Wednesday, July 15, 2009

On the Horizon

There are new restaurants sprouting up in New York all the time and as the reviews roll in, I check out the menus and try to keep a list of the ones I most want to eat at, in hopes of avoiding the "Where should we eat?" dilemma.

A few of the places currently making the cut:

Gus & Gabriel - This is the latest from Michael Psilakis, the man behind Kefi, Mia Dona and Anthos. It's a gastropub - a pub, but one that aims to serve better food than standard pub fare. The menu includes a meatball hero, burgers and hot dogs, and mac & cheese. Serious Eats has a lovely visual review of many of the dishes.

222 W 79th Street
(between Amsterdam Ave & Broadway)
New York, NY 10024
(212) 362-7470

Locanda Verde: A new Italian restaurant in Tribeca's Greenwich Hotel. A whole mishmash of names are involved in this one - Robert DeNiro (his former restaurant, Ago, failed in the same spot); Andrew Carmellini, former chef at Madison Square Park Italian spot A Voce; Karen DeMasco, former pastry chef at Craft; and Ken Friedman, co-owner of The Spotted Pig, was involved with the restaurant's design. Again, Serious Eats provides us with a good analysis of breakfast, lunch and dinner. It looks superbly promising.

377 Greenwich St
(between Franklin St & Moore St)
New York, NY 10013
(212) 925-3797

Corton: Another hot place in Tribeca, this more contemporary, upscale French restaurant is backed by a powerhouse duo of restaurateur Drew Nieporent and chef Paul Liebrandt. He was named one of Food & Wine magazine's Best New Chefs in 2009 and Times critic Frank Bruni has given Corton three stars.

239 West Broadway (between Walker & White Streets)
New York, NY 10013
(t) 212.219.2777

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