These Fancy Chefs Are Serving the Masses with Their New Fast-Casual Restaurants
It’s no secret that we indulge our love of cheap eats constantly. Our love of fancy-pants, boundary-pushing cuisine, on the other hand, is sadly relegated to special occasions and whenever rich Aunt Ethel is in town.
But the foodie powers that be must have heard our prayers, because some of the city’s most celebrated chefs are opening casual (and affordable) concepts. These four new spots bring fine-dining technique to everything from breakfast sandwiches to poké—and we’re not mad about it.
Yes, poké spots are pretty much ubiquitous at this point, but how many of them have a Michelin-starred sushi chef at the helm? Oahu native Masashi Ito (of omakase bar Suzhi Zo) brings his seafood wizardry and dedication to top-quality fish to the menu, which includes both a classic tuna combo and a bowl with lobster, sweet onion, seaweed and wasabi-soy dressing.
Two locations in Manhattan; pokechan.com
Eleven Madison Park may be closing for renovations soon, but the fine-dining team is keeping busy with a brand-new lunch and dinner spot—where the most expensive dish is $22. (Be still our heart.) Expect the same culinary brilliance in composed bowls (like one with steak á la Plancha, roasted broccoli and crispy rice) roast chicken and herb frites, and soft serve with oat shortbread and honey brittle. Oh, and did we mention there’s rosé on tap?
8 W. 28th St.; madenicenyc.com
Du’s Donuts & Coffee
Even if you’re not a card-carrying foodie, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Wylie Dufresne, the science-obsessed chef behind the legendary (now closed) wd~50. Lucky for us, he’s now bringing his madcap sensibilities to doughnuts, in flavors like creamsicle, banana graham and peanut butter yuzu. (Oh, and they’re Instagrammable as all get out.)
107 N. 12th St., Brooklyn; 718-215-8770 or dusdonuts.com
The all-day counterpart to Union Square Café has already become a neighborhood staple. Stop by for an everything croissant, next-level breakfast sandwiches and something magical called “cake in a cup,” which comes drizzled with espresso-chocolate ganache. In case you’re wondering: Cake definitely tastes better when eaten with a spoon.
103 E. 19th St.; 212-488-1505 dailyprovisionsnyc.com