food 10.19.09

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Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield, the team behind The Spotted Pig, have opened The Breslin, 20 W. 29th [Bway] 212.679.2222, at the Ace Hotel. The restaurant, named for the hotel once on this site, offers plenty of meat and pork dishes for Bloomfield fans as well as an oak-drenched, throwback ambience.

These star chef eateries have been open for a while now, long enough for them to get their mise en places in place and marinate the service. Thus, three serious chefs at the top of their game: Andrew Carmellini at Locanda Verde, 377 Greenwich St. [N. Moore] 212.925.3797, cooking hot-not-haute, Paul Liebrandt at Corton, 239 W. Bway [White/Walker] 212.219.2777, in a felicitous partnership with Drew Nieporent, and Michael White at Marea, 240 Central Park S. [7th/Bway] 212.582.5100, showcasing a fine Italian hand with seafood.

Abe & Arthur's, 409 W. 14th [9th/10th] 646.289.3930. Well, we'll see on this one. They say they're trying to evoke a '30s and '40s spirit (oh go on, pick a decade!) though the MePa resto, with 202 seats, looks '80s to us – that's 1980s and that's not a compliment. Franklin Becker is a decent chef; just wake us when you finish reading the menu of free-range chicken, day-boat Chatham cod, and steak with Abe & Arthur's steak sauce. The beginnings of a chain? Julia help us.

Once a poor man's food, lobsters clawed their way over time up the food snob chain. Now, with $14 in your pocket and patience for long lines, you can have a fabulous lobster roll from Luke's Lobster, 93 E. 7th [1st] 212.387.8487.

Saul and Lisa Bolton of the much-loved, 10-year-old Saul in Brooklyn branch out with partner Ben Daitz to open The Vanderbilt, 570 Vanderbilt [Bergen] Bklyn 718.623.0570. In spite of the tycoon name, look for gastropubby sort of options – smaller plates with the common touch. Will Saul love his baby sister? We think he will.

Yesterday's Hog Pit is today's B.R. Guest-owned Bill's Bar and Burger, 22 9th [13th] 212.414.3003, (though the hogs and heifers still do the bra toss down the block). B.R. Guest has made much of delivering solidly to the middle, so it must have chapped BR Guest honcho Steve Hanson's giblets to watch Danny Meyer rake in the love and the dough for his modest Shake Shacks. Oh, it's on.

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