Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 12/17/2014
Photo: Monika Sziladi
791 Lexington Ave., 212-935-1433, Upper East Side, Manhattan
The original August, a cherished West Village restaurant for 10 years, closed in June 2014. Flip the calendar a few pages and rejoice at its revival on the Upper East Side, where chef and co-partner Josh Eden's New American comfort food might be even more lovely than before. There is a European-style sophistication to the surroundings, with low lighting and marble-topped tables, but bowls of popcorn on the bar reveal that the eatery doesn't take itself too seriously. The food, though, is another story: Eden masterfully prepares pan-seared veal with Sauternes jus, and roasted organic chicken with black truffle and porcini oil. Before you get to the main course, indulge in fried pita bread with lemony yogurt dip and sweet potato hummus, plus a ball of oozing burrata encircled by multihued beets and walnut "soil" (a nutty granola). The European-dominated wine list starts at just $33 a bottle.