NEW YORK CITY — If you're in search of a new spot to eat and drink this weekend, Michelin-starred chef Polo Dobkin has opened a new restaurant in Williamsburg and gourmet grilled cheese sandwich eatery Melt Shop has expanded its small empire to the Financial District.
Mexicue, a Mexican food truck that graduated to a handful of retail stores, recently opened a Times Square location on West 40th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. The new eatery has a takeout counter for the lunchtime rush as well as a sit-down area.
A restaurant focusing on healthy quick dinners with chicken at the center of every menu item has opened on Maiden Lane. The chicken served at Fields Good Chicken is locally sourced, antibiotic-free and is either roasted, grilled or slow-cooked and pulled. Whole roasted chickens are also available.
Michelin-starred chef Polo Dobkin has opened a new restaurant focusing on modern American cuisine at 149 Broadway in Williamsburg, the home of his former restaurant Dressler. The new spot, called Meadowsweet, has menu items such as cavatelli with braised rabbit and Colorado lamb loin and rib confit with Swiss chard and cranberries.
While the food is Pakistani, the system is like the assembly line of fast-food Mexican joint Chipotle. Desi Shack, now open in Union Square, allows customers to design their meals by choosing a base such as basmati rice, a protein and toppings. Possible meal combinations could be chicken tikka with basmati rice or a salad bowl with aloo masala, a spicy potato curry.
A new gay bar with a focus on wine, cocktails and creating a relaxed vibe has opened in Jackson Heights. Tempo Libero, meaning "leisure" or "free time" in Italian, sells beer and wine picked from around the world by owner Hector Marquez.
An outpost of mini-chain Melt Shop has opened, bringing its gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches to the Financial District. Menu items at the casual and quick restaurant include classic American cheese sandwiches as well as something for gourmet taste buds like Havarti, truffle oil and arugula on sourdough. Melt Shop also has salads, burgers and shakes.