Last time we talked to Malik Fall, the Senegal-born onetime executive chef at Asia de Cuba and China Grill, he was opening Blue Elm on Orchard Street. Well, Fall has now left Blue Elm to return to an old haunt of his, 64 East 1st Street, where he once designed the menu for Boucarou. The restaurant hes opening there with a silent partner (a first-time owner) wont be as clubby as Boucarou, though there will be D.J.'s when food is served till 2 a.m. Instead, the focus at Red Bettys (no relation to Black Betty) is on Falls French-Senegalese food, and cocktails like the Drugstore Cowboy (rye, ginger, and cover honey) and the Huckleberry Flip (huckleberry liqueur, rum, pear-cardamom syrup, and egg white). See the menu below, and have a look at the spaces new look (it now doubles as an art gallery) and a few of the dishes.
Red Betty [PDF]
Red Bettys, 64 East 1st St., nr. First Ave.; 212-529-3262