Uovo, an inventive Mediterranean-inspired spot, closed this month after a run of a little over a year. Devotees miss its simple but intense flavors, house-smoked meats, and deft hand with vegetables, among other things. “I tried hard to make the restaurant work but it just didn’t,” writes a rueful matt hamilton, the chef and owner, who first won hound attention at Prune.
Another relative newcomer, Babu, has also gone under. Opened early last year by the owners of Kati Roll Co. upstairs, it served an ambitious menu reflecting the diverse cuisines represented in Calcutta: Bengali, Indian-Chinese, Tibetan, and more. “Just never gained traction. We miss it terribly,” laments DavyTheFatBoy.
On the Upper East Side, year-old Mainland, a fancy Chinese place best known for Peking duck roasted in a wood oven, is history. Part of the chain that also owns Ollie’s, Carmine’s, Docks, Virgil’s, et al., it will reportedly reopen in October with a new name, Ollie’s Brasserie, and a new, cheaper menu.
Babu [Greenwich Village]
99 MacDougal St. (downstairs), between Bleecker and W. 3rd Sts., Manhattan 10012
Kati Roll Co. [Greenwich Village]
99 MacDougal St., between Bleecker and W. 3rd Sts., Manhattan
Kati Roll Co. [Times Square]
140 W. 46th St., between 6th and 7th Aves., Manhattan
Ollie’s Brasserie [Upper East Side]
to open at…1081 3rd Ave., near 64th St., Manhattan