NYC Dining | The Season’s Hautest Openings

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Ah, NYC: the epicenter of the hottest dining experiences in the country (and perhaps the world, we daresay). But if there’s one thing Manhattanites struggle to keep up with, it’s the constant rotation of restaurants that make the food scene here so vibrant. Restaurants and bars shutter just as quickly as they open – it’s exhausting, frankly. With brand new and classic New York juxtaposed in every crevice of the city, it’s nearly impossible to decide what’s worth trying, especially for the adventurous palate.

This season is an exciting time for the epicurean New Yorker – we’ve got the best of the best in restaurant openings, from brasseries helmed by Michelin-starred chefs and Upper East Side chophouses free of pretentious vibes to the latest fast-casual health food spot with a consistent line out the door. Let’s just say we’re never short on choices. So we’re back to the inevitable question at hand…where to eat? That’s what we’re here for. As the city’s premier concierge management firm, it’s not only our job, but also our passion to be in the know on what’s happening in the foodie world.

Our roundup of Fall’s most high-profile openings features an insider’s look at five of the best new restaurants across the NYC landscape. We’ve got the inside scoop on the charming rustic yet elegant American restaurant from former Waldorf Astoria chef John Doherty and George Mendes and his Michelin-starred team behind the newly redesigned Eventi Hotel’s cornerstone gem, busy serving a packed house every night and redefining to Midtown dining scene simultaneously. For those in the mood for something more casual, our friends at the latest health-conscious Greenwich Village spot that has both vegan and non-vegan diners fawning over cuisine suddenly made accessible to the masses. And don’t get us started on Major Food Group…let’s just say they’ve taken Jewish deli to a whole new level.

Happy reading…and consider all appetites warned.

1 Sadelle's

Move over, corner deli. Major Food Group’s latest venture has caused a stir with its recent opening, bringing classic Jewish favorites to the not-so-casual dining realm and serving up artisanal bagels to the discerning masses. Enter the sunken room that is Sadelle’s with its exposed brick, Edison bulbs, and warm atmosphere, proving far more accessible than the eatery’s predecessors (Carbone, Santina, Dirty French, et al). Behind the oven is Per Se and Roberta’s baker Melissa Weller, commandeering the kitchen with a vision of precision and finesse, an art boiled down to a science, the result in the form of a perfect bagel. Snag a table in the dining room and experience SoHo in slow motion with a tower of bagels and other signature specialties, or queue up at the bakery for a baked good on the go. Bonus: Sadelle’s offers gluten free bagels, so those with dietary restrictions can share the love. Get ‘em while they’re hot.
436 West Broadway between LaGuardia Place and Prince Street

2 Black Barn

An airy, spacious barn in the heart of Manhattan overlooking Madison Square Park? It’s officially a thing, thanks to 30 year Waldorf Astoria vet John Doherty and his team behind Black Barn. Modern American fare meets Chef Doherty’s classic approach to hospitality, coupling thoughtful cuisine with unexpected accents and a rustic vibe to boot. Low, wooden rafters give sky-high ceilings an approachable feel, mirroring Chef’s ability to do the same with his dishes, each unique in composition yet familiar on the palate all the while. The entrance leads to a casual lounge, a prelude to the main dining room, a symphony crescendoed by a quaint champagne and oyster bar dividing the two. Make the first stop here for an apéritif before the main act, moving on into the back room for a casually convivial dining experience on the main floor, or opt for Chef’s tasting flanking the very open kitchen. Private dining takes flight here with a beautifully appointed coterie of scattered spaces, from cabin-esque alcoves tucked around the dining space to a hidden loft overlooking the action -- perfect for private parties or casual get-togethers taken up a notch.
19 East 26th Street between Broadway and Fifth Avenue

3 by CHLOE

Meet vegan chef extraordinaire Chloe Coscarelli and Samantha Wasser of ESquared Hospitality, the dynamic duo behind the Greenwich Village’s latest vegan dining destination. There’s a reason the July opening has caused a stir amongst the vegan community, perhaps due to the quaint, airy 35-seat space with a contemporary edge, and of course, killer eats for the health-conscious foodie (vegan or otherwise). Diners with dietary restrictions need not fret; with an abundance of gluten-free, dairy free, and kosher options, there’s something for everyone on by CHLOE’s menu. Go for the classic burger (tempeh/lentil/chia/walnut burger to be exact) with all the bells and whistles atop a potato bun (gluten free also available). Pair with a side of sweet potato mac ‘n cheese with shiitake bacon or opt for air-baked fries -- it’s tough to go wrong here. No time for a sit-down? Pop in for a pick-me-up from by CHLOE’s cold-pressed juice bar or indulge in a scoop of dairy-free ice cream.
185 Bleecker Street between Sullivan and MacDougal Streets

4 Lupulo

Portuguese cuisine meets tapas-style in Chelsea newcomer Lupulo, the latest from George Mendes of Michelin-starred Aldea. Occupying the sprawling cornerstone space of the newly-revamped Eventi Hotel, our new favorite purveyor of Portuguese goodness boasts a robust menu of rich fare, from butterflied and charred organic piri piri chicken to octopus rice, red snapper crudo, and oh-so-much more. Pull up a seat at the U-shaped bar, the centrum of the rustic space, for front-row seats to the action in the semi-open kitchen, sipping a house cocktail or a tall brew from the hand-selected menu of beers on tap. Attaché Insider: walking in? Get here early before the crowd flows in.
835 Sixth Avenue at 29th Street

5 Gabriel Kreuther

Francophiles and foodies alike celebrate the valiant return of Michelin-starred chef Gabriel Kreuther, back in action after a two-year hiatus with the long awaited opening of his eponymous restaurant. The brand new crown jewel of the Grace Building pays homage to Kreuther’s Alsatian heritage, serving up northern French fare in both a prix fixe and a la carte format, available respectively in the dining room and lounge. A green onyx and steel-wrapped bar poses as an inviting centerpiece upon entry, canopied by a curved platinum ceiling -- an opulent gateway to the equally grand dining room, both the brainchildren of designer Glen Coben. Go for the 10-day cured Brandt beef tenderloin with razor clam vinaigrette and horseradish and sturgeon, followed by the sturgeon and kraut tart with American caviar mousseline and applewood smoke. Make way for round three of the tasting menu, featuring standout fish and meat dishes from lardo poached lobster with squid ink gnochetti, cockle ragoût, baby artichoke, and jamón emulsion to a spice-rubbed Mangalitsa pork collar and cheek with morcilla and roasted fennel. Special occasions call for Chef’s carte blanche, a guided tasting experience for the table curated by Chef himself.
41 West 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues
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