Here is my list of restaurants in New York City that I want to try this year, or that I have already tried and enjoyed.
1) David Chang’s Momofuku Nishi in Chelsea. Already getting rave reviews by my foodie daughter Dara. Italian and Korean dishes
2) The Polo Bar, which I have already reviewed by designer Ralph Lauren. He extends his brand for a “cool “and “trendy” clubby scene. You will see celebrities, politicians and fashionistas digging in to tasty American fare.
3) Le Turtle, modern veggie forward approach to a renovated lower Eastside space.
4) Combina, a mix of Spanish, Israeli and North African food, in SoHo.
5) Quality Eats, in the West Village. From the same people as Quality Meats. A reinterpretation of a steakhouse classic.
6) Tacombi Bleeker Street, Mexican food in the West Village.
7) Lowlife, American food with Japanese accents, by veteran of Mas Farmhouse.
8) Babu Ji, Indian food and street food in the East Village.
9) Sadelle’s, a lot of hype about this Jewish bakery/café/bistro in SoHo.
10) Vaccluse, French high-end Brasserie in the East 60’s.
11) Wildair, casual American fare in the Lower Eastside. They have large format wines by the glass.
12) Bruno Pizza, in the East Village.
13) Gabriel Kreuther, French tasting menu, in the West 40’s.
14) Momofuku Ko, tasting menu in the East Village.
15) Lafayette Grand Café and Bakery, sister restaurant to The Dutch and Locanda Verde.
16) Contra, prix fixe, 5 course tasting menu for only $55 in the Lower Eastside.
17) Little Owl, I know it is not new but I had to mention this tiny little gem in the West Village as they serve delicious food.
18) Betony, a modern American restaurant on west 57th. I enjoyed it here. Two former Eleven Madison Park alums opened it. It already received its first Michelin star.
19) Acme, a contemporary bistro.
20) Southsayer, seasonal Vietnamese food in the East Village.
21) Eleven Madison Park, by no means is new but I like to mention it for an innovative over the top dinner. It has three Michelin stars and has tasting menus starting at $225. Great for a special occasion.
22) Astoria, Peruvian kitchen on the upper West Side.
23) Via Carota, great every day food, already reviewed.
24) Harry and Ida’s, for artisanal sandwiches, salads and charcuterie in the East Village.
25) The Clocktower, high end American fare in a posh clubby setting in Ian Schrager’s Edition Hotel.
26) Oiji, Korean food on 1st Ave.
27) Sessanta, food from the South coast of Italy, with a focus on Sicily. Innovative food. Housed in the chic Sixty SoHo hotel.
28) Santina, another favourite of my daughter. It is in a sleek glassed in space under the High Line. Good for Italian seafood and grilled fare from the Carbone team.
29) Faro, Italian cuisine making homemade pasta in Brooklyn.
30) Carbone, another great Italian restaurant on Thompson St.
31) Sushi Zo, $160 tasting menu for sushi connoisseurs.
32) Kosaku, omakase at $145 or $175, with only a handful of a la carte in Greenwich Village.
33) High St. on Hudson, for monster breakfasts and lunch.
34) Kat and Theo, chef spent time at per Se, El Bulli and Momofuku. New American cooking.
35) La Chine, upscale Chines restaurant in the Waldorf Astoria.
36) Crave Fishbar, on Amsterdam Avenue.
37) Mountain Bird, poultry centric French menu on the upper, upper East Side.