NYC Restaurants


WD-50 New American | Lower East Side

50 Clinton Street


Notes: Chef Wylie Dufresne uses cutting-edge culinary techniques in his science lab-like kitchen to prepare dishes that not only make you think, but often boggle the mind by creating dissonance between sight and taste/texture. I’m not a huge fan of this style of food, so for me the presentation was more spectacular than the food itself. But if you appreciate the artistic and technical aspect of culinary science, by all means experience the thrilling, thoughtful skill of WD-50.

Stanton Social

Stanton Social New American | Lower East Side

99 Stanton St


Notes: Loud and lively. Eclectic small plates and fun cocktails. Don’t miss the Kobe sliders, the French Onion Soup Dumplings and the Potato & Goat Cheese Pierogies.

Beauty & Essex

Beauty & Essex New American | Lower East Side

146 Essex St (bet Rivington & Stanton)


Notes: Fun, clever small plates to share. Funky space with a dark, sexy vibe, accessed through a pawn shop. Great choice for a group. Noisy.