Restaurant recommendations, new openings, and highlights from the NY Chowhound community.
When Ben's Best in Rego Park lost an ace cook, its once-great matzo ball soup slipped badly, Chowhounds observed. Good news: The cook's back—and so is that don't-miss soup, along with outstanding stuffed cabbage and other Eastern European comforts.
Hurricane Sandy was bad news for many restaurants, but it opened the door for newcomers like Atrium, which succeeds the shuttered Governor. On the Provençal-leaning menu, Chowhounds like the sweetbread starter and two-way duck entrée, among other things.
Sandwiches of luscious slow-braised meats are the thing to get at Mayhem & Stout, which graduated last month from street markets to a shop in Murray Hill. House-made add-ons like spicy slaw and blueberry Sriracha set these guys apart.
Sembrado aims to fill a gap in New York's Mexican scene: Mexico City–style tacos al pastor, filled with pork cooked slowly on a spit. Chowhounds are savoring delicious meats in handmade tortillas—plus a wide selection of tequilas and mezcals.
Bangkok transplant Somtum Der takes its name from northeast Thai papaya salads, which it showcases in at least eight variations. They're surprisingly light on heat, Chowhounds report, but larbs, grilled meats, and other Isaan standards are on target.
Does Montmartre make the best fries in New York? Maybe so, say fans, who credit the thin-cut potatoes, mustard and onion seasoning, and expert frying to a faultless crisp at this Chowhound-endorsed brasserie in Chelsea.
As Chowhounds know, modern Bloody Marys come in more than one blood type. North End Grill mixes a bracing Bloody Smoky made not with vodka but Scotch (plus smoked shishito pepper). And Prune concocts around 10 varieties, including a bourbon-based Bloody Derby.
If you're craving sliders but not sure what kind, consider Slide's global combo: lamb kefta; bulgogi–pepper jack; veal, Italian sausage, and mozzarella. All good, Chowhounds say; so are starters like ceviche or Gorgonzola-stuffed figs.
At Astoria Seafood, survey the day's catch and grab what looks good. They'll weigh it and cook it Mediterranean style. Nicely seasoned, simply grilled fish is a smart order at this always-packed neighborhood spot.
A Sichuan minichain from Philadelphia has pushed north, opening Han Dynasty in Manhattan. Early Chowhound reports reveal winning dishes—like dan dan noodles and dry pepper chicken—but also skepticism about the 1-to-10 spicing scale and "pick-your-sauce-and-protein" menu.