Something Curated highlights five of the most exciting new and recently launched restaurants to try in New York this August, taking a closer look at the founders and proprietors behind the promising food offerings.
Misi || Missy Robbins & Sean Feeney
Open for a little over two years, Williamsburg pasta restaurant Lilia, Missy Robbins first venture, continues to draw hoards of people each evening. At Misi, housed within the park-facing ground floor of a new residential development at the old Domino Sugar Refinery site, Robbins will focus on what she considers her most crowd-pleasing strengths: vegetables cooked every which way and pasta, both fresh and extruded. Included among the opening line-up are corzetti with marinated cherry tomatoes, tortellini filled with greens and mascarpone, bigoli with pork sugo, and more.
329 Kent Ave, Brooklyn
La Rossa || Stefano Callegari
Stefano Callegari, the Italian chef credited for inventing the “pizza sandwich” known as the trapizzino, will open his first New York pizzeria in Soho this September. La Rossa will serve Roman-style pizza al taglio as well as round pizzas and other Roman dishes, including various antipasti, salads, and suppli, fried snacks from Rome. It will also be open for breakfast and have an outdoor dining space.
267 Lafayette St., Soho
Leonti || Adam Leonti & Lewis Pell
It was recently announced that new project Leonti will replace Upper West Side long stay Dovetail this autumn. Under Chef Adam Leonti, the restaurant is expected to be a modern take on classic Italian dining. Leonti became known for cooking Italian fare at popular Italian restaurant Vetri in Philadelphia. At Leonti, guests can expect dishes such as ribollita, porcini pasta with snail and Chianti ragu, turbot with sweet tomatoes and milk-braised lamb, and a cold tripe salad.
103 West 77th St., Upper West Side
Zauo || Noriki, Kazuhisa & Takuya Takahashi
With a new twist on farm-to-table, patrons at Zauo, which currently has 13 outposts throughout Japan, must first catch their meal before they can eat it from one of the huge tanks filled with different types of fish. Founded by Noriki Takahashi, now with support from his sons Kazuhisa and Takuya, at Zauo, diners can decide how they want their catch of the day served up from options including tempura, sashimi or sushi.
152 West 24th St., Chelsea
Saint Julivert Fisherie || Alex Raij & Eder Montero
Chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero have garnered a reputation for creating of popular neighbourhood restaurants, bringing regional Spanish cuisine to the fore, with projects including La Vara and El Quinto Pino. Their latest offering, a seafood restaurant called Saint Julivert Fisherie, takes over an intimate space in Cobble Hill, previously their casual café spot Tekoá.
264 Clinton St., at Verandah Place, Cobble Hill
Feature image via Missy Robbins