Figure Eight takes a southern approach to Chinese cuisine
The Filipino food vendor in the Chinatown food court adds this uptown branch. Hot dishes of chicken adobo and bicol express pork belly, and fried chicken with sweet chile sauce, are the specialties.
Gotham West Market, 600 11th Ave. (44th Street), 929-920-8250, kabisera.com.
Trusted East Hampton favorite Honest Man Hospitality, known as Nick & Toni’s, has moved east to Amagansett, where it has more space and an outdoor beer garden. Added to the menu is fish and chips, burgers, onion soup, cassoulet mussels, Moroccan cauliflower with couscous, codfish and apple pie.
177 Main Street (Hedges Lane), Amagansett, NY, 631-324-8555, rowdyhall.com.
If a table at Carbone has eluded you all this time, don’t even think about the swanky new Carbone Privato, which Major Food Group partner Mario Carbone calls a “customized version” of the restaurant that first opened 10 years ago. It’s located on the second floor of what was formerly Tavern by WS and offers some new items, like spaghetti with Dungeness crab and assorted risotto. It’s part of ZZ’s Club, a members-only ($20,000 to join, $10,000 annually) drinking and dining complex that includes ZZ’s Japanese Restaurant, ZZ Bar, Clam Bar, private rooms and other services. Coordinated art adorns the walls throughout. It’s New York’s version of the institution that debuted in Miami in 2021.
37 Hudson Yards (30th Street), zzsclub.com.
Francis Staub, best known for the cookware that bears his name, has revised his Nomad restaurant, La Brasserie, putting his name on the door and on the dinnerware. Chef Jaime Loja is the same and so are some classic brasserie dishes like bouillabaisse, fried steak, cheese soufflé, onion soup and côte de boeuf flambée for two. Dishes paying tribute to Anthony Bourdain, whose restaurant Les Halles previously occupied the space, are no longer available. The traditional decor has been modified somewhat.
411 Park Avenue South (29th Street), 212-567-8282, chezfrancis.com.
Corkbuzz in Chelsea Market
This wine bar, owned by Laura Maniec with Laura Walker as executive chef, has added a new bar area in the food hall lobby. Cocktails take on a seasonal flair, and alongside them are cheese and meat boards, crudo, sandwiches and meatballs.
75 Ninth Ave. (15th Street), 646-237-4847, corkbuzz.com.