Parm and Stinky Bklyn Expanding, More
Coming Soon: Two new gourmet shops are preparing to fill the old Men's Warehouse space in Chelsea at 655 Sixth Avenue. The merchants include an outpost of cheese wizards Stinky Bklyn as well as an appropriate pairing partner, Black Label Wine Merchants. The businesses will join a line up of food vendors that includes Hale & Hearty and Crumbs in the landmark O'Neill building.
Chelsea: Il Bastardo is being repackaged as the fourth location of Bocca di Bacco, a casual Italian chain owned by New York City Restaurant Group. The updated menu and refreshed dining room is expected to debut in two weeks, while a fifth branch is headed for the Upper West Side later this year. (191 Seventh Ave.)
Upper West Side: Wednesday will mark the grand opening of Bustan, a new pan-Mediterranean restaurant from Efi Nahon of Taboon fame. A glance at the menu reveals items including charred octopus, and whole baked fish prepared in the restaurant's traditional style oven flatbreads The restaurant, which means garden in ancient Hebrew, also features an outdoor dining area which will open during the spring. (487 Amsterdam Ave.; 212-595-5050)
Torrisi Alert: Parm, the Torrisi Brothers classic Italian sandwich joint, is headed uptown to take over the former Lansky's Old World Deli. Though the restaurant isn't scheduled to open for at least six months, representatives will be on hand at the annual Taste of the Upper West Side in May to give neighbors a preview of dishes to come. [NY Post]