The folks behind Harlem's first ramen shop, Jin Ramen, have opened up their second sit-down restaurant on the corner of 121st street and Amsterdam. Flat Top, named after the griddle that most of their food is cooked on, serves up a menu of American-style bistro food with a somewhat upscale French and Mediterranean bent.
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Egg, eggplant, and potato on a croissant? How could this possibly work? Well it does, and Zizi Limona in Williamsburg makes it magical.
We had a great table nestled near the window, tucked around the bar. Other tables offer a more communal experience, with high-backed chairs and the ebb and flow of fellow diners' conversations and gustatory issuances. Go ahead and make a reservation: you'll be glad you did. With its barefaced rusticity and evocative food, Convivium Osteria is best for: a date that feels right.
When we discovered that the family behind beloved cheese-and-sandwich shop Lamazou opened a bistro down the street, we looked forward to frilly curtains, mismatched plates, and other elements of an overstuffed, comforting vibe. After all, Lamazou is the kind of place that rounds down the price of your order, telling you to make up the difference whenever, or that takes the time to patiently explain the subtle differences between obscure cheeses, a queue out the door notwithstanding. But the newly opened Bistro Lamazou wouldn't be out of step in Las Vegas or in a 1970s acid trip. It's pretty off the hook.
This Greek-inspired corner eatery in the West Village has created a veggie sandwich that would satisfy just about anyone, vegetarian or no. Their roasted vegetable sandwich ($12) is simple in ingredients but delivers on flavor.
The people at Bite do a serious weekday lunch business, and their Sabih ($7.00) is a serious sandwich, on a menu full of fresh options that run from Mediterranean to Italian to Indian.
Olea rightly calls itself a taverna. White-washed walls, turquoise trim, and seahorse motifs evoke Greece, while the embroidered pillows, metalwork, and colorful inlaid tiles around the bar say Turkey. In the evening, with candlelight gleaming along the broad-beamed ceiling, the restaurant is just plain handsome. Like the decor, dishes are mix-and-match Mediterranean.
Bring cash and show up early for brunch at Miriam in Park Slope; the popular Israeli restaurant starts filling up soon after their 10:00am opening, and during the crowded service, they don't accept cards. But the food's good enough to justify these minor inconveniences.
Olivia Bistro in the East Village serves mediocre food, and not nearly enough of it.
In the world of overpriced Midtown restaurant lounges, Fifty Five and its accompanying hookah lounge, Hash Fifty Five, would be just another blip in the radar. Disregarding the $30 hookahs (!) in the upstairs lounge, a few gems on the menu devised by chef Victor LaPlaca (formerly of Todd English's restaurant empire) make it worth a happy hour stop for a bite and cocktail.
With its easygoing seasonality and surprising romance, Vutera is best for: a date you want to impress with your insider knowledge.
There's more than a bit of tongue-in-cheek in the naming of Balaboosta, the new Nolita Middle Eastern restaurant from Einat Admony. The term translates to "the perfect housewife," Admony has been quoted as saying. But I've yet to see the "housewife"—at least, one without a formal culinary background—who can turn out dishes of Balaboosta's sophistication.
[Photo: Robyn Lee] Moustache, a Mediterranean restaurant with outposts in the East Village, West Village, and East Harlem, has long been my go-to for pitzas: essentially pizzas with oversized pitas as crust. But a few months ago, the Lebanese...
Mimi's Hummus, in Brooklyn's Ditmas Park, isn't just a perfect neighborhood restaurant. It's one that makes you consider whether you, too, shouldn't be in that neighborhood. (The wine bar next door doesn't hurt, either.)
Editor's note: New York has thousands of restaurants, so why should a few big names get all the attention? In "Neighborhood Favorites," we'll check out some of the excellent eateries on corners near you. Have a Neighborhood Favorite? Shoot us...
In our series BYOB of the Week, Serious Eats writer Carey Jones stops by a different New York eatery each Thursday, her own bottle of booze in hand. Photo from gazalaplace.com Eating out in New York, I occasionally end up...
Wafa’s Authentic Mediterranean Food is an apt name for this tiny Forest Hills storefront. But this joint could just as well be called Wafa's Soul Food or Wafa's Home Cooking because that's exactly the type of grub you'll find...
Greek yogurt I ended up at Kefi twice this weekend—not really on purpose, but I didn't regret it either time. Both visits, I got the same two desserts because I didn't want my fellow dinners to leave without trying...
Check out The Kitchn's photo tour of Ortine Café. The new Propect Heights eatery, opened by former Schiller’s and Pastis manager Sarah Peck, looks as tiny as it does charming. The Kitchn also features Peck's recipes for hummus, five bean...
Fondue and cold Mediterranean tapas are the specialties at this Hell's Kitchen wine and cheese shop.