Tocqueville's Mendes Opening Own Restaurant, Which Is Nice

We've learned that George Mendes, the very visible chef de cuisine at Tocqueville, is finalizing the lease on a restaurant space. Mendes tell us that his new place will be "gastronomically serious" but "modern, casual, and hip." No other details yet, but the guy is an imaginative young chef one to keep an eye on.

Tocqueville, meanwhile, is still going strong in its new space at 1 East 15th Street; executive chef Marco Moreira will be converting the old room at 15 East 15th Street into a modern Japanese restaurant.