Opening This Week
CENTRO VINOTECA Anne Burrell, right, who worked in a number of restaurants in New York and Italy, will start serving tapa-like tidbits she calls piccolini this weekend. She also will make more substantial plates of inventive Italian fare like oxtail cakes with parmesan frico, farrotto with lobster and peas, and pork chop crusted with fennel pollen. Sasha Muniak, who owns Gusto nearby and the Mangia chain, hired Thomas Juul-Hansen, whose design echoes the 1960s, including a curving bar on the ground floor. The upstairs dining room is simply black and white. There is an outdoor cafe, too: 74 Seventh Avenue South (Bleecker Street), (212) 367-7470.
CôTE D’OR This restaurant takes its name from a wine region in Burgundy. It opens today with Philippe Roussel’s menu of Burgundian riches including escargots, jambon persillé, eggs in red wine and coq au vin. A number of steaks and seafood dishes round out the menu; wines will be mainly French, with many Burgundies. There will be a 15 percent discount on food through July 29: 225 Varick Street (Clarkson Street), (212) 727-2775.
FREEFOODS Matthew Kenney, who started Pure Food & Wine, and whose raw food places, Blue Green and the Plant, have closed, has formed a partnership with Peter Schatzberg for this catering company, which opened on Monday. The food is organic, with a range of options including raw food and vegan menus and a lunch delivery program called Office Organics. The space can accommodate small private parties at a communal table: 326 East 81st Street, (212) 249-4529.
PURNIMA Vikas Khanna, a native of northern India and formerly the executive chef of Salaam Bombay in TriBeCa, is the executive chef at this restaurant, whose name means full moon in Sanskrit. Inventive dishes like tandoori chicken stuffed with spinach and figs express the chef’s style. The restaurant is owned by Mohammed Islam: 245 West 54th Street, (212) 307-9797.
CHENNAI Narayan Swami and Sanjay Bhatnagar have opened this kosher vegetarian place, where lentils star. It’s named for the city in southern India where Mr. Swami, the chef, was born: 1663 First Avenue (86th Street), (212) 831-1114.
Chefs on the Move
MICHAEL SYMON has left Parea in the Flatiron district for Cleveland, where he owns two restaurants, and will open another one. Parea is closed for the time being.
ANTOINE BOUTERIN, who was the chef at Le Périgord in Midtown from 1980 to 1994, has returned. His new menu will go into effect in September.
CHRIS CHEUNG is no longer the chef at Almond Flower Bistro in Chinatown. He also closed Little Bistro in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.
JEAN GEORGES The 10-year-old dining room will undergo renovations from Aug. 20 through 28. Nougatine, the cafe, will stay open: 1 Central Park West (60th Street), (212) 299-3900.