The snow and cold haven’t slowed down New York City restaurateurs — a number of new restaurants have joined the ranks over the past couple of weeks. Here are eleven you might consider checking out.
Dirt Candy, 86 Allen Street, 212-228-7732
Amanda Cohen’s vegetable temple reopened in much larger digs on the Lower East Side. While the new space is sleeker and more glittery, some of the best elements of the old address’s vibe have been preserved, the best of which is the open kitchen. “That’s what took us so long to find a space,” Cohen told us when we stopped in. “I wanted that open kitchen.” The menu features old Dirt Candy favorites plus a number of new dishes, like brussels sprouts tacos and a chocolate onion tart. Don’t miss the Korean fried broccoli in the snack section, and be sure to peruse the wine list, a quirky collection of unusual selections available by the glass or half-glass.
Village Prime, 302 Bleecker Street
While several restaurateurs have spent the last few years attempting to bring a downtown vibe to neighborhoods in northern Manhattan, the people behind newly opened Village Prime are reversing the formula: Proprietor Paul Singh and his partners noticed there was no classic, uptown-style steakhouse in the West Village, and so they decided to build one. Look for several cuts of cow, plus classic steakhouse appetizers and seafood dishes. The wine list skews red, and you can finish your meal with a single-malt. The owners also have a steakhouse in Forest Hills.
Talde Jersey City, 8 Erie Street, Jersey City; 201-630-0077
Park Slope restaurateur Dale Talde finally made good on his plans to cross the Hudson with a pair of openings in the last couple of weeks; the showpiece is his second location of Talde, his flagship restaurant. Talde Jersey City is larger than its Brooklyn sibling, and it’s serving a few new dishes not seen at the original. Classic bites include pretzel pork dumplings and yuzu guacamole with fried sushi rice; several dumplings are newcomers.
Carrino Provisions, 8 Erie Street, Jersey City; 551-222-6163
Next door to Talde Jersey City, Dale Talde and partner David Massoni built Carrino Provisions, an Italian market vending fresh pasta, butchery, and Italian dry goods. Head to the back, and you’ll find a restaurant that serves sandwiches and salads by day and pastas and mains by night. Don’t skip dessert — even if you just take peanut butter tiramisu to go.
Lazy Point, 310 Spring Street
Owners Jason LaGarenne and Gunther Bilali enlisted bartender Jeremy Strawn, formerly of the Mulberry Project and Death & Co., to build out the drinks list at Lazy Point, a bar inspired by a coastal point off the eastern tip of Long Island. Look for drinks like the Beaten Gypsy, with gin, fresh beet juice, and rosemary simple syrup, and the Oaxacan Daiquiri, with mezcal, date syrup, Angostura, and hellfire bitters. Teen chef Greg Grossman put together the menu, which includes buffalo pork belly, a grilled cheese sandwich with truffle honey mustard and kimchi, and an oyster pot pie, in addition to selections from a raw bar. The partners gave the space a beachy makeover, with whitewashed beach chairs and driftwood lighting.
Fulton Stall Market, 207A Front Street, South Street Seaport
This indoor farmers’ market makes its debut this Saturday, February 7, and will be open on Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Producers include Bobolink Dairy, Sun Fed Beef, Breezy Hill Orchard, American Pride Seafood, Beth’s Farm Kitchen, and GrowNYC Youthmarket, which will provide produce, dairy, beef, cider, and seafood, and much more. The market plans to offer nutrition education during the week.
Mexico 2000, 369 Broadway
What began as a Mexican food–hawking bodega has grown into a full-scale Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg. Nab a booth at the newly opened Mexico 2000, next door to the bodega, and order standbys, like tacos, tortas, and tostadas, or new dishes, like guacamole; elotes with mayonnaise, cotija cheese, and chile powder; or wings. The full-service restaurant also has a liquor license, which means it’s selling beer and margaritas.
Monte-Carlo NYC, 181 East 78th Street
Waldorf Astoria vet Alexandra Pollet opened Monte-Carlo on the Upper East Side last week, giving the neighborhood a new French restaurant. Pollet aimed for casual luxury, installing leather banquettes along exposed-brick walls. Look for dishes like French dover sole meunière, pike quenelles and lobster, a niçoise salad, coq au vin, and foie gras.
Lot 77, 77 Fulton Street
This French-Asian bakery is now open in FiDi’s Southbridge Towers, reports DNAinfo; it’s selling pastries, salads, and sandwiches now, and plans to add bread and small bites, like dumplings, guacamole, and poutine, in the coming weeks.
Malaysian Kitchen, 21 South End Avenue
Malaysia native Kirby Tan owns a pair of Malaysian restaurants in New Jersey, and now he’s opened an outpost of Malaysian Kitchen in Battery Park City, says DNAinfo. Look for Malaysian dishes like roti canai, satay, and rendang beef, plus a handful of Chinese specialties and sushi.
Manhattanville, 167 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn
Per Brownstoner, a second location of Harlem coffee shop Manhattanville is now open in Crown Heights. The large space has plenty of outlets and room to work, and the shop is serving sandwiches and salads in addition to Intelligentsia coffee.