by Justine Goodman - 81 Reviews - 104 List
The new year in New York is off to a good start in the restaurant world. Bagatelle gets a makeover and reopens as Beaumarchais Brasserie, while the Cooper Square Hotel goes swank with the Trilby. Meanwhile, the Astor Room is giving New Yorkers a reason to go to Queens (yes, seriously), and the Brooklyn Star is back in action. Get the scoop with our guide to the best new restaurants in New York, along with the latest in local dining news. (Photo: Flickr user chipgriffin
Updated: December 23, 2009
This just-opened Williamsburg restaurant features a horseshoe-shaped bar and a vintage New Orleans-style theme. Menu offerings include an extensive array of oysters plus muffalettas, gumbo and a high-end cocktail list. Better yet, it's all available `til 4am daily.
This 3,000 square foot beauty, housed in the old Kaufman Studios in Astoria, has been restored and re-launched as what is being called a destination supper club. Retro dishes include lobster thermidor and beef wellington, and thanks to The Astor Room's menu of finely tuned cocktails, it'll be easy to forget you traveled all the way to Queens.
This Hell's Kitchen French-American restaurant is owned by two Le Bernardin vets; the kitchen is helmed by a chef whose resume includes Daniel and the Standard Hotel; the pastry chef hails from Eleven Madison Park; and the space was designed by the same team behind fancy sushi spot Masa. Unlike those other New York restaurants, La Silhouette is actually affordable. Why are you still sitting there?
Michael White's latest Italian opus is this midtown restaurant, located on the second floor of the Setai Hotel. A number of seafood dishes are the menu's focus, but, this being a Michael White Italian spot, a variety of pastas are also served. Not in the mood for seafood or pasta? Try the Pat LaFrieda White Label burger.
The new incarnation of MePa District hot spot Bagatelle is not that different from the original. The menu is comprised of surprisingly good (if pricey) French fare, which nevertheless plays second string to the rowdy, Euro-friendly scene. Expect spontaneous 12am dance parties.
If you can overlook the spelling (?Eatz? with a Z? Really?), there just may turn out to be a lot to love about ?Top Chef? Angelo Sosa's new spot, which features a menu of Asian-inflected specialties that includes smoked ribs doused in Korean pepper sauce.
East Villagers have four ways to experience David Chang's cooking, from Momofuku Ssam Bar to Momofuku Ko to the Momofuku Noodle Bar and the Milk Bar. But poor midtowners only have one option?Ma Peche?and it doesn't offer any sweets. Until now. Chang has officially added a dessert option (just one for now, but that's better than nothing!) at Ma Peche: an apple tart with pastry cream and caraway. Mmmm.