After chef Jesse Schenker made his name on Recette and The Gander in Manhattan, he camped at Long Island Village Oyster Bay, where he opened 2 Spring with Claudia Taglich, his business partner, in early 2018. Now he has another restaurant ready to make his debut next door. Called Four, it’s in a historic Victorian cottage. (The two restaurants are connected by a glass-covered pavilion that serves as an extended dining room for 2 springs.) Four have only 10 upholstered seats at a marble counter surrounding a demonstration kitchen done in simple Scandinavian style with blond wood set in the cottage’s white bricks and siding . A painting by Anthony Bourdain is a focal point on one wall, and a huge bonnet series equipped with a Japanese charcoal grill controls the kitchen. There, Mr. Schenker will, so to speak, be on stage, preparing and serving a 10- to 12-course tasting menu, $ 245, for one of the higher dining experiences available on Long Island. Sir. Schenker said he missed the ad hoc menus he used to cook on Mondays in Recette. “I’m excited about the opportunity to cook in a similar intimate style for my guests,” he said. Among the dishes he plans are an oyster stellar, lobster with champagne essence, rigatoni with giant clam and chili, foie gras with a duck fat croissant, Mishima Wagyu with wasabi and onion and chocolate pot de crème. Sir. Schenker’s attention to detail will extend beyond the food and the list of 500 wines (from an underground cellar) to the service, without pieces being repeated during dinner. Soon, he opens Provisions, a grocery store, in a building around the corner. (Opens Thursday)
4 Spring Street (Shore Avenue), Oyster Bay, NY, 516-624-6877, 4springstreet.com.
This third location of the Mermaid Inn, in the former Red Cat room in Chelsea, was open for just six days before the lockdown in March 2020. It has reopened. The owners, Danny Abrams and Cindy Smith, have also announced that they, with a new partner, Jeff Bank, CEO of Alicart, which owns Carmine’s and Virgil’s, will open a large new Mermaid Inn next spring. It will be in the 15,000-square-foot space that housed the Heartland Brewery at 127 West 43rd Street.
227 10th Avenue (23rd Street), 646-905-5900, themermaidnyc.com.
Greenpoint Fish at Threes Brewing
Because indoor seating is very limited at its home base on Nassau Avenue, the restaurant section of this fish market takes in Threes Brewing a few blocks away. (Currently, there will be no restaurant service on the market.) From Friday to April 30, their oysters, salads, smoked fish pâté, juicy, tacos, fried calamari and sandwiches will be on the menu for indoor and outdoor dining and takeaway. (Friday)
113 Franklin Street (Kent Street), Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 731-333-3430, greenpointfish.com.
This Greek steakhouse known for its tip-fried lamb for two has reopened with a new advisory chef, Jean Charles Métayer, who has restaurants in Athens. Restaurateur James Paloumbis is now managing partner.
5 West 21st Street, 212-380-1950, merakia.com.