Restaurant News Round-Up

One thing about NYC that always stays the same: when it comes to restaurants, it's out with the old and in with the new and they don't waste time! Check out some of the exciting new restaurant openings, as well as some big changes for places that have already won our hearts!

Benares Downtown: Famed Indian spot in Midtown is catering to the crowds and opening up a second shop in Tribeca. Although that devilish Sandy delayed construction, the new restaurant was able to open up on November 21st. The new Benares location will feature a bar with specialty cocktails, as well as an elegant dining room overseen by Executive Chef Peter Beck.

Happy National Rice Pudding Day!

In honor of National Rice Pudding Day, you should without a doubt check out some of the best rice pudding dishes around the city. Rice pudding has been around for thousands of years, so why not have a whole day to celebrate it!? Originally, rice pudding was used by ancient Middle Easterners medicinally, but now we know the best way to use rice pudding is to eat it. Enjoy!

Costanera Cocina Peruana, located in Montclair, NJ, serves patrons a delicious Peruvian rice pudding. The Combinado Clasico ($5) is a parfait of vanilla and Arborio rice pudding with golden raisins, Peruvian purple corn pudding, pineapples, apricots, and papaya.

Restaurant Roundup: Stuff Your Face at These New Spots

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Executive Chef Matthew Lightner has been around the block and back, working in some of the world's finest establishments including Noma and L'Auberge. Now it's time for New York to get a taste of what he's putting on the table. Atera is now open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday from 6:30pm to 9:30 pm, offering a unique dining experience where Lightner "relies greatly on his innate connection to time and place." According to Eater, they are now serving a $150 tasting menu with an option of a $90 wine pairing.