Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 01/12/2010
- 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/
406 E. 64th St., 212-813-9338, Upper East Side, Manhattan
Who can't get behind a reasonably priced Asian bistro on the Upper East Side? Lunch specials (nothing is over $15), such as a salmon burger with wasabi aioli, come with miso soup or salad (sandwiches also come with sweet potato or sesame fries, or green salad). Tucked away on a quiet residential street, Fatty Fish (no relation to Fatty Crab) is attention-grabbing from the outside, with a bright orange awning, but inside it's tasteful and serene. There's a sushi bar, an appealing back dining room and a garden patio furnished with heat lamps. The diverse menu includes dim sum, Thai basil pesto pasta, a Kobe beef burger and vegetarian options like green curry tofu and vegetables. The liquor license is pending.
688 Third Ave., 212-557-0007, Midtown East, Manhattan
This Lebanese fast-food outpost of Naya Mezze & Grill is as shiny as an Apple store, decked out with pretty images of plants and herbs. There's a grab-and-go deli section with prepared salads, dips and freshly made pita crisps if you're making a quick run. If you're staying, there are a few communal tables. In back is a baking station dishing out fragrant Middle Eastern–style pizzas, three-cheese phyllo pastries and fried beef dumplings stuffed with pine nuts. Another station offers falafel, lamb kebabs and luscious chicken shawarma sandwiches spread with garlic whip and hummus. For Midtown workers and those just traveling through, it's a healthy alternative to standard fast-food fare.
Socarrat Bar de Vinos
261 W. 19th St., 212-462-2244, Chelsea, Manhattan
While it might seem like an annex for the overflow at the always-packed Socarrat Paella Bar next door, this new Spanish wine and tapas bar has its own identity. There's something Victorian about the decor, with exposed brick, a series of mirrors, gentle lighting and red velvet stools. The space is long, narrow and inviting, just right for a cuddly date. The Spanish cheese and charcuterie station displays hunks of Manchego, Cabrales and rare Aragones and big haunches of jamón ibérico and jamón serrano, ready for slicing. Kindly barmen offer tastes of wine if you're unsure of the regions represented. Even if you're not hungry, it's hard to resist ordering snacks of classic eggy tortillas, pie-like fish empanadas or flatbread topped with chorizo paste and sardines.