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Craftbar to close April 30th due to rent hike

We learn from Eater that Tom Colicchio’s Craftbar (900 Broadway at 20th) will close April 30th due to a 50% rent hike. “The writing has been on the wall for awhile,” Colicchio says. The sister restaurant to Craft has been in the spot for 15 years and serves a slightly more casual (than Craft) New American menu.

Craft itself is safe with its current lease and Eater reports that Colicchio would like to re-open Craftbar in another location, possibly on a second level. The second level concept is one that may become more and more common as ground level rents become more expensive. Of course then you need a very reliable elevator and open stairs. I think it should be a warning sign of a retail bubble (and greed) when a Tom Colicchio restaurant won’t pay the new rent asking price. Exorbitant rent is also a great way to kill a neighborhood of innovative restaurants from new chefs.

If you want to hit Craftbar again before it closes, get in before April 30th.


Best Burger in NYC may be at the Lobby Bar of The New York EDITION Hotel

There are a lot of great burgers in New York City, and even just in the Madison Square Park and Flatiron neighborhoods, but there may be a new contender for “Best Burger in NYC”. We have of course 2 local favorites in the Shake Shack Shackburger and the akaushi cheeseburger with herbed mayo and pickled jalapenos at ABC Kitchen. But the New York EDITION Hotel, situated in the ClockTower building just east of Madison Square Park may be the best of the hood.

The Lobby Bar burger is composed of Dry aged ½ lb burger, with bacon, cheddar, Churchill sauce, red onion, and a side of fries. Our server actually told us she was a vegetarian but finally had to try this burger after bringing it out so many times. And she did. It has all the components you would want with a high quality aged beef burger on a great bun. Two of us actually split one and it was delicious. The fries are perfect too, deep fried and thin. Admittedly I first tried this late night after a few drinks and it just tasted amazing, but I went back a month later for a gluttonous lunch and it was just as good totally sober.

You can get the burger in the lobby bar as well as the ClockTower restaurant. It runs for a whopping $24 so it is not cheap, but not bad if you split it.

Here is the full menu at the Lobby Bar.

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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