NEW YORK CITY — If you're after a new place to eat at this weekend, there are plenty of options. Among them are an unattractive building that's been transformed into a new Cobble Hill bar and a bakery serving unique Italian sweets.
The Canadian chain Big Smoke Burger has opened its first New York City location. The 74-seat restaurant will be serving burgers and milkshakes along with its Canadian specialty poutine, made from fries, cheese curds and gravy.
A French restaurant that recently opened in Harlem serves up a $32 two-course dinner with recipes chef and owner Alain Eoche creates daily. Chéri is set up like a cozy house, with a long dining table, a piano, a garden out the back and chairs in front of a fireplace.
A Cobble Hill building once deemed one of the city's ugliest two-story bunkers has been converted into a bar that sells 30 kinds of craft beer. The Ugly Duckling will also have live music performances with American-style food, including a steak sandwich with provolone cheese, sautéed kale, shaved pickled beets and a roasted garlic and onion spread.
Luke's Lobster has opened a 1,500-square-foot space that provides an oasis for office workers with outdoor and indoor seating along with a garden and waterfall. The chain will serve up its usual fare of Maine-style lobster with crab and shrimp rolls. Beer and wine will also be served.
The former Arunee Thai space has opened under a new name and has been revamped with a modern décor of black and white. Kitchen 79 will provide the usual Thai menu items and will be adding wine and beer in a few weeks when it receives its liquor license.
Crave.it, a 30-seat bakery and café is serving up little-known and modern Italian sweets such as xaeti veneziani, a raisin and Venetian polenta cookie and pizette, tiny pizzas made from pastry dough. Heading up Crave.it is the Italian-born Selvaggia Pizzetti and chef Alejandro Quinones.