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

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 and the whole rotisserie birds for 4. Cornish hens and Guinea fowl also make appearances. Some birds even are found in combination 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. And this is no restaurant in Springfield. 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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Élan restaurant in the Flatiron to close at the end of February

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 […]

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

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. 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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Perfectly unique Valentine’s Day Gift treats from Farm To People (Get a $10 credit!)

I have been buying from Brooklyn’s Farm To People for a few years now, and love the artisan food products they curate from their Fire Cider Health Tonic to their Siracha Mayo, to their amazing sweet treats. For Valentine’s Day, they have a selection of sweet gift boxes or you can piece one together yourself. […]

The 2016 Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery runs all February

The annual Hot Chocolate Festival at City Bakery is happening again running from February 1-28th at City Bakery (3 West 18th Street near 5th Avenue).

So as the weather cools, you can warm up with a morning or afternoon treat, and sample one of the daily flavors that range from “Happy Hot Chocolate” (Feb 6 and 16) to “Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate” (Feb 13), to “Beer Hot Chocolate (Feb 18) to the Love Potion Hot Chocolate on Valentine’s Day.

Here is the full calendar:

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