Open & Closed--Say Hello to The Greene Ice Cream Cart & Goodbye to Yama
The West Houston branch of Yama Sushi has closed. Apparently, the whole building is for sale. Calls to the other three branches of Yama--49th Street, 17th Street, and Carmine--confirm they are still open.
David Bouley's reinvention of Danube as Secession earned tepid reviews and has now closed. Bouley will try again in the same space--third time's a charm!--with a Japanese restaurant called Brushstroke.
The General Greene in Fort Greene is getting a shiny new ice cream cart, which will be parked in front of the restaurant. Nick Morgenstern's Greene Ice Cream cart will serve up five or six handmade Philly-style ice cream flavors, including such concoctions as Burnt Honey Vanilla, Salted Caramel Pretzel, and something called the Elvis. The ice cream will also be available at restaurants like Resto, Irving Mill, and 5 Leaves.
The space that formerly housed Tasting Room has been transformed into Jo's, an American bistro turning out slow-roasted duck breast, 10-hour pork shank, and bouillabaisse terrine, as well as $9 classic cocktails.
Surbhi Sahni and Nandini Mukherjee of Indian Bread Co. fame have opened Aamchi Pao, what quite possibly could be the next big thing in Asian sandwiches. Pao are small burger bun-like breads stuffed with anything from potato fritter to crisped tilapia to paneer. Paratha sandwiches will also be on offer.