Tarallucci e Vino
A fifth location of Tarallucci e Vino opened on Aug. 15 in NoMad. The executive chef is Cara Hermanson, who previously worked as sous-chef under Justin Smilie at Upland and Il Buco Alimentari.
For this location, Hermanson is introducing new dishes such as Roasted Prawns with Calabrian chilis, roasted peppers, rouille, and garlic croutons; and for brunch, a decadent Paccheri Carbonara with crispy pancetta, eggs, and Parmesan.
The menu also features Tarallucci e Vino’s classics from Abruzzo such as Screppelle M’busse (egg crepes in broth) and Fregnacce with braised duck ragu (sheets of fresh pasta filled with braised meat sauce).
The wine program highlights lesser known varietals and has an extensive selection of lambruscos.
The 1,200-square-foot restaurant, which seats 70, is located in a luxury residential building designed by award-winning architect Christian de Portzamparc, and has an outdoor patio. A happy hour offers an Italian-focused cocktail menu.
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
44 E. 28th St. (between Park & Madison avenues)
Black Tap Down
A third outpost of the popular Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer is now open in SoHo. Chef and owner Joe Isidori brings a quintessential American luncheonette experience, with a variety of burgers like the Greg Norman, with wagyu beef, blue cheese, and a dressing of buttermilk and dill. Isidori’s gigantic famous shakes are still there, threatening to collapse under the weight of all their toppings.
“We’ve really become a part of this neighborhood, and I’m excited to open Black Tap Down, giving our guests a little more room to bring friends and family around,” Isidori said in a press release.
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
529 Broome St. (between Sullivan & Thompson streets)
Spoon Table & Bar
Chef Melissa Chmelar (of Spoon and Tbsp.) has opened Spoon Table & Bar, featuring classic Spoon signatures such as Four Cheese Mac n’ Cheese and Chicken Pot Pie, in addition to comforting dishes like Pan-Seared Salmon, served with red quinoa and brown rice, and Grilled Berkshire Pork Chop served with smashed Red Bliss potatoes and greens.
The breakfast menu is hearty, with Baked Eggs with roasted crimini mushrooms, grape tomatoes, Parmesan, and salsa verde; and Bodega Sammie, fried eggs, cheddar, and your choice of bacon or sausage on focaccia. For a shot of caffeine, the restaurant carries Stumptown nitro brew coffee.
40 E. 33rd St. (between Madison & Park avenues)
Samui, named after the Thai Island, aims to introduce a healthier, less sugar-heavy modern Thai cuisine. Owner A. Napadol, who had careers in jewelry and real estate before starting the restaurant, showcases the dishes learned from her grandmother.
Dishes include Spicy Grilled Beef, with lime and mint; Turmeric Garlic Chicken Wings, with a sweet chili peanut dip; and Black Potato Fritters, with a cucumber relish.
Open daily for dinner.
15 Vanderbilt Ave. (near Flushing Ave.)
Fort Greene, Brooklyn
The Last Word
The storefront at speakeasy-style cocktail lounge The Last Word, in Astoria, is humble. But inside, the 2,000-square-foot, 60-seat venue showcases an elegant, 1920s-inspired setting with plush seating, vintage tin ceilings, and a 16-foot marble and oak bar.
The cocktails include classics as well as signature creations, curated by Padraig O’Brien (formerly of The Raines Law Room and Park Hyatt New York). House creations include the Rabble Rouser with rhum agricole, muddled raspberries, Dolin blanc, rhubarb water, fresh lemon, and sparkling water; and the Mumbai Daiquiri with white rum, Batavia Arrack, curry syrup, lime, and rose water.
Open daily from 5 p.m.
31-30 Ditmars Blvd. (between 31st & 33rd streets)