BondSt Opens a Roomier, Splashier Sushi Spot in Hudson Yards


BondSt Hudson Yards

It has taken Jonathan Morr 25 years to open a second version of his NoHo hot spot for sushi and celebrities. Most restaurants don’t even last that long the first time. The new location, occupying prime real estate in Hudson Yards, is bigger, grander and yes, less intimate, on purpose. “When I thought about another BondSt I wondered what would make sense, especially in this space,” Mr. Morr said. “I can’t recapture the intimacy of three floors in a townhouse so I decided to make it totally different.” Designed by Jeffrey Beers, there’s a main dining room, a tropical patio sheathed in bamboo, a bar, an omakase counter and two rooms for private parties. The menu combines the food served at BondSt now with new grilled items like a Japanese Wagyu rib-eye, and old signatures like the tuna tarts. Marc Spitzer, a partner and executive chef, oversees operations. Brett Singer, who has been at BondSt for 10 years, and Daniel Su, the executive sushi chef, are in charge of food. With restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow as a partner, BondSt is poised to add Miami and London branches in the next couple of years.

BondSt Hudson Yards at the Shops and Restaurants at Hudson Yards, 20 Hudson Yards, Level 5 (West 32nd Street),



Tucked into the mezzanine at Antoya, a Koreatown steak house, is this serene new spot done with gilded details that reflect a royal Korean dynasty. The chef, Taewoo Kim, offers a tasting menu for carnivores featuring prime rib, short rib, oxtail, bone marrow and barbecued galbi; $125 for seven courses. Kyungmoon Kim (no relation to the chef), a master sommelier, pairs Korean wines and spirits with the food.

37 West 32nd Street, 212-695-0021,


The Brooklyn collaboration between the restaurateur Gabriel Stulman and the chef April Bloomfield has opened. The menu in the nautical space, with vintage artifacts, features starters like brandade with fines herbes, Zuni Café’s anchovy celery, and mussel salad with roasted fennel and aioli. A brief selection of mains includes black sea bass with mushrooms and celeriac, and roast chicken for two.

228 DeKalb Avenue (Clermont Avenue), Fort Greene, Brooklyn,

T-Squared Social

The T refers to Tiger Woods and Justin Timberlake who, along with Nexus Luxury Collection and 8am Golf, are behind this sprawling 22,000 square foot sports bar. Golf simulators, duck pin bowling and 35 televisions for watching sports are some of the features. Expect a burger, tuna sashimi and a lobster roll; craft cocktails, beers and wine, alcoholic and non, are served to drink at a long bar, high-tops, low tables and lounge chairs. (Opens Wednesday)

7 East 42nd Street, 332-876-0810,

Chef’s Counter at Anto

The second floor counter for 10-course tasting menus ($195) at the restaurateur Tony Park’s Korean steak house, in the townhouse that was once home to Felidia, has opened. The chef in charge, Kim Jeong-Muk, had been at Myomi in Seoul. A counter with 12 seats is where he will serve a seafood-leek pancake, carabineros shrimp with tomato gochujang, and duck with sunchokes, artichokes and soybean paste.

243 East 58th Street, 212-970-8888,


Named for an owner’s cute dogs, Neo and Leeloo, this low-key addition to choices in Brooklyn offers an imaginative menu that stocks up at local farms, then stops along the Mediterranean. A fougasse; socca with littleneck clams; Spanish mackerel crudo, with tomato, saffron and pistachio; and ricotta gnudi, with chanterelles, sage and corn, are some examples. Meatier choices include American Wagyu sirloin with leeks, foie gras and Sauternes jus for a relatively gentle $37. The restaurant is owned by Christophe Moser and Claudio Angelli. Mr. Moser’s son, Sean, is the sous chef.

284 Grand Street (Roebling Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, no phone,

The Irish Exit

This pub run by the partners in the Dead Rabbit in the financial district has opened in the Moynihan Train Hall. A vintage look and drinks that include tweaked classics, like the Pullman Sleeper (in the manhattan style) and the Martini Express (a take on the espresso martini), and, of course, Guinness, are poured. Food comes from other purveyors in the train hall. It’s conceived as a template for expansion to other transit hubs.

Moynihan Hall, 421 Eighth Avenue (33rd Street),

Little Birch

This new lunchtime cafe serving panini, salads and bowls, has opened in the garden in the newly redone 1984 Midtown skyscraper designed by Philip Johnson. The chef, Solanki Roy, works with Great Performances, which runs the cafe.

550 Madison Avenue (55th Street), 646-892-7000,


Fini Pizza

Sean Feeney, Missy Robbins’s partner in her several Brooklyn ventures, opened his first slice shop in Williamsburg last year with Will Unseld. This past summer they added a no-frills outpost in Amagansett, N.Y., and now there’s a third, at Barclays Center. Like the others it sells slices and whole pies in New York and Sicilian styles with assorted toppings, seven in all; the lively long hot shallot pie is a standout. There’s also a Caesar salad.

Fini Pizza Barclays Plaza, 620 Atlantic Avenue (Flatbush Avenue), Park Slope, Brooklyn, 929-475-5669,

Dim Sum Go Go

An outpost of this popular Chinatown spot, in business since 2000, has opened in the East Village.

221 First Avenue (13th Street), 212-732-0797,

Friend of a Farmer

Long-established in the Gramercy neighborhood by the Morabito family — with the next generation now involved — this early farm-to-table purveyor of comfort food has come to the Upper West Side. The décor is rustic, handmade. (Wednesday)

68 West 71st Street, 917-409-3391,

Chefs on the Move

The celebrity chefs Jose Garces, Michael Solomonov, Ayesha Curry have been named to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition by President Biden. Mr. Garces is known for his restaurant Amada, in Philadelphia, which had a branch in the financial district in New York that succumbed to financial difficulties. Mr. Solomonov, an Israeli chef also based in Philadelphia with his flagship Zahav and other restaurants, has a presence in Brooklyn with Laser Wolf. Ms. Curry is a cookbook author and television cooking personality.


The Michelin Guides, which will reveal the star ratings for New York in early November, has added to its list of candidates. They are: Bad Roman, El Fish Marisqueria, Hav & Mar, Raf’s, Restaurant Yuu, The Office at Mr. Moto, Wan Wan, Sushi Ichimura and, in Brooklyn, Café Mars. The Yonkers location of New Haven’s venerable Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is also included. A number of Korean restaurants also ripe for stars are Ariari, 8282, Genesis House, Seoul Salon and, in Long Island City, Queens, Meju. In Colorado, the first Michelin guide published last week, awarded one star to Beckon, Brutø and the Wolf’s Tailor in Denver; Bosq in Aspen, and Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder.

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