Eater’s latest heatmap puts another bevy of Brooklyn haunts on the wishlist.
I’m spending the holidays in Manhattan, instead of going home to my family.
So, to alleviate the boredom and prevent me from turning into a crazy dog lady, I’ve put together a hitlist of restaurants that I want to visit throughout the vacation and to help me quickly come up with suggestions for visiting friends.
I have a longer list of favorites that my friends have contributed to, but for now, here are the places on my hitlist. Some are old, some are new. Some I’ve been to before but want to go back. And so begins The Christmas Restaurant Tour of Manhattan.
The Best Big Apple Restaurants of 2012With all the Christmas shopping, holiday parties, and general shenanigans you’re getting into right around now, this is no doubt an exhausting, awesome time of year. And, with this slam-packed schedule, you’re going to need to fuel up more than usual (that’s our way of saying go ahead, let yourself “gorge on pie and cured meats”). So, we thought we would remind you of the BEST restaurant openings of the year—an instant flashback of the must-visit hot spots that made 2012 so, well, delicious.
From Southeast Asian establishment Pig & Khao to upscale Mexican haunt El Toro Blanco, we’ve got 27 UH-MAZING eateries that added flavor to the Big Apple this year. And are super-high on our holiday-reservation wish lists. As for 2013? We’re already putting our names on those wait lists.
The Best of the Boot:
NYC isn’t exactly short on Italian fare, but there are five booty-licious newbies you should add to your list of old faves.
Abandon the concrete jungle for a night and step into this dream-inducing resto, boasting ornate glass chandeliers and oasis-like potted plants and trees — plus, delish crudo and a paper-thin Baby Artichoke Pizza.
Isola Trattoria, 9 Crosby Street (between Grand and Howard streets); 212-389-0000.
Sirio Maccioni (that dude who opened famous New York restaurants like Le Cirque back in the 70s) is alive and well and…still opening restaurants. His latest venture, Sirio Ristorante, is an elegant, intimate Italian spot in the Pierre Hotel.
Sirio Ristorante, 795 5th Avenue (at 61st Street); 212-940-8195.
We love L’Artusi and Dell’anima, so when we heard Chef Gabe Thompson was opening a new spot serving modern Italian bites, we went immediately and stuffed our faces with dishes like Pappardelle with short-rib ragu and roasted mushroom polenta.
L’Apicio, 13 East 1st Street (between Bowery and Extra Place); 212-533-7400.
It’s pretty tough to nab a res at this posh red-sauce joint. Good news: they reserve half the tables each night for walk-ins.
Perla, 24 Minetta Lane (between Sixth Avenue and MacDougal Street); 212-933-1824.
Dine on delectable pastas and salads made almost entirely with ingredients sourced from the building’s rooftop garden.
Rosemary’s, 18 Greenwich Avenue (at West 10th Street); 212-647-1818.
Photo: Courtesy Of Isola TrattoriaNext
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Thursday, May 3, 2012, by Greg Morabito
More often than not, tipsters, readers, friends and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Restaurant obsessives want to know what’s new, what’s hot, which favorite chef just launched a sophomore effort, where Michael White just opened his latest venture. And while the Eater 38 is a crucial resource covering old standbys and neighborhood essentials across the city, it is not a chronicle of the ‘it’ places of the moment. Thus, we offer the Eater Heat Map, which will change continually to always highlight where the foodie crowds are flocking to at the moment.
1/5/10: Added: Ciano, Lotus of Siam
11/18/10: Added: John Dory Oyster Bar, Rubirosa
12/2/10: Added: Porsena, Ai Fiori
1/7/11: Added: Red Rooster, Fedora, Spasso, M. Wells
2/11/11: Added: What Happens When, Niko
3/15/11: Added: Imperial No. 9, Tenpenny, The Brooklyn Star
6/6/11: Added: The Dutch, Boulud Sud, Brushstroke, Empellon, Birreria
7/11/11: Added: Spritzenhaus
8/31/11: Added: Red Farm, Isa, Tertulia, Chuko, Miss Lily’s
9/6/11: Added: Frankies 570
10/6/11: Added: La Mar Cebicheria, Fatty ‘Cue, Saxon & Parole, Catch
11/8/11: Added: Pulqueria, Parm, The Cannibal, Forcella, Littleneck
12/6/11: Added: Corkbuzz Wine Studio, Allswell, Kutsher’s Tribeca
1/13/12: Added: Monkey Bar, Pok Pok Wing, Acme, North End Grill
2/2/12: Added: Talde, The Bowery Diner, No. 7 Sub
3/1/12: Added: Wong, Super Linda, Don Antonio, Empellon Cocina
04/10/12: Added: The Nomad, Perla, Gran Electrica, Atera, Back Forty West, Frej
05/3/12: Added: Reynards, Mile End Sandwich, Pok Pok NY, The Daily
The boys will bring their balls to Chelsea.Photo: Melissa Hom
Forever in pursuit of balls, Daniel Holzman and now two-time J.Crew cover model Michael Chernow are expanding to Chelsea. They broke the news last night on Jay Leno, and called Grub Street today with details. The new location, expected to open this fall, is at 200 Ninth Avenue, near 23rd Street (formerly Klee Brasserie). It will be the biggest of all the New York City shops and the only to have a full liquor license like the one in Williamsburg. Obviously the neighborhood will just eat them up … and quite enjoy the food too.