Georges Mendes' Portugal-inspired ALDEA (new dish pictured above) is reopening this Friday with a revamped space and new dinner format. In the dining room, the menu is going prix fixe-only, available as a four-course set ($79) or nine-course tasting ($135). At the new expanded bar area, a separate a la carte menu highlights favorites from over the years like the uni toast.
31 W 17th St.; 212-675-7223
According to the NY Times, beloved Village sushi bar Ushiwakamaru from chef Hideo Kuribara (which closed in December due to a rent hike) will reopen in a larger Chelsea location with a new 18-seat sushi bar and a $100 omakase (20 course meal); Kosher omakase is $110. [NYT]
362 West 23rd Street, 917-639-3940
Galen Zamarra's 11-year-old Downing Street hideaway will reopen next week on September 8. There will be a redesigned bar and lounge as well as new decorations and furniture throughout, drawing inspiration from its sister restaurant, Almanac. The upgrade also features an expanded kitchen (previously only 200 square feet). The seasonally rotating menu concept will remain intact, with new additions like pork agnolotti with spigarello and Parmesan foam; housemade beet pasta with roasted cauliflower; and throwback favorite tuna L'Occidental, flashed in hot brown butter and dressed with a citrus marinade.
39 Downing Street; 212-255-1790