Kyu, an acclaimed pan-Asian grill restaurant that first launched in Miami in 2016, will make its debut in NYC this winter. That New York Post reports that the wood-fired site slides into the former site of renowned chef Bobby Flay’s Gato, at 324 Lafayette Street, between East Houston and Bleecker streets, in Noho. The restaurant, known for its grilled and smoked meats, seafood and an eye-catching cocktail menu – the description of a drink, No Way Rosé, reads “do you like things in a big glass? Us too” – is planned to open “before Christmas”, according to Post. Kyus head chef Raheem Sealey will lead the kitchen.
That Post notes that Kyu’s owners, the controversial billionaire Reuben brothers, have been busy buying real estate in NYC during the pandemic, including the Surrey Hotel on the Upper East Side – a deal that shut down Daniel Boulud’s longtime Café Boulud from the property. The family has also recently acquired an 88,000-square-foot Union Square property, which they plan to turn into a classy hotel, restaurant and private club.
Recyclable cups and bowls are left – so to speak
Chains, including Starbucks, Think Coffee and Just Salad, have begun accepting recyclable mugs and bowls again from customers, reports Crain’s New York. The practice was widespread before the pandemic, and then many local businesses temporarily suspended their programs due to public health concerns. Not all places are left to welcome diners’ coffee mugs – Union Square Hospitality Group cafe Daily Provisions, for example, has not yet resumed filling recyclable cups – but Crain’s reports that there is enough interest to maintain at least one new recyclable cup app launch Cup Zero, launched last week at Brooklyn coffee shop Little Skips.
Gramercy’s Singapore Sea rebrands
After recently opening Wau on the Upper West Side, restaurateur Salil Mehta is rebuilding his two-year-old Singaporean restaurant Laut Singapura in Gramercy. The new restaurant, simply called Singapura, is a more casual “Southeast Asian-inspired beach bar and restaurant,” according to a press release announcing the shift. It premieres on November 15.
Keep an eye on this room
Former Contra sous chef Fidel Caballero is starting a two-month stay at Brooklyn zero-waste wine bar Rhodora, according to a restaurant spokesman. Caballero spends time testing dishes for his new project, Corima, before opening a permanent restaurant at an as yet unnamed location in 2022.