Chef Jonathan Waxman, often credited as the pioneer who brought the style of California cuisine to New York City, is resurrecting Jams, his 1980s restaurant that started it all. The new Jams is now located within the chic 1 Hotel at Central Park.
Waxman will focus on fusing French, Italian, and Asian culinary techniques while still abiding to his original philosophy of using local ingredients.
Dishes on the menu include Swordfish with sauce Romesco and long beans, Jams Pancakes with red pepper, which comes topped with smoked salmon, corn sauce, crème fraîche and caviar, and an update on one of the most popular dishes from the original restaurant’s menu, Jams Chicken with tarragon butter and Jams potatoes.
Located at the 1 Hotel Central Park
1414 Sixth Ave.
The charming SoHo restaurant Cocotte is opening a sister location, Petite Cocotte, next door. Much like its predecessor, Petite Cocotte will serve southwestern French and Basque cuisine by chef-owner Sebastien Pourrat, but in tapas form.
The space is small (eight counter seats), but Petite Cocotte promises to deliver big on flavor, with menu items like the Ribeye Carpaccio with thyme-shallot confit, Moules Gratinées (roasted mussels with parsley, garlic, and bread crumbs), and Anchois Marines (gem lettuce wrapped with espelette-pepper-marinated anchovies).
Petite Cocotte is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
110 Thompson St. (between Prince & Spring streets)
Manhattan Brew & Vine
Take heed, Upper West Siders: a former dollar store has been converted into Manhattan Brew & Vine (MBV), a lounge that offers craft beers and fine wines, along with a food menu by executive chef Denzell Washington (formerly of Morimoto).
For those hungry for something to pair with MBV’s drinks, there’s Columbus Curls, shrimp with vanilla broth, rosemary, and pearl onions; Amsterdam Cockerel, chicken with amber honey, cremini mushrooms, and roasted garlic; and a cheese-and-meats platter that comes with olives, grapes, fresh bread, and fig compote.
MBV is open from noon to late night Monday through Friday. It is open from 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. on Sundays.
Manhattan Brew & Vine
998 Columbus Avenue (at 109th Street)
Cancún comes to Times Square with the arrival of Señor Frog’s, which opened on Aug. 27.
The restaurant, which has outposts in Cozumel, Las Vegas, and Aruba, occupies 22,000 square feet with a capacity for 700 guests. The Times Square location is its northernmost location.
Well-known (or infamous, rather) for its party ambiance, all staff members connive to get guests into a party mood, pulling up guests from their tables to dance to the beat of the in-house band The Rolling Frogs or weekly guests bands.
On the menu: tacos, fajitas, sandwiches, the Señor Frog’s burger (with two patties, bacon, and poblano pepper)—and lots of margaritas.
Opens at 11 a.m. daily.
11 Times Square (640 Eighth Ave.)