The 13 Best New Restaurants to Try This Week
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As summer winds down, the fall restaurant season is heating up. In San Francisco, Tartine Manufactory is making its debut with loaves upon loaves of Chad Robertson’s bread, and cold treats from Liz Prueitt. Meanwhile, Chicago’s Revival Food Court puts popular vendors like Mindy Segal and Smoque BBQ under one roof. Here are the places to try this week.
Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot: Fans of this hot pot chain won’t have to head to Flushing anymore. The team, which offers hot pots flavored with their signature 36-ingredient spice mixture, is now operating on the Bowery. The menu here is all about customization: diners select their broth, meat, vegetable, noodles and sauce from a long list of offerings.
Samui: Forward-thinking Thai restaurants are relatively uncommon in New York. Samui, a new restaurant in Fort Greene, is one of them. The menu includes the familiar pad Thai and khao soi, but also branzino steamed with chile and garlic, and shrimp with bean noodles served in a clay pot. The space looks straight out of a design catalog with teal banquettes, ultra-modern chandeliers and a festive mural outside.
Blacktail: The team behind cocktail destination The Dead Rabbit has a new venture: a Cuban spot in Pier A Harbor House, the large restaurant and bar complex next to South Ferry. In addition to a lengthy bar menu which dedicates an entire section to punch, there is a food selection substantial enough to fuel a long night of drinking. Think crispy plantain and yucca chips with salsa fresca, and a Cuban sandwich made with rabbit, in addition to tropical fruit-and-coconut flan with rhubarb sorbet to finish.
Spoon Table & Bar: In a neighborhood where solid lunch and breakfast options can be hard to find, this is a welcome addition. Breakfast offers both sweet and savory dishes, like steel-cut oats with a vanilla, maple and berries combo or a salt, pepper, bacon and cheddar option. Lunch and dinner options are still within the realm of American classics and include a burger topped with pimento cheese.
C’est La Vie: The team behind Pasadena’s Lincoln has a new spot in in North Glendale. Fans of the original won’t be surprised by the top-notch pastries and fresh baguettes. There’s also lunch and dinner options and a small provisions shop.
Tartine Manufactory: Anyone who has ever braved the line at Tartine for one of the bakery’s exceptional pastries or loaves of bread will be thankful for this new, much larger outpost. The larger space has allowed Chad Robertson and Liz Prueitt to offer breakfast and lunch service to start, with plans for dinner down the line. In the meantime, guests can feast on ham, cheese and mustard danishes and a savory pie made with kale, preserved lemon and Moroccan spices. Hopefully with the new space, lines at Tartine will be a thing of the past.
Barzotto: Michelle Minori, who previously helmed the Ne Timeas restaurants including Flour + Water, is going casual at this new spot in the Mission. The goal is to offer good quality pasta dishes for $10 to $17. To keep costs down, customers will order dishes like baked strozzapreti with tomato, mozzarella and broccolini or fazzoletti with braised beef, mushrooms and rosemary at the counter.
Revival Food Hall: The much-anticipated food hall at The National is up and running, serving food from some familiar Chicago operators like Smoque BBQ, The Fat Shallot and Antico Taco. In the morning, Mindy Segal’s serving bagels. Later in the day, there’s Detroit-style pizza from Union Pizzeria, ramen from Furious Spoon and charcuterie from Danke.
The Pit Room: You can’t be mad about the addition of another barbecue spot in Texas when chocolate chip cookie sandwiches are on the menu. The owners are equal-opportunity meat lovers, offering everything from chicharrones to smoked turkey to venison sausage, made in-house.
Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon: Look for the massive, neon chicken sign when searching for the second location of this Mexican spot. There are breakfast tacos until 11 a.m., wood-grilled whole birds for lunch, achiote chicken tacos and plenty more. The chicken-averse will find more than enough to tide them over, like grilled beets with chimichurri and cheesy roasted cauliflower. Every flavor of the housemade ice cream is a hit (salty cajeta, honeycomb swirl), and you can pair them with churros if you’re feeling indulgent.
Ah Sing Den: Not even the cocktails can overshadow the Asian-inspired bites at this well-stocked, dimly lit bar. Try the salmon nori cigars and PEI mussels, heady with lemongrass broth, then end the night with chocolate mochi or forbidden rice pudding.
Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken: This Memphis-based chain is slowly living up to its name as it continues global domination, most recently in Cass Corridor. Of course there’s the well-loved fried chicken, but there’s also all the fried pickles, coleslaw and pecan pie you could ever want. Pro tip: Splurge for their souvenir cup.
Tino’s: Wine gardens are the new beer gardens if you’re in Brickell. You can enjoy a $6 glass of vino at this pizza place, which also happens to serve gyoza. The oven has a name (Bertha) and she churns out truffle-topped pies with puffy crusts in a mere 90 seconds.
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