Stave off the winter blues with a flurry of new restaurants in Manhattan. New to the winter edition are hotly-anticipated eateries offering Korean hand rolls, savory Indian dishes, and plant-based eats from the world’s first certified zero-waste restaurant. Here’s a round-up of brand new Manhattan restaurants that we have our eye on.
Chef Sungchul Shim of the Michelin-starred Kochi restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen is bringing his Korean fare along with him to his newest venture, Mari. Like Kochi, Mari (“roll” in Korean) is a tasting menu spot, which focuses on Korean hand rolls and includes 11 courses for $125. The street-food inspired rolls are packed with kimbap ingredients like wagyu tartare, little neck clams, and pork belly. The Hell’s Kitchen space is bright and intimate, with counter-style seating at the white marble chef’s counter that wraps around an open kitchen, a dining room with white oak wood tables, and an outdoor space with greenery and hanging pendant lights. 679 9th Ave.
Chef Victoria Blamey draws on her Chilean roots to create vegetable and seafood-heavy dishes at Mena in Tribeca. Blamey’s debut solo project, which is named after her Chilean-born aunt, features a prix fixe menu for $115 per person. Expect dishes like Cholgas secas, a Chilean dried mussel dish, Snow Island oyster with seaweed gremolata, and Squab with buckwheat honey, beet kimchi, and rutabaga. 28 Cortlandt Alley
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The plant-based casual spot in the NoMad District is the only certified zero-waste restaurant, worldwide! SCEN (Swedish for “stage” and pronounced “zen”) is rooted in nutritional science, combining New Nordic cuisine with a traditional Japanese Buddhist cuisine called shojin-ryori, which promotes local, natural, and seasonal produce while emphasizing a plant-based diet, resource conservation, and sustainability. SCEN serves up healthy and environmentally-friendly on-the-go options like bagels, customizable bowls, pre-made sushi rolls, smoothies, specialty teas, and adaptogenic superdrinks. 1165 Broadway
Looking for more vegan eats? Top Chef alum Spike Mendelson just opened up his 10th PLNT Burger location in Union Square.
The Nines has set up shop above Acme, the popular bistro in the NoHo District. With the vibe of a “supper club” The Nines’ kitchen is led by Chef Nicole Gajadhar, who has developed a menu brimming with luxurious items like caviar, tuna tartare, smoked Scottish salmon blini, and more. 9 Great Jones St.
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The Upper West Side’s Adah restaurant has reopened as the entirely new Baazi (‘bet’ in Hindu), complete with a new name, menu, and decor. Under the direction of Chef/Owner Gaurav Anand, Baazi pushes the boundaries of Indian culinary tradition, while weaving in knowledge he picked up on his travels to places like Italy, France, Spain, Turkey, and Mexico. The indoor space is said to evoke a Mediterranean feel with hues of blue and yellow, while the outdoor dining area is comparable to a café in Turkey. Standout menu items include tamarind Prawn Kuzhambu, Imli Glazed Lamb Ribs with a sticky sweet spicy tamarind-date sauce, and Butter Kalan, a vegetarian take on Butter Chicken. 2588 Broadway
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