Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 04/09/2014
Shrimp and grits. Photo: Sebastian Lucrecio
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171 E. Broadway, 212-933-1176, Lower East Side, Manhattan
If there were an award for most adorable restaurant, Rosette would be in the running. A retro parlor with tufted couches serves as a lounge and waiting area for tables in the mellow back dining room, which is past a snug bar lit by mismatched chandeliers and a small kitchen with a wood-burning oven. It's like finding a cabin in the woods in Chinatown. Anything that's wood fired is recommended here, from roasted avocado spiked with chili yogurt and a cap of dancing bonito flakes to flatbread with bacon and pimento cheese. The most genius thing, however, are clam chowder croquettes, crunchy and soupy with bits of chewy clams. Nick Curtin (former chef de cuisine at Acme) dreamed up the New American menu, which can also be served at private parties in the beautiful subterranean dining room.