With spring in full swing, it’s out with the old, and in with the new restaurants. From a backroom bar taco stand to a 19-year-old chef’s 15-course tasting menu, here are three restaurants to add to your spring to-do list.
116 Forsyth St
At just 19, Flynn McGarry has made a name for himself in the culinary industry. Since cooking for his family and friends at the age of 10, he’s launched his own supper club, released his own documentary “Chef Flynn” at Sundance, been on the cover of New York Times Magazine, and now has his first permanent restaurant, Gem, in the Lower Eastside. McGarry’s latest concept offers two different dining experiences – the Living Room and Dining Room. Upon entry, the Living Room offers a neighborhood cafe serving coffees, teas, and homemade pastries daily. But it’s the Dining Room where McGarry’s master skills shine. After snacks and champagne in the Living Room, guests will move into the 16-seat Dining Room for a McGarry-hosted, 15 course dinner party. The pre-fix menu consists of small and family style dishes – a traditional caviar tart to a lamb feast with French curry powder. The Dining Room is $155-a-head with two seatings at 6 and 9pm, open Tuesday-Saturday.
For reservations, visit Gem’s Tock page.
517 W 38th St
Located in the burgeoning Hudson Yards neighborhood, Legacy Records transforms Manhattan’s iconic Legacy Recording Studio into this season’s must-try culinary destination. The restaurant is the newest addition to Henry Hall, the area’s fastest growing new residential building, divided up into three distinct dining experiences. The downstairs houses an all-day café alongside the main dining room, with a private event space upstairs that is expected to transform into a lounge later this spring. Delicious Hospitality Group, the team behind Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones, brings on an all-start team with the award-winning “Best Sommelier in the World” Arvid Rosengren and mixologist Jeff Bell from Please Don’t Tell curating the bar, and San Francisco-based designer Ken Fulk. Widely known for his opulent style, Fulk has brought a different level of notoriety for the restaurant for it’s elegant yet funky, mid-century aesthetic. If that wasn’t enough to get you there, the menu is filled with classic Italian fare like hand-pulled mozzarella, a honey lacquered duck for two, and a chestnut tagliatelle.
206 Avenue A
Talk about the ultimate hidden gem. From Den Hospitality, Borrachito is the East Village’s latest Mexican street food concept that can be found in the back of The Garret bar. With old school taco truck vibes, the space serves up authentic Mexican fare in an intimate setting with just 12 seats at traditional tables plus an additional two seats at the counter. From Chef Yuval Ochoa, the menu includes pork, steak, fish, and burrata tacos, all prepared on fresh pressed, non GMO, organic corn tortilla. And for dessert, pineapple mezcal ice pops or fried douros covered in sugar, cinnamon, and corn ice cream. Visitors can bounce between The Garret and Borrachito at ease, ordering from a selection of signature cocktails and the full taco bar in either space.
Borrachito is open Sunday-Friday 5pm-late, and Saturday 12pm-late.