Seen & Heard: Worth Kitchen

••• Felipe Donnelly and Tamy Rofe of Worth Kitchen—the dinner-party experiment I wrote about in September 2010—are making their dream of opening a restaurant come true. It’s going to be called Cómodo (“comfortable” in Spanish), at a place to be determined or announced. You can taste some of the dishes that will be on the menu at a special Worth Kitchen dinner on January 28 at City Grit in Soho.

••• The other day, after I mentioned that Kutsher’s Tribeca was serving lunch as of tomorrow, the PR rep sent over the menu. The sandwiches are what’s new—and they’re more Jewish deli-ish than the dinner menu: house-cured pastrami on rye ($17), smoked turkey with Russian dressing ($14), a reuben ($18), hot-smoked salmon salad on a bagel ($14), two franks with house-made sauerkraut ($11), and a burger ($16).

••• Congratulations to the Tribeca Performing Arts Center, which was among the recipients of the recent NEA Jazz Masters Live grants

••• From Mysterious Bookshop: “As of February 27, The Mysterious Bookshop will be closed on Sundays. When we first moved to our new location, we thought we would benefit from the foot traffic in this area. That has not happened, to our satisfaction, and the staff is stretched thin.”

••• From the Lower Manhattan Construction Command Center: “The five-story former commercial building at 87 Leonard Street is on its way to becoming a new residence, with renovation work launching there in January 2012. Brooklyn-based Foremost Contracting is working to convert the building to residential units, and add one floor, through approximately March 2013.


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