El Fish Marisqueria, Seafood-Focused Mexican, Opens on the Upper West Side

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Julian Medina and Louis Skibar, partners in the Toloache Restaurant Group, which owns Toloache, Old John’s and more, are adding this Mexican seafood restaurant to their collection. Last summer, Mr. Medina, the group’s head chef, spent time gathering ideas for the new restaurant in Ensenada, northern Baja California, known for fishing. The chefs de cuisine are Fidel Rodriguez and Juan Velazco. The menu features dishes like fideos (thin noodles) with lobster, clam chowder influenced by tortilla soup, baked clams with chorizo, ceviches, raw bar specialties including peel-and-eat shrimp, swordfish schnitzel, tostadas and tacos. Salmon brochettes with poblano peppers are also on the menu, served with a roasted peanut Kung Pao salsa. The salsa is not the only Asian touch: Yuzu and soy-ginger butter flavor other dishes. The well-upholstered dining room features a dining counter set with chairs, not stools. (Opens Thursday)

155 Amsterdam Avenue (67th Street), 212-874-2000, elfish67.com.

Fabio Casella, an owner of San Matteo, an Upper East Side pizzeria and restaurant, is taking a new approach with his latest spot, which specializes in rotisserie chicken spun over wood fires and sold by the half ($15) or whole ($28). The rest of his menu is devoted to sides, including mac and cheese, roasted potatoes, creamed corn, creamed spinach, a couple of salads and chicken soup. He also offers a fried hot dog with fries. The setting, framed in dark wood with exposed brick, has 30 seats and waiter service. (Wednesday)

1631 Second Avenue (85th Street), 646-449-0889, polettochickensangria.com.

For February and March, Salon de Ning at the Peninsula New York will offer a Turkish menu and cocktails to celebrate the opening of the Peninsula Istanbul on Feb. 14. Baba ganoush, smoked hummus, dolmas and baklava are among the dishes, served with drinks like the Bosphorus with bourbon, spiced pear liqueur, Earl Grey syrup and cassis; and a Turkish coffee martini with Grey Goose, Kahlua and Turkish coffee.

500 Fifth Avenue (55th Street), 212-956-2888, peninsula.com/newyork.

This Lebanese spot — in the gaming venue OS NYC, inside the Hotel 50 Bowery — is owned by Allen Dabagh, the chef-owner of Boutros in Brooklyn, and Samer Asfahani, the chief executive of OS NYC, both of Lebanese heritage. Some liberties are taken with traditional Lebanese fare, like the pork shawarma egg rolls, a nod to the restaurant’s location in Chinatown. Food, mostly mezze, kebabs and sandwiches, can be served family-style. For now, the 45-seat cafe operates on a three-month pop-up basis, though it may become more permanent.

OS NYC, Hotel 50 Bowery, 50 Bowery (Canal Street), 212-600-4325, cafemishmosh.com.

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