Spring is all about new beginnings and this is obvious in the fabulous food world! There is a whirlwind of new eateries, new concepts and choices galore. Here are some of the exciting dining options both recently open and almost ready to debut.
109 E 56th St
New York, NY 10022
American Cut’s Midtown restaurant by Marc Forgione and LDV Hospitality opened at The Lombardy Hotel. This is the fourth outpost and they plan to open another in Atlanta. Currently open seven days a week for dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. and soon will serve lunch and offer a three-course prix-fixe, as well as a la carte options like sandwiches, large salads, and grilled fish.
127 E 27th St
New York, NY 10016
Tim and Nancy Cushman debuted their new Mediterranean-influenced restaurant in The Park South Hotel, where they already have their hit sushi restaurant O Ya. Chef Cushman was inspired by his travels to the Mediterranean coast and will also be serving homemade pizza and pasta. The restaurant initially serves dinner only and soon it will also open for lunch and brunch, with a section called Covina Café that will offer pastries, sandwiches, and Counter Culture coffee.
72 University Pl
New York, NY 10003
The Michelin-starred Dovetail chef John Fraser partnered with a Chipotle founder Steve Ells and former Conde Nast editorial director James Truman and opened a modern vegetarian and vegan restaurant accompanied by cocktails and boutique wines.
Mighty Quinn’s BBQ
1492 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10075
The seventh location of the popular barbecue restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner on the Upper East Side. Pitmaster Hugh Mangum and his team are serving the same adored menu as the other Mighty Quinn’s locations.
Fred’s at Barneys Downtown
101 7th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
The perfect downtown power-lunch spot. The restaurant, for now only serves lunch and weekend brunch and is located on the top floor of the store. Chef Mark Strausman’s menu includes Fred’s favorites from the Madison Avenue location but there are several additions.
38 East 19th St.
By Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Neal Harden is a vegetarian spinoff of ABC Kitchen with plenty of salads and roasted vegetable dishes.
Agern & The Great Northern
89 E 42nd St, Midtown
Denmark culinary star, Claus Meyer is creating a farm-to-table restaurant inside Grand Central Terminal with a menu from Gunnar Gíslason, the chef/restaurateur behind Dill in Reykjavík. Also being created is an all-day Nordic food hall adjacent to the restaurant in Vanderbilt Hall. The Great Northern Food Hall will have five “food pavilions,” serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients from New York State. The market will also have a coffee station and a bar area.
5 Beekman St.
An all-day French restaurant coming to the Beekman Hotel from hospitality legend Keith McNally and Cherche Midi’s executive chefs Daniel Parilla and Shane McBride.
Fowler and Wells
5 Beekman St., Financial District
An American restaurant also coming to the Beekman Hotel from Tom Colicchio the celebrity chef/restaurateur behind the Craft empire. Colicchio is planning to serve throwback dishes like lobster Thermidor and beef Wellington. In addition to the 90-seat dining room, Colicchio will also operate a 70-seat atrium lounge with drinks and a more relaxed food menu.
86 Bedford St., West Village
Alessandro Borgognone, Doug Hopkins, Vito Ferrero, and Jim Miller are opening a “modern day speakeasy” which was forced to close nearly a decade ago due to structural issues with the building. The space will feature many details from the original bar, and the owners are working with a historian to recreate “the feel of the 1920s.”
138 Lafayette Street, Soho
This French restaurant being created in the upcoming 11 Howard Hotel by restaurateur Stephen Starr and Daniel Rose.
Union Square Cafe 2.0
235 Park Ave. South, Union Square
Danny Meyer’s first restaurant is reopening in a much bigger space a few blocks away. Like the original, Union Square 2.0 will offer Italian-influenced New American fare from Carmen Quagliata. Sam Lipp will run the dining room, and starchitect David Rockwell is designing the space.
Happy Dining and Happy Spring!