Open and Closed: Say Hello to Crown, Goodbye to Shorty's .32

Restaurants and bars, they come and they go. Here are a few making their debuts and bowing out this week. If you hear of any new openings or closings, let us know.

Josh Eden's Shorty's .32 has closed. A source says the space is turning into "some sort of lounge-slash-bar."
[Grub Street]

Midtown East is getting a new northern Italian. Carastina's menu will feature chilled lobster salad and roasted branzino.

John DeLucie's new venture, Crown, is ready to open on the Upper East Side, helmed by ex-Gotham Bar and Grill chef Jason Hall and former Alto pastry chef Heather Bertinetti.


The Earl of Sandwich outpost in Midtown features the chain's signatures, like the Original 1762 (roast beef, cheddar, horseradish sauce).
[Midtown Lunch]

A new location of Vai has opened on the Upper West Side with a "contemporary Mediterranean" menu.

Brooklyn Stable is the latest new neighborhood bar in Williamsburg. In addition to beer on tap and small bites, there are flat-screens, an enclosed patio, and live music.

Nobu alum Akiko Thurnauer has opened Family Recipe, a Japanese-fusion spot on the Lower East Side. Expect dishes like miso-marinated egg yolk and green-pea tofu.

The team behind Abe & Arthur's is launching Lexington Brass, in Midtown, a seasonal American bistro with both wine and beer on tap, and serving breakfast through dinner.

Pane Panelle is a new Sicilian-accented sandwich shop by Stuzzicheria's Paul Di Bari, in Tribeca. The menu includes a chickpea-flour-fritter sandwich, meatball hero, and muffuletta.
[Grub Street]

Williamsburg welcomes the Saint Austere, specializing in European small-production wines and artisanal beers, as well as "refined" small plates. [TONY]

Schlitzes and PBRs will flow freely at Sigma Burger Pie, along with pub grub, like burgers, pizza, and wings.

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