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.