The Smith, Blue 9 Burger Bring East Village Flavor to Midtown

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Jeffrey Lefcourt and Glenn Harris are close to a deal to open a midtown offshoot of their East Village restaurant, the Smith. The duo (who also owns Jane), along with chef Ryan Ellis, have found a second location at 956 Second Avenue (51st Street) and hope to open with a similar menu but a new design this spring. The new place, aimed at Turtle Bay residents and midtown businesses, will serve gently priced breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. “I hope we can open up there, but we don’t have an inked deal yet,” Lefcourt tells us. Meanwhile, Life Without Food and Drink reports that another Third Avenue go-to, Blue 9 Burger, has opened an outpost at 789 Ninth Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets.