As the temperature drops, NYC’s cultural scene is heating up—here’s what you can’t miss.
53’s sleek new Midtown space
Restaurateur Ahmass Fakahany brings his passion project to life with new contemporary yet edgy Asian eatery 53. Located above MoMA’s new extended wing in Midtown, within an 82-story Jean Nouvel-designed residential tower, the three-level restaurant fuses Asian cuisine with the artistic vibe of the city. “For some time, I have wanted to open in New York City an elevated Asian cuisine experience with different flavors and tastes in a comfortable and chic atmosphere, similar to many of the wonderful places I visited in grand hotels or stand-alone venues in key cities across Asia,” Fakahany says. Singaporean chef-partner Akmal Anuar and executive chef Mark Yu have created a well-crafted array of Cantonese dishes with Japanese ingredients and Southeast Asian influences. Early favorites include the sambal skate wrapped in bamboo leaf, served with a housemade cincalok sauce. 53 W. 53rd St.
A 53 cocktail
French chocolatier Thierry Atlan took to the streets of New York City to opens its first brick-and-mortar, where the brand’s handcraft ed chocolates, macarons and ice cream can now be experienced in person. Born in Troyes, France’s Champagne region, Atlan began working with chocolate from a young age and in 1997 was awarded the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France Chocolatier (Best Craft sman of France). In 2015, he officially launched the brand with his daughter, Julie. “One of our goals has always been to create a space where we can interact with our customers and curate a unique experience for them,” Atlan says. “The new boutique gives us the chance to explain the intricacies of our production process and the flavor profiles of each product as well as let the customers sample some of our new products. … Being able to share that enthusiasm with our customers has been a dream.” 436 West Broadway
Explore Thierry Atlan’s delectable treats in person at its new Broadway shop.
A classic Cipriani meringue cake
Experience the charm of Italy at Harry’s Table by Cipriani, the newest culinary destination at 2 Waterline Square. Designed by London-based Martin Brudnizki, the 28,000-square-foot space is the first food market by the Cipriani family. “Our goal is to create a kitchen away from home for residents and the neighborhood, as well as an interesting and fun destination for visitors,” says CEO Giuseppe Cipriani. Inside, guests can dine at the Bellini restaurant, shop and explore offerings from vendors such as an artisan butcher by Fossil Farms, a cheesemonger and fishmonger. A coffee bar, pizza bar, pasta counter, and gelato and pastry shop are also on the scene. 235 Freedom Place S.
Collectible design gallery Gabriel & Guillaume recently opened its first permanent space in the Steinway Tower and will kick things off with a debut solo exhibition titled Haptic Memory: Recent Works by Vince Palacios, an L.A.-based ceramic artist. Co-founded by Nancy Gabriel and Guillaume Excoffier in 2013, the gallery continues to acquire historical 20th century art and design pieces and features limited-edition works from emerging designers from Lebanon, Europe and the U.S. The gallery has hosted exhibitions all over the world including Beirut and Paris—and now finds a permanent home here on the East Coast. Haptic Memory, Sept. 9-Nov. 10, 111 W. 57th St.
Photography by: FROM TOP: PHOTO BY ALEXANDER STEIN/COURTESY OF RESTAURANT; PHOTO BY ALEXANDER STEIN/COURTESY OF RESTAURANT; THIERRY ATLAN PHOTO BY ALEX STANILOFF; CAKE PHOTO COURTESY OF BRAND