Restaurants Make Their Own Weather

No need to fret about the impending winter weather on Manhattan’s restaurant scene. After all, it doesn’t snow or sleet inside the city’s cafés, eateries and restaurants. And really, what’s cozier or more fun than gathering a circle of friends and dining on your favorite dish at your beloved neighborhood bistro or trying a new-to-your-palette plate at the latest hot spot in town? The only question is, which one?

Ethnic eateries

Mission Chinese Food recently reopened, moving from its (closed) small enterprise on Orchard Street to a full-scale two-story restaurant at 171 East Broadway on the Lower East Side. Chef/Proprietor Danny Bowien and Executive Chef Angela Dimayuga offer a massive and mostly affordable menu of noddle, seafood, duck, soup and many other dishes,

Royal Seafood Restaurant, a favorite Chinatown eatery at 103-105 Mott Street, is reputed for its well-priced Cantonese seafood menu, plus noodle and rice dishes, but be prepared to wait in line for the restaurant’s ever-popular dim sum delicacies,

Sushi Dojo, at 110 1st Avenue in the East Village, has impressed diners since its 2013 opening with Chef David Bouhadana’s seasonal menu of authentic Japanese cuisine, including sushi dishes at its traditional sushi bar where patrons can enjoy an intimate setting with the chef.

Date night dining

Bâtard, Drew Nieporent’s Michelin star-rated restaurant at 239 West Broadway in TriBeCa, stars fixed-price menus of two ($55), three ($69) or four courses ($79) featuring Chef Markus Glocker’s European dishes, such as roasted cod with Hungarian paprika, clams, mussels and eggplant, along with his octopus “pastrami” with braised ham hock, pommery mustard and new potatoes,

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Vaucluse, at 100 E 63rd Street in Lenox Hill, is a newly opened refined French brasserie with a raw bar, in-house baked breads, hand-made pastas, dishes pour deux and seasonal dishes, serves classic and inspired plates based in French and Mediterranean cuisines. Of the dinner selections are duo of lamb rack and shoulder, pan sautéed trout, and Berkshire pork chop,

L’Amico, at 849 Avenue of the Americas in NoMad’s Eventi Hotel, is a new place that has diners enjoying American dishes influenced by Italian cuisine, per Chef Laurent Tourondel, in this rustic yet chic space where the kitchen is open to view. In addition to the wood-burning ovens’ crispy pies are fresh pasta dishes and main meals, such as black sea bass, skirt steak and roasted spiced duck breast,

Casual eating

Katz’s Delicatessen, at 205 East Houston Street in the Bowery, is a veritable New York City institution that’s been serving customers its massive sandwiches, platters and meats for almost 130 years,

Lafayette café and bakery, at 380 Lafayette Street in NoHo, has been serving a bistro menu with a nod to traditional French, Mediterranean and other regional dishes since the place’s debut in 2013. Patrons can choose from the main dining room, two private dining rooms or bakery, all designed for a comfortable meal with friends or business associates looking for anything from a frisée­ salad or rotisserie lamb sandwich or a duck­ au poivre entrée,

Bespoke Kitchen, a new restaurant at 615 1/2 Hudson Street in the West Village, has diners choosing from a list of fresh produce and foods for personally customized dishes. Then again, Chef Franco Barrio also offers a menu of entrees for the more traditional diner,

Patsy’s Pizzeria, at 2287 1st Avenue in East Harlem, began in 1933 and remains a favorite, causal family restaurant with an expansive menu of Italian dishes from shrimp in marinara sauce to portobello ravioli, Milanese breaded chicken and so much more,

A relative newcomer, The Cecil, at 210 West 118th Street in Harlem, is a two-year-old Afro-Asian-American brasserie that blends the best of each culture’s cuisine for unique dishes that mix the traditional with the uncommon, per Executive Chef Alexander Smalls and Chef de Cuisine Joseph JJ Johnson,

Power lunch

Lure Fishbar, at 142 Mercer Street in SoHo, features fresh seafood from around the world along with a raw bar of changing oyster selections and sushi, plus soups and salads, seafood baskets, burgers and sandwiches, entrees and more,

Gotham Bar and Grill, at 12 East 12th Street in Gramercy, is a three-decade American-fare favorite with a starred Michelin rating, quality wine list and three course, greenmarket prix fixe lunch menu, plus dinner, dessert and more, thanks to the award-winning Chef Alfred Portale,

The Michelin-star rated Minetta Tavern, at 113 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, is a 1930s staple of the elite, with a steakhouse menu that expands beyond New York strip to burgers, seafood, pastas and more, along with a notable wine list,

Trendy triumphs

Charlie Bird, at 5 King Street in SoHo, serves seafood, roasted meats and other dishes based in Italian cuisine, with menus stemming from farmers markets and the far reaches of the globe in a welcoming, New York City restaurant setting,

Jams, new at 1414 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown’s 1 Hotel Central Park, is the latest incarnation of Jonathan Waxman’s former ‘80s place. Per his signature California vibe, this one offers classics along with farm-fresh dishes,

Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud, at 1900 Broadway on Midtown’s West Side, offers seasonal French bistro dishes in a casual setting, including prix fixe and a la carte lunches and dinners, plus brunch and desserts, as well as a wine cellar that favors bottles from France’s Rhone Valley and Burgundy regions,

Happy Dining!

Faith Hope Consolo
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