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Tudor City Steakhouse Opens in Manhattan, and More Dining News

Jacob’s Pickles reopens, Cuban-Chinese lands in Chelsea, and Uzbek food finds a home in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

From left, the chefs Adrian Leon, Joaquin Linares and Bruni Bueno at Tudor City Steakhouse. Karsten Moran for The New York Times
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TUDOR CITY STEAKHOUSE In the elegant space overlooking the East River that was L’Impero and then Convivio, but has stood empty since 2011, Sylvan Hospitality, a new restaurant group, has installed a steakhouse. It’s a spacious, multilevel restaurant in the genre’s requisite wood paneling, though here it’s enlivened by metal accents. The menu is packed with the typical shellfish appetizers, salads, burgers, steaks, chops and grilled seafood, but with the addition of sushi rolls, pastas and risotto. It ventures into South America with assorted ceviches, a yellow-corn Venezuelan tamale, and chimichurri sauce over Cuban black beans and rice. Three chefs, but maybe not too many considering the breadth of the offerings, will be at work here: Joaquin Linares, the specialist for dry-aged meat; Adrian Leon, whose expertise is South American fare; and Bruni Bueno, in charge of desserts, notably cheesecake. (Opens Thursday): 45 Tudor City Place (43rd Street), 212-682-4000, tudorcitysteakhouse.com.

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AUNT JAKE’S Fresh pastas with a choice of sauces and toppings are on offer at this second location of the Little Italy spot from Nick Boccio and the chef Carmine Di Giovanni: 47 West Eighth Street, 212-253-9333, auntjakesnyc.com.

CAFFE MARCHIO Strong, Roman-style espresso drinks accompany the chef Joe Tarasco’s menu at this stand-up coffee bar, another one of Danny Meyer’s salutes to the food and dining traditions of the Eternal City. Breakfast items like frittata sandwiches are followed by sandwiches made with vegetables and braised meats; the pastry chef Jessica Weiss’s confections are sold throughout the day. In addition to the coffee, which is brewed using Brazilian beans roasted by Joe Coffee in Red Hook, Brooklyn, beer and wine are served from midday through early evening: 30 East 30th Street, no phone, caffemarchio.com.

CALLE DÃO CHELSEA Cuban-Chinese food, once thriving in New York, is having a modest renaissance. A second location of the restaurateur Marco Britti’s take on the cuisine and its vibrant cocktails (the first opened three years ago near Bryant Park) will have some new menu items like Cuban sandwich spring rolls and Peking-style roast chicken over yellow rice with chorizo from the Floridian chef Bradley Warner: 461 West 23rd Street, 212-414-4104, calledao.com.

FLIP SIGI A West Village taqueria with a Filipino accent called 2nd City is branching to the Upper East Side with this new name. Expect bao buns filled with pork belly, and a kitchen-sink mash-up called Filipino Underground Crunchwrap with short ribs, fried tortilla, kimchi fried rice, Mexican cheese, lettuce and salsa in a crispy griddled flour tortilla. (Saturday): 1752 Second Avenue (91st Street), 646-559-1280, flipsigi.com.

JACOB’S PICKLES This neighborhood favorite for pickles, biscuits and beer is reopening after a fire next door. Sunday gravy with meatballs and a spicy chicken sandwich have been added, and a downstairs bar will soon follow. (Thursday): 509 Amsterdam Avenue (85th Street), 212-470-5566, jacobspickles.com.

JEJU NOODLE BAR The chef Douglas Kim’s restaurant, named for an island off the South Korean coast, specializes in Korean-style ramen called ramyun. Mr. Kim, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has worked in top New York restaurants like Nobu and Bouley. The airy space is dominated by a long dining bar; bare wooden tables are clustered along one wall: 679 Greenwich Street (Christopher Street), 646-666-0947, jejunoodlebar.com.

MERAKIA The formal name for this steakhouse is Greek MountainThief Spithouse & Steak, a reference to the Greek highwaymen who fought the Ottomans in the hills nearly 200 years ago and stole livestock for their dinners. The menu features Greek specialties with a hefty section devoted to beef, pork and lamb, mostly spit-roasted and served with feta fries or roasted potatoes and other accompaniments. (Friday): 5 West 21st Street, 212-380-1950, merakia.com.

NARGIS BAR & GRILL Charcoal-grilled kebabs, pilafs, meat-filled dumplings, hearty soups, baked flatbreads and even uncommon drinks like fruit kompot and airan made with yogurt are the hallmarks of this Uzbek restaurant in a rustic, brick-walled setting. It’s a branch of Boris Bangiyev’s original in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn: 155 Fifth Avenue (Lincoln Place), Park Slope, Brooklyn, 718-872-7888, nargisbarandgrill.com.

OLD ROSE Matt Kliegman and Carlos Quirarte, the owners of The Smile and Smile to Go, have made over the former Cafe Gitane space at the Jane Hotel and are serving simple Italian fare, including pizzas and pastas. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the chef is Joey Scalabrino. (Thursday): The Jane Hotel, 113 Jane Street (West Street), 212-255-4143.

PICCOLINO Sturdy Italian fare from the restaurateur Thomas Vicari, who owns a number of places in Manhattan, has landed in Queens: 30-86 51st Avenue (31st Avenue), Astoria, Queens, 718-721-3700, piccolino.nyc.

Looking Ahead

BLUEBIRD This restaurant from the D&D London group will move into the former A Voce space in the Time Warner Center in spring 2018. The New York branch, covering some 10,000 square feet, will reflect the King’s Road, Chelsea, original as a lively, modern European place with food that has a strong English accent. D&D had previously announced that it would be opening a restaurant in the Hudson Yards complex: Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Crcle, bluebird-restaurant.co.uk.

MOMOFUKU NOODLE BAR David Chang will open another Noodle Bar next summer in a new 4,000-square-foot area being created for it on the third floor of the Time Warner Center. The executive chef, Tony Kim, will develop a new menu for this location, featuring noodles, buns and seasonal specialties: Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, momofuku.com.

MUNCHIES FESTIVAL Eight Nordic chefs will be participating in a festival of food and drink (and cinema, music and social issues) on Saturday and Sunday at the Hester Street Fair: Hester and Essex Streets, munchies.tv/festival.

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