Something Curated highlights six of the most exciting new and recently launched restaurants to try in New York this September, taking a closer look at the founders and proprietors behind the promising food offerings.
Llama-San || Erik Ramirez & Sergio Nakayoshi
This month, NYC will have a second Nikkei restaurant, featuring the fusion cuisine created by Japanese immigrants in Peru. Erik Ramirez, the chef-owner of the popular Llama Inn, will open Llama San in the West Village. Ramirez is Peruvian with a Japanese grandmother, and will delve into his heritage to cook dishes like quinoa-infused tofu served with quinoa furikake, wild sturgeon caviar, and chancaca, a Peruvian syrup made from sugarcane.
359 Sixth Avenue, New York, NY 10014
Ciao, Gloria || Renato Poliafito & Ginger Fisher
Renato Poliafito, founder of the Red Hook favourite Baked, is set to launch a new Italian cafe in Prospect Heights. For the new venture, Ginger Fisher Baldwin takes charge of the pastry programme, with a menu comprising pistachio croissants, apricot crostatas, Sicilian sandwiches and more. According to Poliafito, the new spot is intended to be the kind of place where diners can stop for a coffee and pastry to go or stay for an entire afternoon.
550 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Kindred || Josh Ochoa, Amy Mattulina & Charlotte Mirzoeff
From the team behind Ruffian wine bar and Oh My Gato Hospitality is a new handmade pasta and wine focused restaurant, Kindred. The team are aiming for a neighbourhood ambiance, inclining toward food and drinks from the Adriatic, spanning eastern Italy to Slovenia and Croatia. Here, chef Josh Ochoa from Ruffian will be partnering with Amy Mattulina, formerly of Maialino and Charlie Bird, on small plates, pasta dishes, and a few larger items.
342 East Sixth Street, New York, NY 10003
M Marble Dessert Bar || Eugenio Mauro Pompili & Maya Sittisuntorn
Bolstered by their collective experience at the Shanghai outpost of East Village favourite ChikaLicious, which has been credited for popularising the dessert-only fine dining format, chefs Eugenio Mauro Pompili and Maya Sittisuntorn are now launching their own prix-fixe dessert bar spot in the West Village, featuring dessert wine pairings, as well as breakfast pastries in the mornings.
27 Bedford Street, New York, NY 10014
Canal Street Oysters || Charlene Santiago
Reminiscent of the Grand Central Oyster Bar, a New York institution, but updated for 2019, Canal Street Oysters features an airy space where diners can order from a seafood-focussed menu crammed with raw bar delicacies, alongside hot dishes, paired with craft beers and natural wines. Having spent time at John Dory Oyster Bar and Reynard, chef Charlene Santiago helms the new restaurant’s kitchen.
380 Canal Street, New York, NY 10013
Le Club || Joël Robuchon & Christophe Bellanca
Joël Robuchon’s has long been associated with white tablecloth fine dining but his latest project, Le Club, set to take over the Le Grill space within L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon, is a decidedly more casual affair. Featuring a dining club, bar and lounge spaces, executive chef Christophe Bellanca will continue to offer up twists on French dishes, like his foie gras crème brulée with green apple foam, but within a more relaxed atmosphere.
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Feature image via Llama-San