5 Must-Try New York Restaurants In a city where new dining hot spots cool off in short order, these young restaurants are sure to keep fanning the flames.
1/5 Boulud Sud, 1 212/595-1313, 20 West 64th Street Why go: Master Chef Daniel Boulud pours all his love for Provençal and Mediterranean cuisine into this jovial, beautifully illuminated and casually chic locale that resembles Rick’s Café Americaine in the film Casablanca. What to eat: Harissa-spiced grilled lamb sided with Algerian eggplant Take note: The restaurant is adjacent to the chef’s charcuterie-driven Bar Boulud and his quick bites and pastry shop L’Épicerie, with the city’s best croissants and macarons.
Photography courtesy Bolud Sud
2/5 , 1 212/359-6500, 142 West 65th Street Lincoln Ristorante Why go: Located in a fabulous glass building right on Lincoln Center’s plaza, this glamorous Italian restaurant is headed by Chef Jonathan Benno, formerly chef de cuisine at Per Se. His cooking refines tradition with thrilling panache. Plenty of celebrities visit, particularly those appearing in productions at the opera, theatre or ballet nearby. What to eat: Tortelloni with Nettles Take note: There’s an actual New York City park on the roof, which you can step onto for sun and fresh air in good weather.
Photography courtesy Lincoln Ristorante
3/5 Salinas, 1 212/776-1990, 136 Ninth Avenue Why go: Chef Luis Bollo has emerged as one of America’s finest interpreters of modern Spanish cuisine—without the molecular gimmickry—both at the tapas bar up front and in the dining to the rear. Excellent Spanish wine and sherry list. What to eat: Suckling pig with grilled quince Take note: In good weather the roof rolls back, transforming the dining room into an al fresco patio.
Photography courtesy Salinas
4/5 La Mar Cebicheria Peruana, 1 212/612-3388, 11 Madison Avenue Why go: A two-story homage to modern Peruvian cuisine—sure to be a new trend on the dining scene. Downstairs is casual, upstairs only slightly less so, and the food is elegantly prepared and very exciting to the taste. What to eat: “Elegance,” a ceviche of fluke with red onions, Peruvian corn and yam in a leche de tigre of lime juice, garlic, ginger, coconut milk and yellow peppers Take note: Check out the gorgeous “rain chandelier” within the huge oculus, and the “corn wall” made of 8,000 corn kernels on pins.
Photography courtesy La Mer Cebicheria Peruana
5/5 La Silhouette, 1 212/581-2400, 362 West 53rd Street Why go: One of the most affable and colourful French restaurants in the Theater District, La Silhouette is on two levels. Owners Sally Chironis and Tito Rahman are determined to ensure you have a good time and desire to come again. What to eat: Almond-crusted Chatham cod with cauliflower purée Take note: Consider taking advantage of the pre-theatre menu (US$48, or $65 with wine).
Photography courtesy La Silhouette
No matter how many times you visit New York, there will always be too many great new restaurants to choose from—Uptown, Midtown, Downtown and way downtown. Italian, French, Latino, seafood, sushi, you name it. Competition is always fierce, and it’s not uncommon for hot spots to cool down after just a few months. But some of the newest are sure to be around next time you arrive.
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