Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 03/17/2010
- 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/
4 E. 36th St., 212-532-2210, Murray Hill, Manhattan
Spring rolls with shrimp, crab, baby leeks, wood ear mushrooms and spicy, citrusy kalamansi nectar dip—here's a clue you're not in an average Japanese restaurant. Chado, named for a Japanese tea ceremony, comes to us courtesy of Omar Balouma, whose popular French-Moroccan restaurant Barbes is across the street, and Mike Lim, an innovative protégé of Sushi of Gari master Masatoshi Sugio. The sleek, serene space has a glossy white bar, a series of enormous black booths and a sushi bar positioned in back like a well-lit stage. Choose from an encyclopedic à la carte list of sushi, sashimi and hand rolls or go omakase-style, trusting Chef Lim to make the call.
Dickson's Farmstand Meats at Chelsea Market
75 Ninth Ave., 212-242-2630, Chelsea, Manhattan
Chelsea Market is a post-industrial, fantasyland food hall whose upper floors serve as broadcast centers for Food Network, Oxygen Network and cable channel NY1. Dickson's is the resident butcher shop, purveying artisanal meats from local farms. Lunchtime sandwiches are a recent addition, available Monday through Friday until 2:20pm (or earlier, if they run out, which is often). You may find house-smoked ham and cheese, beef and bacon sausage with Creole mustard or roast beef with horseradish mayo. The food-hall corridors are lined with tables, and busking musicians provide free entertainment.
Hecho en Dumbo
354 Bowery, 212-937-4245, East Village, Manhattan
The long-standing Marion's Continental space goes Mexican with an utterly transformed interior of repurposed wood, sunbaked brick and dangling filament bulbs. With a happening crowd, this cantina rocks, largely due to the pair behind it: chef Danny Mena and partner Ethan Smith, who outgrew their popular Hecho en Dumbo space within Brooklyn's Dumbo General Store. The move allowed them to expand the menu, which includes Mexico City–style pozole, soft tacos with house-smoked swordfish and Oaxacan cheese and confit guinea hen smothered in mole. A crack team of bartenders shakes up tequila-based cocktails. Look for brunch served seven days a week, featuring chilaquiles verdes and eggs with organic chorizo.
319 Fifth Ave., 212-725-9292, Murray Hill, Manhattan
"Chicken like you've never had before!" is the tagline emblazoned on KyoChon's slick facade. They may be right—that is, if you haven't yet had the pleasure of twice-fried birds with crisp, paper-thin skin basted in sticky soy-garlic sauce or hot sauce with a real kick. Already a giant chain in Korea, KyoChon has spread its wings to Manhattan's Koreatown with a modern, two-story emporium that reportedly cost $2 million to build. The chicken is cooked to order, so don't expect fast-food speed. The menu is similar to that of their Queens locations, with good, salty fries, coleslaw and pickled radish, plus a few new items like rice balls, salads and a chicken sandwich.
Pies 'n' Thighs
166 S. 4th St., 347-529-6090, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
A battered sign for fresh apple pie sits in the window of this sweet storefront showcasing first-rate Southern road food. There's Carolina pulled pork, fried catfish, a heap of fried chicken and filling sides of hush puppies, grits, mac and cheese and stewy, spicy collard greens with onion, tomato and shreds of pork. Everything is homemade, including the space, furnished with a hodgepodge of scuffed tables, mismatched dishware and flower-filled pitchers. The three women behind it—Sarah Buck, Carolyn Bane and Erika Geldzahler—closed their original Williamsburg location two years ago and neighbors are mighty pleased to see them back in business. And don't forget about the pie! The daily-changing lineup includes key lime, coconut cream, banana cream and, of course, apple.