MANHATTAN — From a bar owned by a former G-man to an upscale nautical-themed restaurant in Greenwich Village, there are plenty of new places to eat and drink in town. DNAinfo New York's reporters have the inside scoop on the newly opened restaurants and bars in Manhattan.
► Tessa on the Upper West Side
Taking over the space that was once occupied by a divey sports bar on Amsterdam Avenue, newly opened Tessa will serve up Mediterranean fare that's "South of France with a hint of Italian," according to chef Cedric Tovar.
Co-owner Larry Bellone said he wanted to create a space designed with locals in mind.
"We wanted something comfortable and relaxed, high-end but accessible," he said. "We knew the neighborhood didn't want anything too frilly or too fancy."
A 25-year veteran of the FBI recently opened a bar on West 8th Street to explore his love of craft beer. Don Borelli, who still has a day job as a security consultant, has taken on FBI assignments in post-9/11 Pakistan and oversaw the bureau's operations in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria for three months.
The owners of East Village bar Drop Off Service, Martin Kynaston and his wife Emily, are opening a new joint in Kips Bay that will offer craft beers from around the world. Albion is set to open at 575 Second Ave. this week. Kynaston said the bar will open with beer, wine and cocktails, and add food and coffee to future menus.
This new maritime-themed restaurant on Sullivan Street is little more than a month old. With a raw bar and plenty of sea-themed dishes, the eatery is co-owned by restaurateurs who separately own several other eateries including Macao Trading Co., Employees Only, MaisonO, Tiny's & the Bar Upstairs and Warren 77.
Menu offerings include a crispy gnocchi with roasted pumpkin and poached egg, and an ocean trout en croûte meant for two. Chef Camille Becerra has added unusual and homemade touches to the typical raw bar offerings of clams and oysters: house-cured fish and caviar are served with housemade blinis, housemade seed crackers for sardines, as well as uni toast, a bruschetta made from sea urchin.
The owners of Amsterdam Avenue establishment Swagat have opened a second restaurant, Savoury, on Columbus Avenue at West 83rd Street. The father-son team behind the new 75-seat eatery said they plan to show off the healthier side of Indian food with dishes from multiple regions of the country.
"People have this perception that Indian food is greasy," co-owner Avishek Sharma said. "We're trying to change that."