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New and Noteworthy Restaurants June 2014

Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants: June 2014

The city that never sleeps always eats

There’s nothing lazy about the days of summer in the NYC restaurant world. While most businesses slip into vacation mode, chefs and restaurateurs are as busy as ever with brand-new openings. This month brings a permanent home for a Smorgasburg favorite; a sweet reopening for a Sandy-ravaged dessert spot; and new offerings from culinary heavy-hitters Keith McNally, David Burke and Daniel Humm.


Dining room at Annabel (Photo: Courtesy of Annabel)

Dining room at Annabel (Photo: Courtesy of Annabel)

Hell’s Kitchen just got a little hotter, thanks to the wood-fired oven at this artisanal pizzeria. From the team behind another neighborhood standby, Thalia, the pies here range from the classic (margherita) to the cutting edge (duck prosciutto, ricotta and blueberry chutney). But while the focus is on pizza, there’s much more coming from the kitchen, including pasta, whole fish and a nice array of seasonal salads. 809 Ninth Ave., 212-245-2215,

Bar Chuko
Think of the menu at this new izakaya as the Cliffs Notes to Japanese cuisine. Pretty much every culinary genre of the Land of the Rising Sun is represented here, from bowls of ramen to yakitori skewering every edible part of a chicken. Even the oft-overlooked okonomiyaki, savory Japanese pancakes topped with cabbage, makes an impressive appearance. Everything is snack-sized and gently priced — all the better to explore the expansive range of a culture. 565 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn, 347-425-9570,

Cherche Midi
In a classic why-fix-what’s-not-broken scenario, restaurateur Keith McNally returns to his tried-and-true Gallic formula after pizza-centric Pulino’s didn’t quite work out. This bistro picks up winning cues from its brethren — including Balthazar and Minetta Tavern — with a menu different enough so as not to compete with Lower East Side sibling, and neighbor, Schiller’s. What you’ll find here: frog legs with green garlic veloute; a prime rib burger with bacon marmalade and gruyere; and a lovely cheese service. 282 Bowery, 212-226-3055,


David Burke Fabrick (Photo: Courtesy of David Burke)

David Burke Fabrick (Photo: Courtesy of David Burke)

David Burke Fabrick
The Garment District has been on pins-and-needles for a good restaurant for some time now. Finally, chef David Burke opens a spot that you can picture Tim Gunn dining in. Set inside the new Archer Hotel, Fabrick nods to the neighborhood industry not only in name, but in some rather innovative design elements as well, such as an entire wall made from pink Himalayan salt brick. And as in the chef’s inimitable style, nothing feels fabricated about the menu at all, from a ratatouille and goat cheese parfait to angry lobster Bolognese. 47 W. 38th St., 212-302-3838,

Dear Irving
Cross the threshold here to enter the romantic New York City of Washington Irving: a time when horse-drawn carriages clip-clopped through the cobblestones. A time when gaslights illuminated the darkened streets. A time before skyscrapers and when “uptown” meant 14th Street. While visiting Old NYC, discover what’s new in the cocktail climate, with 15 original drinks from Raines Law Room’s Meaghan Dorman, and nibbles that pay homage to local product, as in a New York State rabbit rillette. 55 Irving Pl., no phone,

Il Mulino Prime
The original branch was the site of a famously bromantic lunch between Presidents Clinton and Obama. Now, the Italian icon opens a SoHo spot, even more fitting for wooing a man-crush. This steak and chophouse is decked-out with faux taxidermy and quotes from Hemingway on the walls, and dishes with high-testosterone appeal, including a 16-ounce bison ribeye, a veal chop Milanese and a 3-pound lobster. 331 West Broadway, 212-226-0020,

Landhaus at The Woods
A favorite Smorgasburg vendor finds a permanent home as the farm-to-sandwich stand now goes farm-to-table within the Woods Bar in Williamsburg. Featuring indoor and outdoor beer-garden-type seating, the newly expanded global menu includes crispy duck wings with Korean chili glaze and pork chops with sweet corn puree, Swiss chard and salsa verde. 48 S. 4th St., Brooklyn, 718-710-5020,


La Newyorkina Tiendita (Photo: Courtesy of La Newyorkina)

La Newyorkina Tiendita (Photo: Courtesy of La Newyorkina)

La Newyorkina Tiendita
Hurricane Sandy may have wrecked Fany Gerson’s Red Hook space, but not her spirit. The reina of Mexican-themed sweets has reopened, and fans are especially delighted that her seasonal ice pops (“paletas”), in refreshing flavors such as spicy pineapple and hibiscus raspberry, are back, along with her signature brownies, gummies and brittles. 61 Commerce St., Brooklyn, 917-669-4591,

Sometimes you do have to go home again, and for chef Polo Dobkin, taking over the space where he earned a Michelin star is especially bittersweet, or Meadowsweet, rather. Dobkin was the chef at the spot for seven years when it was Dressler. He left; the restaurant closed; and now he’s back, with dishes such as Chatham cod “pil pil” poised to win the chef even more stellar attention. 149 Broadway, Brooklyn, 718-384-0673,

NoMad Bar
Can there truly be too much of a good thing? Not according to fans of the NoMad, who now have a brand-new space, with a separate menu, to add to the myriad other Will Guidara and Daniel Humm-run options within the hotel of the same name. In this bi-level beauty, Humm serves his rendition of pub food, which includes a chicken pot pie with black truffle and foie gras. 10 W. 28th St., 212-796-1500,

For more new and notable restaurants:

Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants May 2014
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants April 2014
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants March 2014
Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants February 2014

Top 10 New and Noteworthy Restaurants January 2014



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