Prima, a hidden gem in the East Village (58 East 1st Street) is what results when a Rat Pack-esque group of five restaurant biz friends join forces to create a seafood focused café and bar. Prima is owned and operated by Hamid Rashidzada, Greg Seider, Ken Nye, Mathieu Palombino, and David Malbequi, who runs Prima’s kitchen fulltime. The friends wanted to open an eatery with seamless service giving guests a place to eat when many other restaurants are closed in between lunch and dinner service. Prima opens at 8 a.m. for coffee (provided by Nye’s Ninth Street Espresso) and pastries, so no matter the time, they’ll be there serving up their delightful dishes.
The long-awaited Bowery Diner finally opened to customers over the weekend. Chef Mathieu Palombino, of Motorino, will be offering fresh new takes on classic American fare, mixed with a bit of Belgian style. You can expect to find treats like double patty burgers, duck fat curly fries, reubens, steak frites and more at this new joint. The diner seats 130 patrons and will be open late night, serving bevvies from their full service bar.