Something Curated highlights six of the most exciting new and recently launched restaurants to try in New York this March, taking a closer look at the founders and proprietors behind the promising food offerings.
Franks Umberto || Frank Castronovo, Frank Falcinelli & Umberto Corteo
Prolific Brooklyn restaurateurs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli, better known as “the Franks,” will be joining Sicilian-style pizza extraordinaire Umberto Corteo and opening up a new slice joint in Cobble Hill. Umberto himself will be on hand making the famous pies, which will feature different ingredients from his Long Island pizzerias.
210 Court St, NY 11201
Niche Niche || Ariel Arce
Ariel Arce’s new restaurant-bar combo is all about good wine. There will be a different wine expert on hand nightly to showcase four different wines, each paired with a matching menu. The space will consist of seating for 25 people, designed by Arce and her father Billy Arce, co-owner of the eatery. The design is meant to reminisce a house with an open kitchen to create a communal experience. Special Club, a second venue underneath Niche Niche, will be a space where people can sit and listen to live music.
43 MacDougal St, NY 10012
Pastis || Keith McNally & Stephen Starr
Making a comeback this March is Pastis, the renowned French restaurant in the Meatpacking District that closed in 2014. Now reopening five years later, the romantic French feel to the eatery promises to remain intact. The venture will be led by Stephen Starr with involvement still from Keith McNally, the original Pastis owner.
52 Gansevoort St, NY 10014
Mercado Little Spain || José Andrés, Ferran Adrià & Albert Adrià
Soon diners will be able to eat at Mercado Little Spain, a large food hall situated under New York City’s High Line. This all-day dining destination is set to cover 35,000 square feet both indoors and outdoors, and is designed like a typical Spanish food hall and market. Mercado Little Spain comes from renowned Spanish chef Jose Andres along with brothers Ferran and Albert Adria. The eatery will have three full-service restaurants as well as multiple stalls selling tapas, pintxos and more.
10 Hudson Yards, NY 10001
Kāwi Momofuku || Eunjo Park
Momofuku’s latest restaurant will be making its way to Hudson Yards in March as well. Led by Eunjo Park, David Chang’s protégé, this Korean restaurant will diverge a bit from the traditional and will have a bar with Korean spirits, a dining room and sushi counter. Next door at Peach Mart, visitors will be able to find takeaway meals like sandwiches and kimbap.
10 Hudson Yards, Fifth Floor, NY 10001
Red Hook Tavern and Hometown Deli || Billy Durney
These two new restaurants from Bar-B-Que owner Billy Durney are highly anticipated openings for this March. To be located in the bustling Red Hook area of Brooklyn, Red Hook Tavern will serve fried chicken, burgers, Southern sides and more. Hometown Deli will be in Sunset Park, offering up sandwiches and smoked meats in the style of Jewish delis—think pastrami, corned beef and egg salad.
Red Hook Tavern, 329 Van Brunt St, NY 11231 / Hometown Deli, 220 36th St, NY 11232
Words by Sara Frazier | Feature image via Momofuku CCDC