A rundown of what’s in the works for Tribeca in the coming months (knock wood). I encourage you to read this if only so you’ll know what I’m quacking about!
Location: 275 Greenwich (between Warren and Murray).
What was there before: A Verizon store (it moved next door).
What we know about it: In November, when the signs first went up, I wrote this: “Here’s what its Facebook page (its website is under construction) says: ‘Yorganic is the first frozen yogurt made with organic milk, sugar, and yogurt. We procure only the finest organic ingredients, as locally as possible, to serve you the healthiest juices, smoothies and frozen yogurt with organic toppings. In addition to our amazing treats, Yorganic is proud to present Bliss Bowls! Steamed rice or noodles topped with fresh sauteed vegetables mixed with our own chef’s sauce.’ There appear to also be soups, salads, sandwiches, waffles, and some other stuff. There’s also a FiDi location on Hanover Square and one on Third Ave between 49th and 50th Sts.”
Opening date: “Definitely in January,” one of the owners, Bo Kim, said this week. Update: 1/10: Open!
UNKNOWN (HEALTH FOOD STORE?) UPDATE 1/19: PRIME ESSENTIALS
Location: 88 Leonard (at Broadway).
What was there before: N/A.
What we know about it: In October, I was told by someone who should know that the space would be “a sort of health food store.” The interior columns were recently painted lime green, bringing to mind the gym catty-corner across Broadway. Update 1/9: A very supermarket-y automatic sliding door has been installed on Broadway. Update 1/19: @FreshPalette sent over a photo of the sign for Prime Essentials, clearly a drugstore.
Opening date: Fairly soon, by the looks of it.
Location: 30 Hudson (at Duane).
What was there before: Two David Bouley restaurants, Secession and Danube.
What we know about it: A collaboration between David Bouley and the Tsuji School in Japan, the long-gestating Boji appears to be getting closer. Last month, Bouley appeared at the CB1 Tribeca meeting about his liquor-license application. What I learned then: “The restaurant will seat 86 people. There are three set menus: four courses ($60), seven courses ‘and dessert’ ($95), and the ‘menu artisanal’ ($130). As is the Bouley way these days, the menu is extensive, with sushi, tempura, rice and noodle dishes (including handmade soba), cooked fish, cooked meat, a vegetarian page, and my favorite, ‘Japanese Dainty,’ which featured options such as ‘home made half dry Bottarga,’ ‘Herring Roe with Konbu-Seaweed,’ and ‘Snow Crab with Lobster Tmalkey’[...] One of the signature dishes at the old Upstairs, homemade tofu with truffled dashi sauce (which Bouley also served at last year’s Taste of Tribeca), is on the menu.”
Opening date: In December, Eater reported that Boji would open in February. I’ve been unable to confirm that this week. Stay tuned…. Update 1/10: The folks at Bouley say it looks likely to open to the public in mid-March, with private events before that.
Location: 339 Greenwich (at Jay).
What was there before: Bazzini.
What we know about it: “We’re going to have a nice retail section—baked goods and all the products that Sarabeth’s makes, in a separate area—and we’ll be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner,” said co-founder Bill Levine last February. He also said there would be outdoor seating, on Greenwich.
Opening date: In June, Levine projected a December opening. It doesn’t look particularly close, but he’s on vacation, so I have yet to hear back. Update 1/12: “If the gods, the FDNY, and DOB are good,” emailed the folks at Sarabeth’s, “we expect to be serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, and brunch some time in April.”
AGATHA RUIZ DE LA PRADA
Location: 466 Greenwich (at Watts).
What was there before: The 33 Vestry sales office.
What we know about it: The color-happy Spanish brand is relocating from Soho. In November, I chatted up a construction worker who “said he thought it was children’s fashion, though the brand also encompasses womenswear, men’s accessories, and other stuff.”
Opening date: “We will be opening soon,” says the outgoing voicemail message. An email went unreturned. Update 1/9: By March, says ARDLP’s Linda Brun.
JAZZ BAR (GEORGE’S?) SILVER LINING
Location: 75 Murray (between Greenwich and W. Broadway).
What was there before: An event space.
What we know about it: In November, the principals went before the CB1 Tribeca committee for liquor-license approval: Joseph Schwartz (former bartender at Milk & Honey and managing partner of Little Branch) and Vito Dieterle (a saxophonist and bartender at Little Branch) are taking over the basement level of event space Bogardus Mansion. Their partner in the jazz bar—its name isn’t set yet, but it’s currently doing business as George’s—is the building’s owner, George Aprile. It’ll hold 125 people, including staff, although they may operate at a lower number; food will be served; the music will be mostly jazz and blues, with perhaps an occasional singer-songwriter playing unplugged.”
Opening date: Unknown. Update 1/11: Schwartz emailed to say that they’re feeling good about Silver Lining as a name, and the opening is “at least a month away.”
UPDATE 1/6: SEE COMMENTS
DANS LE NOIR?
Location: 54 Franklin (at Cortlandt Alley).
What’s there now: Lafayette Bar & Grill.
What we know about it: All we know we learned at the November CB1 Tribeca meeting (although it might be enough): “The dining-in-the-dark restaurant chain Dans le Noir? (the question mark is part of the name because ‘We don’t want to give answers to people’) plans to open a theme park restaurant in the space currently occupied by Lafayette Grill, on Franklin between Broadway and Lafayette. [...] There will be 98 seats in the dining room, and 65 in the waiting area/bar. You have to check anything with a light—phone, watch, etc.—in a locker. You dine in shifts, entering the dining room via conga lines led by the blind servers. Dans le Noir? will be working with Visions/Services for the Blind and the Lighthouse to hire workers. The minimum age will probably be around 15, because kids don’t do darkness well (and they might poach wine, it seems to me). Speaking of which, you only get a half bottle of wine per person. The menu is a $65 prix fixe, and upgrades are available—but generally you don’t choose what you eat; you just say whether you have preferences and/or allergies. The tables are communal, to facilitate interaction with other diners. Exit signs are blacked out, but there are infrared cameras around the room, and the manager is watching from behind the scenes. If there’s a problem, the staff knows where the panic buttons are, which will turn on exit signs, followed slowly (so as not to blind patrons) by the house lights. Reps for the company see the market as 40 percent tourists, and during the day, they’ll hold corporate events such as teambuilding.”
Opening date: As of November, it was projected to be in March or April, although Lafayette Bar & Grill has yet to leave the building….
GLAD TIDINGS TABERNACLE
Location: 177 Franklin (between Greenwich and Hudson).
What was there before: Not sure.
What we know about it: From the last Progress Report: “Established in 1907—with only four pastors since—Glad Tidings is an Assemblies of God church currently pastored by Revs. Carl and Donna Keyes and Rev. Matt Huett. Based at 20 Murray, the church is meeting at 23 Park Place until its new building is ready. On its website, Glad Tidings describes itself as “a culturally diverse church with an emphasis on practical teaching, supportive fellowship, and furthering God’s kingdom. With a strong vision to build a better city, Glad Tidings actively reaches out to the community to change lives. Church programs express God’s Word and His love in many ways through various media: from the pulpit, on the streets, through music, drama, art and dance.”
Opening date: “As of right now, we don’t know when it’s going to be finished or when we can move in,” said a staffer yesterday. “Things are at a standstill right now. Hopefully, it’ll be determined in the next couple of weeks.”
Location: 313 Church (between Lispenard and Walker).
What was there before: Two restaurants, Dennis Foy and, before that, Lo Scalco.
What we know about it: In September 2009, Masaharu Morimoto presented the CB1 Tribeca committee with a sample menu that included “fish and chips, homemade bagels, and fried bananas,” reported the Tribeca Trib, as well as “East Asian standards like hayashi rice, bibimbop, and steamed dumplings.” This week, Morimoto told BlackBook that the restaurant would have “no Japanese, no sashimi, no sushi,” and reiterated that it would close at 4 a.m.
Opening date: “I don’t know when I’ll open it,” Morimoto also told BlackBook. I’ve glanced in and it doesn’t look close.
Location: 135 W. Broadway (between Thomas and Duane).
What was there before: Hoi An, a Vietnamese-Japanese restaurant.
What we know about it: In November, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist told the New York Post that he was opening a restaurant: “It’s a restaurant that [teammate] Sean Avery [who is a partner in Warren 77] and I are working on in Tribeca with some other partners. It will be one of my favorites. I’m looking forward to going there after games. The menu is going to be high-end home cooking.” And then he told Martha Stewart (!) that “the restaurant will be downstairs and a bar will be upstairs.” In December, Lundqvist gave a Swedish TV crew a tour of the raw space. “It’s gonna be fun. It’s gonna be a local restaurant/bar—nothing special—with good food and good atmosphere. I think the the favorite room is gonna be in the back with an open stove. The menu is not gonna have anything complicated. The hamburger has to taste good, since I’m a hamburger person! There’s gonna be meatballs and soups.” At the beginning of the video, someone who looks like Matt Abramcyk—of Smith & Mills and Warren 77—unlocking the door, leading me to believe he’s involved in this, too.
Opening date: Unknown.
Location: 109 W. Broadway (at Reade).
What was there before: Greek restaurant Delphi.
What we know about it: Matt Abramcyk (see above) is also opening Super Linda. Here’s what I wrote in the last Progress Report: “In April, Matt Abramcyk—an owner of Warren 77 and Smith & Mills—told the CB1 Tribeca committee that he plans to open a South American restaurant with 27 tables on the ground floor and a few in the basement (the ground-floor bar seats just five), and that his wife would be using the second floor for a salon business. How much progress has been made is unclear.”
Opening date: The nail salon, Tenoverten, recently opened, but the restaurant doesn’t appear to be following suit anytime soon.
CAFÉ (EMPORIO 50?)/CREWCUTS
Location: 50 Hudson.
What was there before: Paul Kohn Design.
What we know about it: Last month, owner Eric Schlagman presented a new concept to the CB1 Tribeca committee: “The long-planned chocolate café at 50 Hudson [...] has been rethought. The residents across Hudson were worried about noise keeping their children awake, which always struck me as a bit rich given that Hudson is a wide street, it wasn’t as if hockey players were opening the restaurant, and 60 Hudson makes more noise than Glenn Beck. Nonetheless! [...] Schlagman moved the entrance around the corner, on little-traveled Thomas. He said it’ll be a smaller space than planned (which naturally makes one me wonder what’ll happen to all the Hudson frontage). ‘There will still be chocolate,’ he told the committee, ‘but we’ll be more focused on baking. We have an amazing baker.’ Sure enough, the menu lists focaccia and ‘stuffed bread,’ sandwiches (one was grilled eggplant, ricotta salata, and greens), soups, pastries (chocolate covered pretzel bread!), and gelato. The restaurant, which may or may not be called Emporio 50, seats 50 in 1,200 square feet. Schlagman is asking to sell beer, wine, and liquor, with occasional live music (acoustic only, from solo performers to trios). UPDATE 1/9: The part of 50 Hudson that faces Hudson will be a Crewcuts store (that’s J. Crew’s children’s brand), opening in February.
Opening date: Unknown.
UPDATE 1/9: COLOR ME MINE
Location: 92 Reade (between W. Broadway and Church).
What was there before: Grimshaw architects’ annex.
What we know about it: The paint-your-own-pottery studio, which closed its Franklin Street space in November, is reopening next to Tribeca Treats, according to its website.
Opening date: Then again, its website lists it as having opened Jan. 2….