The Bachelor is over and it’s time to show you’re in this for the right reasons. #YouAreWhereYouEat, so let’s get to the rose ceremony:
1/ Pasquale Jones
Because the Charlie Bird team brought their dignified comfort food, heavenly wine list and kick-ass tunes to Kenmare street. Two wood-fired brick ovens (from Naples) make pizzas and proteins and, heads up, the pork shoulder is perfect. And, heads up, the tip is included (insert pineapple here*). // SOHO. Book now at Pasquale Jones.
2/ Perla Cafe 2.0
Because when Gabe Stulman saw the corner space across the street from Bar Sardine and Fedora was available, he knew, “That’s where Perla should be.” No, Perla is not a new concept, it’s actually 4 years old but it’s delicious, fun and even more beautiful than before. Bar booth seats ftw. // West Village. Book now at Perla.
Because John Fraser (Narcissa) has teamed up with former Conde Nast editorial director, James Truman, to open a casual vegetarian restaurant. Hide your kids, hide your wives and hide your husbands. Veggies ftw. // Greenwich Village. (212) 498-9393.
4/ Cafe Altro Paradiso
Because the duo behind Estela (an Obama favorite), Ignacio Mattos and Thomas Carter, have created an Italian joint. Located conveniently right around the corner from the Ducati dealership, they are making pastas and sausages on the premises. Italian wines ftw. // SOHO. (646) 952-0828.
5/ La Sirena
Because the space is glorious, the service is impeccable and the food is baller. You can never go wrong with a restaurant by Mario Batali. Note: the bis of pasta is going to get you there. Carbs ftw. // Meatpacking District. (212) 977-6096.
6/ High Street on Hudson
Because they got breakfast and dinner and they’re both outstanding, even the NY Times’ Pete Wells agrees, “[Eli Kelp’s] restaurant doesn’t just put on a show at night and wait for you to be impressed. Mr. Kulp and his business partner, Ellen Yin, understand that coffee and a great pastry can be just as meaningful before noon as an artfully plated duck breast is after dark.” Word up ftw. // West Village. (917) 388-3944.
Because Missy Robbins. Chef is killing it with her house-made pastas, a wood-fired grill and the world’s best soft-serve. It’s exactly what Williamsburg was waiting for. Sprinkles ftw. // Williamsburg. Book now at Lilia.
8/ Salvation Burger
Because everyone, yes everyone, needs this burger in their life. April’s team butchers the meat in house and cooks them over a wood fire. #DamnDaniel ftw. // Midtown East. Walk-ins only.
9/ Sushi Zo
Because it’s fresh af. Chef Keizo Seki is known for having one of the best sushi-only restaurants in LA and now NYC is feeling it too. Sushi game strong people. Af ftw. // West Village. (646) 405-4826.
Because the new menu is popping off. They’re focusing on healthier eats by using more animal fats, fresh grains, and removing all processed ingredients from the restaurant. Don’t worry, the brodo, the pillowy gnocchi, and the meatballs are all still available. But, say hello to a new brisket, chuck, heart, and liver burger served sans bun, because it don’t need one! // East Village. Book now at Hearth.