Le Coucou at 11 Howard

Step into 11 Howard's new restaurant, which finally opened this month to much aplomb, and the first thing you notice is the 18th century-esque hand painted mural covering the wall behind the bar. Hand-painted by New York–based painter Dean Barger, it is immediately transportive, making you feel as if you're ensconced in a French chateau. 

The accompanying restaurant, designed by husband and wife duo Stephen Alesch and Robin Standefer from the Roman and Williams firm, is just as elegant. French cuisine by chef Daniel Rose is classic with a twist (but not in a boring way). Open for breakfast (a classic avocado toast appears on the menu) and dinner, where lobster tail, quail, and veal all appear on the menu, it's one of three new fine dining restaurants that have opened recently, all to plenty of fanfare.

Le Coucou, 138 Lafayette St, New York.

Rose Bakery at Dover Street Market NYC

Located in New York's Dover Street Market, Rose Bakery is a cafe worth visiting (even if the rest of store, stocked with Comme des Garçons, Simone Rocha, and dozens of other unique designers, doesn't tempt you). 

The bakery, which is the first US location from the acclaimed Parisian-based cafe by the same name, boasts a farm fresh menu that changes daily according to what's in season. And (almost) everything, down to the breads and pastries, is made in house by head chef Matthew Lodes. Standouts on the menu include the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and the daily Assiette de Legumes, a bowl filled with a mix of vegetables, salads and grains that changes daily. 

The smallest details also offer up the biggest points of difference. Dishware is sourced from Californa-based ceramics line Heath Clay Studio, whose designer, director and ceramic artist Tung Chiang also created a limited collection of one-of-a-kind ceramic objects which will be on show and available exclusively at the store, marking the first time Tung has chosen to show his work outside of shows at Heath Ceramics. We guarantee you'll be back more than once.

Rose Bakery, 160 Lexington Ave, New York. 

La Piscine at Hotel Americano

Come summer, all of New York seems to flock to the rooftops, spending their evenings sipping cocktails whilst admiring the skylines. Naturally, a plethora of new places pop up each season, beckoning the fashionable crowds.

This summer, Hotel Americano has opened their new rooftop and pool, aptly named La Piscine. The space includes a bar, restaurant (Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as Greek salad, grilled lobster and falafel are on the menu), and for the daring, a plunge pool. The mood is chilled, the food delicious—they even have an ice cream cone for dessert—and the location perfectly suited for the West Side. Add it to your summer drinks list.

La Piscine at Hotel Americano, 518 W 27th St, New York.

Miusa Wine Bar

On a quiet street in Williamsburg, a dimly lit restaurant is tucked away, like a secret waiting to be discovered. Miusa Wine Bar, a relative newcomer to the area, boasts a cozy atmosphere (despite its long communal table), a range of wines to suit every taste bud, and a menu that mixes traditional Italian dishes with tried and true American fare (like the pulled pork burritos which use lettuce leaves instead of tacos) concocted by executive chef Andrea Soldini.  

The idea behind MIUSA originates from their love of food and land. The restaurant is directly linked to the "slow food" movement, in that they strive to preserve and support local or sustainable food producers and traditions. They solely source products made in the USA, through which they guide patrons through a truly local culinary experience. A labor of love, Miusa Wine Bar is the passion project of three Italian guys who love America.

Visit Miusa.


A walk through Bed Stuy in Brooklyn may surprise you. Brownstones reach skyward on blocks lined with trees (many in their full, cherry blossom glory), and intriguing new stores and restaurants pop up daily. Take cult boutique Sincerely Tommy and bar Lovers Rock, both local institutions drawing in crowds from neighboring areas. The newest outpost is Chicky’s (pictured above right), a market/grocery/coffee bar opened by the same owner as local restaurant Eugene & Co (pictured above left), a charming farm-to-table restaurant offering the area a chic atmosphere and delicious food. Chicky’s was born from owner Tara Oxleys' desire to offer the neighborhood a marketplace she had been craving for years. Organic, farm-raised meats and vegetables are available, in addition to select and delicious dry goods, pre-prepared food and delicious coffee. Also on offer are flowers, adorable homewares and organic chocolate.

Chicky's, 406 Tompkins Ave, Brooklyn

Llama Inn Quinoa

Quinoa has become an It-dish, like kale, or chia seeds, or homemade almond milk. It’s been cooked multiples of ways, but none so unique as the Quinoa starter dish at new restaurant Llama Inn. Located in Williamsburg, the Peruvian restaurant has narrowed in on traditional Peruvian dishes with a twist (delivered in a cool, all-wooden atmosphere). The quinoa dish is not what you expect. The ingredients read like a grocery list: avocado, banana, bacon, and cashews, but somehow it tastes better than ok—it’s delicious.

The dish is courtesy of a menu constructed by Peruvian-American chef Erik Ramirez (who worked under the head chef at Eleven Madison Park), and whose take on modern Peruvian flavors offers an element of surprise in each dish.

Visit Llama Inn

11 Howard

THERE'S A NEW hotspot in town. Recently opened 11 Howard, situated on the same block as Opening Ceremony and The Smile, is the city's newest boutique hotel. Opened in early April, the space was designed by interior decorators Signe Bindslev Henriksen and Peter Bundgaard Rützou, the team behind the Danish architecture and design studio SPACE Copenhagen, with objects chosen as meticulously as a gallery. Each room contains special touches, like a single art object by ceramicist Katie Yang and beauty products by Grown Alchemist and Glossier.

The hotel also boasts a bar, The Blond, which is filled with navy, velvet sofas, low-lighting and waiters in chic, lace uniforms. A French restaurant, Le CouCou, is slated to open in May. 

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The Lucky Bee

New York is home to a plethora of excellent restaurants, bars, and cafes, but sifting through them to find that one spot worth spending an evening can be tedious. Luckily, new locations open up almost daily. Case in point: The Lucky Bee. A new bar/restaurant run by two Australian guys that specializes in Thai food (the dumplings are a standout), and a mix of delicious cocktails. Five of those are special ‘Karma’ cocktails, containing local New York honey (in a heart warming twist, $1 from each Karma cocktail goes to the New York Bee Keeper’s Association).

You’ll find all of this tucked into an intimate, neon-pink space bedecked with hanging plants and tropical flowers, and  plenty of kitschy elements. A little piece of Thailand, on the Lower East Side.

The Lucky Bee, 252 Broome St

Cafe Altro Paradiso

There's always a new restaurant to try in New York City, but not always one that stands out. Enter Cafe Altro Paradiso, a new spot by the owners of much beloved Estela. Full of high ceilings and honey colored wood, the space is instantly intimate (perfect for date night), and full of works by photographer Leon Levinstein—personal pieces from chef and co-owner Ignacio Mattos’ private collection.

The fare is classic, pared-down Italian—pasta, salad, chocolate cake for dessert. The type that you expect to find in a rural village where the ingredients are picked from the farm next door and simply cooked with a dash of olive oil. Except that you’re in New York, and everything still tastes sublime. A simple ravioli becomes a taste bud explosion, but still feels light on the stomach. Waiters are perfectly attentive (not too much and not too little), and drinks are beautifully made (cues to the bartender). A new spot, that’s sure to be hard to get a reservation.

Cafe Altro Paradiso—134 Spring St, New York

Le Turtle

THERE ARE SOME places you walk into and know immediately that the cool crowd eats there. Le Turtle (located on Christie St in New York's Lower East Side) is one of them. Not only is the decor chic—low lounges in muted pink and brass overhanging lamps—and the music better than most clubs, but the food is exquisite too. A location more suited to sharing dishes than the traditional appetizer/main routine, standouts include the Le Turtle bread and butters, which features a torn off chunk of delicious bread and three differently flavored butters to slather on top. The mushrooms are another to try (and the most popular dish on the menu), as is the fresh cheese and kabocha. Just don't expect to find a snap of the interior anywhere online—it's too cool for that. 

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