NEW AND REMARKABLE this summer around New York
Restaurants all around New York City are reopening, and many are launching exciting new initiatives for customers. We’ve put some together for our readers. Stop and visit them. It’s time to support the restaurant community and take advantage of the unique dining opportunities only found in New York City.
Kōyō in Astoria, Queens announced a new summer menu by executive chef / owner Jay Zheng. In keeping with Kōyō’s emphasis on hyper-seasonal ingredients, this iteration of the multi-course Kaiseki dining experience will feature elements reminiscent of summer in Japan. As New York’s seasons change, Chef Zheng will continue to infuse his culinary excellence into traditional Washoku cuisine for a memorable dining experience.Visit: https://www.koyonewyork.com/.
Coco pazzeria has exciting news. Following last winter’s successful opening, restaurateur Pino Luongo and industry veterans Ciro Verde and Alessandro Bandini are opening their second location, Coco Pazzeria Sutton. As the location of the city center, the city center Restaurant features a raw bar and a wide selection of bubbles to top it off. Visit: https://www.cocopazzeria.com/.
PJ Bernstein is one of the neighborhood’s favorite deli on the Upper East Side. They recently expanded the hours of their breakfast menu to ensure that customers can enjoy the most important meal of the day when their palate desires. The restaurant is a multigenerational Jewish grocery store owned and operated by the father and son team, Steve and Eugene Slobodski. PJ Bernstein now offers an all-day breakfast with traditional fare such as farm-fresh eggs, western-style omelets, silver dollar pancakes and French toast. Visit: https://pjbernstein.com/.
Monarch roof in Midtown recently reopened. They started with a new menu along with some of their customer favorites. Located at 71 West 35th Street, Monarch is perched 18 stories above midtown Manhattan, next to the Empire State Building. It consists of a large 5,000 square foot indoor and outdoor space, complete with two bars and spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline. It is a perfect place to relax with friends. Visit: https://www.monarchrooftop.com/.
Sushi AMANE Midtown East’s Michelin-starred sushi restaurant recently reopened and announced that Tomoyuki Hayashi was the new executive sushi chef. At Sushi AMANE, Chef Hayashi has all the power to be creative and has incredible surprises in store for customers like nama-yuba and Japanese uni with Kaluga caviar. As sushi is usually served at room temperature, he is very aware that the texture and flavor of sushi is highly dependent on the temperature at which it is served and uses a special refrigerator to present some cooler selections to bring out the better flavors. Fresh fish is delivered to Sushi AMANE every morning, including Saturdays, ensuring Chef Hayashi can serve the best cuts of fish for every seat. Since it only uses the best cuts of fish, the offerings change between seats, making each session unique. Visit: https://www.sushi-amane.com/.
Limani NYC, in the heart of Rockefeller Center, is now open to guests to immerse themselves again. Led by Executive Chef / Partner MJ Alam (Estiatorio Milos), Limani creates a truly exceptional experience for its guests, showcasing clean Mediterranean flavors that never distract from the profiles of the local healthy ingredients that Chef Alam carefully selects. Limani NYC’s indoor dining room transports guests to the islands of Greece. Bathed in white marble, guests will find a beautiful blue infinity pool and two open kitchens. UV lighting for the HVAC system has been installed and temperatures are checked on arrival with sanitation towers available at the restaurant entrance to ensure a safe meal. Al fresco dining offers great views of Rockefeller Center and spacious seating. Visit: https://limani.com/new-york.
Amigo by Nai located in the East Village is evolving into a full service restaurant and they recently launched a new brunch menu. By increasing its catering service, Amigo by Nai has added elevated appetizers to its menu to complement the tacos which include Esquite de Maiz Gratinado sweet corn husk, panela, queso fresco, Manchego cheese, coriander, serrano pepper and mejillones, aguachile mussels, mezcal, onion, corn nuts and coriander. New features of the brunch menu Taco from Huevo eggs, kimchi, salsa brava, Manchego cheese, arugula and churrascho, skirt steak, eggs, salsa verde and cojita. Amigo by Nai’s Beverage Director Niko Hagerty has designed several unique handcrafted cocktails to accompany the brunch menu, such as their Mocha martini Tito’s Vodka, Kahlua, Hershey’s Chocolate, habanero shrub bitters, mole and espresso. Visit: https://www.nairestaurant.com/amigo.
Content restaurant in East Harlem, a collaboration of sommeliers Yannick Benjamin and Mara Rudzinski, executive chef Oscar Lorenzzi and his partners. A wheelchair user himself, Yannick wanted to make Contento accessible to people with disabilities by incorporating features such as a lower bar counter, slightly higher tables, enough space to navigate comfortably and suitable utensils. Chef Lorenzzi’s seasonal menu reflects influences from his native Peru, his work at iconic New York restaurants Waverly Inn, Marseille and Nice Matin, and his French background, with dishes like Ceviche Classico with white fish, corn, coriander and leche de tigre; Octopus with black chimichurri; Creamy quinoa – “Quinotto” risotto with favas and peas; katsu pork cutlet from Kurobuta; and the Contento Burger with brandy caramelized onions, green pepper aioli and raclette. The global wine list features a wide range of Old and New World bottles, highlighting the East Coast, the Mediterranean, as well as lesser-known regions and reserve wine selections. Cocktails by mixologist Heidi Turzyn are seasonal, fresh and elegant, often showcasing Latin and Caribbean flavors. Located at 88 E. 111th St., open Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. for indoor and outdoor seating. Visit: https://www.contentonyc.com/.
The capital grid hosts its summer wine event Generous Pour “Life by the Vine, Wisdom Uncorked”. Until September 6, customers can enjoy 7 wines for $ 28 with the price of dinner in all of their locations. Wine lover Winemaker of the Year, Greg Brewer has mastered the intricacies of growing and blending carefully selected grapes at four wineries in the Santa Maria Hills Estate. The wines go wonderfully with the dishes served at the Capital Grille. It is the experience of a great wine lover. Visit: https://www.thecapitalgrille.com/home.
After 9 years at Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn kolache brought their sweet and savory artisanal pastries from scratch to the city with the opening of their second location in Greenwich Village – the only kolache bakery in Manhattan. Made with yeast dough and a range of savory and sweet fillings, kolache are Czech-origin pastries that are portable, versatile, and delicious. Beloved by Texans as a popular breakfast and on-the-go snack option, they are virtually unheard of outside the state, inspiring Texas transplant to Autumn Stanford to open the original bakery. Kolaches can be sweetened with toppings like fruit jam, poppy seeds, cheese, and streusel toppings or savory with sausage, cheese, eggs, and vegetables. Brooklyn Kolache’s signature flavors include Poppy seed; Cherry & Soft Cheese; Chocolate ganache; sausage, jalapeño and cheese; Mushrooms & Goat Cheese and Bacon, Egg & Cheese. Sweet buns, vegan cookies and biscuits, plus coffee, tea, homemade chai, and other drinks complete the menu. All of the pastries are made from scratch (including jams), hand-filled and baked in small batches throughout the day. The ingredients are natural and organic wherever possible: no artificial sweeteners or preservatives, no GMOs, no hormones, no antibiotics. The cruelty-free meat, dairy, eggs, and never bleached or brominated flour are sourced locally – Meyer’s Elgin sausages are the one exception, sourced from the family-owned Texas business. Visit: https://www.brooklynkolache.com/.
Somewhere in Nolita is a rooftop bar located in the heart of Nolita, with stunning views of New York City. The plush jade banquettes topped with coral pillows and copper tables are shaded by canvas canopies and surrounded by greenery and woodland native flowers. Somewhere In Nolita offers an extensive menu of handcrafted cocktails, including Heat Map with tequila, mezcal, watermelon, basil and Calabrian pepper; Pineapple Over the Sea, a tropical take on a Manhattan with scotch, plum whiskey, plantation pineapple, Giffard pineapple, cardamaro and choya umeshu; Tea Time, a mint julep with iwai whiskey, old forest 100, genmaicha, mizunomai barley shochu, amaro nonino and mint; Not a rum and a coke with rum, cio ciaro amaro, prosecco and yuzu; The Nuts and Bolts, a Spanish gin and tonic with gin mare, wray & nephew rum, sesame, fever tree tonic and herbs; What a Dandy with vodka, aventell, pilsner, citrus and plum; Oolong Time Comin, a negroni with pisco, bitter carpano, chartreuse jaune, pimms, white chambéry dolin, sherry fino and oolong tea; and Thirst Quencher, a rum daiquiri, maraschino luxardo midori, lime and coconut. Visit: https://www.somewhereinnolita.com/.
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