Restaurants come and go as quickly as the day turns to dusk. Trying new restaurants is an exciting break in the routine, but can be disappointing when the cuisine and atmosphere do not meet expectations. Rest assured. Haute Living bring the hottest new restaurants in NYC that have been tried and tested for your food and wine indulging pleasure.
1 Lincoln Ristorante
After the highly anticipated buzz and high profile soft openings during New York Fashion Week, Lincoln opened this past month to the public. Executive Chef Jonathan Benno, whose resume highlights include Per Se and The French Laundry, serves contemporary Italian cuisine. This $20 million golden egg of jutting angular glass is nestled in the world's leading performance arts center Lincoln Center. Architect Liz Diller worked closely with restaurateur Nick Valenti to create a unique multi-level space, which includes a 7,200-square foot grass roof.
142 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
A 50,000 square foot cheese, meat and vino mecca was recently delivered to NYC on the chariot of New York culinary superstars. Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Lidia Matticchio have truly served up a world class act. Eataly is a bustling destination to which Tyra Banks, Patrick Demarchelier, and more flock to enjoy their pesce, spaghetti, and espresso.
New York, NY 10010
3 Orient Express
Hop on board Orient Express. From a nickel and dime laundry mat to an enchanting dinning space with the bohemian vibe of a former era, get your passport stamped at this new West Villagehotspot. The mastermind by this time warp is Turks and Frogs owner Osman Cakir. Mixologist Cory Mason, formerly of Beatrice, serves up authentic cocktails like the B2C2, a recipe which dates back to WWII when a brigade of German soldiers found themselves in French champagne caves with only a bottle of Benedictine as a mixer. Small plates pay homage to the namesake of the restaurant and its stops with a special emphasis on Istanbul.
4 Red Egg
Having been a player as a destination for some of the best Cantonese Dim Sum in the city, Red Egg has re-opened after a modern face-lift by Adam Hayes and Mark Kroeckel of OpenShop Studio. Now offering the best of both cuisine and design, nestled in the streets just above Canal Street, it's truly a haute insider spot. Executive chef Darren Wan delivers a satiating menu. Start with warming sensations from the dim sum menu, which offers layers of flavors capsuled in mouth melting dough. From the appetizer menu order the Lettuce Wraps with Minced Chicken. Spices and sauce burst against refreshing iceburg lettuce shells. For a demonstration of sheer slicing knife skills and instant adrenaline boost for a date order the Peking Duck Sliders.
202 Centre St # 1
New York, NY 10013
5 The Meatball Shop
Culinary master Daniel Holzman offers a menu with one focus - the meatball, yet delivering nearly endless possibilities to enjoy it. From balls a la carte, sliders like spicy pork, chicken and classic beef and heros on a fresh baguette. Fill in the rest with comfort sides that 'stick to your bones' : freshly-milled polenta, white beans and risotto. Herbivores are welcome and can choose from a variety of veggie ball concoctions and 'greenmarket' sides : simple salad, steamed spinach, daily roast veggies. Polish off with home made ice cream and declare it national decadence day.
84 Stanton Street
New York, NY 10002