Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 11/18/2015
Courtesy, Broken Spoke Rotisserie
Broken Spoke Rotisserie
439 Third Ave., 212-889-6298, Kips Bay, Manhattan
Cycling enthusiast and chef Ed Carew opened Broken Spoke Rotisserie in August, a much-needed addition to Kips Bay. The low-key, family-friendly bistro has an open kitchen and turns out tender, deeply flavored half or whole Amish chickens, the hunks of flesh to be dipped in garlicky chimichurri sauce and swathed in fresh tortillas. Heritage breed pork, paired with fermented red cabbage and chili relish, gets the same treatment. Carew, who has worked at Craftbar and Gramercy Tavern, pays tribute to his travels through Central America with expert takes on ceviche and empanadas. Of the sides, the most delicious is charred late-season corn with cherry tomatoes, made creamy by mayonnaise, grated cheese and lime. The menu is on a chalkboard, sports are on the flat screen and a cool blend of music plays over the sound system. On nights when you're looking for ease and comfort, no dressing up required, this is the place.