For a coda, the Robs offer three new openings: a Haute Barnyard exercise for former Uovo chef Matt Hamilton, at what used to be Frutti del Mare; a straightforward neighborhood bistro by a Vongo alum in Soho; and a takeout taqueria attached to Los Dados. Add in some Batali-Bastianich alumni, and it’s all just too, too much. Elsewhere in the section, there are simple cannellini beans at the Greenmarket and very un-simple creations by Fabio Trabocchi at the new Fiamma, reviewed by Gael Greene.
Restaurant Openings: Belcourt, Shorty’s.32, and Los Dados.
Shop Like a Chef (Preferably in His Own Store)
The Underground Gourmet: Mexican for Dumbo
In Season: Cannellini Beans
The Insatiable Critic: Fiamma
Scatter Like Fennel Pollen