Restaurant recommendations, new openings, and highlights from the NY Chowhound community.
American pub grub gets a global update at three-month-old Distilled in Tribeca. Momofuku veteran Shane Lyons turns out a standout burger, killer wings amped with Korean chile paste, and free garlic- and cumin-seasoned popcorn, among other things.
Creamy uni with yuba, sweet grilled ayu with rhubarb vinaigrette, abalone in geoduck broth deep in ocean flavor—these were highlights of a splendid late-summer feast at 15 East. "Just heavenly," says Chowhound fooder, revisiting a sushi destination that remains atop its game.
Gutsy Georgian chow—walnut-stuffed eggplant, soup-filled meat dumplings, rich egg-topped flatbreads and more—is the chief draw at Lagidze in Midwood, Brooklyn. The live music and unique décor ("late-period Georgian castle," one Chowhound writes) don't hurt.
The city's Nordic moment continues at month-old Skál, which brings Icelandic food and drink to Manhattan. Try oysters with fermented cucumber, boudin blanc with turnip and mustard greens, or cocktails like the Gurka, a tangy, peppery gin-cucumber potion.
New Kam Hing is anything but new, a time-capsule coffee shop on Chinatown's neglected fringe. But it's worth a detour for its specialty: airy, moist, eggy sponge cake reminiscent of angel food. Best freshly baked; when it isn't, a brief nuking helps.
The Australian-accented pub grub at Burke & Wills has uptown Chowhounds buzzing. Go for small plates such as beef tartare and corn soup with crab or raw seafood dishes like bass ceviche and scallop crudo.
Win or lose, Yankees fans can enjoy championship-caliber Jamaican food near the ballpark. Flavas delivers killer jerk chicken and a frequently replenished steam table laden with oxtail, curries, and vegetable plates—a notch above the fare at nearby favorite Feeding Tree, Chowhounds say.
Juni is the latest showcase for Chef Shaun Hergatt, and devotees of his refined cooking at SHO are glad he's back. His new menu spotlights local produce in elegantly presented multicourse meals that might begin with an artful trio of amuse-bouches (pictured).
Daisuke Nakazawa, who apprenticed under the Tokyo master celebrated in the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, steps up as top chef at two-week-old Sushi Nakazawa. Chowhounds say it's already serving some of New York's best sushi—top quality seafood expertly prepared by a disarmingly affable rising star.
Beef cuts ranging to the exotic—heart, stomach, and large intestine among them—get the Korean-Japanese barbecue treatment at Yakiniku Gen in Midtown. Lunch specials, topping out at $20 for a selection of premium meats, are an attractive option.