Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 11/18/2015
Photo: Brian Tisza
230 Park Ave., 212-529-9262, Midtown East, Manhattan
Manhattanites who can't easily get to Brooklyn for Roberta's blistered pizza, Dough's puffy doughnuts, Ovenly's vegan salted chocolate chip cookies or Mimi's dreamy hummus can indulge in one-stop eating at UrbanSpace Vanderbilt, next to Grand Central Terminal. The industrial food court is on the ground floor of the gilded Helmsley Building and features more than 20 independent vendors, including Manhattan favorites like La Palapa for tacos and A.B. Biagi for rich gelato. The UrbanSpace concept began in London as a way to bolster small businesses. On this shore they're known for Mad. Sq. Eats and the Union Square Holiday Market, among other pop-ups; this is their first local brick-and-mortar enterprise. Lines stretch the longest for Toby's Estate Coffee and Delaney Chicken, an offshoot of Daniel Delaney's BrisketTown in Williamsburg. His $8 chicken sandwich, a slab of deboned, juicy thigh meat in a crunchy crust, is bounded by a sturdy potato bun layered with pickles, hot sauce and Duke's mayonnaise. You'll find plenty of seating where you can devour it without delay.