For foodies, this spring is bound to bear more than just warm weather.
Tessa, a well-designed Mediterranean joint, will be moving into a prime 1,750-square-foot space on the Upper West Side that has seen restaurants come and go over the years. Named after one of the owner’s daughters, it is to feature world class French and Italian flavors. The spot will be headed by Chef Cedric Tovar, who has spent time at both Bobo and Rosemary’s, both gems in the downtown culinary scene. Similar to other up-and-coming restaurants north of Lincoln Center, Tessa features modern design with equal attention to both form and function. The design showcases a ground level bar area and an upstairs dining room. Tessa opens this Thursday. It is located at 349 Amsterdam Avenue.
We’ve recently written about how, with new additions like Arco Cafe, the Midtown East culinary scene has been developing in interesting new ways. And, while the coffeehouse and tapas crowd welcome Arco, fans of the new American steakhouse also have reason to celebrate. Opened on January 27th, Angus Club Steak House is one of the newest of a number of new Midtown steakhouses, and has already started to bring formidable game to the table. A group of industry-star owners (including husband-and-wife team Tara Pizzi and Aldin Gacevic) have set out on a mission to, as Gacevic says, “tweak” the idea of the classic steakhouse, expanding on classic themes to bring the modern and the traditional together.”
Danny Meyer is gracing the front line as one of NYC's most sought-after restaurateurs. He owns Shake Shack, Blue Smoke and Jazz Standard and the Gramercy Tavern, and his 1985 culinary pride — Union Square Café continues to deliver succulent Italian-American cuisine in a clean, relaxed setting just west of Union Square.
People often associate two things with the Big Apple: the Yankees, and an authentic New York steak. In a collision of the city's staples, an American steakhouse was born.
NYY Steak had its grand opening party last night in Midtown, Manhattan. Owned by Hard Rock International and Yankee Global Enterprises, the restaurant held a Blue Carpet event true to its NYC style. Guests included television personalities like Kris Jenner and James Lipton; Hard Rock big wigs like Hamish Dodds (President and CEO) and James F. Allen (Chairman, and CEO of Gaming Operations for the Seminole Tribe of Florida); and of course, the Yankees.
Helmed by the proprietors of Trattoria Dopo Teatro in Times Square, Dopo East in the Upper East Side is a townhouse fashioned into a modern Italian restaurant with a rustic charm. It’s easy to forget that you’re dining at a restaurant until the waiter comes over with the menu. “Would you like sparkling or distilled water?” he asks politely. And then he hands you the wine menu, where the list ends at the bottom of the second page.
The wine is curated from various sections of the globe, and a popular one is the Prosecco Abati Regali, a sparkling Italian wine that goes very well with most dishes, especially pasta and seafood.
Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” plays gently in the background as the waiters shuffle around the townhouse in their crisp black and white uniform, lowering platters of colorful Italian cuisine in front of customers. This would be ideal for a romantic date night.
Entering Vice Lounge is an experience in and of itself. You are first met with the view of a moderately sized bar, lined with the finest liquors, but just pass the black curtain-covered doors towards the back and you find yourself meeting a completely different scene. The black and red, sexy, chandeliered, vampiresque décor strikes you immediately and lets you know that this isn’t an ordinary restaurant. As you walk through the central dance floor, and onto the upstairs lounge, you will notice that each table is placed on its own individual cow skin rug. The crystal and silver themed tables match perfectly against the lavish night scene of the rest of the establishment.