Kings Co Imperial, the intimate Chinese restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that’s notable for its fresh-from-the-garden touches, has opened an offshoot just over the bridge, in Manhattan. No garden here. But like the original, this branch combines traditional and modern approaches to Chinese food. The chef and partner, Josh Grinker, oversees both locations. In Manhattan, he’s offering crisp whole mandarin fish with either Sichuan or sweet and pungent sauces, and salt-and-pepper veal ribs, in addition to favorites like wok-seared long dumplings, Sichuan cucumbers and kung pao chicken. “We’re also reviving the pupu platter, assuming the younger generation knows what it is,” said Tracy Young, Mr. Grinker’s business partner, referring to an assortment of small bites clustered around a tiny hibachi, the perfect sidekick to tiki-style drinks. The 56-seat room, dominated by a length of bar and red leather banquettes toward the rear, has a “been there forever” look. George Wong, the manager and another partner, said that there was once a Chinese restaurant in the space and that he was pleased to have another one. Lunch will be served in the fall.
168½ Delancey Street (Clinton Street), 212-475-0244, kingscoimperial.com.
Carlos Suarez, the owner of Rosemary’s in West Village, has opened a rustic Italian spinoff nearby. A wood-burning oven in the hands of Wade Moises, Rosemary’s chef, produces pizzas and salads featuring ingredients from Rosemary’s Farm in the Hudson Valley. Various affogatos are served for dessert.
1 Perry Street (Greenwich Avenue), 646-864-1200, rosemaryspizza.com.
Blue Stripes (cacao shop)
Oded Brenner, who founded the Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man, chain of cafes, with which he’s no longer involved, is back after a five-year hiatus. In his new place, he’s exploring all the cacao pod has to offer: looking not just into the roasted beans, but also the sweet, gluey pulp that surrounds them and the unprocessed beans for drinks and sweets. Pastries, a frothy mousselike confection and cakes paired with milkshakes are also on the menu. (Opens Wednesday)
28 East 13th Street, 917-265-8737, bluestripes.com.
The Gerber Group’s latest is a vibrant taqueria and bar, splashed with neon and offering a drink-friendly Mexican menu. The chef, Fernando Navas, shops at Union Square Greenmarket to prepare small plates, snacks and the signature tacos. (Wednesday)
201 Park Avenue South (17th Street), 917-534-5958, tacoelectrico.com.