Restaurant News: Elizabeth Starts Selling Tickets, Longman & Eagle Team Head To Hyde Park

By Anthony Todd in Food on Sep 12, 2012 5:20PM

2012_9_12_Elizabeth.png - Elizabeth, the new forage-to-table restaurant from Chef Iliana Regan in Lincoln Square, is now selling tickets. The restaurant, as Grubstreet editor Mike Gebert put it, is "either the most-watched or the most-under-the-radar opening of the fall," as foodies and journalists have been
covering Regan like crazy while normal people may have no idea that anything is happening in the anonymous-looking storefront. One of the unique features of the new restaurant - it's using a Next-style ticketing system. You have to pick a date, a menu (the restaurant offers 3 levels) and pay for the whole thing in advance. No refunds. While we're excited for the opening, it remains to be seen if Lincoln Square can support a restaurant with these prices - something to keep watching. Tickets are still available for some dates in September; the restaurant starts service on September 21.

- Hyde Park is going to get a really exciting new restaurant in 2013. Eater reported yesterday that the team behind Longman & Eagle is opening The Promontory (named for Promontory Point) on 53rd street. No news on the food yet, but Chef Jared Wentworth will be running the kitchen.

- Embeya, a new "progressive Asian" restaurant on Randolph Street, quietly opened last night. An attempt to retool and revamp the now-tired asian fusion blandness that once swept the world, Embeya is helmed by Chef Thai Dang (formerly of RIA and L20) and designed by the same design firm that created Girl and the Goat and GT Fish & Oyster. We're exited to try dishes like cuttlefish with celery root, jicama and miso, stuffed squid with bone marrow and ginger, and a French-inspired cote de boeuf with frites and watercress. Prices are mostly under $20.