Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 03/09/2010
- more recently opened restaurants/
- The Best Chocolate Cake in the World and Rabbit in the Moon
- Eddie's Pizza Truck, The Famous Pink Tea Cup and Toto Ramen
- Lina Frey, The Plaza Fodd Hall and Seersucker
- Balkanika, Kaz An Nou and The Matcha Box
- The Counting Room, Teany and South Brooklyn Pizza
- Beba, Four & Twenty Blackbirds and Otarian
- Annisa, Iris Cafe and Terroir Tribeca
- more in dining/
110 Ave. A, 212-614-9798, East Village, Manhattan
Behind an unmarked door lies a burger and cocktail venue from nightlife virtuoso Johnny T and rocker Jesse Malin (the team that collaborated on Cabin Down Below, Niagara and The Bowery Electric). For a place that looks forbidding from the outside (the front gates are always kept rolled down), it's surprisingly friendly inside, with candles, flowers in mason jars and diverse music from the likes of Sufjan Stevens and Bob Dylan. Pat LaFrieda supplies the quality beef for the six-ounce cheeseburger, served with a heap of skinny fries. The briefest of menus also lists a tuna roll (tuna salad on a hot dog bun), raw veggies with dip, and freshly shucked oysters. Cocktails are $10 and wine is unpretentiously served in stemless glasses. The kitchen is open until midnight, and drinking goes on until 4am.
137 Rivington St., 646-684-3835, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Eddie Huang, a first-generation American born to Taiwanese/Chinese immigrants, had the mettle to open his own gua bao (steamed bun) shop after scoring as a finalist on Guy Fieri's Ultimate Recipe Showdown. His signature Haus Bao—Angus skirt steak dressed with crushed peanuts, cilantro and Taiwanese red sugar—is a winner here, too. The similarly attired Chairman Bao is stuffed with Niman Ranch antibiotic- and hormone-free pork belly. For vegetarians, there are pan-fried tofu buns and salt-and-vinegar boiled peanuts. Weekdays also feature spicy beef noodle soup. A wavy blue communal table dominates the space, which also offers free WiFi.
The Double Windsor
210 Prospect Park West, 347-725-3479, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
Until The Double Windsor opened last fall, Windsor Terrace was without a serious beer destination. Now, the owners have gotten serious about food as well, expanding their gastropub menu (pulled pork sandwiches, grilled cheese, hamburgers) via partner/chef Paul Cacici (formerly at Williamsburg's Egg). The rotating beer list spans craft brews and cask ales by draft, bottle and can, poured at a handsome horseshoe bar. The comfortable neighborhood vibe during the day brings in readers and parents pushing strollers, though anyone under 21 (and that includes babies) is banned from the watering hole after 5pm. The varied playlist provides good listening, and there's even occasional live bluegrass.
325 Fifth Ave., 646-823-9318, Murray Hill, Manhattan
Is pizza in a cone a gimmick or an ingenious invention? Midtown office workers are clogging this bright yellow nook to check it out, carrying away the portable novelty. (The shop is also convenient for those visiting Macy's or the Empire State Building.) The inside of a crisp cone is spread with tomato or pesto sauce, then filled with a choice of toppings and mozzarella before baking. There's even a breakfast cone (filled with scrambled eggs and ham or bacon) and a chocolate–and–mixed berries cone for dessert. The cones start at $4.90.
Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream
632 Manhattan Ave., 718-701-1630, Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Brothers Ben and Pete Van Leeuwen have five ice cream trucks roving the City, and now there's a mother ship in a hipster section of Greenpoint. With wood floors, three little tables and a mantel for leaning, it feels like a handmade, small-town shop. Revealing its citified sensibilities is an espresso machine dispensing Intelligentsia coffee and a display case holding cheddar chive scones and lemon ricotta pound cake, among other house-baked goodies. Then there's the famously creamy and flavorful ice cream, made with Hudson Valley milk and cream and top-notch ingredients including Piedmont hazelnuts, biodynamic cinnamon and Michel Cluizel chocolate.