Kimoto Rooftop Beer Garden
The city’s first Asian beer garden has opened on a rooftop in downtown Brooklyn, with views of the Brooklyn skyline. Owner Andrew Lee and executive chef and partner Brian Tsao (of Mira Sushi & Izakaya) are behind the project. Tsao’s trademark playfulness can be seen across the menu, with Italian antipasti wrapped inside a Vietnamese summer roll; the Spam Sushi Dog with smoked pineapple relish; or the Shibuya Disco fries, with French fries topped with beef brisket, jalapeño, garlic sour cream, and sriracha. Over 20 craft beers from Japanese microbreweries are served, such as Ginga Kogen (a Hefeweizen from Iwate Prefecture), as well as unusual, seasonal brews including Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu, made from a 9,000-year-old Chinese recipe.
Kimoto has 110 outdoor seats, 115 indoor seats, including space for private events.
216 Duffield St.
Jun-Men Ramen Bar
Owner and executive chef Jun Park, who was formerly head chef at Zutto and sous chef at Catch, has just opened a 25-seat Japanese noodle shop in Chelsea. Jun-Men is named after the chef and also means “pure noodle.” On the menu are ramen noodle dishes such as a traditional Pork Bone Ramen (with bone broth that was simmered for 14 hours), Kimchi Ramen, and Uni Mushroom. The menu is rounded out with izakaya-style bites and East-meets-West creations, like a Yellowtail Ceviche with kimchi jus and ripe mango. Open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday.
249 Ninth Ave. (between 25th and 26th streets)
GM Pete Pjetrovic, executive chef Johnny Jevric, and beverage director Jeff Kolenovic (all veterans of Wolfgang’s Steakhouse) have teamed up with Rocco Trotta, the co-founder of construction management and engineering firm The LiRo Group. The result is a new steakhouse in NoMad, Rocco Steakhouse, where every employee has worked for at least 10 years at a top New York steakhouse. USDA Prime beef is dry aged onsite. The classics are all there, including a chilled seafood tower, porterhouse, and potatoes prepared five different ways. The wine list is extensive and the bar specializes in American cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Sundays: private parties only.
72 Madison Ave. (between 27th & 28th streets)