December’s Openings and Closings


In New York City, only the strong restaurants survive. Or the ones with amazing food, cult followings, lots of great press, and a whole slew of other factors. For those keeping tabs, here’s a list of restaurants that opened and closed in December.

The Marrow. The newest West Village restaurant from Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle opened with an Italian and German-inspired menu. (99 Bank St.)
Runner & Stone. Following popular stints at Smorgasburg and Brooklyn flea, the bakery and restaurant opened in Gowanus. (285 Third Ave., Brooklyn)
The Copper Room. Find this restaurant inside Meatpacking District’s Brass Monkey. (55 Little W. 12th St.)
SakaMai. Demystify sake at the Lower East Side sochu and sake bar. (157 Ludlow St.)
Crab Spot. Find surf and turf at Park Slope’s newest seafood spot. (33 Union St., Brooklyn)
Fairway. The much-anticipated addition to Kips Bay opened with delivery options. (550 Second Ave.)
Bien Cuit. Popular Boerum Hill bakery opened another home in the West Village. (35 Christopher St.)
Mighty Quinn’s. The hearty BBQ joint opened in the East Village after making a splash at Smorgasburg. (103 Second Ave.)
Floridita. The Caribbean joint reopened on the corner of 12th Avenue and 125th Street. (700 W. 125th St.)
The Windsor. The West Village sports bar opened a second location in the Gansevoort park Avenue Hotel. (420 Park Ave. South)
The Kittery. Find lobster rolls and clam chowder at this new spot in Carroll Gardens. (305 Smith St., Brooklyn)
The Drunken Clam. Inside the tofu/ karaoke complex on St. Mark’s is a new seafood restaurant. (6 St. Mark’s Pl.)
Juliana’s. Dumbo got another taste of pizza legend Patsy Grimaldi with his new joint. (19 Old Fulton St., Brooklyn)
16 Handles. The fro-yo chain opened up a new Soho location. (240 Lafayette)
Chez Sardine. The new izakaya from Gabriel Stulman offers a foie gras and smoked cheddar grilled cheese sandwich.(183 W. 10th St.)
Xixa. The folks who brought Traif to Williamsburg are responsible for the new Mexican-inspired eatery. (241 S. 4th St., Brooklyn)
Louro. With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, David Santos opened up this West Village spot.(142 W. 10th St.)
Sen. Sag Harbor’s hottest Japanese restaurant hit Flatiron this winter. (12 W. 21st St.)
Big Gay Ice Cream. The unicorn-loving ice cream shop found a second storefront in the West Village. (61 Grove St.)
TriBeCa Canvas. Find Asian comfort food until 4 a.m. at Masaharu Morimoto’s new restaurant. (313 Church St.)
Banhmigos. Grab traditional banh mi at the Park Slope sandwich shop. (178 Lincoln Pl., Brooklyn)

The Hairy Monk. Murray Hill’s Boston-themed bar closed and Celtics fans headed further uptown to find likeminded folk. (337 Third Ave.)
Soutine. The Upper West Side bakery closed after Thanksgiving season. (104 W. 70th St.)
Dessert Truck Works. The dessert truck’s Lower East Side outpost closes for good on Dec. 31. (6 Clinton St.)
Lenox Lounge. Harlem’s legendary jazz club shut its doors, and the Nobu Restaurants Group will take over the space. (288 Lenox Ave.)
Bowery Kitchen. The Bowery House’s restaurant became Pearl and Ash earlier this month. (220 Bowery)
Stage Deli. After falling on hard financial times, the midtown deli closed. (105 W. 55th St.)