The seasonal outdoor food market Mad Sq Eats starts up again September 5th and runs until October 3rd in the Flatiron plaza between 24th and 25th Streets at 5th Avenue. It’s open every day from 11am-9pm, for lunch and dinner (or an afternoon snack). Each stand typically serves up a menu of 3-5 dishes from […]
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It’s been over a year since we first announced it would be coming, but after long delays the Belgian Beer Café NoMad will open Thursday, August 28th on the northwest corner of Madison Square Park (220 5th Avenue at 26th Street). Belgian Beer Café will feature (of course) Belgian beer on draft and by bottle, as well as a full menu with Executive Chef Michael Sullivan (Chanterelle, Veselka, Flex Mussels) in charge.
Menu items include Belgian classics like Moules Frites, of which they will have 6 variations, as well as Steak Frites, Salmon Bacon Quiche, traditional Witloof Salad, and Duck Breast with duck leg confit. A lot of the menu is meant to be paired with specific Belgian beers.
The space was designed by Creneau International of Belgium, with antiques from Belgian flea markets and tiles from old Belgian schools and homes, and has 205 seats on two floors.
They will serve lunch and dinner weekdays, with brunch and dinner on the weekends.
It will be interesting to see if Belgian Beer Café becomes a local spot for food and drinks or a drinking spot for the non-locals in line for 230 5th rooftop bar. Hopefully the food will stand on it own. The location on the northwest corner of Madison Square Park is certainly prime.
While Manzanilla opened and closed in roughly a year, we get word that a new restaurant will give it a go in the same space at 345 Park Avenue South (at 26th Street).
It’s a Stephen Starr restaurant called Upland, with chef Justin Smillie formerly of Il Buco Alimentari running the kitchen.
Upland will serve California cuisine and is expected to open in October. More details as we get them.
Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse recently closed their location at 233 Park Avenue South (between 18th and 19th Street) after a little over 2 years in business. They still have their locations in Houston, Atlantic City and Las Vegas, but could not make it work in this neighborhood, which already has other steakhouses including BLT Prime, Ben & Jack’s, and Les Halles, plus others that tried and failed (Primehouse New York, Parea Prime, Hurricane Steak & Sushi).
For this long time neighborhood resident, it seems difficult to crazy to try to successfully run a new steak-house or Italian restaurant at this point in the area., given all of the competition.
No word yet on what will go into that spot at 233 Park Avenue South.
The original Sushi Samba, right here in the neighborhood at 245 Park Ave South (at 20th Street) has closed down after 15 years. The Latin Japanese fusion spot still has plenty of locations open around the US (Miami, Las Vegas, West Village) and the world (London, and Dubai, Hong Kong, and Mexico City coming soon) but the original is done.
A note form their management: “Thank you for all of your support over the past 15 years! From Park Avenue South in New York City to the top of London’s skyscraper Heron Tower, SUSHISAMBA has reached unprecedented heights since opening in 1999… and the next chapter of our story is just beginning! As Samba Brands Management Founder and CEO explains, “When we opened the door to SUSHISAMBA park, we opened the doors to SUSHISAMBA’s future…”