It’s amazing how many options we have in New York City, and how many new ones pop up every season. This fall, here are a few places to warm up your senses.
Tableside Italian Cook Shoppe, owned by native New Yorkers, shares family recipes in the East Village, including Grandma’s Lamb Specialty and Truffle Money Bags rich of flavor as much as they are with ricotta cheese and creamy sauce. You really get a sense of homey but elevated Italian pasta, perfect seafood entrees and there’s a ton of fun in their selection of cocktails.
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The Midtown East Japanese hideaway, which has a new, seasonal wonderful 8-course chef’s tasting menu, starting with sea urchin and ending with foie gras fried rice before dessert. Pair with sake or wonderful wine offerings. The service is also great, under the guidance of Michelin-starred young culinary talent. They only opened doors in August for diners to experience Washoku cuisine — with French technique. There’s also an eight-seat omakase bar.
A fast-casual joint for the health-conscious on a busy, hip corner of NoHo has several savory and sweet, yummy “beach to bowl” options. Their signature yogurt is dairy free, probiotic and protein-rich and a nice, spacious, millenial-worthy reprieve from the bustling city. The 1200-feet space has tall, tin ceilings, a pink neon sign and even a bohemian swing ready for Instagram.
Not your average Thai food at the McCarren Hotel, this Williamsburg restaurant by the park serves fresh, seasonal cuisine Chef Hong Thamiee (known for her East Village spot) was inspired by the homeland which she frequents: pumpkin donuts, salads with a kick, and the best baby back ribs plus pumpkin flan. This is great not only for the hotel but also the locals looking for upscale Thai cuisine.
Imli Urban Indian Cuisine, new to the Upper East Side has colonial influences in the form of small plates with Indian Spiced Scotch Egg and Chicken Tikka Masala. Atmosphere is reminiscent of a bustling cafe in Mumbai, and you won’t be surprised to see Indian Americans having a day-party there. If you’re more of a contemporary, downtown diner, the Old Monk in the East Village has great Goat Cheese Naan and Old Monk Rum-marinated lamb chops. Isn’t it great to have options?