A Sarcastic Appetite

Ten New Restaurants to Try
January 31, 2011, 11:09 pm
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Many, many moons ago, I gave you a list of restaurants to try. Those are all still great, but here are ten more.


Blue Hill Stone Barns, Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills: my Nirvana, my Holy Grail, my WMD. Wait. What? Dan Barber is a god among men – or among the various animals that populate the Blue Hill Farm, anyway. I dream about the 8 course Farmer’s Feast ($135), and when I am feeling parsimonious I dream of the 4 course lunch ($85, Sundays only). The menu – I shouldn’t even have to tell you this – changes with the seasons.

Burger & Barrel, W. Houston & Greene Street: Josh Capon of Lure Fishbar created a burger that was so good, he opened a whole new restaurant around it. The Classic and the Bash style are supposed to be good, as is the white truffle monstrosity they create when the truffles are in season – but you’ll have to wait until next fall for that one.

Gramercy Tavern, 20th Street near Park Avenue South: Danny Meyer can set the gold standard in this town, and for good reason. It’s more accessible than Eleven Madison Park (the Tavern Room is less formal, less pricey, and doesn’t take reservations), but the food is still excellent. It’s a very enjoyable experience – though be prepared to shell out for it.

Ippudo, Fourth Avenue & 10th Street: yes, the place is mobbed with Japanese tourists at all hours, and no, they only take same day reservations (but at least four hours ahead of time, which is ridiculous). A simple solution, so you can eat porkily delicious ramen? Go when it opens, for an early lunch, and slurp those noodles to your heart’s content.

Kin Shop, Sixth Avenue & 11th Street: everyone has been going nuts over Harold Dieterle’s new “contemporary Thai” restaurant. I think it’s the roasted duck breast and roti, and the massaman braised goat. Plus, it saves you a trip to Queens for real-deal Thai food.

Little Owl, Bedford Street & Grove Street: call a month ahead for a reservation. Just do it, and don’t complain about it. Joey Campanaro’s New American-ish cooking is worth the wait. It’s a teeny tiny adorable little sliver of a restaurant, so don’t go making resys for 8, but take your date and go whole hog. And I mean that literally: order the tagliatelle with pork bolognese to start, and the meatball sliders to share. No regrets.

Motorino, 12th Street & First Avenue: awesome pizza at a reasonable price. Order the Brussel Sprout & Pancetta, the Cherry Stone Clams, or the Margherita. As is the case with so many other joints in this town, it’s small, loud, and a little uncomfortable. Your best bet is to go at an off hour and get in and out.

Porsena, 7th Street & Third Avenue: Sara Jenkins (of Porchetta fame) had a lot of kinks to work out when this place first opened – including a fire and a pasta cook injured on the job – but she soldiered on, and the Roman-inspired food is well worth it.  The Orrechiette Con Salsiccia E Rape, spicy lamb sausage with wilted greens, is phenomenal, as is the ragu.

Red Rooster, Lenox Ave & 126th St: Everyone and their dog has been hot to trot for Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster, which just opened in Harlem. The early word is that the Fried Yardbird and the Gravlax with Purple Mustard are excellent; the shrimp and grits not so much. Consider it a chance to explore a new neighborhood, though it’s been buzzing so be prepared to make a reservation – or wait.

Square Meal, 92nd Street & Madison Avenue: I love this little American restaurant, as do all the Ladies of a Certain Age who live in my neighborhood. Whenever we go, we’re typically on the, ahem, younger side of the age spectrum, but the food is delicious. They are still BYO, for a $5 corkage, but they have a nice (short) wine list – by quartinos or bottles. The menu is quite concise as well, but covers all the bases so as to please even the pickier eaters among us.


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so when is the branch of a sarcastic appetite coming to philly? we have good restaurants here… i want a restaurant round up of MY neighborhood. seriously though, i was just telling rob i wished we had a sarcastic appetite for philly so we could see the latest dish… then i remembered that, while delicious, there are only like 30 restaurants in philly so i guess the blog would have a short shelf life.

Comment by Vanessa

yes!! we need to plan a weekend! I have been wanting to do write ups of places other than ny. I just need to make sure you and your liver are involved…..oh and rob too. 🙂

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