Butterfield Market Express Window
The new Butterfield Market, a branch of the 105-year-old store on Lexington Avenue, is moving into the spacious storefront once occupied by Dean & DeLuca, but it won’t be ready until the fall. Evan Obsatz, one of the owners (along with his sister, Joelle, and his father, Alan), said the neighborhood had been quiet: “I hope the Upper East Side gets busier in September.” For now, he’s offering a taste of the store’s specialty, frozen yogurt, from a window on the 85th Street side, near Madison Avenue. But the window is not just about frozen yogurt. Sandwiches, cold soups and composed salads like salmon with potatoes, haricots verts, tomatoes and arugula, are some of the options sold to take away. There are benches along the Madison Avenue side of the store, whose name recalls its telephone exchange, dating back to the days when such things existed. Remember the movie “Butterfield 8”? (Opens Wednesday)
1150 Madison Avenue (85th Street), 212-758-2800, butterfieldnyc.com.
At this new Chinese restaurant, one of the specialties is chicken skeleton, deep-fried with bits of meat still clinging. (It’s reminiscent of a sole dish found in some Cantonese restaurants served on a fried rack of crunchy fish bones for nibbling.) Karen Song, one of the owners, is from Northeast China, where that dish originates. Kiyomi Wang, the chef and co-owner, is from Sichuan, which is the cuisine most represented here: smashed cucumbers, assorted noodles, dumplings and Sichuan spicy fries. There are a few tables outside and more seating in Seward Park across the street. Inside, there is seating for 15, but social distancing will reduce the number.
23 Essex Street (Canal Street), 646-476-7501, publicvillagenyc.com.
Hole in the Wall
A third outlet of this restaurant based in Murray Hill is from a team that once called Australia home: the owner Barry Dry and the executive chef Brent Hudson. Among the specialties are burgers that include miso, chile garlic prawn fettuccine and a daily curry. The restaurant has an outdoor patio. (Friday)
Hotel Henri, 37 West 24th Street, 212-243-0800, holeinthewallnyc.com.
Maison Yaki Pop-Up
A series cooked by Black chefs is taking up residence at Greg Baxtrom’s French yakitori restaurant through Aug. 30. Until July 19, the chef is Lani Halliday, of the vegan and gluten-free Brutus Bakeshop in Brooklyn; July 22 through Aug. 2 will be Jared Howard of Honey Bunny’s Chicken, a mobile pop-up for Southern food; Aug. 5 through 16 Michelle Williams of Good IV the Soul, a Brooklyn caterer, will be on hand; and Aug. 19 through 30, Mohamed Wahiba, who runs Tripoli Events and is now in residence at the Berg’n food hall in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, will prepare Mediterranean-Italian food.
626 Vanderbilt Avenue (Prospect Place), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, 718-552-2609, maisonyaki.com.
Baldor Restaurant Series
Baldor, the wholesale restaurant supplier that at the start of the pandemic pivoted to provide home deliveries of its inventory, has added prepared meals from restaurants to its offerings. Hearth Restaurant, Jeffrey’s Grocery, Crown Shy and Hill Country Barbecue are the initial options, with more to be added.
John McDonald, the owner of Lure Fishbar, Bowery Meat Company and others, will be opening this American bistro in the space that had been home to El Toro Blanco, his Mexican restaurant. He’s developing the restaurant, to open once indoor dining is permitted in the fall or later, with Serge Becker, another downtown restaurateur and a partner in Miss Lily’s. Mr. Becker is designing the space, Mr. McDonald said. The chef will be Ryan Schmidtberger, formerly of the Waverly Inn, who also worked at Lure Fishbar.
257 Avenue of the Americas (Bedford Street).
Barry Dry, the owner of Hole in the Wall restaurants (see above), plans to open this Cantonese restaurant in the fall, in the underground space next to the Paris Theater that has been home to many, many restaurants.
8 West 58th Street.
The Del Posto Collection
About half of this restaurant’s deep wine cellar is going up for auction next week. Hart Davis Hart Wine Co. in New Castle, Del., will put 3,423 lots containing more than 30,000 bottles, mainly Italian, on the block. They’re expected to yield more than $4 million, some of which will go to a charity for children. “We need the money,” said Joe Bastianich, an owner of the restaurant, which is closed. “The virus has killed us and we’re not doing takeout or outdoor seating.” As for the future of Del Posto, he said it remains to be seen.
July 24 and 25 starting at 9 a.m. EDT, (absentee bidding has already started), auction.hdhwine.com.