The latest entry on our list of Most Anticipated Restaurants to open is a dual concept that combines two thriving eateries from Texas under the same East Village roof.
An Austin-based group has transplanted "wood-fired farm-to-pizza eatery" Stella Public House and Halcyon, a "modern coffeehouse/cocktail lounge", into an 3,000-square-foot space that's part of the neighborhood's Pinnacle project, where a 1,500-square-foot outdoor patio looks onto yet-unnamed public park.
Executive chef Giovanni Novella is in charge of both kitchens; at Halcyon, which opens at 8 a.m., there is breakfast, lunch and dinner daily plus weekend brunch. Morning espresso service turns boozy later in the day, with cocktails that range from a chocolate espresso martini to a Long Island iced coffee that can be ordered until 2 a.m. alongside desserts that include tableside s'mores.
The oak and pecan wood-fired oven at Stella Public House will turn out seasonal pies topped with house made mozzarella and local produce; the eggplant and ricotta pizza is a new local addition to the menu. There are also salads and share plates, including lamb meatballs, and 30 taps of craft beer. It's dinner-only here, with a 5 to 7 p.m. happy hour that features $4 on select beer and $2 off small plates.
Both eateries are running deals this weekend, from $5 Firestone Walker beer to $6 mules made with housemade ginger beer and cilantro and $2 off small plates and Margherita pizzas.