Sushi at a buck per piece is available for pickup and delivery only at this new Chelsea spot. It’s an extension of a chain that started three years ago in Brazil, before jumping to Mexico City. You can stick with set assortments or devise your own from a modest menu of basic nigiri, sashimi and rolls. Hand rolls are $4 each, and there are also fried rice bowls (yakimeshi) and teriyaki.
555 Avenue of the Americas (16th Street), 917-965-2201, sush1nyc.com.
Tempura Matsui and Sushi Ryusei
Suffering from the pandemic slowdown, two restaurants near each other have joined forces to serve the food of both on the same menu. Tempura Matsui’s chef, Kiyoshi Chikano, has created some new items, including sliced tempura over rice, and tempura chirashi, and also serves soba noodles from the noodle expert Koichi Endo. Sushi Ryusei’s chef and an owner, Masato Oyama, formerly of Sushi of Gari, provides a long list of seafood options by the piece or as omakase. Sushi Ryusei has outdoor seating, and offers takeout and delivery. Tempura Matsui offers pickup, and will begin outdoor seating on Wednesday.
This Lower East Side spot, which opened last year, was serving a modern take on Russian food. Now it will start to feature more classic Russian fare like borscht, khachapuri and beef stroganoff. There’s outdoor seating. (Wednesday)
154 Orchard Street (Stanton Street), 917-388-2814, tzarevna.nyc.
This is the latest from Summer Ops, a company that creates, builds and runs waterfront restaurants in New York, including Grand Banks and Island Oyster, and has one in New Orleans. They specialize in seafood, and the executive chef, Kerry Heffernan, oversees the food for all locations. This new venture has 100 seats outdoors for now, and will be adding another 30.
Pier 45 (West 10th Street), driftin.nyc.
Frenchette and Estela at Rockefeller Center
Picnics by Frenchette and Estela are now available at the Rink, a centerpiece of Rockefeller Center that allows for ice skating in winter. Frenchette, which will be serving on Wednesdays and Thursdays, will serve corn vichyssoise, a terrine, lobster salad, cold leg of lamb and assorted vegetables and desserts. Estela’s dinner, available on Fridays and Saturdays, features snacks and spreads and a seafood tower. Each picnic is $125 per person. Shaded, well-spaced tables are available, and the dinners, starting at 5 p.m., must be booked in advance. Next year, Frenchette is scheduled to open a full-service restaurant in the former Brasserie Ruhlmann space nearby. (Thursday)
The Rink at Rockefeller Center, rockefellercenter.com.