Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 05/12/2010
- 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/
The Counting Room
44 Berry St., 718-599-1860, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
With its lofty, warehouse-like setting, The Counting Room looks like a brewpub. And, indeed, several microbrews are listed on a blackboard. It's really more of a wine bar, though, with a tantalizing selection by the bottle and half-bottle, plus nightly specials by the glass. The food menu was concocted by Robert Crosson (longtime barman at The Red Cat and The Harrison), who works miracles in an itty-bitty kitchen area behind the bar. How about a truffled grilled cheese sandwich or brothless "French onion soup" eaten with a knife and fork from an iron skillet? The full menu is served at brunch along with fun stuff like eggs Benedict salad with hollandaise dressing and croutons made from English muffins. The downstairs lounge touts inventive cocktails, adding another layer of personality to this intriguing space.
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana
246 Spring St., 212-842-4500, SoHo, Manhattan
Fabrizio and Nicola Carro, identical twin brothers from Piedmont, Italy, opened the first Quattro Gastronomia in Miami's South Beach in 2006. Their New York outpost in the new Trump SoHo caters to a similarly glamorous crowd. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in a swanky environment enclosed by colossal windows and illuminated by shelves of glittering emerald bottles. Fabrizio helms the kitchen here while his brother holds down the fort in Miami. The classic Italian menu includes porcini-filled ravioli, spaghetti carbonara and veal osso buco, plus an extensive selection of Mediterranean-style seafood preparations.
South Brooklyn Pizza
122 First Ave., 212-533-2879, East Village, Manhattan
Going up against East Village pizza powerhouses Motorino, Veloce Pizzeria, Luzzo's and Stromboli is the humble South Brooklyn Pizza, named for its Carroll Gardens forerunner. Ingredients are kept simple—often there are only two varieties—and pizza is sold by the slice or whole pie. The thin-crust margherita has a good char and plenty of cheese, while the thicker-crusted Sicilian-style pie offers sweet, caramelized onions in each crunchy bite. The shop feels like an Italian grocer's, with a counter full of cans of tomatoes, giant wheels of Grana Padano, fresh produce and DIY toppings of olive oil, garlic oil and chile oil. At the moment, it's standing room only, but a back lounge serving beer is coming soon.
90 Rivington St., 212-475-9190, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Music guru Moby co-founded this sunny teahouse back in 2002 with his then-girlfriend Kelly Tisdale. Destroyed by a fire last June, Teany has now reopened with fresh coats of soothing white and celery green paint and shelves fully stocked with canisters of loose-leaf tea from around the world. The café menu is half-vegetarian and half-vegan, with soups, salads, vegetable spreads and baked goods like vegan carrot cake and cupcakes. Cozy tables are peopled by healthy, informal locals in yoga gear. Afternoon tea ($22 for one; $38 for two) features a pot of tea, tea sandwiches (cashew butter and apple, vegetarian BLT, goat cheese and tomato), a scone and a cupcake or cookie.
86 Kenmare St., 212-226-4980, Little Italy, Manhattan
Renowned pastry chef Pichet Ong (Spice Market, Spot Dessert Bar) created the dazzling desserts for this emporium abutting Little Italy. Sweet temptations on display include peanut butter–and–jelly cupcakes, lovely lemon tarts and superthin and crisp walnut cookies so big they flop over the plate. At breakfast are flaky croissants, quiche and homemade granola. The wood-detailed space has a romantic, golden glow at night, when it morphs into a wine bar (though the parade of desserts continues to be available). Choose from 20 wines by the glass as well as 20 specialty beers, plus snacks like popcorn with Parmesan butter and bacon-wrapped dates. Bigger dishes include a three-mushroom tart, pizzettes and chicken potpie.