The Sentry Flatiron at the Hotel Henri opens in the Flatiron District
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A well-equipped roof is better than ever when it comes to adhering to pandemic protocols while eating. The view of Midtown is an added bonus from this new 18th-floor seat at the Hotel Henri. The Sentry is the work of Parched Hospitality founded by Barry Dry with Tom Rowse and Chef Brent Hudson as partners. The three also own the Hole in the Wall restaurants. Mr Rowse said the room could be split to accommodate smaller groups, up to 10, in semi-private areas. During the day it is a club for hotel guests. After 5 p.m. the public is admitted to drinks and small plates of Impossible sausages, crispy pork with chili paste and fish sauce caramel, and salt and pepper squid with fried curry leaves and Kewpie mayonnaise. Beverages are the responsibility of Gates Otsuji and Jeremy Ortiz, who own Controlled Substances, a bar consultancy. (Opens Thursday)
Hotel Henri, 37 West 24th Street, 212-243-0800, thesentrynyc.com.
Korean-style fried chicken flavored with sweet gochujang is one of several sandwich options at this new corner location available for takeout, delivery and sitting al fresco. Nashville-style hot chicken is another. In addition to sandwiches, roast chicken plates, ramen bowls, fried rice and salads are also served. Alcohol and indoor seating are on the move.
618 Amsterdam Avenue (90th Street), 212-799-1026, chickchicknyc.com.
Somm Cellar Wine & Spirits
This new wine store, owned by Jason Jacobeit, Wine Director of Bâtard, and Daniel Jung, Chief Sommelier at Tribeca Grill, is located in the middle of the new towers of Waterline Square on the far Upper West Side. It is deeply stocked with Burgundy and Rhône wines. Prices mostly range from $ 10.95 to the middle of the three numbers, though some marquee labels will set you back more than $ 1,000. (Thursday)
8 Riverside Boulevard (59th Street), 212-333-5400, sommcellarswine.com.
Chef Jared Sippel, who came to New York to open Trattoria Italienne in Chelsea after stints at Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder, Colorado, and Quince in San Francisco, has split up for Darien, Connecticut, where he is now Life. It was a pandemic. His new restaurant, with a name reminiscent of old French and L’Oustau de Baumanière in Provence, where he also worked, combines the flavors of France (snails, salmon rillettes, vichyssoise), Italy (burrata, gnocchi, tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms ) and Spain (Boquerone). He also offers a chicken in the style of the Zuni Cafe in San Francisco. It pays homage to chef Judy Rodgers, who died in 2013. There is seating inside and in a courtyard.
22 Center Street (Old Kings Highway South), Darien, Conn., Restaurantlostal.com.