Pizza places, hold the brick and mortar, have become a thing during the pandemic and are likely here to stay. A growing list of restaurants has opened take-out pizza divisions to expand without creating separate storefronts and kitchens. Now Breads Bakery, a retailer and cafe near Union Square, has done the same. And it’s with renowned chef, Wylie Dufresne, who adds pizza to a career that includes cutting edge molecular cuisine and donuts. Mr. Dufresne was a fan of the bakery, got to know Gadi Peleg, the owner, and they decided to collaborate on a New York style pizza. There are four options for the 12-inch pies ($ 19 each), which must be ordered online, in advance, for pickup. The pizzas will be available from April 20. The choices are Classic New York, with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and parmesan; Couch Potato, with fingerlings, sour cream, rosemary, green onions, mozzarella and parmesan; Sketch of Spain, romesco sauce, grilled ramps, mozzarella and parmesan; and the whole, garnished with cream cheese, aged mozzarella, all spices and chives (adding smoked salmon before serving wouldn’t be a mistake). There’s also a calzone breakfast filled with scrambled eggs, Münster and American cheeses, and green onions ($ 7.50). The mozzarella used by Mr. Dufresne is aged and the sauces are all homemade.
Breads Bakery, 18 East 16th Street, Pickup Tuesday-Thursday 5-8 p.m., exploretock.com/stretchpizza.
Charlie Palmer Steak NYC
After shutting down Aureole on West 42nd Street near Bryant Park, Charlie Palmer has now turned the space into a flagship for his steakhouse series. In New York, it used to be on East 54th Street. There are branches in Washington, DC; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev .; and Napa, California. Here, the new chef is Harold Moore, who closed his Bistro Pierre Lapin in the West Village in the summer of 2019, not because of the pandemic. The menu includes classics and steakhouse sides, as well as seafood choices, sumptuous desserts, and an extensive wine list. The space includes a bar, dining room and private room, all in neutral tones and luxurious finishes. (Opens Thursday)
135 West 42nd Street, 212-319-1660, charliepalmersteak.com.
Gage and Tollner
The now restored vintage Brooklyn restaurant recently opened for take out and is now opening its dining room. (Thursday)
372 Fulton Street (Jay Street), Downtown Brooklyn, 347-689-3677, gageandtollner.com.
After closing for more than a year due to the pandemic, this Spanish restaurant has reopened with chef Luis Bollo back in the kitchen. Some new dishes include a Basque clam and cod risotto in a green plankton broth. (Wednesday)
136 Ninth Avenue (19th Street), 212-776-1990, salinasnyc.com.