Modeled on the Ago locations in Los Angeles, Vegas, and Miami, this Italian restaurant features a ceiling decorated with 90,000 wine bottle corks and simple fare like spaghetti with clams, and pizzas cooked in a wood-burning oven. Le Cirque is expanding–now there’s Le Cirque Lounge.Where you’re seated at isn’t as fraught with meaning here, thanks to the banquettes and low tables behind the bar area. is the newest addition to the burgeoning dining scene in Ditmas Park.Featuring menus crafted by Didier Virot, look for standards like Muscovy duck breast and venison chops plus a swank champagne bar, open all day long.Palm Court and Champagne Bar, Plaza Hotel, 59th St. Duane Park marks the return of Shawn Knight, last seen making delectable Southern fare at Natchez in the East Village.The restaurant was last known as the Duane Park Café. West Village newcomer I Sodi isn’t your average Italian joint.Annisa Lo has unveiled her West Village barbeque joint, Bar Q.
Diners can mix and match with different sauces, like Korean red pepper paste, with their meals. Artichoke is generating buzz among pizza-philes, who are calling it a Manhattan competitor to the legendary Di Fara Pizza.
It’s too soon to tell whether the hefty slices, (including Sicilian, Neapolitan, and artichoke-spinach varieties) at this East Village storefront will gain a similar following, though. Jason Denton, of Lupa, is ready to present Bar Milano, his first effort focusing on food from the northern regions of Italy.
Look for small bites like mini cheeseburgers and salmon tartare on the menu. The ramen wars continue to escalate: Ippudo, a popular Japanese chain, has opened their first New York location. This take-out dessert shop is next door, serving recipes Ong is testing out for the menu at P*ong. The owners of the Farm on Adderley are behind the venture, featuring a French menu designed by the Farm’s chef.
Run by a chef known as “The Ramen King,” the focus here is on that famous noodle soup, with variations including shrimp tempura, vegetables, and pork on offer. Look for dishes like duck confit and skate in brown butter–and at Pomme de Terre, butter is churned in house, as are many of the other ingredients.
Look for grilled tuna with veal sweetbreads along with a special selection of sweets and cocktails here. Robert De Niro adds another flourish to the New York dining scene this week with Ago Ristorante in the Greenwich Hotel.
Ago will focus on the cuisine of Liguria and Emilia-Romagna.