Recently Opened Restaurants


by Julie Besonen, 06/02/2010

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34 Eighth Ave., 212-518-2722, West Village, Manhattan
Hear the happy din of clinking wine glasses and laughter at the sleek Anfora, brought to us by the same owners as hotspots dell'anima and L'Artusi. The wine list is heavy on organic and biodynamic producers, poured into beautiful, balloon-shaped glassware that shows off the color and bouquet. Small plates of wine-friendly food include sloppy joe–like lamb ragout sliders, an Italian-style hero and a lovely endive salad with Parmesan and breadcrumbs. Or how about dessert wine with a slice of pineapple upside-down cake? Burgundy-hued, curvy banquettes fronted by low tables are great for groups, while dates can squeeze in at the bar. A selection of cocktails and prized beers from around the world supplement the wine list. Grappa or amaro nightcaps can be had until 2am.

Bar Paya
65 Second Ave., 212-777-6965, East Village, Manhattan
Green, lush grass planters border the sidewalk seating area of Bar Paya, a stylish nuevo Peruvian restaurant. Tables of brushed stainless steel surround a bar stocked with New World wines from South Africa, New Zealand and California. Peripatetic culinary consultant Matthew Kenney imparts his health-driven, sustainable philosophy around the globe; developing the menu here marks his return to New York. Snack on corn nuts with Incan pink salt or Peruvian guacamole with lobster and shrimp while choosing from the considerable list of ceviches and tiraditos (the Peruvian take on carpaccio). Other specialties include causa (chili-spiced potatoes filled with seafood, duck or beef) and paya, which is corn and potato flatbread variously topped with meatballs or sweet potato, Andean goat cheese and spinach.

Black Swan
1048 Bedford Ave., 718-783-4744, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Declaring itself Bed-Stuy's headquarters for World Cup viewing, Black Swan is the sort of sports bar every neighborhood should have. There's an impressive selection of cask-conditioned and craft beers, a list of rare spirits, plus well-executed food with whiffs of the Caribbean, such as jerk chicken wings and fiery salt cod fritters with caramel-ginger sauce. And talk about a luscious burger! Chef Cynthia Walker's (ex–Brown Betty Cafe) fried Malpeque oysters with a creamy center are not to be missed. At brunch, look for salmon croquettes and eggs with smoked trout hash browns. Not a soccer fan? The long, high-ceilinged space has a sports-free garden in back.

Kitchen Reis
375B Fifth Ave., 718-207-7874, Park Slope, Brooklyn
Reis Goldberg, owner of the 10-year-old Bar Reis (pronounced "reese"), has opened a tiny café next door with big ambitions. There are just 14 seats in the new space, but it's also possible to snag a table in the peaceful back garden of Bar Reis and order food from there. If you choose to eat in Kitchen Reis, it's BYOB. The meats—wild boar prosciutto, duck hash, short ribs and Benton's smoked bacon, on the excellent BLT—are carefully selected from small producers. Offerings will evolve over time, but there will usually be oysters on the half shell, homemade potato chips with truffle salt and a tempting selection of cheese and intensely flavored gelato from Capogiro in Pennsylvania.
The Penny Farthing
103 Third Ave., 212-387-7300, East Village, Manhattan
This barnlike bar and restaurant looks like it belongs in a college town—and with New York University nearby, in a sense it does. The old Cafe Deville space is now run by the Phebe's Tavern & Grill people and named for the treacherous, old-timey bicycle with one big wheel and one little wheel (see Cantinflas ride one through London in the original Around the World in 80 Days). The pub menu features all your standard hits: burgers, fish 'n' chips, shepherd's pie, fried calamari and chicken quesadillas. On tap are 14 beers, and barmen keep pouring until 4am. DJs spin on Friday and Saturday nights, and there's more partying nightly in the underground lounge, PF13.


related venues/(5)

  1. 1
    The Penny Farthing
    103 Third Ave
    Manhattan – East Village
    NY 10003
  2. 2
    Kitchen Reis
    375B Fifth Ave
    Brooklyn – Park Slope
    NY 11215
  3. 3
    Black Swan
    1048 Bedford Ave
    Brooklyn – Bedford-Stuyvesant
    NY 11205
  1. 4
    Bar Paya
    65 Second Ave
    Manhattan – East Village
    NY 10003
  2. 5
    34 Eighth Ave
    Manhattan – West Village
    NY 10014

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