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Looking for eateries and restaurants that have opened up in the last 6 months
New Yorker living on the lower east side, a cook with locavore leanings, political, environmentalist, traveler,
food obsessed, writer...
Genuine opens it's second NYC location at the crossroads of Little Italy and Chinatown. The room is fun and funky with a 70's retro style replete with a wall dedicated to cassette tapes and an old cassette player. The food, however, is very much up to the moment, With a feature "special" by a different celeb chef Fish and Chips by Paul Liebrandt is currently featured. Drinks Guru Eben Freeman is in charge of the juice bar and resident mixologist. Brad Farmerie does Savory and Sam Mason's amazing Ice Cream creations round out the menu. The set up is casual, you order at the counter, get a number and the food is delivered to your table or you can get it for take out. The menu features a dynamic selection of foods with a tilt towards healthier eating. The wild caught Baja style Ahi Tuna Taco is a stand out as is the Tuna Burger with slaw. Buttermilk Battered family Farmed Chicken can be had on Waffles with honey, pepper, butter or on a salad (my favorite). Best of all Genuine is reasonably priced and open from breakfast to late night.
New York food enthusiast for 10+ years
One of my favorite new restaurants in this area. The burger was phenomenal but pretty much everything looks good on this menu.
about 2 years ago
Marilyn La Jeunesse
New York City
Writer & self-proclaimed foodie
Marilyn La Jeunesse
This places sounds amazing! I can't wait to try the tacos!
Native New Yorker... I know what's good around here
Genuine is one of the best new inexpensive dining options in the LES. The Genuine burger reminds me a bit of the shake shack burger (a great thing in my book), although the Genuine burger is covered in a wonderful tangy 'house sauce' that really distinguishes it. I'd also highly recommend the stringy sweet potato fries. They come with a great ranch dipping sauce, and great sauces seems to be a theme here.
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ex-music snob, urban outdoorsman, digital media guy
"Seasonal", "farm-to-table", "Modern American cuisine"... ugh, gag. New Yorkers now roll their eyes as new restaurants come and go ascribing to these lofty ideals. At first glance, Virginia's in Alphabet City falls within that category-- but don't be fooled. Stepping inside, Virginia's cozy interior oozes character and warmth (framed vintage menus, ceiling-to-floor windows, marble bar, oak tables). Think cozy local bistro for a first date or catching with a friend, as opposed to a big night out. But it's Christian Ramos (sous-chef from Per Se) menu that makes this a summertime treat: light and eclectic highlights include braised duck with fermented soybean, seared cuttlefish, and Striped Bass with saffron. While my guest enjoyed the chocolate beet cake for dessert, I preferred the Lemon Pound Cake with coconut and basil flavors. Wine selections under $50/bottle were a treat, with assistance from co-owner Reed Adelson (alum of Locanda Verde). Enjoying a meal with locals and and curious minds from the restaurant industry, we toasted to this breathe of fresh air in the East Village dining scene.
Lover of French cuisine
Loved your description...looked up their menu and looks like a gem. Thanks!
Co-founder of RoundTable
Originally part of Smorgasbord, the popularity of these unique tacos led chef-owner Duvaldi Marneweck to open a popup in the LES. They served what are called paratha tacos, which are flaky, buttery, crunchy shells that the owner describes as part tortilla, part croissant. They offer some phenomenal flavor combinations, and their signature taco is the pork belly with red cabbage and chipotle mayo. The chicken chorizo was my personal favorite. This is a spot I've told all my taco-loving friends to try.
Marketing consultant, food network voyeur
Great recommendation. This is a wonderful little hidden gem of the LES.
Taking life one delicious bite at a time
This East Village eatery opened by three Per Se alums is one of my favorite new restaurants. They serve Hawaiian-inspired cuisine, which they describe as a mix between Filipino, Japanese and Korean. The seaweed-wrapped corned beef musubi was my favorite dish, and though the portions are small, the meal is quite affordable with entrees all under $22. The plating and overall attention to detail is exquisite, as you might expect from owners with the Per Se pedigree.
Dessert before dinner!
Super helpful! I've heard really good things about this place. I love that it's not too expensive.
Incredible spot from the Pearl & Ash team, and located right next door. The menu is French done with an American-easy-sensibility. Chef Daniel Eddy used to cook at the acclaimed Spring in Paris, and brings high-end yet casual bistro food to this spot on the Bowery. Highly recommend the fluke, the scallops, the duck, and the monkfish. Also, don't miss out on the incredibly reasonably priced 80+ page wine list. Patrick, the owner, will be all too happy to recommend a fantastic bottle for under $50 bucks. We recently had a 1999 Savennieres for $49 that satisfied the most picky of groups.
Private chef specializing in Italian, French
Love the tip about the Savennieres! What a deal!
Craft beers and cooking are my passions
I had no idea this was a sister-restaurant to Pearl & Ash. Sounds like a great place to take my coworkers.
This place is on point! Food, decor, service, ambience and anything else you can think of. Though they don't have a list of typical cocktails (beer/wine and non-spirit cocktails offerings only), this place makes up for it in so many other regards. Sit at the chef's counter in the back... quite the experience!
When I'm not working, I'm cooking
Just looked up the chef's counter...great tip! Looks like a dope spot.
Gabriel Kreuther, formerly executive chef at The Modern where he earned three stars from the NY Times and a Michelin star, has just opened his eponymous restaurant in the Grace Building, on 42nd St., across from Bryant Park. His Alsatian-inflected French cuisine is exquisite. The menu includes a few of his signatures like the Sturgeon & Sauerkraut Tart and the Squab Croustillant. But there are many new tempting dishes; for example, 10 Days Cured Brandt Beef Tenderloin and Truffle Juice Broiled Virginia Quail. Chilled Cucumber-Mint Soup with Maine Lobster, Tomatoes, and Blackberries is a spectacular taste of summer. And if you love foie gras as I do, the seriously delicious terrine with porcini preserve and cantaloupe is not to be missed. The superb desserts are by Pastry Chef Marc Aumont who partnered with Chef Kreuther at The Modern. Service is stellar, and the large space has beautiful décor and very comfortable ambiance. In every respect, Gabriel Kreuther is fine dining at the highest level.
Cheap eats to fine dining and everything in between
Loved your description of this place and the dish recommendations!
almost 2 years ago
Journalist, aspiring food critic, amateur cook
Wow Gabriel sounds great! What's the dish in the picture?
@Cynthia, It's the Chilled Cucumber-Mint Soup.
I had the Red Velvet Waffles with Chicken at Streetbird, which was a decent dish at a far more neighborhood amenable price than the dishes at Red Rooster. The decor is kick-ass, and surprisingly devoid of kitsch or "theme park"-ery.
Coffee addict and world traveler
You had me at Red Velvet Waffles!
Another Samuellson gem. Great to know the prices are more reasonable here than RR. Thanks for the tip!
This is a wonderful new spot by Marcus Samuelsson, of Red Rooster fame. I love the concept behind Streetbird: globally influenced street food. It's a great, relatively inexpensive lunch or dinner option from one of Harlem's top chefs.
Born in Hong Kong, Instagramaholic
Ramen Lab just opened up in January, and they're already one of my favorite ramen spots alongside Mu Ramen and Ivan Ramen. It's a teeny-tiny space that's standing room only, cash only and they don't take reservations, so this is a pretty no-frills experience. The ramen is superb though, and you can choose from a pork shoyu or vegetarian spicy miso ramen. The shoyu ramen is pretty straightforward, but people who are ramen aficianados may prefer the miso because it has a more unique, intense and complex set of flavors. The miso tends to be more popular among ramen lovers I know.
I would highly recommend the miso ramen here. It's one of best bowls in the city with made-to-order broth, perfectly textured noodles and a nice spicy kick. Great as a vegetarian option or also with the addition of pork.
Santina is from the same team as Dirty French, Torrisi and Carbone, and they opened up this spot at a great location right underneath the High Line. It's beautifully decorated, and with a casual ambiance its perfect dinner spot if you walk the High Line in late afternoon or evening. They serve coastal Italian fare, so the menu is seafood and vegetable-based. I loved both the lamb tartare to start as well as the swordfish for the main.
Javelina is a newcomer Tex-Mex restaurant in Flatiron that has been getting a lot of hype. It's not the best Tex-Mex that I've ever had, but it's very good, and I would recommend this place as a fun date spot or if you are looking for something with a trendy vibe. If you're trying to go during prime time on the weekends you might want to make a reservation a few weeks in advance, though it's possible to get in on shorter notice for an early or later dinner.
My friends think I'm a food snob
The food was very good, but also not so mind-blowing that I think the long wait for getting a reservation is totally justified. It's definitely an upbeat, hip vibe though so I'd concur this could work well to impress a date.
The pizza at SRO is very good, but the dining experience is the biggest reason to try it. It's a pizza speakeasy, and similar in concept to PDT where you enter the dining room through a hidden door. Once you pass through you find yourself in a small, cozy room that doesn't hold more than 7 or 8 tables and where in the right spots you can watch everything being prepared. The only option here is a $38 3-course prix fixe menu that comes with an appetizer, pizza, dessert and glass of wine. You are paying in part for the experience, and this is a really nice place for a date or a small group looking for something novel.
Love this place! Such a unique NYC experience, I think.
Maître D' at l'Appart . Gastronome lover, born and raised In France by Italian and Portuguese parents.
Food. Comfort food. French comfort food. Locally Sourced French comfort food. Tasty locally sourced French comfort food. Start with Oeufs Mayonnaises, then share the house-made Planche de charcuterie (By Nicolas Rafa) there, with the gherkins you are transported to a Parisian bistro. Your mouth starts to water for the next course. You add to this lovely start a glass of Red Burgundy served in a bistro glass, there's no doubt anymore, it feels like home, the service is spot on from the welcome of Gilles the GM to the service of Daniel the server. Mathieu Palombino's cuisine is classic and delicious with no fuss. The pan seared scallops served on a bed of Lentils are flavorful and the special Cote de Boeuf for two is the best deal in town. Try the brunch too, you'll be surprised...
Wine lover, world traveler
One of my favorites from this summer as well, this describes it perfectly
Culinary Director of Fleishers Craft Butchery
Sometimes all i want is a frisee and lardon salad and roast chicken and La Gamelle serves some of the best examples in the city. Not to mention a beautiful room, great service, and a solid wine list.
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