From post-modern sushi bars to traditional Italian hole-in-the-walls, the hunt for New York’s best fare never stops. Check out where we’re #DiningOut this November with our list of the Big Apple’s juiciest picks…
Named after Barano D’Ischia, the township in Southern Italy where chef and owner Albert Di Meglio’s beloved Nonna, Giuseppina, was born – restaurant Barano Brooklyn stays true to Chef Albert’s roots by bringing traditional Southern Italian cooking to South Williamsburg. House-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas and three kinds of house-made mozzarella are just some of the mouth-watering and delicious dishes that come out of Barano Brooklyn’s bustling open kitchen. Decorated with faux-rusticated flare (think oak-wood floors, sun-bleached tiles, and cozy banquettes), this South Side Brooklyn spot, situated near the waterfront, serves as a perfect setting for those looking for that dreamy Italian-holiday romance, without having to leave New York! They also perfectly pair their plates with hard-to-find spirits from nearby the nearby Spirit Animal.
26 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Mifune New York is an ambitious Japanese restaurant and sushi bar located at the base of a midtown high-rise in Midtown East. Named after Toshiro Mifune, a Japanese actor praised for his portrayal of disciplined samurai warriors, the restaurant’s roster of high-powered chefs display a level of control and finesse that would make the famed actor proud! With chefs hailing from Tokyo and Paris, Mifune’s assemblage of global culinary talent provides New York with a new and thoughtful take on Japanese cuisine. The restaurant boasts an elegant main dining room upstairs, with a menu drafted by Japanese chef Hiroki Yoshitake, of Michelin-starred restaurant Sola in Paris. Artistic dishes such as broiled shrimp with caviar, miso cod with parmesan foam and roasted wagyu with wasabi soy sauce, are some of the restaurant’s must-try innovative dishes. Downstairs is the omakase sushi bar, where chef Shion Uino puts together a spectacular omakase (a meal consisting of dishes selected by the chef) behind an intimate eight-seat counter. Both menus showcase Japanese recipes inventively reimagined to feature local ingredients.
245 E 44th St, New York, NY 10017
Since 1998, Chola has been at the forefront of innovative Indian cuisine in New York City. Chola gives New Yorkers an authentic taste of India’s coastal flavors and does so with their unique, regional approach to menu selection. In fact, their menu changes seasonally. This fall, Chola’s menu, which incorporates the freshest ingredients, will take you on a tour of India’s coastline, moving along the shores of the western states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Kerala, to the eastern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Bengal. Experience Chola’s unique focus on flavors derived from the 8,000 miles of Indian coastline with traditional dishes such as Jhinga Koliwada (a shrimp fry from the fishermen of the Koli tribe) or Melugu Kozhi Chettinad (pepper chicken curry dish from the house of Chettiyars) presented in a modern, fine-dining context. Cheers to authentic fare at Chola!
232 E 58th St
New York, NY 10022
Celebrated Chef Nico Russell’s new Prospect Heights restaurant Oxalis serves simple, yet highly impressive fare. Enjoy creative fare in their cozy dining room. Their ever-changing four to six-course tasting menu, which is revealed only when you sit down for dinner, offers diners the chance to try the freshest and most innovative fare Oxalis has to offer. The restaurant even boasts a carefully-tended herb garden out back, and a small bar serving cocktails fixed with house-brewed bitters esoteric fruit juices. After all, Oxalis is a sorrel-like herb! They also offer savory bar food, such as Ceviche of Cucumber and Cherry, and Fluke with Unripe Strawberry and Fermented Chili. You will definitely be saying oh my to the modern and flavorful food at Oxalis!
791 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
This newly opened spot conveniently located in Midtown offers both traditional and creative Chinese cuisine. Enjoy Shanghainese to Dim Sum specialties, as well as their palatable Peking Duck. Other must-try plates include the Scallion Pancake, Chicken Steamed Soup Buns, Shanghai Spring Rolls, Shrimp with Broccoli and General Tso’s Chicken, all of which are very generously portioned. You’ll definitely be dazzled by their richly decorated interior featuring red décor – the Red Peony is the real deal when it comes to flavorful Chinese fare.
24 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019
Bite into delectable delicacies at The Osprey, an upscale farm-to-table spot at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Chef Miranda brings his vision to the mouthwatering menu, which features Octopus Adobo (Purple Potato, Black Garlic, Klamansi, Chicharron), Nantucket Scallops (Chorizo, Smoked Corn Mousse, Sofrito, Heirloom Baby Popcorn), Dry Aged Tomahawk (28 oz. Center-Cut, Crushed Potatoes, Beef Jus) and much more! Sip on craft cocktails in the uplifting ambiance with wall to wall glass doors or sit outside when the weather permits. According to Chef Denevin, “the inspiration behind a lot of our dishes comes from our surroundings; the natural beauty that has been preserved in pockets and parks around our concrete jungle, as well as the melting pot of cultures that make this city so alive and unique. Our version of ‘New American Cuisine’ represents all the different immigrant experiences that define the flavors we see in our kitchens today. We believe that many immigrants that came to these shores and settled in these neighborhoods are some of the true pioneers of the farm-to-table movement. Dig into deliciousness at this delectable Brooklyn hot spot!
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
60 Furman St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201