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POSTED November 20, 2014


Goodbye, Grillade. Hello, micro seasonal cooking (pine! quince!), tasting menus and a reinvigorated Galen Zamarra. The James Beard Award–winning chef behind Mas (farmhouse) closed his wood-fired West Village spot, Mas (la grillade), over the summer and, this week, reopened it as Almanac. The new restaurant is intensely seasonal, experimental and inspired by the culinary journal Zamarra began writing as Bouley's chef de cuisine. He's adding even more entries with Almanac's new dishes: slowly cooking scallops over raw-leek fondue, for instance, or shaved matsutakes marinated in a liquid made from young pine shoots he foraged near his home. Each appear on his tasting menus ($75 to $145) or as stand-alone appetizers ($20) or main courses ($40).

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POSTED November 13, 2014


Park Slope restaurateur Damon Gorton is keeping it all in the family with his newest bar, music venue and brunch spot mash-up, Sisters, which opened this past weekend. He's brought in Chris Nichols, the chef at his other restaurant, Flatbush Farm, to put together a homey dinner spread—right now, it's Scotch eggs with fennel sausage ($8), duck cassoulet ($16) and hanger steak kebabs with chimichurri sauce ($12)—while brunch and lunch are in the works. As for the music, the first on the list is local tabla player Suphala, who will be hitting the drums tomorrow night.

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POSTED November 6, 2014

Little Park & Evening Bar

Tribeca's getting a double dose of Andrew Carmellini. Tonight, he's opening Little Park and the Evening Bar inside the Smyth Tribeca, both an homage to what's in season and the local artisans, farmers, vintners and distillers who supply the goods. In the lobby, Evening Bar will be pouring classic quaffs and fruit- and vegetable-laced twists—like the Scotch-based Porcini Nog ($18) with porcini vinegar—all created by Anne Robinson (PDT, Booker and Dax). At Little Park, Carmellini taps into his old Locanda Verde sous chef Min Kong for a hearty fall menu, which includes beetroot tartare ($12), black kale ravioli ($14) and dry-aged duck with grapes ($18).

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POSTED October 30, 2014


Welcome to Upland, the tiny Southern California city where citrus and grapes abound–and the inspiration behind Justin Smillie's newest restaurant. The former Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria chef (and Upland native) draws upon his California roots for his Flatiron venture with restaurateur Stephen Starr, weaving in the rustic cooking he's well known for. He pairs a pork chop with charred onions and persimmon ($34), grinds pecans into a pesto for stracciatella, pear and arugula pizza ($18) and marries sesame and scallions with uni in farro spaghetti ($23). How's that for a comeback?

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POSTED October 23, 2014


Enrique Olvera promised his highly anticipated, tortilla-pressing shrine to Mexican cuisine would be up and running by the end of the month, but the Mexico City chef surprised us by opening a week early. Not that we're complaining. Named after Olvera's hometown market, this ultramodern Flatiron palace serves central Mexican cuisine with Manhattan flair, like tataki al pastor ($20) and even a Manhattan clam chowder ($15). The bar's stocked with 70-plus wines, including Mexican labels, as well as tequila, mezcal and housemade agua fresca.

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  • Sisters
  • Little Park & Evening Bar
  • Upland
  • Cosme


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