Up, up and away. Here’s the NYC Hit List for the second week of March. You are where you eat. So, behold, our picks for the next seven days. 4 New, 6 Returning
1/EL COLMADO BUTCHERY Debut
Because Seamus Mullen, of Tertulia, is the best and this is his new butcher shop and restaurant in the Meatpacking District. Been a long time coming. Select meat from the case and they’ll cook it for you. // Meatpacking District. Walk-ins only.
2/MISSION CHINESE 11
Because, dude, it’s Mission Chinese. Even Adam Platt, who eschews fun at all costs, says it’s “arguably worth a two-hour wait.” Zoom, zoom. // Chinatown. No reservations and long waits in the main dining room, but plenty of space for walk-ins at the bar.
3/ASIA DE CUBA 2
Because Asia de Cuba’s return has been fun so far. Smooth, shiny space, pretty people. Start with crudo and crispy calamari. // NoHo. Book Now at Asia de Cuba
4/THE BAR AT BACCARAT Debut
Because Shea Gallante is a legit talent and lobster dumplings. Even though they’re still warming up, this one will develop well. Lobby bar upfront, Chevalier restaurant’s the main show. // Midtown. 212-790-8800
5/TEST KITCHEN TUESDAYS AT ALDER Debut
Because if Wylie’s cooking, you’re in. This Tuesday series is a $55 four-course tasting menu, showcasing new dishes while they’re still being developed. // East Village. 212-539-1900.
6/LITTLE PARK 3
Because, yep. Here it comes. Classic Carmellini, hitting the gas now. Two stars from the Times this week. Critic Wells says, “It is Mr. Carmellini’s most contemporary restaurant.” Grownups win. // TriBeCa. (212) 220-4110
Because Blue Hill’s self-pop-up idea where mega chefs riff on reclaiming food ‘waste’ features Dan Kluger, Grant Achatz and Sean Brock in the next seven days. // Greenwich Village. 212-539-1776
Because the authenticity hunters always love a new target. This is a new small box entry on Kenmare from the Corcoron team, those noted for their mastery of soba. Here the focus is Japanese curry. // Nolita. 212-226-1262
Because legit Tex-Mex and great margaritas to usher in spring? Yepski. // Gramercy. (212) 539-0202.
10/THE POLO BAR 11
Because on the little polo mallet stirrers — which, of course — they have a little band of white paint where the mallet meets the post. Just like the real ones do at Ralph’s ranch. // Midtown. (212) 207-8562.
Congrats to our friends at Maison Premiere for the James Beard Award nomination for Outstanding Bar Program. Go tell them yourself. // Williamsburg. Book Now at Maison Premiere
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