At this time, please stow your tray tables in preparation for al fresco season. Sweet, Jesus, yes. New York, here’s your Hit List for the next seven days, because you are where you eat. 3 New, 5 Returning
Because for Marcus Samuelsson buzz is like your summer rosé program (a no-brainer). His casual poultry joint, chef’d by a Le Bern vet, is now open on 116th Street. Kid’s celebrity chef friends, like Daniel Boulud, have already popped in. It opens today. You’ve already been twice, yes? // Harlem. (212) 206 2557
Because it’s the classic French restaurant in Le District, the French food “megaplex,” as Eater calls it. Beaubourg’s got your escargot, your pike quenelles, your steak frites, and, of course, your raw bar. And, in a couple of weeks, al fresco on the Hudson. // Battery Park. (212) 981-8589
Because forget what you know so far, which is that you and Lady Gaga like the place, but maybe you’re tiny bit scared of the chandeliers. New story: Al fresco under the Highline is going to be a thing. // Meatpacking. (212) 254-3000.
Because as Grub Street notes, “everyone loves queso.” // Gramercy. (212) 539-0202.
5/CHARLIE BIRD Debut
Because, whoa. Where’d this guy come from? Sometime in the next seven days the patio opens. So, standby. // Soho. Book Now at Charlie Bird.
6/EL COLMADO BUTCHERY 2
Because Seamus Mullen, of Tertulia, is the best and this is his new butcher shop and restaurant in the Meatpacking District and we’re underway. Select meat from the case and they’ll cook it for you. // Meatpacking District. Walk-ins only.
7/ASIA DE CUBA 3
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
8/THE POLO BAR 12
Because on a random night last week at separate tables: Micky Drexler, Charlie Rose, Jon Tisch, Eric Ripert. // Midtown. (212) 207-8562.
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