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Sep 15, 2021 | Food & Drink

What's New in Manhattan: 5 Restaurants that Opened this Summer

Summer is almost over and it's brought a varied crop of new Manhattan restaurants along with it. Whether you’re looking for in-person dining, takeout, or delivery, our short list is here to help you find a great new spot to support. Here are our favorites that opened this past summer.

1. Tacos Güey

Cool down summer with tacos and ceviche from Chef Henry Zamora’s newest venture, Tacos Güey. New to the Flatiron District, the modern, sit-down taqueria is bedecked in earthen tones, clay pottery, Oaxacan tapestries, and murals from renowned Mexican artists. Chef Zamora’s menu includes dishes like sea bass ceviche with chile oil and gooseberries, big eye tuna crudo with avocado crema and serrano pepper, six types of tacos, including carnitas, carne asada, pollo asado, and roasted mushroom, and entrées like the whole fish of the day or the chef’s selection of meats. The cocktail menu is equally mouthwatering, with signature tequila and mezcal cocktails prepared with interesting ingredients like green chili, smoked chili, roasted pineapple, maize, and aloe. 37 W 19th St.

2. Dame

What began as a burgeoning fish and chips pop-up restaurant set up its forever home this summer in Greenwich Village. Chef Ed Szymanski and co-owner Patricia Howard’s English-rooted seafood restaurant uses local catch from Montauk, Maine, and beyond to create dishes like ​​grilled oysters with green chartreuse hollandaise, smoked whitefish croquettes, and curried monkfish kebab with yogurt and green peppers. Dame has a playful spirit through-and-through, with their menu, wine list, music (the playlist is exclusively disco) and name (‘Dame’ is partially inspired by Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench) capturing the essence. 87 MacDougal St.

3. SAGA

Perched on the 63rd floor of a landmark Art Deco skyscraper in the Financial District, Chef James Kent and General Manager Jeff Katz’s new fine dining restaurant spans four floors. The intimate space features some of the highest outdoor terraces in the country, an upper-level cocktail bar, winding staircases, hidden rooms, and 360-degree views of NYC. SAGA serves a $245-per-person seven-course tasting menu that draws inspiration from around the world. Although the menu is ever-changing, expect innovative dishes like their summer 2021 savory course, “Birds and the Bees”. The dish features duck, squab, and quail breast dry aged for up to two weeks and dipped in beeswax, a fried pastry filled with offal, dipped in a Madeira jus, and topped with pistachio, and a copper tagine with the legs of the three birds topped with zucchini. 70 Pine St.

4. Saint Theo’s

The West Village restaurant transports the spirit of Venice to Manhattan with retro-Italian decor and an easygoing coastal Italian menu of cicchetti-style snacks, spaghetti pomodoro, caprese salad, and simple pastas (the restaurant is also named for the original saint of Venice!). The eatery has been generating a lot of buzz due to its high profile clientele - actors, fashion designers, and social media influencers have all dined at St. Theo’s. 340 Bleecker St.

5. Little Mad

Chef Sol’s Korean-American fusion fare incorporates French techniques for a gastronomic experience that may just be a little mad. Most seats in the Midtown East eatery have views of the lively open kitchen, which slings dishes like baby oksusu, blue crystal prawn, and a fun amuse-bouche of savoury pajeons (Korean pancakes) fashioned after fish and served with a side of seaweed butter. Little Mad’s beef tartare, shiitake, and maesangi chip appetizer is a hit, and has been hailed by TimeOut as the “most exciting new appetizer in NYC.” 110 Madison Ave.

There’s only one way to experience the city’s restaurant scene, and that’s in person. Stay up to date with The Manhattan Club Blog and get your guide to the best of New York. Choose from our best rates and special offers when you book direct with The Manhattan Club.

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