With summer in full swing, here’s a quick update on some of our new restaurant partners in New York City, including brand new al fresco hotspot Alta Linea; POTUS favorite Estela; Soho hottie Sessanta; the classic and beautiful spaces at Montmartre and Fedora; Italian hitters, L’Apicio and dell’anima, Hearth’s little sister, 50 Paces; and the Brooklyn small box, No. 7. Because you are where you eat.
Here are the specifics for all seven, where tables are available immediately.
Alta Linea is the newest Italian-inspired restaurant from Epicurean Group, located in the picturesque courtyard garden of The High Line Hotel. Joe Campanale brings you a vibrant beverage list of aperitivi cocktails such as spritzes and negronis (frozen and otherwise) along with a full dinner menu by the team behind dell’anima, L’Artusi, Anfora, and L’Apicio. Book Now at Alta Linea.
Settling into its life as a perennial Houston Street hotspot, Estela is the very essence of downtown chic: casual and sophisticated with just enough edge, and exposed brick, to remind you you’re not uptown. Chef Ignacio Mattos has, via Estela, established himself has one of the next great chefs. Says Michelin, “Umami bombs at every-turn.” GQ’s Alan Richman’s take: “I couldn’t wait to go back. Book Now at Estela.
John McDonald, Steven Eckler and Mercer Street Hospitality along with Chef Jordan Frosolone present Sessanta, a Sicilian inspired Italian restaurant located in the heart of SoHo on Thompson Street. Designed by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, Sessanta takes inspiration from mid-century Italy, combining the avant-garde aesthetic of Giò Ponti with the glamour of Federico Fellini to transport diners to the post-war heyday of Italian culture. Book Now at Sessanta.
Perhaps it was with Montmartre that you realized definitively that New York can build a Parisian bistro as good as you’ll find anywhere in the world. It’s in the details, of course. The quietly elegant bar service. Aesthetic and soundtrack choices that create an ‘anything’s possible’ mood in the dining room. And, according to Bloomberg, New York’s best french fries. Indeed, you’ll always have Paris. Book Now at Montmartre.
Fedora is one of the few West Village restaurants that have it all. Great bar scene, excellent service, beautiful dining room and, oh yeah, rock star food. The chef-in-your-face style of food popularized in Montreal at Au Pied de Cochon dominates the menu here, where you might find crispy pig’s head alongside seared scallops. Perfectly restored and reopened by master small-box restaurateur Gabe Stulman in 2011, here’s hoping Fedora has at least another 50 years in its run. Book Now at Fedora.
L’Apicio understands its neighborhood and that’s why it’s thriving. It’s an Italian restaurant, in that way that New Yorkers have come to understand Italian food: good polenta, grilled meats, charred octopus, and a tagliatelle presentation that will win over your soul. Plus: high ceilings and — here’s why it’s a no-brainer — lighting that makes you look beautiful. “L’Apicio is a huge Rolls-Royce of a place,” says NY Magazine critic Adam Platt. Yep, it’s a pretty good drive. Book Now at L’Apicio.
Italian for “of the soul,” dell’anima is everything right about the West Village. It’s small, it’s chic and it’s filled with locals who are genuinely excited to be there. As at younger sister restaurants L’Apicio and L’Artusi, the food at dell’anima is traditional Italian, though not predictably so. Chef Gabe Thompson keeps you on your toes with a smoked almond or two here, a little stinging nettle pesto there. Back when it opened in 2007, the buzz was about the guys from Le Bernardin and Babbo opening a new restaurant. Now the buzz is about the dell’anima guys and how they just keep delivering. Book Now at dell’anima.
Casual and slightly more hip than its big sister, Hearth, Fifty Paces delivers wine and whimsy in a small, but lively space fifty paces (get it?) down the street. Menu items like Hearth’s pork ragu, amusingly crafted into an Italian version of a Sloppy Joe (Giuseppe), and Brodo Bowls, inspired by Chef Marco Canora’s all-healing bone broth, make this much more than just a wine bar. Sherries, ciders and beers round out the drink menu, while Fleetwood Mac, Bowie and Dylan make up the vinyl menu – actual records, yes. Chalk your request on the board up front and see how many you can get played. Book Now at 50 Paces.
Chef and sandwich aficionado Tyler Kord may have taken his No. 7 Sub shops to the Ace Hotel and the Plaza, but his home will always be Fort Greene, where you can find his original joint, No. 7 Restaurant. The American bistro serves up a sophisticated, yet humble menu with favorites like fried broccoli – chef’s favorite ingredient – roasted octopus, and hangar steak. The banquettes in the back are for nestling in; the up-front bar is where to catch the kitchen action. Book Now at No. 7.