Jaffa Cocktail + Raw Bar
The Hoxton hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, has again expanded dining options. Joining Laser Wolf, a rooftop destination for skewered food sizzled over charcoal, and K’Far, the lobby restaurant, is this bright, spacious cocktail and raw bar inspired by Jaffa, the Israeli port city adjacent to Tel Aviv known for its citrus. The new venue is indoor-outdoor, on a second floor terrace, with a dedicated street entrance. Assorted raw and cooked seafood options include yellowtail pastrami with grilled cucumber; octopus shakshuka; scallops with peppers and citrus salt; oysters raw, with passion fruit mignonette and shug, and wood-fired, with urfa chile butter. Citrus flavors inform the cocktails. Like the other restaurants at the hotel, it is the work of CookNSolo, the Philadelphia-based company owned by the Israeli native Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook, and, at the Hoxton, in partnership with Boka Restaurant Group of Chicago. Sam Levenfeld of the Boka Group is the chef de cuisine. (Opens Thursday)
The Hoxton Williamsburg, 97 Wythe Avenue (North Ninth Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 718-215-7150, jaffabrooklyn.com.
Twenty Three Grand
This restaurant, in the ModernHaus SoHo hotel, occupies a new, lushly planted indoor and outdoor area; it was previously Veranda. The chef Ashley Rath from Saint Theo’s and Gramercy Tavern is in charge of the kitchen. Her menu is inspired by the Mediterranean and beyond. Assorted carpaccios, a tower of zucchini with tzatziki sauce, whole-wheat pizzettes, penne alla vodka, cauliflower steak, roasted salmon with pastrami spice, and veal Milanese for two are some of the highlights.
ModernHaus SoHo Hotel, 23 Grand Street (Avenue of the Americas), 212-201-9117, twentythreegrand.com.
This pop-up is a place holder for Emmeline Zhao, who co-owns the acclaimed Silver Apricot next door and is the managing partner of both restaurants. Later this year, she plans to open Figure Eight, a Chinese American restaurant with some Lowcountry influences, but in the meantime, the space will serve dishes from other chefs for takeout. Among the prepared foods are Christine Lau’s soy butter noodles, Eric Huang’s fried chicken, James Yang’s jian bing, and Calvin Hwang’s HK Style egg and chopped cheese. The cafe will be in business for at least a month. (Wednesday)
18 Cornelia Street (Bleecker Street), no phone or website.
Palermo Argentinian Bistro
This addition to Restaurant Row is named for the Palermo quarter in Buenos Aires. It’s from Orhan Cakir, who owns Pierre Loti, and the executive chef Carlos Barroz, who is from Argentina and pays homage to it with empanadas, as well as chimichurri and salsa criolla served with grilled steak and a mixed grill parrillada for two. (Wednesday)
373 West 46th Street, 212-265-2060, palermonyc.com.