Recently Opened Restaurants


by Julie Besonen, 10/02/2009

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Ed's Chowder House
44 W. 63rd St., 212-956-1288, Upper West Side, Manhattan
Calling Ed's Chowder House a seafood shack is a stretch when Ed Brown (Eighty One, The Sea Grill) and Jeffrey Chodorow (Asia de Cuba, China Grill) are involved. First of all, it's in the un-shack-like Empire Hotel, a fishing line's throw from Lincoln Center. Secondly, the restaurant itself is sleek and elegant—more corporate than anything you'd find on a pier. But trust this team to reel in the best of the best, as the seafood here is impeccable and reliably sourced. The menu, which changes daily, may feature anything from Atlantic oysters and salmon to local fluke, Chatham cod and New Bedford scallops. As for the chowder, Ed is cooking up four varieties: "loaded" shellfish chowder, New England–style clam chowder, sweet corn chowder and Manhattan-style blue crab chowder.

Gansevoort 69
69 Gansevoort St., 212-691-0069, Meatpacking District, Manhattan
Keening and virtual rending of clothes broke out when the 23-year-old, canonical Florent bid adieu in 2008. For those ready to move on, the Meatpacking District space has a new lease on life—and pricier comfort food and cocktails to help pay the undoubtedly high rent. The retro, diner-like environment (stainless-steel bar with backless stools, white subway-tiled walls) is not as raffish as before, perhaps more in keeping with the fashionable neighborhood. For now, everyone gets tater tots, and then it's on to big burgers with crunchy fries, macaroni and cheese and meatloaf packed with prime brisket and sirloin. Brunch, served every day until 4pm, features treats like chocolate éclair doughnuts and buttermilk-fried chicken with apple-laced waffles. Gansevoort 69 is even open for almost 24 hours Thursday through Sunday (it closes at 7am and reopens at 8am).

378 Metropolitan Ave., 718-387-4777, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Named after the nautical term for an oceangoing vessel, Saltie is not much bigger than a galley kitchen. The female trio behind it—Caroline Fidanza, Elizabeth Schula and Rebecca Collerton—worked together at Diner and Marlow & Sons, which means they have a built-in Brooklyn following. Top-notch ingredients are stuffed into inventive, quirkily named sandwiches like "The Captain's Daughter" (sardines, pickled egg and salsa verde) and "Clean Slate" (wheatberries, chickpeas, miso and pickled vegetables). It's primarily a low-key yet upmarket breakfast and lunch spot (it closes at 8pm) where sweet flavors are carefully balanced with salty ones—as in the olive oil cake, black olive shortbread and salty caramel ice cream sandwich.


related venues/(3)

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    378 Metropolitan Ave
    Brooklyn – Williamsburg
  2. 2
    Gansevoort 69
    69 Gansevoort St
    Manhattan – Meatpacking District
    NY 10014
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    Ed's Chowder House
    44 W. 63rd St., 2nd fl.
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
    NY 10023

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