Opening officially next week after its friends-and-family shakedown, Momofuku Ko, 163 1st Ave. [10th] no phone, has already been swooned over by Ruth Reichl. It's David Chang's new place, which explains everything.
At Adour, 2 E. 55th [5th/Mad] 212.710.2277, Ducasse has Tony Ensault cooking in the former Lespinasse space inside the St. Regis, now David Rockwelled. The contemporary French cooking hasn't hit it hors du parc yet, but the ingredients are there.
Bar Boulud, 1900 Bway [63rd/64th] 212.595.0303, is a long way from the waiters-on-roller-skates-type restaurants that once graced, if that's the right word, these parts. Daniel Boulud's ode to charcuterie and Daniel Johnnes' wine list have made BB a big hit since day one.
Since earning three stars from the Times right out of the gate, Dovetail, 103 W. 77th [Col] 212.362.3800, John Fraser's ambitious restaurant, threatens to demolish once and for all the UWS reputation for wanting large portions/low prices and delivery.
Merkato 55, 55 Gansevoort [Greenwich/Wash] 212.255.8555, is Marcus Samuelsson's step back from his adoptive Sweden, and a hat-tip to Africa (he was born in Ethiopia). The pan-continent food — including kefta, African breads, preserved lemons and harissa sauce from Morocco, even lobster — shows Samuelsson at the top of his game.
Pata Negra, 345 E. 12th [1st/2nd] 212.228.1696, has tapas, featuring Jamón Ibérico, plus sherry and Spanish wines. Add some Spanish cheese, Marcona almonds, and olives and you could hardly do better.
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