Fall in New York means a lot of things. It's the start of the new theater, ballet and opera season. Fashion Week reigns supreme in Bryant Park. Best of all restaurants, new and old roll out their menus with a variety of tasty main dishes and desserts. Luckily there is the New York Times restaurant issue to guide us.
Today's Times Food section is a cornucopia of reviews, stretching from Manhattan to even California. This is a great guide for those looking for a new favorite or for those spending a romantic fall weekend in the city. The Food section's most revered writers, Julia Moskin, jeff Gordonier, Eric Asimov Pete Wells, Florence Fabricant and Eric Asimov all offered reviews on some Manhattan's trendiest and most beloved eateries. The big news is about the Union Square Cafe moving to its' new location at 19th street and Park Avenue South.David Rockwell, known as the "restaurant whisperer" who also won a Tony for the musical "She Loves Me" has to extract the DNA from the original eatery and transfuse it into the new one.The move had to take place. The original building was deteriorating. Faucets leaked, The wiring was first installed during the Truman administration, over sixty years ago.It wasn't cost efficient to invest in repairs. A new location had to be found. It turned out to be a light, airy space with a mezzanine along with two (!) bars. The menu will remain the same with delicious appetizers and different pastas. The fans will follow along with the curious who will want to eat at this famed eatery.
Other famed Manhattan restaurants received their due as well. Chumley's that Village staple, once a Prohibition speakeasy is also reviewed.It's known for their cocktails but also for their hamburgers. Chef Victoria Blamey, once the chef at such restaurants as Atera, Corton and Upland is now creating such flavorful dishes as a burger topped with bone marrow,a retuned version of her fried chicken along with a vanilla ice cream with parsnip puree. Florence Fabricant who reviewed it also reported that there will also be sixteen taps for beer, along with creative cocktails.She also reported on a slew of restaurants opening up around the Flatiron District and the Nomad neighborhood, One is Nur, run by Israeli celebrity chef, Meir Adoni and it will offer modern Middle Eastern food in a brasserie setting. Famed super chef, Wolfgang Puck is also opening a brand new restaurant, Cut, which offers ten different kinds of steak, The issue stretches to the West Coast with Pete Wells review of famed Santa Monica eatery Cassia,It features Vietnamese thanks to Bryant Ng.His lamb breast is legendary, thanks to his spicing it with cumin seeds and Szechuan peppercorns.There's also a salute to the country's colonial French era with the iles flottante and a dark chocolate tart with bananas.
Fall is coming and with it new restaurants and revamped menus. It's a time of good eating - on both coasts. Go try them, and their amazing dishes.