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Arrogant Swine's Whole Hog Barbecue Opening in Brooklyn This Summer

First Look Chris E. Crowley 11 comments

Ready your bibs, New York: East Williamsburg is getting some whole hog barbecue. Tyson Ho, the Flushing-bred, North-Carolina-trained pit master, has confirmed that he'll be setting up a beer and barbecue hall at 173 Morgan Avenue to open this summer. More

First Look: The Butterfly, Michael White's Supper Club

First Look Nick Solares 8 comments

The food at The Butterfly, White's new downtown cocktail bar and supper club in collaboration with cocktail whiz Eben Freeman, is a departure from his renowned Italian cooking. It focuses more on American comfort food classics like the aforementioned patty melt, fried chicken, and spinach and artichoke dip. More

First Look: ZZ's Clam Bar, the Seafood and Cocktail Bar from the Torrisi Team

First Look Paul Yee 4 comments

Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone, and Jeff Zalaznick love nothing more than eating raw fish and drinking cocktails. "That's what we do in our free time. It's our favorite thing," explains Zalaznick, "we built a place that's an idealized version of what we like to do most." That place is ZZ's Clam Bar More

First Look: The Fourth, New American in Union Square

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The Fourth recently opened in Union Square from the team behind neighborhood favorites Tocqueville and 15 East. More

First Look: Sag Harbor's Sen Arrives in Manhattan

First Look Nick Solares 5 comments

The newly minted Sen occupies an ambitiously large space on 21st street in Manhattan. The menu is a congruous blend of traditional and modern: classically prepared sushi and a broader, more eclectic kitchen menu with pan-Asian focus. If the concept sounds less than original, it's worth mentioning that Sen is an offshoot of the nearly two-decades-old Sag Harbor restaurant renowned for their sushi. More

First Look: MP Taverna, a New Spin on Greek Food from Michael Psilakis in Astoria

First Look Max Falkowitz 11 comments

"We're not trying to be a typical Greek taverna," Michael Psilakis says, which is why his newly opened MP Taverna is so unlike its Astoria neighbors. "I still think it's Greek, but my mother didn't cook anything like this." On the menu: octopus with yogurt and chickpeas, mussels with feta and Greek sausage, and more. More

First Look: Lafayette, Andrew Carmellini's French Bistro and Bakery

First Look Erin Zimmer 2 comments

First it was Locanda Verde, then the Dutch, and now chef Andrew Carmellini and his restaurateur partners have opened their third restaurant, Lafayette, a classy French bistro and bakery. Open morning, noon, and night, it's a very French-feeling place on the corner of Lafayette and Great Jones, with an emphasis on old-school Gallic traditions. More

In the Kitchen with Ryan Tate: Behind the Scenes of Le Restaurant's Tasting Menu

Behind the Scenes Jacqueline Raposo 2 comments

At the recently opened Le Restaurant below All Good Things Market in Tribeca, the $100 6-course tasting menu is "no choice / no substitutions," and changes daily depending on what Chef Ryan Tate feels like cooking and what's at peak season, literally, today. We hung out in the kitchen with Tate, owner Ryan Wittels and the team, to give you a glimpse on what's happening below the market. More

First Look: Fatty 'Cue Returns to Williamsburg

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After a long, long wait, Fatty 'Cue is back open in Williamsburg. More

First Look: Tres Carnes, Mexican-Flavored Barbecue with Texas Smoked Meat in the Flatiron

First Look Nick Solares 11 comments

Tres Carnes opened last week serving up a fusion of Mexican flavors and Texas-style smoked meats using the (dare I say it?) Chipotle service model. If the concept sounds familiar, the barbecue has a stronger pedigree than you may suspect—the restaurant has enlisted Mike Rodriguez as pit master, who spent almost a decade running the pits at the legendary Salt Lick in Texas. More

First Look: Tiberio Custom Meats Butcher's Table

First Look Nick Solares 4 comments

Last year chef Frank Prisinzano teamed up with butchers Adam Tiberio and Erik Hassert to open a retail butcher counter as part his latest restaurant, Sauce, located on Rivington Street. The butcher counter doesn't just supply his restaurants; it also hosts large format meals for groups of ten. More

First Look: Nightingale 9, New Vietnamese Restaurant from Seersucker Chef

First Look Erin Zimmer 7 comments

Just down the street from his southern restaurant Seersucker and laidback coffee shop Smith Canteen, you'll find chef Rob Newton topping a bowl of pho with cilantro sprigs or making Vietnamese coffee popsicles at his new spot, Nightingale 9. More

First Look: The New Olive Oil Tasting Menu at Maialino

First Look Jacqueline Raposo 4 comments

This week, Executive Chef Nick Anderer unveils a new olive oil tasting program at Danny Meyers' Italian trattoria, Maialino. Here Nick explains his motivation behind the program, what's on the menu now, and what we can expect soon. More

First Look: At Red Gravy, Saul Bolton Brings Southern Italy to Brooklyn Heights

First Look Paul Yee 7 comments

Saul Bolton opened Red Gravy with the desire to pay homage to the Italian-American experience. The menu is inspired by recipes and traditions that immigrants brought from the shores of Southern Italy to the blocks of Southern Brooklyn; changes were made only to reflect the different ingredients available in their new homes. More

First Look: The Food at Creative Juice, Danny Meyer's New Juice Bar in Equinox

First Look Erin Zimmer 1 comment

We've already shown you the juice and smoothie selection at the new Creative Juice bar inside Equinox (just two locations for now). While we were chugging back the juice, we also nibbled on some of the food. Take a look at what you can expect to eat there. More

First Look: Qi Thai Grill, Sripraphai and Pichet Ong's Williamsburg Restaurant

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Williamsburg has a new neighborhood Thai restaurant with some surprising players: dessert star Pichet Ong and Sripraphai of the celebrated eponymous restaurant in Queens. More

First Look: The Marrow, Harold Dieterle's Italian-German Eatery

First Look J. Kenji López-Alt 11 comments

Set in the old Paris Common space on Bank Street and Greenwish Street, The Marrow is the third collaboration between Harold Dieterle and co-owner Alicia Nosenzo, and his first foray into meat-centric Italian and German fare. "This is the food of my family," he says. "I have an Italian grandmother on my mother's side and a German on my father's." More

First Look: Bien Cuit Bakery's New West Village Store

First Look Erin Zimmer 8 comments

"We wanted it to have the same vibe as the Bien Cuit in Brooklyn, even if it's in Manhattan," said head baker Zachary Golper of his second location, which just opened on Christopher Street. More

First Look: Salvation Taco, April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman's Murray Hill Taqueria

First Look J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

If a casual, a la carte restaurant serving up tacos that start at $3 and sandwiches that top the menu at $9—in a converted Salvation Army space in the middle of the banker and adult frat-boy-friendly bar scene of Murray Hill—seems like an out of place move for chef/restaurateur duo April Bloomfield and Ken Friedman, that's because it is. Talking with April about the concept and the menu, even she seems a little surprised by the whole affair. More

First Look: At Tribeca Canvas, Masaharu Morimoto Does Comfort Food

First Look Hally Wolhandler 3 comments

Masaharu Morimoto is one of the biggest names in Japanese cuisine. The owner of more than five eponymous restaurants, he has also become a veritable celebrity through his appearances on Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. So the fact that Morimoto opened a restaurant with a menu of Western comfort food in Tribeca a month ago is a bit out of left field. Still, there are Morimoto twists to every classic American dish that Tribeca Canvas offers. More

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