Black Pearl, a New England-style seafood house that enjoyed a brief but promising run in 2005, is back. The difference is that in its first go-round, it shared space–somewhat uncomfortably–with an East Village bar. Now it has its very own dining room on 26th Street.
Early reports praise seafood chowder, deftly cooked clams and fries, and a terrific wild blueberry crumble. Lobster rolls, as before, are unorthodox–just lightly seasoned and buttered chunks of lobster with little or no mayonnaise. The menu–longer than the 2005 version–also includes salads; a raw bar; lobster pot pie; fried, steamed, or roasted seafood; and clam, shrimp, or oyster rolls.
In other news, two neighborhood landmarks have called it a day. La Rosita in Morningside Heights, a Cuban hangout beloved for lechon (roast pig), hearty breakfast plates, and cafe con leche, closed at the end of December when its chef-owner retired. And Jade Mountain, an old-school Chinese joint that had dished up chow mein, egg foo young, and other Cantonese American classics to generations of East Villagers since 1931, shut its doors in mid-January. “End of an era,” laments mshpook. “It was like stepping back in time.”
In Nolita, casual Cantonese spot Jazzi Wok has changed hands and re-emerged as Funky Thai Cafe. No reports yet on the chow.
Black Pearl [Chelsea]
37 W. 26th St., between Broadway and 6th Ave., Manhattan
La Rosita [Upper West Side]
2809 Broadway, between W. 108th and 109th Sts., Manhattan
Jade Mountain Restaurant [East Village]
197 2nd Ave., between E. 12th and 13th Sts., Manhattan
Funky Thai Cafe [Lower East Side]
formerly Jazzi Wok
176 Mott St., at Broome, Manhattan