Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 07/01/2015
Housemade pickles. Photo: Oleg March
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339 E. 75th St., 212-288-8033, Upper East Side, Manhattan
A pair of scissors is emblazoned on the door to Seamstress, a Prohibition-style tribute to illicit speakeasies, where barkeeps wear multi-pocketed tailor's aprons to "fool the authorities." The front vestibule is a carefully edited gift shop selling American-made Shinola watches, Lotuff leather goods and Pendleton Native American–style blankets. Push through a burgundy curtain to enter a dark, romantic, candlelit lounge that's devised for grown-ups—compared with the post-college bars that dot the Upper East Side. Properly made drinks and an impressive whiskey selection call for food. Start with warm, crusty sourdough bread paired with seasonal condiments (right now that means fiery, intense tomato jam and lemon-garlic butter flecked with fresh herbs). Other booze-friendly items are fresh oysters and littleneck clams, warm olives with baked chickpeas and a mutton burger with triple-crème cheese.