Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 08/14/2009
Bhatti Indian Grill
100 Lexington Ave., 212-683-4228, Murray Hill, Manhattan
If you can afford a nap after lunch, how about unlimited kebabs of the day with salad, three veggie dishes, biryani and dessert—all for under $10? At Bhatti Indian Grill, it's not just about cheap deals, though. Day or night, you'll find some of the best North Indian food in the City. Chef/owner Gaurav Anand comes from an illustrious culinary family in Punjab. He studied rural regional specialties and also trained under master Indian chefs before embarking on his own in NYC. The refined, exposed-brick space in Curry Hill employs a knowledgeable staff that can explain the nuances of gilauti kebabs, with both lamb and vegetarian versions available. The extensive menu holds other delicious curiosities, as well as plenty of recognizable curries, stir-fries and breads.
170 Waverly Pl., 646-429-8383, West Village, Manhattan
It's easy to get behind a bar with serious food, the theme at Gabriel Stulman's (The Little Owl, Market Table) sweet new spot in the West Village. Housed in a charming 19th-century building and furnished with flea market finds, it's named for Stulman's two grandfathers, whose portraits hang on the wall. The American menu with French accents is courtesy of James McDuffee, who used to work at Bouchon Bakery. Here he makes shrimp and grits with andouille sausage and Vermont cheddar, duck rillettes on country bread, crispy braised pork hock and amazing hash browns. The U-shaped zinc bar is a hospitable stop for cocktails and $1.50 oysters. Right now Joseph Leonard is just open in the evenings, but look for breakfast, lunch and brunch in a few weeks.
465 Court St., 718-254-0327, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Back in the day when men sported brushy mustaches and suspenders, ate lots of red meat and drank old-fashioneds and sazeracs—oh, wait, that's still going on today at Prime Meats in Brooklyn. The bearded impresarios, Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli (Frankies 457), are clearly indulging their old-school passions here, serving cocktails in vintage glassware, beer in steins and dry-aged steaks. But it's not strictly a steak house, especially since it opens at 7am daily for breakfast, featuring discriminating pastries and egg dishes, among other items, as well as Stumptown coffee. Lunch is all about the first-rate burger and fries (the beef comes from the respected Creekstone Farms). At night, start with the German-style charcuterie selection before moving on to more fine meats and cheeses. The dark wood detail is gorgeous, including a massive bar that dominates the space. Much of the decor, right down to the floorboards and the nails that are in them, is reclaimed from a bar from the turn of the 19th century.