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Closed for Business: Baluchi's, 310 Fifth Avenue

The outpost of mini-chain Baluchi's that's on Fifth Avenue between Second and Third Streets has closed for good. Nobody answered the phone yesterday, and a tipster let me know that a "For Rent" sign has gone up in the window and workers were busy clearing out the space yesterday.

There are four remaining locations of the restaurant, which hails itself as "the first mid segment casual Indian restaurant in New York City," whatever that means. This outpost didn't enjoy a stellar reputation; it was shuttered by the DOH twice in two years, it was sued for discrimination in 2011, and a commenter on this post noted a particularly disgusting habit of one of its cooks.

I haven't been able to track down a real estate listing online, but the success of Stone Park a few doors down proves that a well-run restaurant in this rare double-wide space has the potential to do very well.


Henri on Fifth Launching Brunch This Weekend

If you haven't yet checked out Henri on Fifth, the new neighborhood spot on the corner of Fifth Avenue and First Street, you should make a point to get over there. The menu is a lot of fun, the food is solid and creative, the price is right, the cocktails are good, and it's clear that owner Binh Douglas, who lives nearby and has a long history in the hospitality industry industry, knows what he's doing.

The restaurant, which opened in January, has so far been opening at 4pm, but starting this Saturday it will be opening at 11am and serving brunch until 4. The menu, which is below (click a larger version) has a nice mix of salads and sandwiches, egg dishes, toasts, oatmeal, lemon ricotta pancakes, and banana French toast. The unique fusion of the dinner menu certainly carries over into this one; the breafast bao (bao buns stuffed with eggs, cheese, and bacon, duck prosciutto, or pancetta) sounds tasty, as do croque monsieur and madame; avocado toast with lemon zest, chile flakes, and garlic oil; and steel-cut oatmeal with coconut milk, chia seeds, coconut milk, and agave (top). The sriracha deviled eggs, a highlight of the dinner menu, also makes a welcome reappearance here. Drink options also sound quite intriguing; I can't think of any other restaurant that will serve you a magnum of sparkling wine with three mixers for $41.

The previous occupant of this space, Aperitivo, was consistently busy during the brunch rush even though the menu was decidedly nothing special. Henri appears to be primed to pick up right where Aperitivo left off, albeit with a far more intriguing menu. 

Top photo via Facebook


Caviar Adds Talde, Franny's, 20 More Brooklyn Restaurants to Delivery Roster

If you thought making a call or ordering Seamless were the only ways to get delivery from local restaurants, there's a new player on the scene that's very cool, called Caviar. The San Francisco-based startup, which launched in Brooklyn three months ago, has just nearly doubled the amount of Brooklyn restaurants that will deliver food to you, and many of those 40 restaurants have never offered delivery before.

Restaurants and shops including Talde (above), Franny's, BKLYN Larder, Asia Dog, Littleneck Outpost, and Ramen Burger will now deliver (or, more specifically, a Caviar courier will deliver your food for a $4.99 fee), and lots of the restaurants on board will deliver far outside of the usual delivery radius. You can also place your order up to six days in advance.

There are also plenty of promotional specials: From Feb 25 - March 4 you can get three pizzas from Franny's for $30; until Feb. 28 all Talde orders are $10 off; and on March 1 a $110 full duck dinner from 2 Duck Goose is going for $55.

Other restaurans you can order from include Bar Corvo, Briskettown, Blue Ribbon, Frankies Spuntino 457, Mile End, No. 7, Motorino, Prime Meats, and The Meatball Shop. You can find the full list (as well as photos of all the available offerings) here, and can place orders through the website or app.

Photo via Caviar


A Peek Inside the New Fifth Avenue Buttermilk Bakeshop, Opening Saturday

Buttermilk Bakeshop, the super-popular bakery on Seventh Avenue near Ninth Street, closed on Monday in order to transfer their kitchen equipment up to their soon-to-open second location, on Fifth Avenue between Garfield and Carroll, in the space last occupied by Trois Pommes Patisserie. The Seventh Avenue location will be closed until later this week.

The owner, pastry chef Katie Rosenhouse, posted a photo to Facebook yesterday (above) of the interior of the new location, which is slated to open on Saturday. It looks like the layout will be similar to Trois Pommes, with a display counter (and ice cream) up front. Classes will be held in the back area, and all the baking will also be done on-premises.


Carnem Steakhouse Coming to Alta Voce Space on Fifth

A new steakhouse is in the works, and should be opening in April on Fifth Avenue between Second and Third Streets, in the space that until recently had been occupied by Alta Voce. Called Carnem, it looks like it'll be a fairly straight-ahead American steakhouse, with a chef who's logged hours at restaurants including Blaue Gans and Wallse and a cocktail program spearheaded by a veteran of Pegu Club and PDT.

Owner Jacob Krumgalz, who previously owned pizzeria Blue Planet Grill in the Financial District, sent out a press release yesterday announcing the new restaurant. "As its name suggests, Carnem, (literally "meat" in Latin) will feature the finest U.S.D.A. Prime and Certified Angus Beef products available in the U.S., as well as organic and grass-fed cuts," the release reads. "To complement the steakhouse fare, this chef-driven New American restaurant will feature fresh seafood and creative interpretations of familiar favorites."

The chef, David DiSalvo, graduated from the French Culinary Institute (now the International Culinary Center), and in 2007 he moved to Southern California, where he worked at Mille Fleurs and from 2011 to 2014 was chef de cuisine at the acclaimed West Steak and Seafood in Carlsbad.

Top quality beef? Check. Solid chef and mixologist on board? Check. The choice of location is interesting considering the fact that the area's only other steakhouse, Benchmark, is only two blocks away, but from what I can tell so far, Carnem sounds pretty promising.

Photo via Warren Lewis Sotheby.

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