In the News: Chambers Construction

••• Time Out New York praises Il Matto, giving it three-out-of-five stars: “Bini’s sweet and savory creations are perhaps the best reason to visit Il Matto. The complex, cerebral and remarkably balanced concoctions—a delicious riff on a Bloody Mary made with saline clam juice; a tart, edgy attempt at a liquid salad with gin, strawberry, balsamic vinegar and lettuce—are ideally pondered sans food as a stand-alone course. While those drinks hint at the psychedelic experience the restaurant strives to deliver, the place ultimately falls short of mind-bending. Still, if nothing else, a meal here is provocative, and in an industry currently light on daredevils, a conceptual gamble like Il Matto is an exciting detour.”

••• The W New York Downtown opened a week earlier than expected. (HotelChatter)

••• The New York Times wonders whether Park51 developers should have gone about things differently.

by Julie Shapiro (courtesy DNAinfo)

••• “The city is gearing up for a massive three-year water main project on Chambers Street, lower Manhattan’s main east-west thoroughfare. This week the contractor started putting up signs warning of closures and doing other preparatory work, which will take two to three weeks, a spokesman for the city Department of Design and Construction said.” (DNAinfo)

••• The New York Observer profiles Kerry Propper—financier, producer of a documentary called Watchers of the Sky, and a resident of Tribeca.

••• Marc Forgione pastry chef Ashton Warren visits the Pop-Tart pop-up restaurant for Zagat. Related: Am I the only one who’d rather read than watch a video?

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