Iris, From John Fraser, Opens in Midtown Manhattan

Iris, From John Fraser, Opens in Midtown Manhattan

An Eataly restaurant teams up with Color Factory, mostly vegan selections from Baja California, and more restaurant news. Amy Racine, the beverage director at Iris, manages a sweets and libations cart at the restaurant.Credit...Karsten Moran for The New York Times

With its November opening derailed by the pandemic, this elegant addition to Midtown Manhattan dining, from the chef and restaurateur John Fraser, is now ready for business. The food makes clear Mr. Fraser’s Greek heritage, something that was less evident in his other ventures, like the Loyal and the North Fork Table, which he recently reopened in Southold, N.Y. You also may have sampled some of his Greek dishes at Snack Taverna in the West Village. He calls his new restaurant “a bit of a homecoming,” he said. “It’s the food I really love.” Among the dishes are tzatziki flecked with sorrel; lamb tartare with ramp labneh; lemon potato salad; sweetbread kokoretsi with purslane and lemon; snapper braised with leeks and Kalamata olives; lamb marinated in mastic and served with scallion pancakes. And it’s not just about Greece. There are Turkish flatbreads and lamb meatballs. The executive chef is Rob Lawson, who was with Mr. Fraser at 701West in the Times Square Edition. With his beverage director, Amy Racine, Mr. Fraser has assembled a wine and spirits list that includes many selections from Greece and Turkey. In addition, Ms. Racine manages a roving cart of sweet and digestif libations from Greece and Turkey that are served with typical sweets. There are outdoor tables as well as 68 seats indoors at 50 percent capacity. (Opens Wednesday)

1740 Broadway (55th Street), 212-970-1740.

This restaurant, in Eataly’s financial district location, has joined forces with Color Factory, an interactive art gallery in Hudson Square, to create a menu, décor and installations that emphasize color. Cheese of varying golden hues presented on an artist’s palette, squid ink risotto, and pizza dressed in the green of spring peas give you some idea. They’re having fun. Special events and work with EnChroma, a company that produces special lenses for people with color blindness, are also part of the project. (Wednesday)

Eataly NYC Downtown, 4 World Trade Center, 101 Liberty Street (Church Street), 212-897-2895,

The inspirations for this rustic, mostly vegan spot is beachy Baja California. Dishes include a vegan tostada with brussels sprouts, beet tacos, root vegetable ceviche and a birria quesadilla. Food is available à la carte, or by advance reservations for a $89 prepaid three-course menu that includes three cocktails and gratuity.

49 West 27th Street, 212-689-4000,

The food at this inviting spot touches on several regions of Italy with Neapolitan-style pizza, cacio e pepe and fritto misto. The chef, Pietro Aletto, worked with Jonathan Benno and Andrew Carmellini. The restaurant is done in soft green and amber leather with natural, rustic elements.

280 Ashland Place (Lafayette Avenue), Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 718-554-1121,

What was Café Frida is now a new restaurant featuring the food of the province of Jalisco, home of tequila. It has the same owner as Café Frida, Cristina Castañeda, who closed that restaurant because of the pandemic. She had not expected to reopen until she made a deal with her landlord, but instead decided it was time for a change. “It was time to introduce New Yorkers to some new flavors,” she said. The menu offers some uncommon guacamoles made with ingredients like blackened chiles, raw tuna, and cheese; covachas, soupy preparations to scoop with tortillas; and more substantial choices, like softly barbecued beef shank; fish in a crunchy masa patty; and a charred pork bun. There’s a mocktail version of each cocktail.

368 Columbus Avenue (79th Street), 212-712-2929.

The outdoor cafe version of Bergdorf Goodman’s seventh-floor restaurant has reopened with a more decidedly Parisian look with graceful bergère chairs and pergolas for shade. Menu additions include a passion fruit margarita and a truffled chicken BLT. It’s open from noon to 6 p.m. daily, except Sundays when it closes at 5 p.m. No reservations.

754 Fifth Avenue (58th Street).

The entrepreneur Bob Pontarelli will open this plush, intimate lounge, beneath his Elmo restaurant in Chelsea, with small plates to accompany cocktails like a burnt orange old-fashioned. For now, it’s at 50 percent capacity with 48 seats. (Thursday) 156½ Seventh Avenue (20th Street), 917-972-8081, With the closing of Esca in Manhattan, you now have to head to the Staten Island waterfront for David Pasternack’s food. His restaurant, in partnership with Victor Rallo, has reopened serving his concepts as executed by Josh Laurano, the executive chef. There’s a new waterfront garden for dining with a view. 44 Navy Pier Court (Front Street), Stapleton Heights, Staten Island, 718-556-9300, Daniel Emilio Soares, a fourth-generation member of the Balducci family of food retailers, has run a nomadic produce market since summer 2019, finding niche locations for his highly specialized merchandise. Now, he has a more permanent home with a five-year lease in the sprawling Market Line complex on the Lower East Side for rarities like rhubarb harvested by candlelight, pink lemons and prepared items from restaurants like Wildair. He also plans pop-ups this summer in Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Market Line, 115 Delancey Street (Essex Street), 347-569-8701. Matthew Kenney This vegan chef and restaurateur was named chief culinary officer of PlantX, a Canadian company that produces plant-based products. The nonprofit organization that trains high school students for culinary careers will honor Carla Hall at its virtual benefit and have a roster of chefs, including Mary Sue Milliken, Susan Feniger, Diana Dávila, Aarón Sánchez and Jerome Grant, demonstrating recipes. April 29, 7:45 to 9 p.m., tickets from $250,