NYC’s Best New Restaurants: November 2015
Mmm, s’mores dip
This winter, you have two options.
First, you could hide under your cozy cable-knit blanket until the Rockefeller Christmas tree is replaced with those beautiful spring tulip arrangements.
Or you could check out one of these amazing new restaurants that just opened…while you can actually still get a reservation.
We’re doing option two.
You can get a decent General Tso’s chicken on every block in New York City, but what about raw lobster with winter melon and peony oil? This new high-end hangout in the Waldorf Astoria is serving up gorgeous Chinese delicacies, including one hell of a raw bar.
540 Lexington Ave. (at 50th St.); 212-872-4913 or lachinenyc.com
BLANK SLATE COFFEE + KITCHEN
There’s obviously no shortage of excellent coffee shops in NYC, but does the place you take your daily java break serve…s’mores dip?! We’re drooling over this decadent treat, which is essentially just chocolate and mini marshmallows baked in a cast iron pan and served with graham crackers. Yeah, it has other stuff, but honestly, we’re having too much trouble concentrating to tell you about it.
121 Madison Ave. (at 30th St.); 212-683-7800 or blankslatenyc.com
Ever heard of Quality Meats, the super-fancy steakhouse near Central Park? Well, this is Quality Eats, a spin-off that focuses not on rib eyes and porterhouses, but on less expensive cuts, like bavette steak, short ribs and patty melts. Sides like tasty tabbouleh with kabocha squash and beets complement the meats.
19 Greenwich Ave. (at Charles St.); 212-337-9988 or qualityeats.com
LE PETIT PARISIEN
You don’t have to book a trip to France to have a tres magnifique lunch. This quaint café is bringing authentic baguette sandwiches to NYC, ranging from a traditional ham with butter to the more adventurous Édith Piaf, featuring duck rillettes and cornichons.
32 E. Seventh St. (at Second Ave.); 917-262-0406 or lepetitparisien.com
HINOMARU KO RAMEN
It takes a lot to get us to schlep out to Astoria, but after the first HinoMaru Ramen location in Queens earned a Michelin Bib Gourmand, we’ve got high hopes for this new noodle joint on the opposite end of the neighborhood. Order your bowl with fireballs (spicy miso balls) if you dare.
4206 30th Ave. (at 42nd St.), Queens; 718-777-8838 or hinomaruramen.com
Former Mas (Farmhouse) partner Hugh Crickmore is teaming up with former Blanca chef de cuisine Alex Leonard on a new joint that’s much classier than the name suggests. Think lamb tartare with mint and shrimp salt, guinea hen with bread sauce and carrots and a $54 chicken yakitori dish with scallions and smoked cabbage that’s designed to share.
178 Stanton St. (at Attorney St.); 212-257-0509 or lowlifenyc.com