Romantic New York Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 01/28/2014

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  • Margaux
    5 W. 8th St., 212-321-0100

    The opening of Margaux has been so hush-hush that hardly anyone outside of Marlton Hotel guests seem to know it's open. Apparently the cool, canny hotelier and restaurateur Sean MacPherson (The Maritime Hotel, The Bowery Hotel, The Jane Hotel) wants it that way. He is also a partner at The Waverly Inn, which Margaux somewhat resembles with its low lighting, clubby seating and back garden-like dining room. If you find yourself in any part of the Village—central, West or East—the bar is a suave place to chat over cocktails and snacks like Jerusalem artichoke chips with lemony labneh and little toasts spread with truffle-touched robiola cheese and honey. At dinner, look for buttery day boat scallops with mushrooms and Colorado rack of lamb with winter greens. The restaurant's chefs arrive with pedigrees: Jeremy Blutstein came over from MacPherson's Montauk hotel, the Crow's Nest Inn, and Michael Reardon is known for his work at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica.

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