One the of the citys larger restaurant PR firms, the Hall Company, has sent out its list of anticipated fall openings, and there are a couple of noteworthy newcomers: First, Next Iron Chef runner-up Jehangir Mehta will, in the Duane Street Hotel, launch a bigger and more intense sister restaurant to Graffiti. At 101 Lexington Avenue near East 27th Street, Tamarinds executive chef Peter Beck will present a Calcutta-inspired snack and Hinglish (Hindi-English) menu in a subterranean spot with a lovely Tea Garden. And there are a couple of additions in the Latin-Asian realm, as well.
It turns out Michael Bao Huynhs aforementioned Asian-taco concept will be replacing his non-starter Bia Garden and be called Chinito (because Barrio Chino was already taken?). Finally, theres MexQ, which has no relationship to the besieged Mexicue truck but sounds similar: American barbecue done in the inevitable style of the creative Mexican born chef Julieta Ballestros (Crema, MXco, Los Feliz).