Under the Toque: David Burke Nearly Done Revamping Townhouse; StarChefs Announces Rising Stars
Shlomo Kashy, the former sous-chef at Cafe Gray and executive sous-chef at Grayz and, later, Atria, has taken over from Blake Joyal as the executive chef at Cafe at Country.
David Burke is about 80 percent done renovating Townhouse, which he says will be "more comfortable, little neater, warmer." New menu items include a stuffed poussin with lobster and a rack of lamb with octopus and Moroccan spices.
The uptown location of Vynl, which Top Chef alum Dave Martin has been cheffing since April, has shuttered and will reopen as a Mexican restaurant. The owners are the same, but it's unclear if Martin will stay on.
Tien Ho reveals his reaction to David Chang when he found out he was going to be posted to a restaurant in midtown: "I was like, 'Fuck you, dude. I'm not going back to midtown.' I think we could get away with a lot more downtown than anywhere else."
StarChefs has announced this year's New York Rising Stars, which include George Mendes of Aldea, Isao Yamada of Upstairs at Bouley, Patrick Connolly of Bobo, Damian Sansonetti of Bar Boulud, Jamison Blankenship of Morimoto, and Jason Neroni of 10 Downing.