New & Noteworthy

Nolita, then MePa and so on and so on. I sometimes get caught flat-footed on new names for Manhattan neighborhoods. I admit not being familiar with Two Bridges, the Lower East Side/Chinatown neighborhood by the East River flanked by the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges before reading the announcements for Ernesto’s. But apparently Mission Chinese Food, Dimes, Golden Diner and Kiki’s are located there. Ernesto’s Chef Ryan Barlow who sharpened his knives at Alinea in Chicago, Frenchette in NYC, and three-star Michelin restaurant Akelarre in San Sabastian, Spain has crafted a menu that celebrates the Basque region and is informed by Paris and NYC. The head bartender comes from Frenchette and the sommelier hails from Clown Bar in Paris. This could be interesting!

New & Noteworthy (week of Jan 13)

Anton’s Opened mid-November

The Banty Rooster Opened mid-December

Café Kitsuné Opened mid-November

Ernesto’s Opened early-January

Kochi Opened early-November

Le Crocodile Opened early-December 

Lekka Burger Opened mid-November

Nami Nori Opened early-October 

Verōnika Opened early-January

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.