Openings and closings: Lautrec Bistro opening, Surf City Smoothies closing … and more

TRD New York /
Nov.November 24, 2009 06:24 PM
From left: Lautrec Bistro wine bar at 111 First Avenue, Surf City Smoothies on St. Marks Place

In Soho, British erotica chain Coco de Mer will open Dec. 4 at 236 Elizabeth Street near Prince Street.

On the Lower East Side, Czech-Austrian coffee shop Kinski has opened at 128 Rivington Street near Norfolk Street. Hairy Mary’s Vintage has shuttered at 147-149 Orchard Street.

In the East Village, Lautrec Bistro wine bar has opened at 111 First Avenue between 6th and 7th streets. Price Wise Health & Beauty Aids, which currently has three Manhattan locations, will open a fourth location at 10 Union Square East.  2 U Karaoke Lounge Suites has received signage in the former Mondo Kim’s space on St. Mark’s. Bluebird Coffee Shop will open at 72 East 1st Street between First and Second avenues. A new Venezuelan restaurant called Guayoyo is coming to the corner of East 4th Street and First Avenue in the former Ishikura Sushi space. Carroll Gardens pub P.J. Hanley’s is opening an outpost on First Avenue between 7th Street and St. Mark’s Place.

In the West Village, a second location of Café Gitane has opened in the Jane Hotel at 113 Jane Street at West Street. Clothing store Boundless NYC will open Nov. 27 at 225 Hudson Street.
In Chelsea, paella eatery Socarret has opened at 261 West 19th Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues. Burger joint Fresh N Fast Burger has opened at 23rd Street and Park Avenue South.  Dan’s Chelsea Guitars at 223 West 23rd Street is moving next door into a much smaller space formerly occupied by Balabanis tailor shop.

In Midtown, French chocolate shop La Maison du Chocolat will open its first American location in the landmarked Empire State Building. American Eagle Outfitters has opened a 26,000-square-foot location with four lounge areas and a denim library at 1551 Broadway at 46th Street. Las Vegas-based Italian restaurant and nightclub Lavo will open in New York on 58th Street in the former Au O Bar space. Felissimo Design House has opened a West 56th Street pop-up shop called Japan Brand: The Wish List.

On the Upper West Side, a temporary art gallery has opened on the ground floor of 25 Central Park West, in what was a Gristedes.

On the Upper East Side, kosher eatery Café Blossom has opened at 1522 First Avenue between 79th and 80th streets. Designer Alice & Olivia will host a pop-up shop in the Upper East Side Scoop store on Third Ave at 73rd Street through December. Coach creative director Reed Krakoff will open a luxury clothing concept store in the old Miu Miu space on Madison Avenue at 69th Street. Burberry is opening two stores Nov. 24. The “Brit” shop and “London” stores will both be opening at 444 Madison Avenue Near 50th Street. Michael Kors has opened a bi-level store on Madison Avenue and 60th Street in the former Celine space.

In Brooklyn, Book Thug Nation bookstore and community space has opened on North 3rd Street in Williamsburg. A grocery store and café called Goods has opened in Prospect Heights at 115 Underhill Avenue near Prospect Place. Décor and gift shop Homebody has opened at 449 Seventh Avenue near 15th Street in Park Slope. The Fort Greene Food Market has been sold to new owners and will offer different products.  In Greenpoint, new Middle-Eastern spot Kestane Kebab opened this past weekend near McCarren Park at 110 Nassau Avenue between Leonard and Eckford streets. The Brooklyn Wine Exchange will open at138 Court Street, next door to Trader Joe’s on the Boerum Hill side. A new tapas place has opened at 161 Seventh Avenue near Garfield Avenue called 161 in the former Hanabi Cocina Japanese space in Park Slope. Ichiran Ramen, which was originally scheduled to open more than two years ago, may officially open soon at 1013 Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.

In Queens, a new club and restaurant Penthouse 808 is now atop Hotel Ravel, at 8-08 Queens Plaza South in Long Island City.

In New Jersey, travel and entertainment mogul Sir Richard Branson will open a resort called Natirar in Somerset County.

Amid these openings, there have also been some closings. In the East Village, apparel retailer 99x has shuttered on 10th Street between Third and Fourth avenues  and Surf City Smoothies has closed on St. Marks Place between Second and Third avenues  On the Lower East Side, the Assafa Islamic Center on Allen Street was shuttered last week by order of the Department of Buildings. According to a tipster, Civetta at 98 Kenmare Street is closing its doors by Dec. 1. Also on the Lower East Side, Diamond’s Wine Bar may be closing at 188 Allen Street. In Brooklyn, XO Creperie, located in Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza at 2027 Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay, has burned down.

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