With a seductive speakeasy vibe and a name nodding to Thelonious Monk, this plush lounge is a new addition to the Harlem nightlife scene. It’s a partnership between Ektoras Binikos, an artist and mixologist who makes beautifully inventive drinks and was most recently at Gabriel Kreuther, and Simon Jutras, a photographer and interior designer.
2292 Frederick Douglass Boulevard (123rd Street), 917-409-0028, sugarmonklounge.com.
This restaurant named for a city on the Red Sea features the foods of Ethiopia and Eritrea. It’s reopening after renovations, and is among the oldest African restaurants in the city. Stews made with beef, lamb, chicken and seafood, as well as some vegan ones, dominate the menu. (Opens Thursday)
1239 Amsterdam Avenue (120th Street), 212-663-0505, massawanyc.com.
This Japanese grill in the East Village will be serving a menu of yakisoba, ramen and fried rice at Gotham Market at the Ashland, a Brooklyn food hall.
Gotham Market at the Ashland, 590 Fulton Street (Ashland Place), Fort Greene, Brooklyn, 718-301-8480, gothammarketashland.com.
Early next year, this restaurant inspired by Maialino, Union Square Hospitality Group’s Roman-style place in the Gramercy Park Hotel, will open in the Thompson Washington D.C. Hotel. It will be a Roman-style seafood restaurant, which the group will also run. The executive chef will be Rose Noel, who worked at Maialino and Manhatta, another restaurant from Danny Meyer’s company.
Thompson Washington D.C. Hotel at the Yards.