On Our Radar: NYC

WHAT HAS OUR ATTENTION THIS AUTUMN– PART 2

Last week, we said sayonara to summer and hello to fall as we outlined a few of the coolest new spaces commanding our attention in La La Land… Here, we follow up with the gaggle of New York newcomers we seriously can’t get enough of (and we mean seriously— these four spots take the cake as “best things we ate all summer”). Check ’em out below, then get yourselves there pronto…

1. Nur

Speaking of the best things we ate over the summer, none could compare to the meal we enjoyed at Nur, the newish Middle Eastern restaurant in the heart of Flatiron. The menu is a mélange of shareable plates like smoked eggplant carpaccio (a complete flavor bomb that’s infinitely better and less boring than it sounds), octopus with cardamom yogurt, tamarind chicken and seared tuna with jerusalem artichokes and coriander oil. Nur also makes all of its own bread on-site which includes the traditional, sesame-crusted Jerusalem bagel and a honey-and-garlic-challah served with cured onion crème fraîche. On our visit, their “Turkish Delight on The Hudson” was hands-down our favorite course– a seared foie gras as big as a duck breast (no joke) arrives alongside rhubarb, figs, honey-lavender yogurt and coffee grounds; it is truly excellent. (SEE IT, FIND IT, BOOK IT)

2. Out East

From the chef that originally brought us Charlie Bird, Out East arrived on the scene just in time for summer and it quickly became one of our main stomping grounds all season long. We were charmed by the Hamptons-meets-Miami kitschy décor, the tropical subterranean bar area, and, of course, the stellar seafood. It’s the kind of place you could easily go for a date, a group dinner or even bring your visiting parents. We especially love the diver scallop crudo, pickled beets with coconut milk and the ever-fresh rotating selection of oysters. (SEE IT, FIND IT, BOOK IT)

3. Hemlock

If you’re looking for a new date night standby and you’re a fan of King, Le Turtle and/or Hart’s, allow us to introduce you to the latest lady in your rolodex: Hemlock. The minimalist, tiny kitchen opened somewhat quietly last spring, but that’s part of why we love it– it’s the off-the-beaten-path neighborhood gem you can always count on for a cozy atmosphere, great meal and a fun, yet casual night. The menu changes often and with the seasons, though their famed sweet potato bread with burned leaf butter is a mainstay for a reason– trust us and get it (even if you’re paleo. It’s that worth it). Right now, they’re plating dishes like grilled figs, cockles with honeynut squash and bavette steak with kimchi, all on one-of-a-kind, locally-made pottery no less. (SEE IT, FIND IT, BOOK IT)

4. Cervo’s

Behind a nondescript entryway in Chinatown, Cervo’s is a low-key, candle-lit seafood bar that nails the whole “cool vibes and good times” mantra (nearby Kiki’s is another good example). It is the sister restaurant of Bed-Stuy’s Hart’s, which Bon Appetit crowned the fifth best restaurant in America this year, so it bears similarities to the Brooklyn spot in both atmosphere and cuisine. Surely, the best part about that is that Hart’s’ most prized dish– clams in a vino verde-garlic sauce– is also available at Cervo’s meaning you can now try it in Brooklyn and in Manhattan. Other must-tries at Cervo’s include its unique selection of oysters and its grass-fed lamb burger topped with anchovies. (SEE IT, FIND IT, BOOK IT) CP

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