I’m not so much looking forward to the expansion of new pizza places (i.e. Lucali in Park Slope, Grimaldi’s in Manhattan), but I am excited for the crop of new places which are opening. In particular — Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria on the corner of Bowery and Houston, adding yet another joint to an area which is already inundated with upscale pizza places. So I say… what’s one more?
In the coming months, expect the return of old favorites, the expansion of new ones and an haute entrant from one of the city’s foremost restaurateurs. The latter is from none other than Keith McNally, whose white-hot touch recently gave us the seemingly unstoppable Minetta Tavern. And while McNally has had less success with Italian, he’s bringing in award-winning San Francisco chef Nate Appleman, whose rustic, nose-to-tail style should fit right in with New York foodies.
The result, Pulino’s Bar and Pizzeria, will debut at 282 Bowery by year’s end, forming a gourmet skid-row nexus with fellow trendsetter DBGB Kitchen & Bar.