13 places from @Zagat
Don't know where to eat tonight? Here's a place to start: our monthly hottest restaurants update. Check out some of the most important restaurants in NYC right now, from a modern Middle Eastern restaurant in Flatiron to a wood-fired eatery in Fort Greene.
Midtown • Dinner with the parents, Restaurant
From Turkey to Israel to Palestine, this Flatiron Middle Eastern puts a contemporary spin on the flavors of the region, serving small plates and larger dishes to share, along with fragrant breads and desserts. Tiled floors, warm lighting and a marble bar set the mood for dinner and drinks.
Midtown • Vegetarian, Nightlife
Jean-Georges Vongerichten goes vegan at his latest venture with ABC Carpet & Home, serving plates based on market veggies, noodles and grains, plus items like dosas and pancakes for breakfast. Banquettes made with handwoven Andean textiles lend warmth to the light-hued space, where there’s also a standing central bar for cold-pressed juices, tonics and kombucha, along with cocktails and biodynamic wines.
Manhattan • French, Special occasions
From Stephen Starr and chef Daniel Rose (Spring and La Bourse et La Vie in Paris), this high-end SoHo French in the 11 Howard hotel provides a contemporary take on classic dishes. Designed with softly toned wood and brick, white tablecloths and simple, modern chandeliers, it also offers a pared-down selection of cocktails and wines by the glass.
NoMad • Salad, Serious take-out operation
This quick-serve NoMad American, by vets of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad, focuses on vibrant salads and plates (with ingredients such as confit pork shoulder or quinoa tabbouleh) as well as roasted chicken with fries and a few wines on tap. Splashed with bright graphics, the room has a simple layout with tables along one side and a few counter seats facing the window.
Lower Manhattan • Restaurant, Food
In the West Village, this contemporary Indian eatery and bar (helmed by a Junoon alum) sources local ingredients for small plates and upscale mains that reflect different regions of the country. Stylishly patterned murals on white-washed brick walls add to the modern feel.
Lower Manhattan • Small plates, Restaurant
From alums of Casa Mono and Estela, this LES New American puts the emphasis on seasonal veggie plates, plus a few meatier entrees, at dinner, with sweet and savory dishes for weekend brunch. The compact, light-wood space, which includes a counter facing the kitchen, also serves natural wines. P.S. Closed Monday–Tuesday.
Alphabet City • Action at the bar, Restaurant
Seafood crudo dishes and other snacks kick off the New American dinners at this East Village locale that takes inspiration from the Long Island coast. Summery cocktails and French and American wines dominate the drink list, while natural woods and big, colorful banquettes add to the carefree vibe.
Fort Greene • Restaurant, Food
Chef-owner Tomer Blechman (formerly of Gramercy Tavern and Bar Bolonat) puts a savvy spin on recipes from his native Israel at this Fort Greene Mediterranean where the dishes and cocktails are garnished with herbs from the on-site garden. A marble-topped bar, open kitchen and woodsy surroundings with a muraled patio complete the picture.
Lower Manhattan • American, Nightlife
Chef Camille Becerra and a team in the design and music fields are behind this chic NoLita cafe offering colorful salads, grain bowls and other New American plates. A sunny interior with softly earthy, colorblocked tones sets the all-day scene.
Fort Greene • Girls' night out, Nightlife
Open-flame South American cooking is the main event at this Fort Greene spot by chef Norberto Piattoni, highlighting local produce and natural wines. Crisply designed with wood, brick and tile, it has a chef’s counter for prime viewing.
Lynbrook • Restaurant, Sushi
Marking the return of Sushi Zen’s Toshio Suzuki, this hideaway below a Midtown office building is devoted to high-end omakase dinners, with sushi served at a 10-seat bar in a light-wood room. The entrance is through the lounge Three Pillars and is part of a larger venue overseen by the chef’s son.
Midtown • Sushi, Restaurant
From LA sushi chef Kazunori Nozawa comes this Flatiron instant hit offering a simple menu showcasing high-quality fish, including both à la carte and omakase options. Packed from day one, the elongated space is designed with exposed-brick walls and deeply grained woods.
Lower Manhattan • Mexican, Girls' night out
Chef/co-owner Gerardo Gonzalez (ex El Rey) dreams up casual, creative, Cali-Mex-inspired food at this Chinatown spot in the former Winnie’s. Mango-colored booths, unique agua fresca flavors and wines from Spain and California add to the upbeat vibe.