Welcome to the Hit List, our weekly rundown of what’s what in the world of New York City bars and restaurants. This week, Shuko and Cosme both still coming in hot like soup dumplings. While Mission Cantina slips off the list surely to return, Amanda Cohen and her army of monkey bread bakers open their newer, bigger, shinier Dirt Candy 2.0. Because you are where you eat, here are our picks for the next seven days. 3 New, 6 Returning
1/THE POLO BAR 4 Weeks On
Because the Polo Bar even has amazing coffee ice cream, which maybe you wouldn’t expect. You know what else is great? Everything, except maybe how hard it is to get in. Is this some new culinary temple? No. Is it perhaps the restaurant of 2015? Entirely possible. // Midtown. Call (212) 207-8562 for reservations.
2/DIRT CANDY Debut
Because here’s Amanda Cohen, who marches to the beat of no drummer. Usually you’d give this kind of thing a few weeks to figure itself out, but these guys have been gearing up for months now. It’s all vegetarian, but you’d barely notice, which you’ll quickly notice. // Lower East Side. (212) 228-7732.
3/FIFTY PACES Debut
Because, holy mother is this a wine bar that serves fresh brodo? Yes. It’s Hearth and Brodo’s Marco Canora’s redo of Terroir and it opens tonight. //East Village. (646) 602-1300
Because maybe those crazy chandeliers are crazy in a good way. Don’t miss the rice dishes section, a typically clever culinary riff from the Torrisi Brothers. //Meatpacking. (212) 254-3000
Because in his three star review this week, Pete Well says, “the flavors are here and now.” Also calls it a “thrill.” // Flatiron. Book Now at Cosme
Because it’s now largely acknowledged to be the most exciting new sushi restaurant in the city. // Union Square. Email us or call (212) 228-6088 for reservations.
Because Nobu is still the greatest restaurant in the world. And, so, Zuma isn’t the OG, but who cares? It’s fun and great and sexy and packed. There’s plenty of room in the lounge, so don’t be put off by the ‘fully booked’ quote. // Midtown. (212) 544-9862 for reservations.
Because, hey, you know what great new-ish Spanish restaurant run by Bobby Flay you’d forgotten about? This one. //Noho. (212) 334-6400
Because now it’s serving lunch. Justin Smillie’s Italian brasserie remains white hot. // Park Avenue South Corridor. Book Now at Upland
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