138 Lafayette Street, New York, NY, 212-271-4252 – LeCoucou.com
Searching for a little Parisian flair on the streets of New York? If so, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Le Coucou. Headed by the world-renowned chef Daniel Rose — the genious behind Paris’ famed Spring and La Bourse et La Vie eateries — and restaurateur Stephen Starr, Le Coucou has already made its mark in the Big Apple.
The restaurant secured a big win at this year’s James Beard Awards for Best New Restaurant and has been recognized by other food industry experts such as Bon Appétit and Food and Wine. Start your dining experience off with poireaux, a leeks and hazelnut hors d’oeuvre, then move on to the canard et cerises made with duck, cherries, foie gras and black olives. End the night on a sweet note with the chiboust à la vanille. Tres magnifique!
16 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY, 212-401-7986 – CoteNYC.com
The Flatiron District has gotten a lot more savory thanks to this latest addition, the city’s first Korean steakhouse. Founded by Simon Kim, a Michelin-star winner best known for his West Village eatery Piora, Cote has skyrocketed in popularity since opening in May. Fusing Korean BBQ with an American steakhouse, Cote offers a vast selection that includes USDA prime grade or above meats such as skirt steak, ribeye and sirloin cuts and classic Korean dishes such as bibimbap and kimchi. If you love taste-testing meat dishes, you won’t want to miss out.
43 East 20th Street, New York, NY, 212-777-5314 – FuscoNewYork.com
Celebrity chef Scott Conant, a judge on the Food Network’s Chopped, opened Fusco, an Italian-style restaurant christened after his grandmother, in April. Located in the Flatiron/Gramercy district, Fusco is inviting and homey with a touch of elegance. Perfectly plated dishes include the tajarin (aglio e olio, clams and bonito flakes) and the duck breast (spigarello, turnips, cherries and foie gras polpettine). Whatever you select, you’ll leave completely satisfied.
1055 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne, NJ, 973-706-7277 – ViaggioRistorante.com
Take your tastebuds on a memorable journey at Viaggio Ristorante. After working alongside industry big-hitter Mario Batali, Michelin-star chef Sergio Herman and other highly rated restaurateurs, chef Robbie Felice opened his own farm-to-table Italian restaurant last year. Viaggio offers a delectable menu featuring numerous antipasti, primi and secondi dishes such as homemade tomato foccacia, bucatini all’amatriciana and Barnegat Bay scallops cooked Sicilian style. Diners also can experience Chef Felice’s Chef’s Bar, which gives an up-close-and-personal experience with a curated menu. This is one trip your tastebuds will never forget.
510 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, 212-858-9365 – Empellon.com
At first were Al Pastor, Taqueria and Cocina. Now comes a new midtown eatery, Empellón Midtown. The 8,000-square-foot restaurant oozes with personality, including bright-colored walls. What sets it apart are the dishes. Favorites include madeto-order guacamole, shishito peppers and seven salsas. To elevate your experience, order Chef Alex Stupak’s wagyu steak fajitas. The $125 plate is jam-packed with flavors and will not disappoint. Empellón even has its own tortilleria downstairs, so you know they mean business. If you’re in Midtown, stop by for some great eating.