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POSTED January 29, 2015

Monte-Carlo NYC

Say bonjour to Monte-Carlo NYC, which just opened yesterday in the former Cucina Ciano space on the Upper East Side. The Waldorf's former food and beverage director, Alexandra Pollet, is bringing back classic French cuisine, like dover sole Meunière style ($55), confit duck leg ($25) and lobster vol-au-vent with wild mushrooms ($27). Pair them with a floral French 78 ($14), and you're all set for a lavish tête-à-tête with your amour.

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POSTED January 22, 2015

Pies 'n' Thighs

The fried chicken gods have answered our prayers: Pies 'n' Thighs has made its Manhattan debut. The Lower East Side outpost's menu is identical to the Williamsburg original, so no need to fret. The team imported their beloved deep-fried chicken with biscuits ($14.50), flaky fried catfish ($14) and pies ($4.50 to $5.50 each), from bourbon pecan to classic banana cream, across the East River along with the doughnut of the month—currently, chewy, slightly funky raised sourdough rings ($3).

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POSTED January 15, 2015


One reason to brave the cold and the crowds at the High Line: Santina, the newest seafood spot from team Torrisi. Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi focus on Italian-leaning variations on all things shelled and swimming, like branzino crudo ($14), octopus spiedini ($15) and linguine vongole verde ($19). But it's not solely fish dishes here; the pair plays around with vegetables, too, like squash carpaccio ($9), mushroom Marsala ($23) and a slew of salads ($12 to $17). Stay tuned: Breakfast and lunch are next.

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POSTED January 8, 2015

Mission Chinese

The fluorescent menu and keg of gratis brews may be long gone, but we don't miss them. Nestled in the former Rosette space spackled with shiny silver walls, the new Mission Chinese is here—and it's bigger, better and spicier. Danny Bowien's long-anticipated, Sichuan peppercorn-powered restaurant opened with a bang just before the New Year with a large bar for the inevitable wait and new dishes, such as drunken-style wood oven fish with charred chile pickles ($32) and squid ink peanut noodles with "numbing oil" ($12.50).

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POSTED December 18, 2014

Parm Upper West Side

Are the Torrisi boys eyeing an uptown takeover? It remains to be seen, but they've opened an outpost of Parm along Columbus Avenue, and it's bigger and badder than the original (i.e., think outside the hero). Scoop up one of the new pastas—care for pink-sauced penne fra diavolo ($18) or a twirl of linguine vongole ($17)?—or tear into one of the meaty entrées, like bass Marsala ($28) or steak agrodolce topped with fried onions ($35). And get excited: The made-to-order warm mozz is back.

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  • Monte-Carlo NYC
  • Pies 'n' Thighs
  • Santina
  • Mission Chinese
  • Parm Upper West Side


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