Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 08/26/2015
Photo: Harry Zernike
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508 Greenwich St., 212-641-0654, SoHo, Manhattan
On a quiet block of West SoHo near the stylish Hotel Hugo is a soothing, New American restaurant whose chef-owner, Ned Baldwin, hails from the adored Prune. He and co-chef Adam Baumgart (ex-Le Bernardin and Fort Defiance, among others) often change the menu, but happily the hamburger and roast chicken are perennials—and both amazing. Epitomizing summer is the "beach dinner for two," a tremendous spread of lobster, littleneck clams, shrimp, corn, potato salad and super-ripe tomato wheels. Looking for something lighter? The spicy mixed seafood salad is small yet satisfying, flush with crunchy almonds and cilantro. Vegetable dishes, such as fried fava beans or roasted eggplant with sesame sauce and basil, reflect what's at the farmers' market. For dessert, there's nothing better than vanilla ice cream with plump preserved strawberries atop a crunchy biscuit.