L’Abeille opens its doors and more restaurant news in New York


From the beginning, TriBeCa’s conversion from warehouse district to food hub has featured opulent, upscale dining destinations. Think Chanterelle, Montrachet, Bouley, M. Chow and Danube. That hasn’t changed: the most recent additions include A white street, Atera, Jungsik and now this restaurant, housed in a former coffee and tea warehouse. The executive chef and a partner, Mitsunobu Nagae, serve French cuisine with Japanese touches in a setting that is both informal, without tablecloths, and luxuriously appointed with plush snow pea velvet. Mr. Nagae, 34, from Osaka, worked in Paris at Le Doyen before joining the Joël Robuchon empire, notably L’Atelier in New York, then Shun. When he found himself distraught after restaurants were closed by the pandemic, Rahul Saito, an affluent local and food lover, approached him for this new venture. They define it with the French term “bistronomie”, which means a bistro for an elegant dinner. As for the name of the restaurant, it is a sly reference to Mitsu, which means honey, named after the chef. (“Abeille” means “bee” in French.) Mr. Nagae’s menu includes miso-glazed pigeon grilled over binchotan charcoal, marinated lobster with vanilla vinaigrette, and a dessert of strawberries with lychee, rose and shiso. There’s a six-course tasting menu, $180, in addition to the a la carte menu. French bottles and especially champagnes dominate the wine list, curated by John Mckenna, the beverage director.

412 Greenwich Street (Laight Street), 212-542-3898, thebee.nyc.

A third location with a more upscale approach to this Japanese restaurant, which marries classic sushi and chawanmushi with items like a tuna tortilla, has opened. It’s on two floors, but sushi omakase ($150) is only served at the ground floor sushi bar, which has 12 seats. (Open Wednesday)

47 Prince St. (Mulberry St.), 323-828-0096, momoanyc.com.

In Tune Hospitality by Massimo Lusardi added this salon, disguised as a locksmith and cobbler, to the block where he also has Uva and Uva Next Door. The new spot, with velvet accents, serves drinks and small plates.

1488 Second Avenue (78th Street), 917-557-0217, keysandheelsnyc.com.

The movie “Saturday Night Fever” inspired this red sauce joint, an outgrowth of Manero’s Pizza. You might know what to order without even looking at the menu, except there’s no Chicken Parm. (Wednesday)

113 Mulberry St. (Canal St.), 212-345-6789, maneros.pizza.


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