If you're not already aware, James Beard Awardwinning chef Ken Oringer is a huge freaking deal in Boston: He runs Clio, Uni, Toro, Coppa, and La Verdad, as well as Earth in Maine. Oringer announced plans with chef-partner Jamie Bissonnette to expand his empire and bring Toro to New York well over a year ago, and now it's finally opening in Chelsea on Monday. The 100-seat Spanish restaurant, which is adjacent to Colicchio & Sons and Del Posto, is housed in the old Nabisco factory building, and it overlooks the water. Don't expect a typical tapas menu: There's rabbit paella, pig's-ear terrine with king crab and yuzu, and hard-to-find percebes (gooseneck barnacles) cooked on an open plancha. Take a look at the space and a few of the dishes, straight ahead.
Toro, 85 Tenth Ave. (entrance on 15th St.), 212-691-2360