A detail-focused, high-quality café is coming to Noho this spring: Brazilia Café! The marketplace boasts a 60-seat dining area and an impressive coffee station, along with features like a juice bar, salad station, soup & sandwich bar, bakery, and gelateria.
One of the most notable elements of Brazilia Café, as their name suggests, is their Brazilian coffee bar, featuring Brazilia's unique beans, which are grown and harvested on their own plantation. The eatery's Coffee Concierge service crafts a variety of javas, including espresso, and roasts the beans in-house. You can even watch them do it! The coffee can also be prepared to an individual customer's liking, from french press, to Chemex, to traditional fresh drip processes.
If you didn't already know, a montadito is a bite-sized sandwich with origins in Spain that date back to the 15th century. The name, which translates simply to "mount", was chosen for the finger food because of how certain ingredients are "mounted" atop the bread. And since its opening this past November, 100 Montaditos, located in Greenwich Village, has been bringing this taste of Spain to NYC. At 100 Montaditos, these sandwich treats are scrumptious and outrageously affordable. And with varieties such as chapati bread montaditos, reminiscent of the exalted Caracas across town, or philly cheese steaks re-created in the world's teeniest baguette, there is a flavor for every taste bud!
If you haven’t heard of Hudson Clearwater yet, that’s no mistake. Since its recent opening, it’s become NYC’s newest “secret restaurant”. Complete with a concealed entrance upon arrival, you are greeted with a boarded up storefront in place of a door. However, once you find your way in (hint: there’s a green door off to the side), you’ll realize that Hudson Clearwater is way more than just the potentially gimmicky speakeasy-style hype.
The decor is romantic without being overwrought. Through the green door, you enter into a lush garden (where al fresco seating will be available once it gets a little warmer), and pass into a dining room where marble countertops are tempered with flowers and rustic wood, and everything is bathed in low, warm candlelight. What’s really worth raving about, however, is the food. Head Chef Wes Long is a veteran of acclaimed Brooklyn spot Applewood, and it shows. His menu explores and masters rustic New American cuisine, using highly seasonal ingredients to create totally outstanding dishes. Offerings like the melt-in-your-mouth buttered clams (served in a delicate parsley-lemon bouillon with gnocchi and sautéed kale) re-imagine basic foods imaginatively and to fabulous ends, while those like the Crispy Duck Breast (served with baby carrots, cabbage, broccoli rabe, pickled scallion, and a savory-sweet honey Dijon crème fraiche) add small touches to absolutely blow classic dishes out of the water. The deserts are of the same very high caliber: we suggest the Meyer Lemon Bar, which has a perfectly crumbly graham crust, and is complemented super-splendidly by fig compote and lemon Chantilly. While you’re there, also be sure to check out the expertly curated drinks program, which boasts simple but elegant cocktails that are crafted to compliment Chef Long’s cuisine. Of specific note are the Hudson Mule (bison-grass vodka, ginger beer, lime, and a candied ginger garnish) and the Antebellum (cognac, rye, dry curaçao, paychaud’s and orange bitters, and an absinthe rinse).
Harlem, NY – While the Knicks continue to amaze us (in a not so good way), former stars John Starks and Anthony Mason are back for a post-game reunion, bringing us a new pizzeria centered around the custom, made to order pie. It’s a franchise from DC-chain Custom Fuel Pizza, and features over 40 toppings to choose from, including classics like sausage and pepperoni to downright artisanal ingredients like prosciutto, burrata cheese, and grilled artichoke. But in a city as passionate (and relentless) about pizza as a fan was of the 90s-circa Knicks, does Custom Fuel deliver a glorious dunk over Horace Grant and MJ, or is it a heart-breaking 8 in 9 seconds late in the fourth? Let’s find out.
If you’re looking to get in on some Sardinian food, you need not book a flight: a new Sardinian restaurant just opened on the UWS, and it does Sardinian home cooking formidable justice. Arco Cafe is the newest creation of Sardinian native Sebastiano Cappitta (of Acqua, Bettola, Bettolona, Buca, Coccola, and Isola, all of which feature regional Italian foods). The restaurant is designed as a casual, inexpensive, and accessible place to introduce and celebrate Sardinian food. Working with Executive Chef Roberto Ruiu (also a Sardinian native, and a veteran of many popular Sardinian restaurants), Cappita designed a menu that revolves around Sardinian dishes offered affordably: no dish will run you more than $16. It features traditional soups and stews (like Zuppa Gallurese, a hearty cheese-and-bread thickened soup, and Cozze alla Marinara, a spicy mussel soup with a tomato and Vermentino wine broth), as well as pastas like the Maloreddos alla Montanara, a classic Sardinian preparation with mushroom, sausage, and tomato. If you’re looking for something light, the menu also provides small plates, such as a serving of Pane Frattau, a thin Sardinian bread served with tomato sauce, parmesan, and a poached egg. Arco Cafe also extends the Sardinian theme to their wine list, which features wine pressed from native Sardinian grapes.
Guys, this is kind of a big deal. One of the most famous chefs since Emeril is opening a new restaurant tonight! We're talking about talented man Bobby Flay and the debut of his Spanish/Mediterranean bistro Gato. Food Network fans in New York have been chomping at the bit in anticipation of this eatery's grand opening.
Featuring a large wooden bar, Spanish tiles, and exposed brick walls, Gato will not only host undoubtedly delicious food, but will also climb quickly as one of New York City's hottest go-to spots. For anyone wishing to attend tonight's opening, call ahead at 212-334-6400 to confirm availability.
The burgeoning restaurant scene in the Financial District has facilitated the growth of a number of exciting new places to eat and drink. From world-acclaimed bars like The Dead Rabbit to seasonal, upscale restaurants like Juni, The Financial District is quickly attracting establishments that are putting it on the forefront of the NYC culinary scene. One such restaurant is Reserve Cut, which stands out even among its groundbreaking counterparts.