Noho

Vic's

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Overview:

Vic's is a go-to for all occasions in Noho from the Five Points team. The vibe is that of a comfortable neighborhood restaurant, just with exceptionally good looking people all around you. You'll find a spacious interior with several distinct dining areas, large tables, a skylight and semi-open kitchen. The menu is mainly Italian and chef Hillary Sterling does both farm-to-table cooking and pizza quite well. The antipasti and mercato sections have an excellent list of vegetables like delicata squash with walnut gremolata, puntarelle with anchovies, and crispy calamari with fennel and pine nuts. Choose from 5 Neapolitan pies or a long list of pastas like cacio e pepe and eggplant ravioli. It's really a restaurant good for many things - an intimate date, group brunch, or dinner with the parents. 

Information:

Address31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (212) 253-5700

Neighborhood: Noho

Price: $$$


 

Gato


Overview

Gato is Bobby Flay's most recent addition to New York City. Although the restaurant is large and buzzing, it still feels warms. The space features high exposed ceilings with a massive wrap around bar in the center and a beautifully tiled floor reminiscent of Portugal. The menu is Mediterranean with a heavy Spanish, Greek & Italian influences. The selection is vast and dishes are easy to share. They have no less than 13 tapas style dishes to choose from and a wide array of ingredients like scallops, razor clams, yellowtail, burrata, and tons of veggies. You can mix up with rest of your meal with pizza, roasted fish, or giant slabs of pork. The restaurant opened three years ago and even now it commands a crowd.

Information:

Address  324 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

 Phone:  (212) 334-6400

Neighborhood: Noho  

Website: http://gatonyc.com/

Price: $$$


 

Bessou


Overview

You should know about Bessou. The restaurant is located on Bleeker with an unassuming storefront and a stylishly decorated interior. The space feels Japanese- clean, contemporary & devout of too much fuss. I love the food. Not in a "it was good maybe I'd go back" kind of way; every single dish is great. The menu is not strictly Japanese but influenced by the owner’s childhood in New York and filled with variety. You'll find modern takes on sake steamed clams, crispy rice topped with fish, and chili oil cucumbers. There is a generous section of noodle dishes and rice including a chirashi bowl heaping with fish. Even the fried chicken is excellent, dusted in moroccan spices and served with kewpie potato salad & shiso tzatziki. This is an experience you should really have, at a price that makes it accessible.

Information

Address:  5 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Phone : (212) 228-8502

Neighborhood: Noho

Website: http://bessou.nyc/

Price: $$$


 

Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria


Overview

I'll be damned if this isn't one of the cutest restaurants you've ever seen. Split into two sections, the Alimentari grocery section up front is filled with cured meats and Italian bread. Continue through the space and you'll find a dining area which is charmingly rustic with an open kitchen. The room is filled with a mix of romantic dates, business dinners, and girls' nights out. The menu is a relatively upscale version of food you would find in adorable trattorias in Italy. What they do best is meat, cheese, wine, and bread (which is all I really need in life). The pastas are simple with few ingredients, made fresh. It's a convenient neighborhood spot to graze on fried artichokes & grilled octopus with friends or even sit at the bat solo. 

Information

Address:  53 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:   (212) 837-2622

Neighborhood: Noho

Website: http://ilbucovineria.com/

Price: $$$


 

The Smile


Overview

The Smile is a great Noho spot that has managed to remain hip well passed the allotted time for most restaurants. The subterranean restaurant is dark, rustic, and filled with beautiful people & models. They are open for 3 services/day so it is a convenient place to grab a light breakfast or a cozy evening date. Dishes are Mediterranean-inspired with American classics. The daytime menu is simple; healthy-esque dishes like bibb salad, a mezze plate & sandwiches. For dinner the menu is more complex but still adheres to the laid back style of the restaurant. The food changes seasonally but you'll see things like fluffy gnocchi, poached cod, and insanely tender beef tenderloin. Prices are super reasonable so this could absolutely be your go-to neighborhood spot. 

Information:

Address:  26 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (646) 329-5836

Neighborhood: Nolita  

Website:  https://www.thesmilenyc.com/

Price: $$

Good for: vegetarian, breakfast, healthy selections, people watching 


 

Mile End Deli


Overview

I've often wondered why no one ever attempts to update Jewish food or make it hip. Just like any cuisine, Jewish food can be made cool. Enter, Mile End Deli.  Straight from Montreal these guys are smoking meat, putting it all over everything, and updating the food that I grew up loving in a Jewish household. They now have 3 locations, the best of which is a cozy diner with 4 tables, a few bar stools, and an open kitchen.  Judging from the lines you know that others have discovered how goddamn delicious the food tastes. Their smoked meat ends up on hash, poutine, and fresh rye bread piled high. They have offerings like chopped liver, reubens, and whitefish salad on bagels from their shop Blackseed. The Mile End team puts a real emphasis on monthly or seasonal/holiday specials so you will never get jaded with the food. Think smoked meat bao buns at Christmas and assorted latkes at Hannukah. 

Information:

Address215 E 4th St, New York, NY 10009

97 Hoyt St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Phone:  (212) 529-2990

Neighborhood: Noho, Brooklyn   

Website : http://www.mileenddeli.com/

Price: $$

Attire: Casual

Good for: monthly specials, meat, sandwiches, breakfast food, updated jewish classics  


Sushi on Jones


Overview 

Bowery Market is a small dining space that opened in summer 2016 with 5  kiosks. Sushi on Jones occupies a tiny corner of the market with just a counter and 5 seats. It is NYC's first outdoor sushi bar. They serve only one thing - a 30 minute, $50, 12 piece omakase menu. Each piece of fish is expertly sliced and gently handed to you from their sushi chefs. Quality is great and seats are hard to come by so call well in advance for a reservation. They now offer takeout and delivery if you can't get your butt into one of the coveted seats. 

Information:

Address:  348 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

Phone: (917) 270-1815

Neighborhood: Nolita

Website : http://www.thebowerymarket.com/portfolio-item/sushi-on-jones

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: outdoor dining, takeout & delivery, fast meals 


 

Gemma

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You'll find this stylish eatery in the boutique Bowery Hotel in Manhattan's East Village. The interior will transport you to a rustic Italian trattoria with it's deep wood, blazing candles, and semi open kitchen. The patio is the ideal place to people watch and be seen with a crowd of beautiful diners. In the winter you'll go to be cozy indoors, in the summer it provides one of the area's best outdoor seating venues. 

The menu at Gemma offers typical Italian fare of varied insalata, wood-fired pizzas, and pastas. It is not regional but more of a compilation of favorites. Try the Focaccia Robiola with white truffle oil, creamy robiola and salty prosciutto. You can choose between 8 different crostini the best of which are ricotta with oven-dried tomato or burrata & artichoke. They offer 16 different types of meat & cheese to graze upon while you sip wine from their ample list. Clearly the menu was written for sharing over long leisurely meals. Here's what we had: 

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Salumi e Formaggi chef’s assortment of meats and cheeses

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Focaccia Robiola white truffle oil, creamy robiola

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Pappardelle ragu of grass fed beef short ribs topped with ricotta

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Truffled Polenta Fries

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Tiramisu

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Address: The Bowery Hotel, 335 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

Phone(212) 505-7300

www.theboweryhotel.com/dining.php

Acme

Photo: Thefashionspot

Photo: Thefashionspot

 

I want to make out with Brian Loiacono. He is the new executive chef & partner at Acme. It’s not because he’s a beautiful man (which he is) or because I have a weakness for chefs (which I do). It’s because the man can write and execute one hell of a menu. He is the former chef of Daniel Boulud's DB Bistro. The owners of Acme have assembled a stellar lineup. The cocktail list is the creation of Dev Johnson of Employees Only. Rounding out the team is wine director Nicole Hakli who was previously at The Nomad and Eleven Madison Park. I’d draft that team too.

I’ve always enjoyed sitting at the bar at Acme. It is busy & beautiful, hip but not pretentious hip. I love to go there after work and have drinks with friends at the bar, or to their club downstairs on the weekend. However, I’ve never bothered with the food to be honest.

This time I thought I’d give the menu a spin. All of the dishes were reinterpreted (exceptionally well) variations on things I’ve eaten. I was pretty sure you couldn’t improve upon clams casino until I had them with bone marrow on top of them. The fried artichokes were crispy and sitting in a delicious pool of lemon ricotta. Even the caesar salad, made with brussel sprouts and a 6 minute egg, was special. The only thing I ate from the ages of 12-18 basically was caesar salad, so I’m an expert. The meatballs…I’m just gonna say it…they are the greatest meatballs I’ve ever eaten in my life. I was pretty sure I needed to go back to Italy or at least Staten Island for balls like this. Nope, just go to Great Jones Street. Go have dinner there, have lots of cocktails, stay a while. But stay away from the chef, I already called dibs. Here's what we had:

Caesar salad, brussels sprout & kale, 6-minute egg

 

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Lemon ricotta, crispy artichoke, croutons

Butternut squash steak, stracciatella, sunflower seed

Clams casino, bone marrow crumb, clam chowder

Shrimp & egg yolk, pickled turnip, celeriac chip

Veal Agnolotti salva cremasco, truffle

Meatballs

Address: 9 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

Phone(212) 203-2121

acmenyc.com