Yunnan Kitchen, Mission Chinese).Chef Alain Alegretti has moved on to new things after his namesake restaurant in Chelsea shuttered (see his new eatery at Revel in Atlantic City if you have any doubt), but the space has remained vacant until now. Tonight, that changes with the debut of Silk Rd Tavern, which is the latest entry in the city's spate of notable Asian openings (witness
The casual restaurant is billing itself as a neighborhood eatery, and it will feature communal tables, silk hanging from the walls and an eight-person booth where the chef will offer special tasting menus after the joint gets up and running. While the menu is influenced by a number of Asian countries (along with American comfort food), the fare will be prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Expect items like grilled whole fish and Asian flatbreads to come out of the wood-burning oven in the kitchen, while the bar will serve drinks spiked with ingredients like dried Thai chili and tamarind. The restaurant opens this evening for dinner at 5 PM at 46 West 22nd St (212-989-7889).