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The Polo Bar – Review

The Polo Bar

Posted on May 12, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews, RG's Favorites

21 Club and Monkey Bar, eat your heart out. There’s finally a new power scene spot in the no man’s land that is midtown, dubbed the The Polo Bar, and it’s single-handedly reviving the notion of “see and be seen.” Throngs of food and lifestyle writers have gushed about random Rihanna, Beyonce, and Barbara Walters sightings at this hot, New York haunt…

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Asia De Cuba

Asia De Cuba

Posted on May 1, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

I don’t know about you, but boy am I glad to see Chino Latino Asia De Cuba move back into town… into the space that formerly housed Butter, nonetheless.  Their savory-sweet Crispy Calamari and Banana Salad is back and just as good as I remembered it.  And so are a few other signatures, like the Tuna Tartare and the Crab Dumplings, though much of the menu has been reinvented by Cuban native, chef Luis Pous, who made a splash at Little Palm Island with his Cuban-cum-French cooking. At Asia De Cuba, Puis is trying his hand at a fusion of Latin and Asian cuisines, dreaming up Black Bean & Plantain Empanadas, Shrimp Churros, and Barrio Chino Steak.  There’s a slew of tasty Ceviches, including a beautifully balanced Scallop ceviche with grapefruit and pork cracklings, and supremely fresh ribbons of Fluke...

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Beaubourg – First Bite

Posted on Apr 21, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

I’ll admit I get neighborhood envy. How could I not? I live on the Upper East Side. And while we’ve admittedly made strides with the addition of Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette and the like, we have a long, long way to go. So you can imagine how jelly donuts I was to hear about the new French marketplace that is Le District all the way down in Battery Park…

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Shuko – Review

Shuko

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews, RG's Favorites

The thing about Shuko is that it’s strangely not easy to find online. If you google this new, sushi joint in the East Village, a fashion site by the name of Shuku New York comes up for the bulk of the first page, which makes you wonder exactly how it ever became the hottest restaurant in town. And the fact that they have just 20 precious seats along the sushi bar (and a few tables for two) doesn’t help matters much…

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Santina – Review

Posted on Mar 3, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

You might say the Major Food Group is on, well, a major roll. It all started with Torrisi Italian Specialties, a deli by day, ambitious tasting menu destination by night, which redefined Italian-American cooking and then some. It was here that Mario Carbone, Rich Torrisi, and Jeff Zalaznick single-handedly made red sauce joints cool again…

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Lincoln Square Steak Jazzes Up New York’s Pre-Show Dining Scene

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 in First Bite, Restaurant Spotting

There are at least two nonflexible prerequisites for a traditional steakhouse; the space must be grand and cozy, and you must source and serve a perfect steak (a killer wine list and assortment of cream and butter-drenched side dishes doesn’t hurt either!). Lincoln Square Steakhouse checks both boxes, plus a few more besides…

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Zuma – First Bite

Zuma

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 in First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

New York is an intimidating place to open a restaurant… to say the least. Even the most celebrated chefs in the world hesitate before dropping a restaurant in Manhattan. And many never dare. So it’s a big deal when a successful chain decides to open up shop on New York turf. Such is the case with Zuma, which just opened its ninth outpost on Madison Avenue near 38th Street…

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Restaurant Spotting: Bara

Bara

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 in First Bite, First Bite, Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

The East Village is arguably New York’s top dining destination right now, with more than its share of noteworthy newcomers (Tuome, Huertas, King Bee, GG’s, Bowery Meat Company, Root and Bone, & Empellon al Pastor), and just as many seminal institutions, like Russ & Daughters, Prune, & Momofuku Noodle Bar. But the restaurant we’re most excited about hasn’t made anyone’s “hot” list yet, which means you can actually still snag a prime time table…

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Masseria Dei Vini – First Bite

Masseria Dei Vini

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

Come winter, I start craving pasta. (Not that I don’t in the spring, summer, and fall, too. It’s just that my cravings get more serious.) When the wind is whipping frigid air, slush is everywhere ,and cabs are few and far between, a warm bowl of pasta is a magical thing. If you’ve ever had one of Michael White’s renditions, like spaghetti with sea urchin and crab, or fusilli with octopus and bone marrow, you know exactly what I’m talking about…

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Semilla – Reviewed

Semilla

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

Ever had reservation regret? You know… when you reserve a Saturday night, prime time table for some hip, new Italian and your date (or you yourself) suddenly declares they’re craving sushi? It’s a lose-lose situation. Stick with what you’ve got and your date’s likely already made up their mind they hate it…

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Blenheim – First Bite

Blenheim

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 in First Bite, Reviews

Blenheim is not a place you want to be on a cold winter’s night. (At least not until they fix the heat!) On the night I dined there, it was nearly as cold inside as it was outside. (A frigid 16 degrees to be exact.) So dress accordingly and throw back a few cocktails to stay warm. Named after an 150-acre farm called Blenheim Hill in the Catskills, Blenheim makes its own dairy and grows its own pigs, lamb, and beef right upstate…

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Hot Restaurant Openings to Watch for in 2015

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting, Sneak Peek

While we feel like we’ve hardly even made headway in the list of restaurants we wanted to try last year, New York’s ever-expanding dining industry stops for no man. And 2015 looks like it’s going to offer another serious onslaught of eateries! From a new & improved outpost of Amanda Cohen’s Dirt Candy to the surprising resurrection of Jonathan Waxman’s ‘80’s-era favorite, Jams…

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Little Park – Reviewed

Little Park

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

Flawless is how I would sum up my first dinner at Little Park, with the exception of a semi dry Chocolate Rye Cake. But everything else was dreamy. Especially the Black Kale Ravioli – utterly autumnal and perfectly al dente pillows of pasta tucked with kale and anointed with a Squash Sauce of sorts – the kind of dish that makes you admit that cold weather has its benefits. The finishing touch is cipollini onions and a crunchy hailstorm of toasted pine Nuts for textural benefit…

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The Most Influential Chefs of 2014

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

There are a number of restaurants that managed to rise above the considerable pack, to emerge as our favorite new eateries of 2014. But whether or not their establishments ultimately nabbed a spot on our “Best Of” list, it’s hard to ignore the impact the following chefs made on New York’s dining scene last year, from relative newbie, Thomas Chen, who came out of left field to open the utterly fabulous modern Chinese spot, Tuome to…

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The Best Manhattan Restaurants of 2014

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 in Best Of, Hottest Newcomers

It’s pretty astounding how many new restaurants open in New York each year, though to be sure, some are a lot more noteworthy than others. So as 2014 draws to a close, we’re reflecting on the establishments that really made an impact on Manhattan’s dining scene, from Enrique Olvera’s Mexican juggernaut, Cosme, to an unexpected sleeper hit — the modern Chinese eatery, Tuome.

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Best Brooklyn & Queens Restaurants of 2014

Posted on Dec 26, 2014 in Best Of, Brooklyn, Hottest Newcomers, Restaurant Spotting

The outer boroughs might never be able to compete with Manhattan when it comes to their sheer number of annual restaurant openings. But that doesn’t mean there was a lack of dining excitement in Brooklyn and Queens this year. Which is why we’re showcasing some of our favorite, far-flung spots of 2014, from Semilla, a fantastic, vegetable-focused tasting room in Williamsburg, to…

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Bowery Meat Company – Reviewed

Bowery Meat Company

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

It’s hard not to love Josh Capon. He’s one of those effusive, larger than life chefs who wears his passion for cooking on his sleeve. In the case of the Bowery Meat Company, it’s his unconditional love of meat that drives the menu. He won the popular Burger Bash many times, and opened a bustling joint called Burger & Barrel just a few years ago. But Bowery Meat Company is his first “steakhouse” of sorts, a joint effort…

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Cosme – First Bite

Cosme

Posted on Nov 24, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews, RG's Favorites

Cosme is an impossible reservation; the kind that can drive a foodie crazy because it feels too important not to eat there, and yet, it’s nearly impossible to snag a table. I guess word that one of the world’s best chefs just opened up shop in town travels fast, nevermind a Mexican joint, which we New Yorkers don’t have enough of…

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Upland – First Bite

Upland

Posted on Nov 10, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

Do you remember the super short-lived restaurant that was Manzanilla? I’d eaten at Dani Garcia’s Michelin-starred eatery in Marbella, but Manzanilla wasn’t all that. In fact, the food was pretty awful, which is always depressing when a talented chef is in the mix. But let’s not dwell on the past. Especially when Stephen Starr opened such a breath of fresh air in its wake. While Manzanilla was dark and void of personality, Upland has a gorgeous glow to it…

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Tuome – Review

Tuome

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 in Hottest Newcomers, Reviews

I wasn’t expecting to stumble on such a buzzy vibe at East Village newcomer, Tuome, on such a rainy night. Chinese fusion — oh how I hate the F word — isn’t exactly in fashion. In fact, most people are wary of any fusion at all. (The mere mention often makes people cringe!) And yet, there I was filing into a packed dining room, filled with the energy of eager eaters, nibbling away on a hybrid of Chinese and New American cooking…

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