By Francesca Conlin | February 14, 2019 | Food & Drink
With the temperatures nearing freezing, there’s no better time to find yourself lingering in a restaurant for hours on end, ordering dish after dish and craft cocktails galore (after all, it is sweater season—you have plenty of time to work it all off before summer comes). In Manhattan, there’s no shortage of spots to try, but until Spring, you’ll find us sipping and dining at the city’s newest culinary destinations to open their doors.
The downtown outpost of everyone’s favorite uptown restaurant brings elegant Chinese dining to the Meatpacking District. The new location will feature the brand’s signature family-style menu emphasizing traditional Beijing cuisine but also a late-night menu and service to tailor to the neighborhood’s evening crowd in a subterranean dining space.
From the team behind Banter in Greenwich Village comes this Lower East Side Australian restaurant. Open from brunch to late night, expect seasonally inspired dishes that nod to the Commonwealth (think: Yorkshire Pudding) but also a lot of Greek and Italian influences with fare like stracciatella and buttery king prawns. The drink menu prominently features coffee and gin cocktails made with Four Pillars Gin and Mr. Black Coffee liqueur (both Aussie brands) for a buzz with a kick. Don’t be afraid to order a little of everything as the dishes mix and match perfectly together and be sure to grab a seat at the bar to watch all the action happening in the kitchen with a quick tidbit or two from the chef.
The beloved cocktail bar on Irving Place is finding a second home at the new Aliz Hotel. Located on the hotel’s 41st and 42nd floors, amazing skyline views act as the backdrop for the 40th floor’s James Bond-inspired space (opening January 2019) and the 41st floor’s Art Deco-themed interior with velvet-covered furniture and two large terraces (opening March 2019). Travel back in time with craft cocktails that celebrate New York State spirits and old favorites by Bar Director and Partner Meaghan Dorman, including the Boulevardier, Gibson, and Paloma. The food menu includes fan-favorite fare from the downtown location such as "Peel & Eat Prawns," smoked sturgeon rillettes, kobe steak tartare, and more, with expanded offerings that maintain a focus on upscale “finger foods.”
A long-time favorite and two-time “World’s Best Bar” winner, The Dead Rabbit is by no means new, but with their recent re-opening to unveil their newly expanded space, it earns a spot on this list. Now more the 250 guests can be accommodated in the space versus the original 100 and highlights include an extended taproom, a dedicated Irish coffee bar, an extended parlor, and a brand new kitchen designed to serve an ambitious food menu, including making former weekly specials permanent dishes.
If your next warm-weather vacation is too far away for your liking, escape the cold temperatures with a trip to this SoHo spot. The space reimagines Grupo Gitano’s famed restaurant of the same name in Tulum, Mexico, transporting you south with the architecture of the Yucatan Peninsula—no plane ticket required. Traditional Mexican and Mayan dishes developed by Michelin-starred, consulting chef, Mads Refslund, in collaboration with head chef Yvan Lemoine are complemented by tropical libations. Visit this hidden tropical oasis inside the James New York.
Head back in time to the golden era of New York City at Valerie, the new bi-level cocktail bar and restaurant located in Bryant Park. On the extensive drink list you’ll find a whole section is devoted to just gin and tonics as well as modern drinks like a Penicillin and Prohibition-era libations like a Last Word. A bistro-inspired menu with plates to share but also larger entrees for a heartier sit-down meal offer variety for all kinds of occasions. Combine the two with the Art Deco-inspired decor, and Valerie is just as classic and timeless as it is stylish and modern.
The newest addition to Gramercy Park, Gupshup brings the cuisine of Bombay to the Big Apple. Inside you’ll find a nostalgic vibe matching owner Jimmy Rizvi and chef Gurpreet Singh’s vision of old Bombay. Super fresh and natural ingredients infuse the classic-Indian-with-a-twist dishes, evident in their brand new brunch program, which launched just in time for the sub-zero weather. You’ll want to head here each weekend for the tandoor grilled seasonal fruit, masala egg bhurji, and burgers, including aloo tikki and lamb chapli, which blend traditional Indian preparations with New York sensibilities.
This soon-to-be-open rustic Italian restaurant from hef Stefano Secchi and co-owner David Switzer will be serving up dishes rooted in the traditions of Emilia Romagna. Chef Secchi spent several years in Modena, Italy, at the famed Osteria Francescana under Mossimo Bottura while perfecting the art of handmade pasta under Nonna Laura Morandi at Hosteria Giusti. Rezdôra is actually the Modenese word for grandmother—the matriarch of the famiglia who typically hand rolls the pasta, so it’s no surprise that the menu will offer freshly made pastas and vegetables from nearby greemarkerts. You’ll also find other specialty products and ingredients from Italy, rounding out this authentic culinary experience. Opening late February/early March.