New York City native and chef Ian Alvarez has always had a habit of tucking away abstract ideas of what he’d like to do. When, in 2014 his friend and business partner called to see if he wanted to take a look at a 38-seat spot in the East Village, he knew right away — more than any other idea he had in his back pocket — that the marbled-counter, exposed-brick wall of a place would make for a great wine bar. That wine bar is Bara, a French-Japanese hybrid and downtown NYC favorite.
There’s a meal in the middle of your day that too often gets replaced by a brown bag or leftovers from the night before. It’s called lunch, and it’s responsible for helping power you through your afternoon lull. Make it through the week — find a new lunch spot on Reserve.
ISA is an intimate, small plates-focused wine bar with California-inspired French fare. At the helm of the bustling restaurant, Chef Luke Sung crafts elegant, bold dishes ton both standard and prix fixe menus. The welcoming space features a heated patio illuminated with string lights.
Bar Bolonat serves modern Mediterranean and new Israeli cuisine in New York City’s West Village. Dishes highlight bold spices and flavors, incorporating local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients when possible. The restaurant earned two stars from Pete Wells and has been charming guests since the day it opened in the spring of 2014.
Dusek’s Board & Beer is home to a beer-inspired menu designed by Michelin-starred chef Jared Wentworth. With food-friendly brews on tap, the drinks — including seasonal cocktails — match the pub-style fare. Located inside the quirky and historic Thalia Hall, the elegant space is outfitted with antique chandeliers, tin ceilings and brick walls.
PEASANT features wood-fired Italian fare by Chef/Owner Frank DeCarlo. A seasonally inspired menu spotlights both signature entrees and traditional, multi-regional cuisine with rustic, farm-to-table dishes. The sophisticated NoHo space features a subterranean wine room decorated with old barn wood and French laundry tables, where guests can dine communally or in groups.
Alabama native and self-proclaimed “reformed agency guy,” David Levin graduated from Northwestern University in 1994 and immediately embarked on a career in advertising, running the media site of Advertising Age magazine in Manhattan. The entrepreneurial bug bit soon after, and within a few short years he was running his own digital agency and working with the world’s top brands — including food and beverage powerhouses Oreo, Smirnoff, Guinness and Kraft.
In a city known for its Mexican fare, one might assume that any fresh new ingredient making an appearance on menus all over town would be bold and spicy. The City of Angels, however, has a penchant for shishito peppers — a mild, savory and slightly sweet East Asian fruit (no, they’re not vegetables, since they have seeds).
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Cosme lies inside a chic, softly lit space, where Chef Enrique Olvera and his team craft modern dishes rooted in Mexican flavors and traditions that also celebrate local and seasonal ingredients from the Hudson Valley. Cosme’s beverage program features a large selection of mezcals, tequilas and artisanal spirits, with bold cocktails mirroring the innovative cuisine.