- Lindsay Talley
- The bar at Hotel Kinsley in Uptown Kingston.
Despite the opening of a number of new establishments in recent years—Front Street Tavern, Crown Lounge, Lis Bar, and Kingston Standard, to name just a few—Kingston’s restaurant scene continues to expand. Notable recent openings include the elegant restaurant inside the sumptuous digs of Hotel Kinsley and its wood-fired pizza sibling, Lola, both run by the hospitality team of Taavo Somer and Charles Blaichman and consulting chef Zak Pelaccio. The next few months will see the opening of another round of new eateries in the city (including a third Buns Burgers location Uptown), many of them clustered along the Midtown Broadway corridor. In conjunction with Radio Kingston’s buildout of a new studio and events space and the Kingston Food Coop’s grocery market to open in the next year or two, Midtown will soon be jumping. Below is a preview of what mouth-watering delights await us.
Masa, like Chef Oz, is Turkish to the core, and will feature traditional Turkish and Mediterranean fare like zucchini herb fritters with lemon garlic yogurt; raki-steamed mussels with fennel seed, tomato jus, and charred pita; yogurt-marinated chicken thighs on the bone with basmati rice; and filo spring rolls with spinach, kale, shallots, and feta cream. Masa is set to open as a catering and events space on March 1. Oguzcan-Cranston plans to operate in a limited capacity for a few months while the restaurant works out the kinks and Chef Oz can secure a full liquor license. She plans to open Masa as a full-service Turkish restaurant by summer.
First, there was The Pizza Book, Aaron Quint and Mike Bernstein’s Kickstart-funded cookbook-length love letter to pizza, published in 2016. Then Quint launched Kingston Bread Lab, a community-supported micro-bakery which eventually moved into the kitchen of Rough Draft Bars & Books, serving small-batch, naturally leavened breads made with freshly milled grains on a first-come, first-served basis. (On Saturday, Quint’s bagels will available by the bagged dozen and half dozen starting at 10am at Rough Draft. Hot tip: Get there early or they will be gone.)
For Kingston Bread + Bar, Quint, a former computer programmer, has paired up with Rough Draft owners Amanda and Anthony Stromoski, who’ve created an iconic destination with their bar-cum-bookstore. Located in the space on North Front Street formerly home to upscale Greek Taverna Kovo, Kingston Bread + Bar pairs Quint and the Stromoskis’ strong suits, creating and all-day bakery, restaurant, and bar. Kingston Bread + Bar will open in February.
We first reported on the latest project by chef Youko Yamamoto (of late, lamented Gomen-Kudasai fame in New Paltz) last January. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Yamamoto was planning to open her new Japanese noodle shop and sake bar, then called Gomen-Ramen, last March after finishing renovations on a Midtown storefront next to an existing Midtown sushi restaurant, Yasuda. Yamamoto ran into problems getting a building permit last year, and posted the note below to her Kickstarter page on December 19: “We have received the official building permit yesterday. It allows us to start construction now. The Tanma Ramen (new name) is becoming real at last. We have to see how the construction goes, and will decide the opening date.”
Frustrating to say, one of the most-anticipated restaurant openings of 2019 is now one of the most awaited of 2020. We hope to be slurping ramen and sipping sake in Midtown soon! Calls on the status of Tanma! Ramen Tavern were not returned by press time.