Huertas Brings a Taste of Northern Spain to the East Village

All photos by Lindsay Keys
Jonah Miller began mapping out plans for a restaurant when he was still a teenager. "Broadly speaking, I grew up in the city, and I knew from a very young age what I wanted to do," he says. "I started working in restaurants at 14."

Twelve years later, the chef -- who has spent time behind the burners at Chanterelle, Gramercy Tavern, and Savoy -- is making good on that goal. Huertas (107 First Avenue), a pintxos bar and restaurant that channels northern Spain, will make its official debut on Tuesday.

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Four Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

Reggie Shiobara
When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: a soba restaurant above a sushi mainstay, a grilled cheese joint in Bushwick, and a Paris wine bar finds a home stateside.

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Try a Torrija at Hogar Dulce Hogar, a New Cafe in Soho

Gonzalo Cabrera says the torrija is famous in Spain and will be soon, he hopes, in New York.
All photos by Hannah Palmer Egan
Around the corner from Dominique Ansel Bakery, Hogar Dulce Hogar (341 West Broadway), Spanish for "Home Sweet Home," serves a different kind of pastry. Sweet and humble, but no less worthy than a Cronutâ„¢ but for the lines, the torrija is an old sweet, a poor-man's treat, a kind of Spanish French toast with roots in the Spanish Civil War. "All the mothers and little grannies were making it as a way to use up the old bread," says Gonzalo Cabrera, general manager at the new Spanish bakery and cafe that opened in Soho in late March.

Direct from the Michelin-starred streets of San Sebastian, Spain, where it has a sister bakery, the cafe brings simple, tasty Spanish and Basque foods to New York, most of which are made from scratch in-house, many from time-honored Old-World recipes.

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Five Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

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When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: two Frenchmen bring crepes to TriBeCa, a Le Cirque alum calls a new kitchen home, and an Indian eatery takes on the Chipotle concept.

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67-Year-Old Morrell Wine Shop and Bar Reopen in Rockefeller Center

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Roberta Morrell's parents first opened the Morrell (1 Rockefeller Plaza, 212-688-9370) wine shop in a 600-square-foot space on 49th Street in 1947, and in the 67 years since, the retailer has moved around Midtown, occupying addresses on 53rd Street and Madison Avenue before making its way back to its current location on 49th Street in Rockefeller Center 15 years ago.

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An Early Taste of Chalk Point Kitchen, Now Open in Soho

Be forewarned: If you're planning to eat at Chalk Point Kitchen (527 Broome Street, 212-390-0327) in these early days of its existence, you'll need a reservation -- when we showed up yesterday, wandering in through its SoHo entrance sometime around 6 p.m., even the bar seats were booked. And though the hostesses sat us (reservations or no, the space was empty that early in the night), our table came with the stipulation that we be out quickly.

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Sleekly Appointed Beautique Opens in Midtown

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The picturesque Midtown block that holds the Plaza Hotel and Paris Theater just became home to Beautique (8 West 58th Street, 212-753-1200), a sleek restaurant that overtook the former Frederick's address. The Beautique team stripped the space down to its studs, and they've installed decor that channels Coco Chanel's Parisian house, with its high-gloss bar, tufted leather, gilded ceiling, and rose petal wallpaper. "The space looks really pretty," says chef Craig Hopson. "It's extremely unique."

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Alfredo 100 Honors Classic and New Age Fettuccine Alfredo

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Fettuccine with black caviar? That's what we call using your noodle!

Alfredo 100's (7 East 54th Street; 212-688-1999) recent opening of what owner Russell Belanca calls his new "flagship location" is not your typically "timely" restaurant opening. In case you weren't aware, fettuccine Alfredo is celebrating its 100th birthday this year. While singing the happy birthday song to a bowl of pasta about to be devoured seems like a justifiable call, it's better to marvel at the fact that a dish has enough appeal to become a centenarian. After all, most of today's "iconic" dishes live and die by how many likes they receive on Instagram, and even that success can be fleeting.

Though plates of pasta in the post-carb era now feature modifiers like "gluten free" and "substitute whole wheat," purists can still appreciate a location where orders requiring butter, cream, and Parmesan cheese are received with a smile.

As with any historic dish, there's a great story surrounding the invention of fettuccine Alfredo.

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Eleven Restaurants That Opened in NYC This Week

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When one restaurant's doors close, another restaurant's doors open in fast-paced New York City, and every Friday we'll fill you in on what opened up around town this week. This week: an Italian comfort-food restaurant in Hotel Hugo; the infamous ramen burger finds its home downtown; and an East Village favorite reopens in Williamsburg.

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First Look: Bar Bolonat

Zachary Feldman

On the northwestern edge of the West Village's Abingdon Square Park, Bar Bolonat (611 Hudson Street, 212-390-1545) glows from within its painted-black exterior, a welcome sight at the corner of Hudson and 12th Streets after three years of vacancy following the closing of Kobma Thai. Chef Einat Admony and husband Stefan Nafziger have opened this modern Israeli restaurant, a followup to their cozy Mediterranean Soho spot Balaboosta and Taim falafel joints, as a kind of invitation to New Yorkers to experience traditional Israeli flavors refracted through a modern lens. The chef admits it's a concept she has wanted to explore since opening her first restaurant.

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