Skeen Denies 5 & Diamond Departure, Introduces Brunch and Tasting Menus

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Ryan Skeen denies rumors that he’s on his way out at 5 & Diamond just a month after opening it. He tells Grub Street, “I’m not leaving in any way, shape, or form,” and says, “We really love what’s going on up in Harlem.” While Skeen confirms earlier intel that he has been working on a consulting deal with Coffee Shop’s new Empire Diner project, he says that “over the weekend we came to a point that I decided to walk away from it.” So what’s next for 5 & Diamond, which has a new GM in place after the departure of Gwen Butler?

For one thing, there’s also a new chef de cuisine, David Santos, who put in time at Per Se and Bouley before coming becoming chef de cuisine at Red Bank’s Restaurant Nicholas. Add to that a new brunch menu and a $50 tasting menu, which you can see below.

But before that, what does Ryan Skeen have to say about Joe Doe calling him a douchebag? Over to Skeen’s Twitter:

My bad I loved food like Joe Does, when I used to cruise shakedown street at Phish shows, please Joe keep ur bike out of Harlem

We will be teaching cooking classes soon Joe, why dont u get ur induction kitchen load it on ur bike and I will teach u how to cook

Just another day in the hood.

5 and Diamond Brunch Menu [PDF]
5 and Diamond Tasting Menu [PDF]