For the past two weeks, there’s been a flurry of press announcing the opening of Ureña, Alex Ureña’s new Spanish modernist restaurant at 37 East 28th Street (212.213.2328). Some articles mentioned his recent tenure as executive chef at Suba at 109 Ludlow Street (212.982.5714), but I found it a bit irritating that not a one mentioned what's going on at Suba now? Turns out Alex will continue to be involved at Suba as the consulting chef. His sous chef, Bruce Dillon (who arrived at Suba with Alex almost two years ago) has been promoted to top toque.
Likewise, I found details missing from last month’s reports on the closing of the Manhattan Ocean Club. Yes, Alan Stillman will keep the space and turn it into something new this spring. But what about the chef? That’s Craig Koketsu, a young and talented chef, who’s been on my radar for some time. Where did he go? Turns out he stayed with the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group and is working on various projects throughout the empire. Stayed tuned, because as the news breaks, snack fills in the dots.