In a city like New York, where a new restaurant debuts seemingly every hour, the challenge is not finding somewhere to eat—it's finding just the right place. Fortunately, from upscale eateries in Nomad or the West Village, to hubs of international cuisine in Jackson Heights or Sunset Park, to delicious pop-ups all over the city, there is no shortage of “just right” places to satisfy a local or visitor’s culinary cravings.
To help cut through the noise, Departures dedicates one week each month to exploring the best and brightest new restaurants, chef collaborations and projects, pop-ups, new menus, and other food events and opportunities across New York City. The lists are far from exhaustive but offer a carefully-curated insiders’ peek into where to focus one’s dining energy in the Big Apple right now. We hope each month’s roundup surprises, delights, and leads to some decidedly excellent meals.
Late last month, the Financial District welcomed an exciting new fine dining restaurant—a star-studded collaboration between James Kent (Eleven Madison Park) and Jeff Katz (Del Posto). The two have worked together before on Make it Nice and B&B Hospitality, but Crown Shy is their first solo project. Set in the landmark Art Deco building, the 120-seat dining room winds across a series of rooms lined with leather banquettes and fit with a 30-foot granite bar.
The menu features elevated dishes like crispy cauliflower glazed with sherry vinegar and parmesan reduction, citrus-marinated grilled chicken, and house-made cavatelli with chicken liver ragu and grated horseradish. For dessert, warm sticky toffee pudding comes dressed up with smoked pecan and Granny Smith apple sorbet. 70 Pine St.
Black Seed Bagels / Violet Collaboration
New York is decidedly the bagel capital of the world, but Montreal has a distinct—and delicious—bagel lineage all of its own. Since its inception, Black Seed Bagels has bridged the gap between the two cities’ bagel traditions. Now, the New York-meets-Montreal bagel hybrid hotspot is teaming up with East Village grilled pizza joint Violet for an innovative (and very crave-worthy) bagel sandwich. The brainchild of Black Seed’s executive chef Dianna Daoheung and Violet chef-owner Matt Hyland, the sandwich tops an everything bagel with chorizo, fried egg, melted provolone, grilled and sautéed kale, and sliced banana peppers.
Available at all Black Seed locations throughout the month of April, the collaboration is part of an ongoing series of partnerships Black Seed is taking with beloved local restaurants. Multiple locations.
Devotees of LDV Hospitality’s upscale Italian eatery can now expand their adoration to another meal. The Nomad location’s recently launched Sunday brunch features dishes like their signature spaghetti with tomato and basil, as well as ricotta pancakes with Chantilly cream and maple syrup, raw yellowtail with olio de Zenzero and pickled red onion, and creamy polenta with fricassee of truffled mushrooms.
The prix fixe brunch includes two drinks (classic bloody Marys and mimosas), and an after-brunch sweet. A rotating cast of live musicians will also play throughout service, bringing brunch vibes to match the meal. 88 Madison Ave; 212-691-0555.
Nate Adler’s recently-launched breakfast spot and luncheonette in Williamsburg just added dinner to its daily lineup. Evening menu offerings include their signature Poppy’s duck dinner—a rotisserie duck served family style with scallion pancakes, everything fried rice, lettuce cups, and homemade sweet and sour sauce. An in-house bread program, meanwhile, features loaves by pastry chef Savannah Turley. Turley also helms Gertie’s after school-inspired sweets—a mix of Italian ices, breads, cookies, pies, and pastries that evoke a beloved grandmother’s kitchen.
Gertie’s décor skews eclectic and joyful with vintage glassware, brightly colored dishes, and local artwork for sale. Brooklyn-based artist Andrea Smith is the first artist featured in what will be an ongoing residency. 58 Marcy Ave; 718-636-0902.
Later this month, Brooklyn’s favorite food market is expanding cross-river to downtown Manhattan. Starting April 12 (and open every Friday until October), the market will feature 25 outdoor food stalls spanning a stretch adjacent to the Oculus and the World Trade Center. This season’s Fidi-based vendors include the beloved Bolivian Llama Party, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Destination Dumplings, Bona Bona Ice Cream, and many other eateries.