If spending hours lingering over perfectly executed dishes and copious amounts of wine (a prized pastime of the style set) sounds up your alley, now is a great time to be in New York City. The city is home to some of the world’s most innovative restaurants, and while some may view its culinary landscape as over-saturated, we say the more the merrier. Here, discover some of the best new dining spots the city has to offer, just in time for New York Fashion Week.
Set in a stunning 19th-century Greenwich Village townhouse, Casa Apicii offers a menu of pan-regional Italian flavors using seasonal ingredients. Chef Casey Lane's pastas are handmade in-house and cooked to order, including favorites like bucatini all'amatriciana and strozzapretti (pasta with octopus, pancetta and bone marrow).
This casual and friendly neighborhood spot in Greenwich Village pays homage to traditional French cuisine, without the frills. Owners Louis Levy and Evan and Daniel Bennett created a sleek, timeless space with a retro-mod vibe. Chef Liz Johnson helms the kitchen, showcasing a daily-changing menu of classic French dishes like pork rillettes and gnocchi Parisian.
Café Altro Paradiso
The second restaurant from chef Ignacio Mattos and Thomas Carter, Café Altro Paradiso is a little piece of paradise in SoHo. The restaurant transports you directly to coastal Italy, with a wide-range of traditional Italian dishes set in a bright, airy space. Stop by for grilled swordfish with artichokes, lemons and almonds, or enjoy a classic aperitif.
The breathtakingly stunning Roman and Williams–designed space should be a clear indication of the experience you're about to embark on when you enter Le Coucou. Restaurateur Stephen Starr opened the establishment in The Howard Hotel in SoHo with chef Daniel Rose who flawlessly executes his vision of classic French cuisine—see dishes like warmed oysters with seaweed butter and duck with cherries, foie gras and black olives.
Chef Günter Seeger opened his namesake restaurant in May 2016, offering a daily-changing tasting-only menu in the heart of the West Village. While his acclaimed dishes include such edible works of art as smoked king salmon with apple essence and Persian cucumber, no one ever said art was cheap—a reservation in the 34-seat dining room requires committing to a $148, 10-course tasting menu and a minimum of two and a half hours to enjoy it. But, hey, it's all about the experience, right?
Le Coq Rico
Alsatian chef Antoine Westermann opened Le Coq Rico earlier in the year as the American counterpart to his Parisian restaurant of the same name. Located in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan, it's Westermann's ode to poultry, serving expertly cooked birds sourced from local farmers. Guests can enjoy the famous fowl in various iterations: whole roasted, in foie gras and terrines, an offal platter and a variety of inspired egg dishes.