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This Week's HipBites


While some are in St Tropez and Ibiza, we've watched the construction finish, the invitation ink dry, and already gone to the unveiling of a whole slew of new spots.
Here's the 1st dispatch of what you should put on your circuit for the upcoming season.

Mix in New York
WHAT: Alain Ducasse's second restaurant in NY.
WHEN: September 8th

Fiamma Trattoria
WHAT: Steven Hanson goes to Vegas.
WHEN: August 28th

Crobar New York
WHAT: Cal Fortis and Ken Smith's Crobar is now in "renovations" in Chicago (they're still open in Miami) but best yet, coming to NY.
West 28th Street
WHEN: November

WHAT: The restaurant taking over the space claimed by Buddha Bar (who squatted there for 2 years never to open.)
Jeffrey Chodorow's Japanese spot in the forthcoming Hotel Gansevoort.
WHEN: February 2004

La Dea
WHAT: Horace Madison's new spot in Miami.
Outrageous interior by Rob McKinley who did private club PM in NYC.
Hush-hush, GM is from one of the hot spots in town, still a secret.
Outside garden will be private for invited guests only with a private alley entrance.
510 Ocean Drive
WHEN: October

WHAT: Speaking of Rob McKinley (who's ex Hilfiger, Armani)...his hot design once again.
The private club at 50 Gansevoort in NYC.
WHEN: September

WHAT: A German-Jewish spot from Keith McNally (Balthazar and Pastis).
Corner of Rivington and Norfolk in NYC
WHEN: September

Canal Room
WHAT: former J Records artist Marcus Linial's new club.
285 W. Broadway
WHEN: super hot pre-opening events now with a grand opening late August

WHAT: Another Steve Hanson spot in NYC with Fiamma chef/owner Michael White.
To open in the Meatpacking District
WHEN: November

5 Ninth
WHAT: from Vincent Seufert, former partner at Rhone, and Joel Michel, former GM at Pastis.
Also in the Meatpacking district in NYC.
5 Ninth Avenue (between Gansevoort and L. West 12 Sts.)
WHEN: November

And to leave you off with a mystery, we hear rumors abound of Jimmy Rodriguez (Jimmy's Bronx Cafe and Jimmy's Downtown) doing a fabulous thing...Just rumours for now though...
WHEN: ??

HIPFAVE: spotlight on Hue

A real cell phone conversation:
"I'm at Hue"
"You're at Sway?"
"No, I'm at 'way', but it's spelled 'hue'"
"You're at Vue?"
"No! 'hway'!"
"You're at Suede?"

How much do we love Karim and Frank's new spot in NYC, Hue?
It's, as the Germans would say, Fabelhoff!
We could have spent all night there, downing spring rolls and running into the fun folk of NYC, various supermodels and Dave Rabin (Lotus), what else could one need.

above out at night in Los Angeles

At the Sephora 5 year anniversary party for their Soho, NYC shop, we stocked up on this lip gloss. 100% of profits benefits Operation Smile, which provides reconstructive facial surgery and health care to indigent children in developing countries. Only $5 a tube, super shiny, SPF, and you can feel good about it.


This Week's Spotlights

paris / clubs / La Suite
La Reine de la Seine, Cathy Guetta, and her celebrity DJ husband, David Guetta, have revived the Parisian club scene ...

boston / restaurants / Davio's
Around for at least 18 years under the direction of Steve DiFillippo, Davio's is a Boston institution. Free form ...

new york / restaurants / Hue
A real cell phone conversation:
"I'm at Hue"
"You're at Sway?"
"No, I'm at 'way', but it's spelled 'hue'"
"You're at Vue?"
"No! 'hway'!"
"You're ...

boston / restaurants / Mantra
A restaurant called too hip for its own good? C'est impossible. Mantra is pretentious, overly decorated, and trendy - we ...

new york / restaurants / Rocco's on 22nd
Everybody's dying to know whether the spot is JUST like the TV show, as evidenced by the crazed reservation desk. ...

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