Fresh Eggs is a series of special dinners thrown from time to time in the private dining room downstairs at the Dutch. The room is called PS 131, and this Wednesday, Andrew Carmellini and Damon Wise will be serving a six-course dinner of dishes that will be on the menu at Lafayette, Carmellini's highly anticiapted French restaurant, when it opens in a few weeks in the former Chinatown Brasserie space. Dishes include a mushroom and bacon tart, sardines, raw beef with marrow cressonniere, chevre ravioli, and a seafood mouclade with sea urchin amongst others. Bubbles a la Champagne chosen by beverage director Josh Nadel will accompany each course. See the rest of the menu and get yourself a ticket here. At $250, it's a hefty price tag, but the restaurant's going to have a hefty impact on New York when it opens.
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On Wednesday, June 20th, there was a same day announcement that Chinatown Brasserie would be closing at the end of the day. Workers were inside cleaning out the 380 Lafayette Street address yesterday and a look through the doors revealed a completely gutted space.
Partners Josh Pickard, John McDonald, and chef Joe Ng said they would look for a smaller space in the same neighborhood to reopen later this year. A few hours after it was announced CB was closing, Andrew Carmellini, who is a partner with Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom in Locanda Verde and The Dutch, confirmed his group was taking over the space and planning a French restaurant.
There are "Nous somme la cuisine" posters on the windows of the yet to be named Carmellini space:
The owners of Chinatown Brasserie announced they are closing their six-year-old restaurant on Lafayette Street today. Josh Pickard, John McDonald, and chef Joe Ng have plans to reopen in a smaller venue in the same neighborhood, where they feel the restaurant can be a better experience. Joe Ng will continue his duties as executive chef at West Village hotspot Redfarm.
Josh Pickard is a partner with Luke Ostrom and Andrew Carmellini in Locanda Verde and The Dutch. Diner's Journal reports today that the powerhouse team is taking over the old Brasserie space and planning a French restaurant.
Mum will be much of the word while the project is in its infant stages, but we know Carmellini is well-versed in French cuisine. He worked under Gary Kunz at Lespinasse and with Daniel Boulud at Cafe Boulud. It will be interesting to see what the partners do with the two floors at 380 Lafayette Street.