Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 09/08/2009
David Burke Townhouse
133 E. 61st St., 212-813-2121, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Reopening after a revamp, the festive David Burke Townhouse (davidburke & donatella in an earlier life) is offering some tantalizing, recession-friendly deals. Bloomingdale's shoppers can head over for a three-course lunch Monday to Friday, priced at $24.07 and $34, and on Sunday nights the three-course prix fixe is $30. Choose from dishes like Thai lobster bisque or pretzel-crusted crab cake with orange-mango chutney, followed by seawater-soaked roasted organic chicken with summer succotash and the restaurant's trademark butterscotch panna cotta. The brunch prix fixe is $29 or $35 and features items like a black truffle–and–Gruyère frittata, a lobster scramble and a warm and crisp apple tart. While you're there, check out the bricks of Himalayan pink rock salt around the bar, the playful glass party balloons dangling from the ceiling and the wine glass chandelier.
2110 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd., 212-280-2110, Harlem, Manhattan
Harlem's latest supper club, not far from the Apollo, is serving up multiethnic fusion cuisine via Texas-raised and classically trained chef Kenneth Collins. Soulful Southern accents pop up in brown sugar–cured sea bass, fried chicken and beer-braised short ribs with collard greens. Smoked duck rolls with tamarind sauce and a sesame noodle salad are among the offerings influenced by Asian, Indian, French and Italian cuisine. Across the street from an inspiring statue of Adam Clayton Powell Jr., the 12,000-square-foot complex includes a state-of-the-art sound stage that welcomes aspiring talent to open-mike nights every Wednesday. Jazz jams are played live on Thursdays, while other nights are reserved for headliners in gospel, hip-hop, R&B, Latin and comedy.
Yerba Buena Perry
One Perry St., 212-620-0808, West Village, Manhattan
East Village Latin hotspot Yerba Buena now has a sister restaurant in the West Village, which is introducing a more diversified menu. The panko-crusted fries are like nothing you've ever had—they come in watermelon, avocado, hearts of palm and red jalapeño versions, to be dipped in spicy ketchup. Rib-eye ceviche with sea urchin is another singular dish, an invention by kitchen wizard Julian Medina. Roast suckling pig and arepas with coffee-glazed pork belly are among his other specialties. The centerpiece of the clubby space is an attractive bar lit by Edison bulbs, where you'll find well-crafted libations by Cervantes, a barman whose credits include PDT and Little Branch.