The Sentry Flatiron
A well-appointed rooftop is about as good as it gets when it comes to complying with pandemic protocols while dining out. At this new 18th-floor perch atop the Hotel Henri, the Midtown views are an added bonus. The Sentry is the work of Parched Hospitality, founded by Barry Dry with Tom Rowse and the chef Brent Hudson as partners; the three also own the Hole in the Wall restaurants. Mr. Rowse said the space could be divided to accommodate smaller groups, up to 10, in semiprivate areas. During the day, it’s a club for hotel guests. After 5 p.m., the general public is admitted for drinks and small plates of Impossible sausages, crispy pork with chile paste and fish sauce caramel, and salt-and-pepper squid with fried curry leaves and Kewpie mayonnaise. Drinks are the responsibility of Gates Otsuji and Jeremy Ortiz, who own Controlled Substances, a bar consulting company. (Opens Thursday)
Hotel Henri, 37 West 24th Street, 212-243-0800, thesentrynyc.com.
Korean-style fried chicken, seasoned with sweet gochujang, is one of several sandwich options at this new corner spot offering takeout, delivery and outdoor seating. Hot Nashville-style chicken is another. In addition to sandwiches, it also serves fried chicken plates, ramen bowls, fried rice and salads. Alcohol and indoor seating are on the way.
618 Amsterdam Avenue (90th Street), 212-799-1026, chickchicknyc.com.
Somm Cellars Wine & Spirits
This new wine shop, from Jason Jacobeit, the wine director for Bâtard, and Daniel Jung, the head sommelier of Tribeca Grill, is tucked among the new towers of the Waterline Square development on the far Upper West Side. It’s deeply stocked with Burgundies and wines of the Rhône. Prices range mostly from $10.95 to the mid-three figures, though some marquee labels will set you back more than $1,000. (Thursday)
8 Riverside Boulevard (59th Street), 212-333-5400, sommcellarswine.com.
The chef Jared Sippel, who came to New York, after stints at Frasca Food & Wine in Boulder, Colo., and Quince in San Francisco, to open what became Trattoria Italienne in Chelsea, has decamped for Darien, Conn., where he now lives. It was a pandemic move. His new restaurant, with a name that nods to old French and to L’Oustau de Baumanière in Provence, where he also worked, combines tastes of France (escargots, salmon rillettes, vichyssoise), Italy (burrata, gnocchi, tagliatelle with porcini) and Spain (boquerones). He is also offering a chicken in the style of the Zuni Café in San Francisco. It pays homage to the chef Judy Rodgers, who died in 2013. There is seating indoors and in a courtyard.
22 Center Street (Old Kings Highway South), Darien, Conn., restaurantlostal.com.