Openings and closings: SPiN opens, Payard closes

Sep.September 22, 2009 12:34 PM
From left: SPiN at 48 East 23rd Street, Payard at 1032 Lexington Avenue

Bowlmor’s new venue, Carnival, opens next month at 110 University Place on the corner of East 12th Street
In the East Village. Signs point to a possible new restaurant-bar to replace two vacant storefronts at Avenue B and 2nd Street. A new tavern, Patty & Bun, is also coming soon to 63 West 8th Street, near Sixth Avenue. A new Japanese restaurant Robataya NY is opening soon at 231 East 9th Street between Second and Third avenues. On the Upper East Side, perfumery Creed is opening on the corner of Madison Avenue and 67th Street. In Hamilton Heights, what was once a Thai restaurant called Talay is now Pancho Gringo, a Mexican bistro at 71 West 135th Street between Riverside Drive and Broadway. SPiN New York, a ping-pong social club on 23rd Street and Park Avenue, opened last Thursday evening.

The following Manhattan restaurants are also expected to open their doors by the end of the month: Ardesia, a wine bar on 52nd Street between 10th and 11th avenues; Robataya NY, on 9th Street between Second and Third avenues; and Tuscan bakery Il Cantuccio, on Christopher Street between Seventh Avenue South and Bleecker Street.

In Brooklyn, the owners of a new bar called Way Station announced its Sept. 19 opening on Facebook, at 685 Washington Avenue between Prospect Place and Park Place in Park Slope. Rico Café will join the neighborhood on Fifth Avenue near 4th Street, where Drama Café used to be. A children’s store called Mini Max Toys and Cuts opened at 152 Atlantic Avenue on the corner of Clinton Street in Cobble Hill. The owners of Brooklyn Social, the popular Carroll Gardens lounge, will soon open Henry Public on Henry Street between Atlantic and Pacific avenues. Thistle Hill Tavern is slated to open in December on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 15th Street. In Bushwick, the Hibachi Tiki Hut has opened at 890 Broadway.

A branch of New York restaurateur Stavros Aktipis’ Kellari Taverna restaurant is coming to downtown Washington, D.C., this October.

Closings include Stella’s Diner on 18th Avenue near 62nd Street in Bensonhurst, and Payard Patisserie & Bistro at 1032 Lexington Avenue between 73rd and 74th streets on the Upper East Side, whose owner filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection. Construction workers were seen tearing down the sign for Japanese restaurant and bar Ono at the Hotel Gansevoort at 18 Ninth Avenue Near West 13th Street.

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