food 04.24.12

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Every Person in New York

We've thought for a long time that Simpson Wong is one of New York's treasures. His newest venture, Wong, 7 Cornelia [Bleecker/W. 4th] 212.989.3399, is an idiosyncratic take on Asian cuisine, emphasizing local and seasonal ingredients.

Lately, when people really into food ask us, "Where should we eat?" this is what we tell them: Acme, 9 Great Jones [Bway/Laf] 212.203.2121. Mads Refslund, who launched Copenhagen's Noma with René Redzepi, stars.

Masa alums have just opened Neta, 61 W. 8th [5th/6th] 212.505.2610. As with their mentor, the attention to detail is in the sushi, not in the atmosphere.
Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria, 53 Great Jones [Laf/Bowery] 212.837.2622, is a most welcome newbie from the long-running Il Buco: salumeria, bakery, wine bar and restaurant.

The gents in the kitchen of Gwynnett St., 312 Graham Av. [Ainslie/Devoe] Wburg 347.889.7002, have pretty starry resumes and the kitchen plays at a commensurate level, which is to say: aims high and scores. The vibe, though, is down-to-earth.

Anything Gabriel Stulman wants us to eat, we want to eat. And that now includes hearty Italian food at Perla, 24 Minetta [6th/MacDougal] 212.933.1824, where the food's terrific, the cocktails rock, the vibe's warm and buzzy.
Stephen Starr adds some extra oomph to the recently reanimating New-York Historical Society, through his Caffe Storico, 170 CPW [77th] 212.873.3400, with chef Jim Burke turning out fine Italian cooking that won't the scare the locals.
Butcher Bar, 37-08 30th Ave. [37th/38th St.] Astoria 718.606.8140. What you need to know: local, grass-fed, some organic beef, BBQ, back garden.

Saxon + Parole, 316 Bowery [Bleecker] 212.254.0350, boasts an enormously appealing AvroKO design (as if they could design a stinker), Brad Farmerie's 'grilled meats and aquatic delights', serious cocktails, but—ouch—the wine list.

Nothing could be like the Dominick Street location of the old Alison—different time, different place. Still, the return of Alison Price Becker is a happy homecoming—may her Alison Eighteen, 15 W. 18th [5th/6th] 212.366.1818, have a long run, too.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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