Casual Village eatery whose chef-owner Lihen Geng hails from the family behind Brooklyn’s Yun Nan Flavour Garden. Yunnan-style mixian rice noodles are the focus here, some served in a four-hour chicken broth, and others plated with minced pork and vegetables. There are a few excellent appetizers including ghost chicken, cucumber salad, and pigs on a stick with pork, cilantro, cumin, chili flakes. The main attraction is the signature crossing the bridge noodle served with 4-hour chicken broth, silkie chicken, beef, pork, fish, bok choy, bean sprouts, tofu skin, scallion, and cilantro.
Tucked inside a townhouse on residential 9th street lays a pretty magnificent surprise. You'd never guess that inside is a glamorous, chic restaurant with 2 story high ceilings, velvet gold chairs and towering chandeliers. The menu is seasonal, regional Italian cooking. The vegetable heavy antipasti section offers a lot to choose from like cauliflower with sicilian pesto, snap peas, and burrata. The star is the pasta and there are 7 options like fresh tagliatelle, bucatini, and strozzapreti. The surroundings are opulent but the food feels comforting. The second floor houses a hip speakeasy featuring aperitivo-based and classic cocktail recipes. I highly recommend you go to immediately.
Claudette is one of those tried & true restaurants in New York. I'm always content when I'm here; the food & warm service never disappoint. The dining room feels like a mansion in the Hamptons with bleached wood floors, white washed ceilings & wicker chairs. The menu takes influence from the Mediterranean and Provence with a little bit of everything and not too much fuss. There is a real focus on local produce, seafood and seasonality. This type of food is ultra approachable, so it's a place you can take mom & dad or your less adventurous eaters. Some of the best items are vegetable cavatelli, bouillabaisse, grilled branzino, and local squid with falafel.
Owners of my favorite summer time hang spot, Pig Beach, have opened a year-round venue in Greenwich Village. Unlike its sister, Pig Bleeker is contemporary and sleek...plus there's walls. Good god do I love the food that chef/owner Matt Abdoo pumps out of this kitchen. He describes his menu as “refined, smoke-centric comfort food." Lunch, dinner, and the soon-to-launch brunch are all a home run. At lunch time Abdoo serves up phenomenal sandwiches piled high with pit beef, smoked pastrami, double patty burgers, and muffalettas. At dinner you'll find refined comfort food like grandma's meatballs & lasagna with smoked duck ragu. They might have the greatest chicken on planet earth - smoked and then fried, served for the table with cheesy grits & waffles. Whether you go for sandwiches, fresh pasta, or a whole hunk of beef, every dish is guaranteed to delight. Easily my favorite restaurant opening of 2017.
All of my favorite bars are on Avenue C. My friends giggle because when pressed for where to go drinking, I will always give the same response. Two of these such spots are unequivocally Edi & the Wolf and The Third Man. When I heard that the owners of these two long time Avenue C staples were opening a new restaurant, I hauled ass there, obviously.
The architectural features are lovely. Inside the space the feeling is vintage and hip. There is a café in the front and a dining room that shares a space with a large bar. Exposed brick lines the walls, dark wood is scattered about the place, and antique (looking) light fixtures hang from the ceiling. It’s a joy to be enveloped by the casual décor whether you’re there for a full meal or just a cocktail.
The menu was created by Michelin starred chef and owner Edi Frauneder. Just like his sister restaurant, the menu is contemporary Austrian. I can’t pretend to know anything about Austrian food, but I do know what good food is, and it lives here. The plating was more elevated than I had anticipated and the options are varied. You could have a wonderful meal of smaller plates like the mussels in a rich tomato broth or perfectly dressed pea & bean salad. If you are looking for something more substantial, the skirt steak is among the greatest pieces of meat to grace my mouth. Like any self-respecting Austrian restaurant, they have a juicy fried weiner schnitzel that hits the spot. Round out the meal with their impressive beer offerings. Here’s what we had:
PEA & BEAN SALAD - Chervil, Pea Shoots, Sauce Ravigote
FLATBREAD – Arugula & peppers
MUSSELS - Artichokes, Lovage, Tomatoes
FREUD BURGER - Farmhouse Cheddar, Onion Jam, Potato Bun
SKIRT STEAK - Snow Peas, Wild Onions, Elephant Garlic
SACHER TORTE - Whipped Cream
Address: 506 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 777-0327