Owners of Tocqueville and 15 East Opening Chu Chu Next Spring

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Outside the Fourth.
Outside the Fourth. Photo: Liz Clayman

Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Marco Moreira and Joann Makovitzky, who own Tocqueville, 15 East, and the Fourth, which opened in May, are applying the nesting-doll approach to dining at the latter space: In addition to Botequim, a Brazilian-food-and-tapas restaurant slated to open in the basement beneath the Fourth in early 2014, the pair have enlisted 15 East sushi master Masato Shimizu for the 50-seat Chu Chu, a raw-fish restaurant that will open on the rooftop of the Hyatt Union Square sometime next year, if all goes to plan.

Outside the Fourth.
Outside the Fourth. Photo: Liz Clayman

"We are playing around with enclosing the roof,” Moreira tells Grub Street, indicating that Chu Chu will be open year-round. The new spot will feature omakase menus, along with à la carte options, but Moreira says the plan is for the forthcoming restaurant to be less structured overall, and more casual than its Michelin-starred sister across the park. Expect Chu Chu to debut in the spring of 2014.

Earlier: What to Eat at the Fourth, a New East Village Restaurant From the Owners of Tocqueville and 15 East