food 02.15.05

Hot List

At this moment, it's not the rookies, it's the all-stars who have the new hot restaurants. Consider the players: Danny Meyer, Mario Batali, David Bouley, Laurent Tourondel — ring any bells?

Bistro du Vent, 411 W. 42nd [9th] 212.239.3060. David Pasternack (of Esca), Mario Batali, and longtime partner Joe Bastianich go Gallic: terrines, onion soup, bourride, skirt steak, and roast chicken.

BLT Fish, 21 W. 17th [5th/6th] 212.691.8888. In the old AZ space, now shacked up, Laurent Tourondel offers a raw bar, chowders, carefully prepared fish, and homemade pies.

Bombay Talkie, 189 9th [21st] 212.242.1900. Indian street food in a setting by Thomas Juul-Hansen (Jean Georges, 66, and J-GV's upcoming Perry St.): dosas, bhel poori, kathi rolls, and chutneys.

DeMarco's Pizzeria, 146 Houston [MacDougal] 212.253.2290. Nothing related to pizza in New York is ever simple. That goes for the new DeMarco's, related to, but different from Di Fara. Slice sorts it all out.

English is Italian, 622 3rd [40th] 212.404.1700. Easily the worst restaurant name in recent memory, it doesn't help to know that it's chef Todd English who is Italian (oh har). $39 is the prix-fixe for family-style dinners.

Gari, 370 Col [77th] 212.362.4816. A welcome sibling of the East Side's Sushi of Gari. Expensive, but that reflects the quality of the ingredients.

The Modern, 11 W. 53rd [5th/6th] 212.333.1220. Danny Meyer's running the place for MoMA, which is enough recommendation for most people. But he's also got a stellar chef in Gabriel Kreuther.

Sapa, 43 W. 24th [5th/6th] 212.929.1800, is the sprawling eatery featuring Patricia Yeo's French-Vietnamese cooking. Still working out the rough patches, but could be a keeper.

Upstairs at Bouley. Well, you can't eat there yet. But, you can taste bits from the menu, plus cocktails from "bar chef" Albert Trummer on February 23rd at Danube, 30 Hudson [Duane/Reade] 212.791.3771. $55 per person.
joe's Myxplyzyk, 125 Greenwich [Horatio/13th] 212.989.4300, 20% off everything in the store, now through 2/28.

Kors by Michael Kors, Catherine Malandrino, Intermix, and Diane Von Furstenberg are on sale at 135 W. 18th [6th/7th] 212.741.3400, from 2/17-2/19, 10-8.

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