Eat Chic – Dine Decadent

Ikinari Steak Eat Chic Dine Decadent
A cut-to-order 34oz ribeye from Ikinari Steak USA.
Faith Hope Consolo
Faith Hope Consolo

Major action in the kitchens; here are some go-to-spots for early 2018. Let’s celebrate and toast to a New Year of Dining; to the innovative, the inspiring and of course the delicious!

Amelie Wine Bar, with locations in Greenwich Village and San Francisco, has added an uptown outpost for its “modern wine lounge with French flair. Its dramatic wall of lushly lit wine bottles and soaring wooden wine shelves transport you far from the hubbub of New York City” ; 566 Amsterdam Avenue near 87th Street.

Aviator Grill by Legends, which creates and manages restaurants in sports and entertainment locations, has been added aboard the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. You will find sandwiches, burgers, pizza, chili, and more traditional Americana fare. Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Avenue.

Copper Throat in the former Eat-pisode space on the Lower East Side is now an authentic and traditional Thai cuisine eatery specializing in Pad Thai, Curries, and Dumplings. 123 Ludlow Street near Rivington Street.

Gramercy Kitchen Diner-style food with an open kitchen, glass tile, a stretch of counter and tables to seat 70; “a delicious American restaurant with diner roots in New York, NY.  Our specialties include house-blended coffee, eggs benedict, melt sandwiches, avocado toast, and so much more”.  Breakfast, lunch and a dinner menu are served. 184 Third Avenue and 17th Street.

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Ikinari’s second stand-up steakhouse location has opened in Chelsea; except this time with seating. The first location debuted with lines stretching down the block for the steaks ordered by the ounce. “The idea behind Ikinari Steak is to serve “super thick” high quality meats quickly and economically, therefore people stand while consuming their steaks. It’s a fun, interactive, communal, and brand new experience for New Yorkers!” The Japanese chain plans to open five more locations. 154 Seventh Avenue between 19th and 20th Streets

Jade Sixty is a 175-seat Asia-inspired steakhouse with the usual steak cuts and sides, alongside soup dumplings, spring rolls, sushi, and more. Restaurateur Stratis Morfogen, founder of Philippe Chow and Jue Lan Club, has partnered with the former owner of Rothmann’s, Franco Moscato. Modern drama; gray and black with plush red banquettes you will find a bar on the ground floor, a dining room a half-flight up and another dining room on the next level. 116 East 60th Street near Park Avenue.

Kellogg’s Cafe made its return in Union Square; “NYC’s favorite cereal destination returns with a jam-packed cereal menu and a bigger space to eat, chill and create!” Previously debuted with rave reviews in Times Square. Here you will find DIY cereal bar with over 30 playful toppings, delicious creations by Lauren Conrad, Pop-Tarts , Oddfellows ice cream, specialty cereal drinks and much more. 31 East 17th Street between Union Square East and West.

La Contenta Oeste serves Mexican fare for breakfast, lunch and dinner from the group that owns La Contenta restaurants.78 West 11th Street.

Minigrow, Philly-based Honeygrow’s fast-casual noodle shop has opened its second and third NYC locations with various base, protein, vegetable, and topping combinations; “In an effort to bring our delicious dream to more cities across the United States, we had to go back to the drawing board to come up with a streamlined concept based on our honeygrow model. minigrow still features our carefully curated selection of noodles + greens, complete with housemade sauces + dressings, slow roasted proteins + other carefully curated toppings expertly prepared by our culinary team led by Chef Katz, however you won’t find kiosks here. Instead, guests will order via an assembly-line style system, allowing you to build-your-own bowl with the help + recommendations from the minigrow team along the way”. 1407 Broadway between 38th and 39th Streets; 345 Seventh Avenue at 29th Street

St Tropez The chef/owner Gérald Barthélémy is bringing a taste of the Côte d’Azur to New York with this intimate wine bar. His partner and the manager, Yohann Pecheux, is from the Riviera and has assembled an all-French wine list. “provides a cozy and festive environment to its guests; just as you would expect from the South of France’s generous culture. The refined wood on the ceiling and shelves, combined with the diffused lights and candles, contribute to a warm and vibrant atmosphere. Our open kitchen concept and the massive communal table located in the heart of the restaurant set the tone for the values and beliefs we intend to bring to the place – sharing and caring”. 304 West Fourth Street between West 12th and Bank Streets.

Enjoy the evolving trends and dine decadent! Happy New Year!

Faith Hope Consolo, Chairman of Douglas Elliman’s Retail Group, writes the "Faithful Food" column for Total Food Service. Ms. Consolo is a leading retail broker and advisor who covers the national market. She is a specialist ranging from fine restaurants to fashionable fast foods. "To find the best retail space, You Need Faith." Email her at fconsolo@elliman.com