What’s coming to the neighborhood below Franklin and west of W. Broadway.
The West Village women’s fashion boutique is opening at 18 Jay; a sign in the window says it’ll debut in January, and the word is they’re still hopeful that’ll happen, even if they don’t know exactly when.
I’m afraid I’m going to have to put this on the Not Happening list, based on the circumstantial evidence. There were plans for a café in what is now Crewcuts, and it got moved (and the plan rejiggered) to the old PB & Caviar space on Thomas. But there’s been no evidence of progress. I hope I’m wrong.
ASPHALT GREEN BATTERY PARK CITY
The word seems to be April, but not even Houdini would hold his breath at this point. (I’m bitter because I want to swim!)
In the past few weeks, one restaurant after another has opened: Blue Smoke, North End Grill, Wei West, and Beans & Greens—and before that, François Payard Bakery, the Artsee eyewear boutique, and of course Shake Shack. Still coming: a florist called Bloom, Vintry Fine Wines, Harry’s Italian, Battery Place Market, and the Conrad hotel. Let’s start with the Conrad: I called the phone number on the website—what’s with the British voice on the recording? And saying the hotel is in FiDi?—and I was told reservations are being taken as of March 1. (It’ll have 463 rooms, 22,000 square feet of meeting space, a 5,800-square-foot ballroom, and a rooftop bar.) The PR rep for the hotel says the second-floor restaurant, Atrio, has hired a chef, whose name is yet to be announced. Vintry Fine Wines, located in Goldman Alley next to Artsee, appears to be next (the shelves are stocked and the website says January). Bloom, meanwhile, is a branch (intended!) of the florist at Lexington and E. 50th St.; it’ll open “in a few weeks” in Goldman Alley. Battery Place Market—there’s already in south BPC—will open “in a bout a week.” And then there’s Harry’s Italian. Finally, there was also talk of a Latin American restaurant. Fifteen bucks says it’ll be Mexican, all the better for after-work margaritas.