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Something Curated highlights the most promising New York restaurant launches this June, taking a closer look at the founders and proprietors behind the openings.

 

Brooklyn 

Oxomoco || Justin Bazdarich & Chris Walton 

The chef behind Bed-Stuy and Lower East Side pizzeria Speedy Romeo, Justin Bazdarich, has collaborated with friend and restaurateur Chris Walton to open Oxomoco. The menu revolves around the wood-fired grill, comprising tacos, meats, seafood, vegetables, tostadas, and ceviches. The oven even influences the drinks offering, created by consultant Eben Klemm, with a toasted pineapple cordial, or a mole smoked in the oven and infused into mezcal.

128 Greenpoint Ave, 11222

  

North 3rd Street Market || MRKTPL

North 3rd Street Market, located at 103 North 3rd St., opened its doors this month with vendors including Bien Cuit, Fany Gerson’s Mexican sweet shop La Newyorkina, coffee shop Champion, pizza legend Di Fara, ramen shop Chuko, burgers from Corner Bistro, and dumpling makers East Wind Snack Shop. Food is available from 7am to 10pm daily.

103 North Third Street, Williamsburg, 11249

 

Midtown

Atomix || Ellia & Junghyun Park

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The owners of Atoboy have launched their intimate tasting menu restaurant Atomix this month. Diners start on the second floor in the bar area, open to the public with a light a la carte menu, before heading downstairs into the lounge where snacks await. Finally, 16 people sit around a stage-like set-up for six seafood-heavy savoury courses, dishes like raw sea bream with uni, mustard, and chungjang sauce orfried langoustine with nasturtium, chopi pepper, and anise hyssop, along with desserts.

104 East 30th Street, 10016

 

Bocce USQ || Tim Meyers & Jason Leeds

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Bocce USQ, housed in Union Square in the Pavilion, is now open for the summer months. Helmed by Tim Meyers and partner Jason Leeds, the duo consulted former Roberta’s pizza chef Anthony Falco while setting up the project. Pizzas include a pepperoni with aged mozzarella and pickled chillies, a shrimp pie with white wine and garlic, and one called The Farm, with greens from the Greenmarket on top.

20 Union Square West, 10003

 

Kyma || Reno Christou

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Tuesday Dinner @ Newest Greek in Town

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Kyma, one of Long Island’s favourite Greek restaurants, has launched an outpost in the city. The 250-seat two-floor whitewashed space is the first new site in a larger expansion plan from owner Reno Christou. The menu is similar to the original, filled with Hellenic favourites like saganaki, whole grilled fish, and lamb chops, alongside new options. Live langoustines and an array of imported seafood from the Mediterranean are also available.

15 West 18th St., 10011

 

Downtown 

Dez || Samantha Wasser & Eden Grinshpan

Casual Middle Eastern inspired eatery Dez comes from By Chloe co-founder Samantha Wasser and Canadian-Israeli chef Eden Grinshpan. Dez, like Wasser’s other projects, is as much about the aesthetics as it is about the food. The menu is fairly short, featuring salads, pitas, bowls, flatbreads, and mezes. And like By Chloe, these vibrant dishes are as Instagrammable as the eatery’s interior.

227 Mulberry Street, Little Italy, 10012

 

Feature image via Atomix (Photo: Louise Palmberg)

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