Chris Smith and Benihana owner Rocky Aoki will open a sushi bar called Haru at Park and 48th Street the second week of June. Look for a forty-foot long sushi bar and tanks of robotic fish.
Jon Bloostein's third Heartland Brewery outpost, Heartland Brewery & Chophouse, will open June 15. Designed as a traditional American brew-pub, the venue includes 21 giant copper and steel brewing tanks and a collection of pre-Prohibition bar memorabilia. The venue will seat 300 guests or hold 600 for a reception.
Shelly's New York is unveiling its newly renovated event spaces, following an eight-month restoration of its 1936 Art Deco building.
Also in the news: The Regal U.N. Plaza has changed (and lengthened) its name to the Millennium Hotel, New York, UN Plaza. And keep an eye out for the new W Times Square, slated to open in mid-September.
Meatpacking district hotspot Lotus has announced it has changed its menu.
The ice skating rink at Rockefeller Center will close for the season this Sunday, April 22. A month later, the Restaurant Associates' Outdoor Rink Bar will open in its place.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is opening a restaurant in the meatpacking district, according to The New York Times.
Photo studio and event space Milk Studios is opening a new 6,000-square-foot gallery space with 16 movable walls in its building, the New Media and Arts Center, according to Fashion Wire Daily.