New & Noteworthy

Cooler air stimulates my appetite which is a good thing as there are so many new menus to dig into across the city.  Today, I’m adding Gotham Bar & Grill, which sees a departure of Alfred Portale who helmed the kitchen for over three decades, and the arrival of Victoria Blamey, who received much acclaim from her reboot of Chumley’s.

I”ll be honest that the new Chumley’s menu was a little too meaty and heavy for me. I may be misremembering but I thought it felt April Bloomfield-ish.. You know, lots of marrow and such.  That said, I think I went to Gotham Bar & Grill two times, the last time being at least 15 years ago. The new menu looks thoughtfully inventive where flavors are paired but not so much as to beat you over the head.  I tend to like a somewhat lightness of hand and dishes like charred Japanese eggplant with lapsang souchong; pea dahl with fried shallot and curry leaf; and lamb collar with Calabrian chiles, peppers, kabocha, and pickled eggplant are right up my alley.

New & Noteworthy (week of Sep 9)

Ayada      Opened late-June

Gotham Bar & Grill     Reopened early-September

Hutong      Opened early-July 

The Jones Opened late-August

L’Accolade    Opened mid-July

LaLou Opened late-June

Llama-San Opened early-September

Malibu Farm  Opened early-September

Pastis         Opened early-June

Red Paper Clip Opened late-July

Red Peony Opened late-August

Sullivan Street Pizza Opened mid-June

This weekly list is not comprehensive of every new place but a short alphabetized list of new places that I think are notable.  Restaurants that have been opened for more than three months will not be included.