The Bowery Diner
241 Bowery between Rivington and Stanton Sts (212-388-0052)
The Bowery Diner spawns from Mathieu Palombino of, , and . The can-do-all chef once again switches gears and ventures into classic American. Think double-patty burgers, pancakes, french fries, glazed donuts, milk shakes and pancakes. It's a diner, but it's no Denny's. Expect tasty twists on classic dishes, trademarked by Palombino.
1 Front St at Old Fulton St, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-858-4300)
The legendary pizzeria is back open after simply moving next door due to landlord disputes. Same great pies, different location.
Pok Pok Wing
137 Rivington St., Lower East Side
Andy Ricker's much anticipated wing spot is now open. Pok Pok Wing fills the old BaoHaus spot on Rivington Street in the Lower East Side. While the spot doesn't have booze, it has great wings, and that makes up for any lack of buzz. In addition to mouth watering wings, Pok Pok Wing serves coconut rice, sticky rice, house roasted peanuts, and drinking vinegars.
Corkbuzz Wine Studio
13 E. 13th St., New York, NY 10003
nr. Fifth Ave.
Sommelier Laura Maniec spent 10 years working with BR Guest group before venturing out on her own. This "studio" is all about the appreciation for wine. In other words, Frat boys need not apply.
376 Classon Ave at Greene Ave, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (718-230-0061)
This Wood-fired Italian-inspired tavern in located in up and coming Clinton Hill. The menu includes savory pies as well as small plates, like market salads, homemade mozzarella, and aioli-drizzled mussels.
Top Hops Beer Shop
94 Orchard St between Broome and Delancey Sts (212-254-4677
Former Anheuser-Busch sales executive Ted Kenny heads this beer heaven in the Lower East Side. With 20 draft lines and a variety of 700 bottled hoppy delights this is the beer lover's paradise. True connoisseurs can even stop in for classes and tastings!
Añejo Tequileria y Restaurante
nr. 47th St.
Tequila for the win! Anejo Tequileria y Restaurante takes tequila to a whole other level with a curated selection of about two dozen tequilas, mezcals and distillate from Chihuahua in the north
Small plates are created by Angelo Sosa, head chef and a partner, and were created to be paired with their specialty tequilas and cocktails. As Mr. Sosa says, “Every dish has been developed with a drink in mind.”
at Eighth Ave.
Chelsea gets its own bonafide lobster roll spot. With fresh lobster from Maine, this new spot rivals Ed's and Mary's fishcamp with gooey rolls stacked high. One roll will set you back about $17 --a pretty average price for the notoriously overpriced buttery rolls of goodness.