Opening and closing: La Casita opens, BBQ Chicken closes … and more

December 11, 2009 12:53PM

La Casita at 253 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens, BBQ Chicken on St. Marks and 3rd Avenue

In the Financial District, the Soda Shop has shuttered in the Cosmopolitan Hotel at 125 Chambers Street.

In Chinatown, pastry chef Victoria Howe has launched an underground bakery called the Chinatown Cake Club in her three-bedroom Chinatown apartment. In Tribeca, popular Indian restaurant Tamarind has opened a location at 99 Hudson Street. A specialty cocktail bar is coming to 114 Franklin Street in the former Grace space.

On the Lower East Side, Red Velvet Lounge, which will serve cocktails and cupcakes with cocktail flavors, will open today at 174 Rivington Street. A restaurant specializing in different meatball varieties may open at 84 Stanton Street. Bakery Pain d’Avignon’s will open in the old Roni-Sue space in the Essex Street Market.

In the East Village, a Subway sandwich shop will open in the former Downtown Music space at 342 Bowery.
A French restaurant will open in the former Ama space at 48 Macdougal Street. Cuban eatery Cienfuegos will be coming to the corner of Sixth Street and Avenue A. Michael Huynh might open a taco joint in the former Australian space on St. Marks Place and Avenue A.

In the Meatpacking District, nightclub Provocateur will open in the Hotel Gansevoort at 18 Ninth Avenue. Another new club called Amnesia has opened at 609 West 29th Street. A JetBlue pop-up shop has opened in the former Operations space at 50 Ninth Avenue between 14th and 15th streets.

In the Flatiron District, raw bar BLU has opened in the Hotel Indigo at 127 West 28th Street. L.A. Burdick Chocolate Café & Shop has opened in the former Fleur de Sel space at 5 East 20th Street.

In Midtown, restaurant the Wright will open inside the Guggenheim today. Korean clothing retailer WHO.A.U. has signed a 10-year lease at 22 West 34th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues in the former Kira Plastinina space. Esprit is opening on 34th Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway in March 2010, according to a billboard. Igloo Bar has opened temporarily at Rockefeller Center. It will be there until Jan. 7.

On the Upper East Side, lower-priced boutique CH Carolina Herrara will open on Madison Avenue. Strict vegan eatery Blossom is establishing a third location on First Avenue between 79th and 80th streets. Bar and restaurant La Goulue will relocate to 20 East 63rd Street

In Brooklyn, Tanoreen’s has moved to 7523 Third Avenue at 76th Street in Bay Ridge. General Greene restaurant has opened an in-store grocery store called General Greene Grocery, at 229 Dekalb Avenue. A clairvoyant pop-up shop has opened at 303 Grand Street in Williamsburg. A new yarn shop and café called La Casita opened on Sunday at 253 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. Dry Dock Wine and Spirits will open soon at 424 Van Brunt Street and Botta de Vino will open around Christmastime at 357 Van Brunt Street.

In the Bronx, at 309 East Fordham Road, Vitamin Shoppe, Planet Fitness, and a Subway sandwich shop have all opened, according to a press release.

In Queens, Italian restaurant Ornella Trattoria has set up shop at 29-17 23rd Avenue in Astoria. 

Amid these openings, there have been some closings.

In the East Village, BBQ Chicken on St. Marks Place has shuttered and neighboring bubble tea shop T Kettle will take over the space. Korean spot Gama has closed on St. Marks Place and Third Avenue. Around the Clock Diner has closed at 8 Stuyvesant Street between 11th and 12th streets and a European-style tapas bar will take over the space.

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