Nomad

Vini e Friti

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Overview:

Danny Meyer is on a roll opening new venues in 2017. His 3rd and newest space within The Redbury Hotel is Vini e Fritti. The concept is a Roman-style aperitivi bar, celebrating the marriage of bubbles and salty, crispy antipasti. Casual and unfussy small plates like fritto misto, housemade straciatella, and marinated vegetables - alongside Champagne, Italian wines, craft beers, refreshing spritzes, and cocktails.  Go to grab a quick drink and shared bite or have a more extensive evening with a full dinner.

Information:

Address 30 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 651-3800

Neighborhood: Nomad

Price: $$-$$$


 

Chikarashi

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Overview:

In a city painfully oversaturated with raw fish and poke places, Chikarashi rises far and above. The fast casual counter spot offers high end chirashi bowls for dine-in or take away. Chef MIchael Jong Lim is an alum of restaurants like Masa, Aldea & Neta so it's no surprise that the man knows what he is doing with fish. There are 11distinctive bowl options and weekly specials with the highest quality fish you can find like expertly sliced bluefin toro, hamachi and unagi. Creative options include Sichuan chili salmon with sansho mayonnaise, furikake, shoyu daikon & katsuo panko or negitoro don tartare with nigiri shoyu, avocado, nori & shiso. It is rare & exciting to find such quality in what is essentially a fast casual concept. Look for two more locations opening soon in Nomad & FiDi. 

Information:

Address: 227 Canal St, New York, NY 10013

Phone: (646) 649-5965

Neighborhood: Chinatown, Financial District, Nomad

Price: $$


 

The Little Beet

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Overview:

In just four short years The Little Beet has opened 6 locations with more on the way soon. It is a fast casual concept that commands some serious lunch lines and they have recently added breakfast. The concept is to take local, seasonal & natural ingredients to create a menu patrons can feel good about eating. Offerings are all gluten free and there are many vegetarian friendly options. Make your own green or grain bowl and choose from a laundry list of veggies including bok choy, charred sweet potato, roasted mushrooms and white beans. Pick one of six proteins and top with sauces like tumeric tahini, salsa verde, or walnut red pepper spread. You get the gist. Breakfast offers parfaits, sandwiches, and bowls like fried egg, grilled avocado, sweet potato, bacon & salsa verde. Great place to fill up fast and feel healthy.  

Information:

Address:  1140 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

2 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10121

320 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

135 W 50th St, New York, NY 10020

Phone:  (212) 682-0650

Neighborhood: Nomad, Midtown East, Midtown West

Price: $$


 

La Pecora Bianca


Overview

La Pecora Bianca is a breezy, sun drenched restaurant that debuted in 2015 from the team behind Claudette & Rosemary’s. The space operates as a coffee bar in the mornings, followed by lunch & dinner service. Whenever you go, you are sure to find a crowd of well dressed New Yorkers packed inside. The market-driven Italian cuisine focuses on seasonality so the selection is updated often. The menu is packed with vegetable dishes, grass fed meat & an array of seafood options.  Housemade pasta selection includes spaghetti with pomodoro sauce, tagliatelle with beef and pork Bolognese, and tortelloni with fava bean, sheep’s milk ricotta, and mint.

Information:

Address1133 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

Phone:  (212) 498-9696

Neighborhood: Nomad

Website: http://www.lapecorabianca.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

The Cannibal Liquor House  


Overview

Cannibal Liquor House is a bar by the Cannibal team, located next door to the original restaurant. The atmosphere is casual & dark, with a large bar and plenty of seating. As the name would suggest, they offer an array of cocktails and an impressive menu of bar bites. The offerings are meat heavy but there is a surprising range of vegetable friendly dishes. There are tons of snacks to graze on like house made chips, everything pretzels, and onion rings all done very well. If you'd like something more substantial burrata, clams, and even octopus are available. The star is the sandwiches, most exciting of which is the towering fried green tomato "burger" that comes piled high with two patties, bacon, smoked aioli and goat cheese. It's a fun place for casual evening or happy hour specials. 

Information:

Address 111 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

Phone:  (212) 685-5585

Neighborhood: Nomad

Website: http://thecanniballiquorhouse.com/

Price: $$-$$$


 

The Smith


Information

Address:  55 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10003

Phone: (212) 420-9800

Neighborhood: East Village (multiple locations)

Website: http://thesmithrestaurant.com/

Price: $$

Overview

The Smith first opened its East Village doors in 2007 and has since expanded to 5 power house locations in 10 years. The concept is simple - have a casual sleek environment with a huge crowd pleasing menu, and they will come. Each location is consistently packed with large groups of beautiful young New Yorkers. Try to get a seat during happy hour or brunch, I dare you. The menu reads like a who's who of American comfort food classics served in large portions for a decent price. I'm talking hot potato chips smothered in blue cheese fonue, fried green tomatoes, and arguably the best mac & cheese in the city. If you want to be healthy for some reason, there is actually an ample salad selection. Breakfast, lunch & dinner are served 7 days/week. This is not a place for a romantic date; re: VERY LOUD. Don't take your old Jewish dad here for a quiet brunch like I once did. It is however a lot of fun with a group and always hits the spot. 


 

Chalait


Overview 

Chalait is an interesting story. The concept was born from a husband & wife team with zero professional restaurant or culinary experience. In just a couple years they have opened the third location of their concept and they have made me (and many others) a huge fan. Each location is a coffee shop specializing in a signature line of matcha green tea beverages, with an excellent menu. The food is simple with nothing overtly adventurous but it is comforting, creative, and beautifully presented. The menu is split into sandwiches, greens & grains, and all day breakfast. Dishes are healthy with a ton of variety. For breakfast check out the breakfast plate with cured salmon, soft boiled egg, pickled red onion, capers, tomato, herbed labneh, multigrain toast (see I told you, variety). I am still dreaming of the kimchi bowl with farro brown rice, poached eggs & gochujang. I look forward to returning many more times. 

Information

Address:  299 W Houston St, New York, NY 10014

1216 Broadway, New York, NY 10001

 Chelsea Market, 75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, New York, NY 10011

Phone:  (212) 929 0266

Neighborhood: Hudson Square, Chelsea, Nomad

Website: https://www.chalait.com/

Price: $


 

The Clocktower


Overview

The Clocktower is old world elegance wrapped up in the modern Edition Hotel in Madison Square Park. The space encompasses the entire 2nd floor with 3 magnificent dining rooms lined with oak and floor-to-ceiling original photography of musicians, actors, and artists. There is a definite high-end posh feeling to everything going on around you. The dining room, where you will literally be served on silver platters, is run by restaurant powerhouse Stephen Starr. You'll find some English classics on the menu like fish & chips intermingled with American fare of mac n' cheese and Berkshire pork chops. Servers bring you everything you need, before you ever realize you need it and what they are bringing you is delicious. They are open for 3 services daily. If you can make it for brunch their phenomenal “Pignic Basket” with sausage roll, ham hock, eggs and soldiers, and piccalilli is an absolute must. It's not cheap, bring a date who will pay for you. 

Information:

Address 5 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010

Phone : 212 989 4180

Neighborhood: Flatiron  

Website :  http://theclocktowernyc.com/

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: hotel restaurants, English food, pomp & circumstance 


 

Massoni


Overview

You'll find Massoni on the ground floor of the newly opened Arlo Hotel in Nomad. Dale Talde has opened his first Italian-American space that boasts 3 services daily and an upscale "bodega" serving snacks like avocado toast and pizza by the slice. Inside his restaurant there is a comfortable bar/lounge that divides the hip industrial space where you will dine under a massive sleeping...buddah? pope? I really have no idea. At dinner you'll find juicy brick chicken, an ample fresh pasta menu, and a plethora of smaller plates to share. They make an excellent version of sheet tray pizza especially at breakfast when they pile it with bacon, cheese, sunny egg & srirancha ketchup. Keep an eye out for their rooftop space with 360 degree views of Manhattan, opening this spring. 

Information:

Address: 11 E 31st St, New York, NY 10016

Phone: (212)  951- 1141  

Neighborhood: Nomad    

Website :  http://www. Massoninyc.com

Price: $$$

Attire: Casual

Good for: hotel restaurants, pan pizza, grab n' go dining, rooftop drinks (coming soon) 


 

Massoni

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Smoked salmon & everything bagel - smear, tomato, onion, capers, dill

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avocado toast - corn, ricotta, sunny egg, calabrian chili oil

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polenta pancakes - prosciutto, brown butter syrup 

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breakfast  pizza - bacon, egg & cheese

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Nutella toast- grapes, hazelnuts, bananas

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Address: 11 East 31st Street, New York, NY 10016

Phone: 212-806-700

http://www.massoninyc.com/

Impero Caffe

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Hamachi Crudo - citrus, pistachio, ginger & controne chili

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Burrata & Salsa Verde-  beans & peas

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Olive Oil Poached Octopus - tomatoes, capers & fingerling potatoes

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Pasta al Pomodoro - chef's signature ragu

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Ricotta Raviolini - stewed baby tomatoes

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Campanelle - baby squid, clams and mussels

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Address: INNSIDE New York, 132 W 27th St, New York, NY 10001

Phone : (917) 409-5171

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Pondicheri

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Full review coming soon

ROSE CAKE - A riff on the beloved Indian Paan: sponge cake, rose petal jam, berries, rose water cream, toasted coconut & fennel 

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BREAKFAST SALAD - greens with spiced walnuts, currants, black channa, cucumber, yogurt drizzle, potato cake & fried eggs

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BUDDHA BUN KEBAB - Jain inspired grilled paneer, black channa & avocado pav bun | apple slaw, walnuts & cilantro chutney

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BEET UTTAPAM - fermented rice & lentil pancake with coconut sesame masala, amul cheese & a fried egg | potato cake, coconut salad, turmeric soup & cilantro chutney

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MUSHROOM FRANKIE - pan sautéed mushrooms with black channa, roasted vegetables & cumin yogurt

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SESAME PEANUT NOODLES

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Address:15 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001

Phone: 646.878.4375

http://www.pondichericafe.com/

Mexicue

Photo: Mexicue.com

Photo: Mexicue.com

I don’t typically gravitate towards chain restaurants. There’s nothing wrong with them, I grew up eating at Fridays, Applebees & Chilis. As a spoiled New Yorker today it’s not my #1 pick. However, I think some value can be found in their consistency & corporate nature. That being said, I went to Mexicue with friends for brunch and was pleasantly surprised.

I guess Mexicue is more of a mini-chain. They have 3 locations in NYC . The décor is polished but casual; a great place to drink with friends and be loud in a large space. They have a sprawling cocktail list happily weighted in tequila. The menu is a generous offering of Mexican, BBQ, and Tex-Mex favorites. The ingredients feel fresh, high end, and the dishes made with them are executed well. They have the food you crave in this environment like burritos & tacos. Their queso dip & guacamole are both executed perfectly. The tuna ceviche nachos were topped with perfectly chilled tuna sauced in a creamy, spicy chipotle sauce. The brunch dishes were excellent, try the chiliquiles or the huevos rancheros. When this much tequila, meat, and avocado are involved you’d have to be a monster to not be happy. Here’s what we had:

Tuna Ceiche Nachos – avocado, fresh lime juice, cilantro, watermelon radish, creamy chipotle sauce

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Chilaquiles – eggs, cheese, avocado, cilantro

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French Toast w/ blueberry & powdered sugar

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Huevos Rancheros – avocado, corn, clack beans, cheese, egg, cilantro

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Tacos:

Smoked Chicken smoked chicken, creamy chipotle sauce, lettuce, pico de gallo, and cotija cheese.

Cajun Shrimp – slaw, sliced mango, salasa verde, jalapeno mayo, cilantro

Smoky Carnitas smoky carnitas, white cheddar, crispy tortilla strips, corn salsa, creamy chipotle sauce

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Address225 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Phone(646) 922-7289

www.Mexicue.com