Cantina Rooftop: Antojitos, Margaritas, and Stunning Views
Executive chef Gonzalo Colin is a Mexico City native who spent a year making his way around Mexico, tasting his way across dozens of cities.
Cantina Rooftop is located steps from the Hudson River and offers views of Midtown.
Antojitos like tacos or ceviches will be plentiful but also fun bites like camarones locos (tequila fire Gulf shrimp) and frijoles borrachos (with braised Berkshire pork belly, hoja santa, mescal and Negro Modelo lager), and barbacoa de carnero (maguey-braised lamb shank, consomme with guajillo sauce and comal corn tortillas) pollo campestro (chicken in mole negro served with green rice).
The rooftop fun isn’t just seasonal to the clement warm weather months however. The rooftop is retractable, and cooler months will bring out space heaters.
Happy hour specials include $5 beer, $6 margaritas, and $7 tacos. Cocktails include the Cantina Margarita with Fidencio mescal, lemon juice, agave nectar, and Tajin spice rum.
605 W. 48th St.
Faro: A New Addition to Bushwick
At Bushwick’s new Faro, husband-and-wife team Kevin Adey and Debbie Adey are devoted to locally sourced, sustainably raised, and harvested ingredients.
The meats are certified Animal Welfare Approved, and the grains are brought in whole and milled on-site for bread and pastas.
On the menu you’ll find Dandelion Greens with sunflower-crusted chevre and garlic confit; Wood Fired Porgy with peas, botarga, and emmer; and Grano Arso Stracci ‘burnt’ flour pasta with morels, rosemary, Parmesan chili gremolata.
Pastas start at $11 and notably, no dish is over $20.
Serves dinner, with brunch to be launched in the future.
436 Jefferson St. (between Wyckoff and St. Nicholas Avenue)
MP Taverna Brooklyn Now Open
Chef Michael Psilakis opened his fourth MP Taverna on May 11, this time in Williamsburg. Expect Grilled Calamari with cauliflower and chickpeas, Moussaka; and Octopus with Mediterranean bean salad.
The space occupies a refurbished warehouse, which will also be home to The Hall at MP, Psilakis’s performing arts space and restaurant, to open in early summer.
MP Taverna Brooklyn
470 Driggs Ave. (between N.10th and N. 11th streets)
Eataly Vino Reopens, With Added Features
Eataly Vino has reopened a few steps down from its original location on 23rd Street, to a bilevel space. Features will include a tasting bar, a temperature-controlled Riserva Room, with vintages from top producers, and an expanded selection of high quality wines.
Among the latter, there will be wines from Vino Libero, a consortium of Italian producers whose goal is to produce high quality wines free of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and minimal amounts of sulfates.
200 Fifth Ave. (Entrance on 23rd Street)