Old John’s Diner Updates an Upper West Side Classic

by Msnbctv news staff

This luxury Indian restaurant, which closed during the pandemic, has reopened in a new location a few steps from the original. It’s a more intimate space with a bar area up front that leads to the candlelit dining room, which is decorated with Indian art. The executive chef Akshay Bhardwaj’s menu now offers à la carte choices in addition to prix fixe and tasting menus. Some highlights are several chaats (there’s a chaat cart), a lotus salad, tandoori octopus, smoked masala ribs, hara paneer (cheese) with greens, Tellicherry duck and, for dessert, kulfi pops.

19 West 24th Street, 212-490-2100, junoonnyc.com.

An eighth-floor indoor and outdoor summer pop-up for light food is coming to the Whitney Museum of American Art. It’s run by Union Square Events, which also manages the ground-floor Whitney Café at the museum. It is open Fridays through Sundays during regular museum hours. Museum admission is required. (Opens Friday)


This hotel has been renovated with new restaurants opening and in planning stages: Coffee & Cocktails, a spacious ground-floor cafe is up and running, and Saishin at the Gansevoort Rooftop, a seasonal pop-up omakase and sushi bar by Kissaki Hospitality Group will open July 20. Next year, LDV Hospitality will install a Mediterranean restaurant at the hotel.

18 Ninth Avenue (13th Street), 212-206-6700, gansevoorthotelgroup.com/gansevoort-meatpacking-nyc.

This delivery and takeout company from Dan Lerner and Jed Freedlander, both experienced in restaurant management, specializes in twice-baked wings from free-range chickens. Some of the varieties, ranging in heat level, are Jamaican jerk, Shanghai sticky, Korean red chile and lemon-pepper. They operate from DoorDash’s ghost kitchen on the Lower East Side, home to multiple restaurant brands. (Thursday)

196 Stanton Street (Ridge Street), 212-419-1316, wingzilla.us.

Richard Zaro of the Zaro bakery family first opened his sandwich venture as delivery only. In December, he added a storefront in the Flatiron district, which he just closed. A flagship location in the garment district is about to open, with another spot in the East Village at 99 Third Avenue (13th Street) to follow next month. (Thursday)

213 West 35th Street, 212-518-6091, cutlets.co.

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