Return of the chicken.
Photo: Melissa Hom

Barbuto barely had time to miss you. Jonathan Waxman's legendary West Village restaurant will return with a scheduled reopening date on February 25, according to the Times. The fried chicken hotspot was closed last May after several years of rumors.

The new location sounds like the next best thing to the original: the chef tells The Times that there are only 300 steps away on Horatio Street and there will even be the same number of seats (74). It's actually a bit bigger and has no garage doors, but let's face it, that doesn't affect Salsa Verde. The menu will be largely the same, with some soups and desserts from pastry chef Heather Miller. The chef also reports that every employee but one will return to whom Grub can only ask who they are.

Barbuto, 113 Horatio St., no. West St .; 212-924-9700

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