Food Tour: New York City
Eater NY already dubbed this “the restaurant that everyone is talking about.” Not a surprise since the man behind it is Wylie Dufresne, creator of the equally buzzed-about WD-50. Sit down to Asian-fusion pigs in a blanket and a “Love Oolong Time” (tequila, oolong tea, and grapefruit) at a sleek chocolate-brown two-top. 157 Second Avenue, at East 10th Street.
Bushwick just got cool with this new sandwich spot by Fatty Cue alum Dan Ross-Leutwyler. A homey but sparse atmosphere and a paprika-slathered lamb bacalao are just two among many reasons to go. 173 Irving Avenue, at Stockholm Street, Brooklyn.
Gluten-free, vegan-crust pizza, i.e. healthy pizza? Can’t possibly be good, right? Wrong. This rustic West Village eatery tops its pies with satisfyingly original topping combinations: Try the pear, gorgonzola, and date or the artichoke, fennel, and kalamata olive. 535 Hudson Street, between Perry and Wild Streets.
Smorgasburg made us love the lobster roll (thank you, Red Hook Lobster Pound), and now it has a three-tiered incarnation at Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone’s The Lobster Club. You won’t feel like a fish out of water with these fresh sandwich choices. 169 Thompson Street, near Houston Street.
Bet you never expected to be attracted to Buddhism for its cooking practices, but Kajitsu’s Japanese “Shojin” cuisine derives from just that. The four- or eight-course prix fixe dinners are composed of seasonal ingredients and put special emphasis on presentation. And unlike the previous East Village location, lunch is also an option. 125 East 39th Street, near Lexington Avenue.
Old school Italian-American dining has come to Greenwich Village from chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi of Parm and Torrisi Italian Specialties. While the inspiration comes from mid-century New York Italian restaurants replete with Godfather-inspired tiling, the servers are outfitted in designer tuxes and the art has been curated by Vito Schnabel. Bonus: You have a say in the details of your meal. 181 Thompson St, between Bleecker & Houston Street.
Ivan Orkin, the Long Island-by-way-of-Tokyo toque, is bringing his acclaimed homemade ramen to his first permanent New York location after last year’s successful pop-up dinners in Momofuku Noodle Bar and the Breslin. This is far from the instant ramen of late night college food cravings, but a sophisticated twist on the Japanese wheat and rye noodle specialty. 25 Clinton Street between E Houston and Stanton Streets.
A new Mexican outpost for adventurous eaters, this unmarked restaurant (pronounced “shiksa”) located under the Brooklyn-Queens expressway serves up high-end, small plate twists on Mexican fare. Think butterfish tartare, worm salt, and guacamole nam prik num. The cozy, lounge-like atmosphere goes best with a Tequila Ocho reposado. 241 South Fourth Street (Havemeyer Street), South Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
By Allison Malecha