Just when you thought the 5th Avenue restaurant world was shrinking, in come five new places which quickly join the “coming soon” category.
Only one week ago, we reported the October closing of Backyard (388 5th Avenue and 6th Street) as well as the shuttering of Lobo Tex-Mex (188 5th Avenue at Berkeley Place), which served their last margarita on November 20.
As a little Thanksgiving treat, here are five places you can look forward to. We even threw in an extra that’s “under new ownership.”
What’s Coming: “A Brooklyn Boy Catering, Inc”
Where: 388 5th Avenue (near 6th Street)
What’s It Replacing? Backyard, which closed in October.
Details: Backyard was sold soon after their closing. The new owners have applied for a liquor license and will be presenting at Community Board 6’s Permits Licenses Committee Meeting on Monday, November 28, according to the agenda on the CB6 website. The actual name of the restaurant has not yet been confirmed.
What’s Coming: Mis Grill
Where: 370 5th Avenue (Between 5th and 6th Streets)
What’s It Replacing? Juventino, which was a popular farm-to-table spot which closed somewhat mysteriously back in January. Back in 2012, Juventino was embroiled in an intense controversy, as nearly two dozen employees, past and present, accused Chef Juventino Avila of sexual harassment. Avila and owner Rebecca Uberti (Avila’s live-in partner at the time) denied the allegations to many news organizations, including our own, as well as Jezebel, who wrote about the allegations extensively.
Details: Mis Grill has posted an interior shot on their Facebook page as well as their Mediterranean-focused menu. There’s no time estimate as to when the restaurant will be opening.
What’s Coming: Nargis Bar & Grill
Where: 155 5th Avenue (Lincoln Place and St. John’s Place)
What’s It Replacing? Nana Sushi, which closed in October after 15 years, choosing not to renew their lease.
Details: Like “Brooklyn Boy,” the owners have applied for a liquor license and will be presenting at Community Board 6’s Permits Licenses Committee Meeting on Monday, November 28, according to the agenda on the CB6 website. An opening date has not yet been set.
What’s Here: Natto Hibachi & Sushi
Where: 296 5th Avenue (bet 1st and 2nd Streets)
What’s It Replacing? Formerly Ginza Sushi and more recently, Masami Japanese Cuisine.
Details: According to the restaurant staff, the Japanese eatery was renamed to Natto as it is now under new ownership. The cuisine they are serving is almost identical to the previous businesses, however, they still consider this a “grand opening.”
What’s Coming: Salzy [Update: Salzy opened on November 30, 2016]
Where: 506 5th Avenue (between 12th and 13th Streets)
What’s It Replacing? The Fifth Estate, which closed in September after a five-year run.
Details: Comedian and events producer Jennifer Salzman is opening Salzy next week on November 30. They’re promising cocktails, small plates, as well as “comedy showcases and musical performance.” You can read our article about the opening here.
What’s Coming: Unnamed taco place
Where: 351 5th Avenue (between 4th and 5th Streets)
What’s It Replacing? The “old” Surfish Bistro. The Peruvian ceviche and tapas place opened in a much large space just about a year ago. After chef Miguel Aguilar “re-opened” at 550 3rd Avenue (corner of 14th Street), he told us their space on 5th Avenue would remain open. “We won’t be closing it,” explained Aguilar. “But the menu will be smaller there. We will serve rotisserie chicken and Peruvian sandwiches. Our full menu will be at our new place.” However back in August, we reported that the 5th Avenue location did shut down.
Details: Besides the handwritten “opening soon” sign on the outside, we are not sure about the exact plans for the replacement. Frankly, the place hasn’t even removed the Surfish logo from the outside. However, a worker in the space told us a new “taco place” would be moving in.
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