle) and George Stinson in 2014 and features contemporary global cuisine ranging from Waltruck’s seafood sausage to grilled shrimp lo mein to rice paper salmon and duck fat hash browns.

The decision seems to be an economic one, based on the high rents of the area, the cost of running a business, and the new model of eating in which people want to try the latest new restaurant rather than supporting their favorites on an ongoing basis. It’s a reminder to locals in the neighborhood that if you like a restaurant and want it to stay in the neighborhood, you have to frequent it. Full disclosure, MadParkNews never go a chance to eat there (sometimes time passes quickly and you just assume it will be there when you get the time) but it does look good.

For the rest of the month, Élan will offer a $40 three-course menu (which includes a glass of sparkling wine!) so get in there before it closes. You can book on Opentable.

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Jue Lan Club restaurant opens up in old Limelight spot in the Flatiron

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A new restaurant, the Jue Lan Club, has opened up in the old Limelight spot at 49 West 20th Street (near 6th Avenue) in the Flatiron. While the old and infamous Limelight dance club is long gone, Jue Lan Club is the latest in a string of attempts to remake the space into something interesting and successful. The Limelight marketplace (now Limelight Shops) is in there, a Grimaldis, and a couple of failed restaurants (Todd English’s Château Cherbuliez and Crossbar) have come before.

Jue Lan Club pays homage to the Limelight club, with photos from the wild club days and an emphasis on music and interesting art/graffiti in the restaurant’s 7 unique rooms. It gets its name from the Jue Lan Society, a group of avant garde artists in Shanghai in the 1930’s. The menu is contemporary Chinese, with a selection of raw items, dim sum, noodles and rice and more hearty main courses. They are tagging it #FarmToChopsticks. You can see the dinner menu at Interestingly, the chef is Oscar A. Toro, who is of Cuban/Colombian background but has cooked in restaurants from the Four Season Hotel’s Fountain Restaurant, Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia, Asiate, Del Posto, Sushi Samba, to Buddakan.

They serve lunch and dinner weekdays, and a Dim Sum Brunch and dinner on the weekends.

We have not eaten at Jue Lan Club, but will review the food if and when we do.

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