John McDonald has revamped his long-standing Burger & Barrel on the outskirts of SoHo and turned it into a Mexican restaurant. Mr. McDonald, who has several locations in the area, is working with his friend Justin Bazdarich, the chef and owner of Oxomoco in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and Speedy Romeo in Clinton Hill, to open this restaurant at the end of the month. to open. “Justin and I have wanted to do something together for years,” said Mr McDonald. Glossy black walls set the stage for vibrant colors. Mr.’s Mexican-inspired menu Bazdarich with a seafood focus explores the Pacific coast from California, with a farmer’s market escabeche and a Caesar salad, through Mexico. Also on the menu are smoked shrimp chicharrón, fresh tuna slathered with salsa macha, tostada mixto piled high with marinated seafood, branzino with a masa crust in a red sauce, and octopus with baked potatoes and romesco sauce. Tequila, mezcal and sotol feature prominently on the bar and the drinks are from Trey Bliss, who was in Mr. Bazdarich’s now closed Xilonen. Examples of folk art and works by local New York artists are displayed throughout. This isn’t Mr McDonald’s debut in Mexican restaurants: He helped start the Dos Caminos chain with Stephen Hanson, and owned El Toro Blanco in the West Village, which closed during the pandemic and became Hancock St. (opens February 28 )
25 West Houston Street (Mercer Street), 212-334-7320, bartulix.com.
Charles Fried Chicken
This Harlem favorite has moved south and reopened on the Upper West Side. It has had many names and locations since 1995, when Charles Gabriel first started selling his fried chicken as a street stall. He has expanded his menu with smoked pulled pork and ribs. In addition, he is opening another location at 340 West 145th Street and has more in the works.
146 West 72nd Street, 646-590-0662, charlespanfriedchicken.com.
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Located in Serafina in the Sky, the new restaurant off the top-floor lobby at the Pod Hotel on West 42nd Street, which is located in Serafina in the Sky, is a speakeasy-style evening spot and a joint venture of the Serafina Restaurant Group and nightlife impresario Karim Amatullah of KRM Group. The secret code required for access can be obtained when making a reservation. The menu is the same as Serafina in the Sky. (Wednesday)
Pod Hotel, 400 West 42nd Street, 212-776-4140, serafinarestaurant.com.
Moynihan Food Hall
The competition-level dining room of the Moynihan Train Hall is finally getting up to speed. Dining options include household names such as Jacob’s Pickles, EAK Ramen, Chop’t, Maman, Alidoro, Naya, Burger Joint, and Sauce. The central highlight is the Bar in Moynihan Food Hall, operated by HPH, the company that runs the Dead Rabbit and Bathtub Gin, among others. It is done in a vintage style with polished walnut and brass. Elsewhere in the station, H&H Bagels and Magnolia Bakery are open. Outlets for La Maison du Chocolat, Threes Brewing and Vesuvio Bakery are yet to come.
Moynihan Train Hall, 421 Eighth Avenue (33rd Street), moynihanfoodhall.com.