A rumor that Marc Jacobs was moving into the old Cafe Doré space on Smith Street has proven to be incorrect. Instead, first-time restaurateur Benoit Rousan will open a yet-to-be-named French restaurant there at the end of August or in early September. Rousan says to expect “French countryside cuisine with an upscale twist,” and, so that the décor is also upscale, he has hired the Brooklyn-based design firm Hecho, who have done the interiors for the Box, Spitzer’s Corner, Delicatessen, and New York’s "Best Neighborhood Hangout" pick, Building on Bond. If this is the first you’re hearing of Cafe Doré’s closure, take heart: The Feed brings news of another Caribbean opening. Crudo will have a 75-seat back garden, a chef with a Ferran Adrià pedigree, and cocktails from Junior Merino.
Crudo, 235 W. 35th St, nr. Seventh Ave.; 212-695-9001