Matt Levine has confirmed that today's "Page Six" report indicating he's at work on a brand-new project is indeed the case. The restaurateur has partnered with Joe Isidori, who was last at Arthur on Smith in Carroll Gardens, to be the executive chef at Chalk Point Kitchen, with Blue Hill vet Freddy Schoen-Kiewart serving as chef de cuisine. Isidori* tells Grub Street that the new establishment's menu will focus on organic vegetables, seafood, and local produce, describing it as "Chinatown meets the Union Square Greenmarket." Arctic char, for example, might be plated with a miso glaze, along with supremes of Ruby Red grapefruit, Satur Farms radishes, herbs, and yuzu.
Architect Chien Dao has re-signed for the space at 525 Broome Street, which was last home to the Dalloway, and before that, Lani Kai and Sam Mason's Tailor. Several relatively short-lived restaurant projects have opened in the space during the last ten years, a site bordered by Broome, Sullivan, and Watts Streets and known unofficially as the "Broome-uda Triangle."
In any event, Levine has devised a thorough plan of attack: He'll also open the Handy Liquor Bar, named after Sazerac cocktail progenitor Thomas Handy, adjacent to the restaurant. Levine says the separate space will be a full-fledged "piano bar" serving a menu of classic cocktails.
Both Chalk Point Kitchen and Handy Liquor Bar will open late next month.
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*An earlier version of this post incorrectly attributed the description of Chalk Point Kitchen's menu as "Chinatown meets the Union Square Greenmarket" to Matt Levine.