A rumor that Marc Jacobs was moving into the old Cafe Dor space on Smith Street has proven to be incorrect. Instead, first-time restaurateur Benoit Rousan will open a yet-to-be-named French restaurant there at the end of August or in early September. Rousan says to expect French countryside cuisine with an upscale twist, and, so that the dcor is also upscale, he has hired the Brooklyn-based design firm Hecho, who have done the interiors for the Box, Spitzers Corner, Delicatessen, and New Yorks "Best Neighborhood Hangout" pick, Building on Bond. If this is the first youre hearing of Cafe Dors closure, take heart: The Feed brings news of another Caribbean opening. Crudo will have a 75-seat back garden, a chef with a Ferran Adri pedigree, and cocktails from Junior Merino.
Crudo, 235 W. 35th St, nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-695-9001