Taste Test Summer Menu


New York is heating up, and so is its food scene. We rounded up the new-and-noteworthy to add to your summer to-do list.


By Chloe

Chloe Coscarelli’s approachable, plant-based American comfort food won the hearts of herbivores and carnivores alike in 2015. In 2016 you can expect two more NYC locations of By Chloe—one in Flatiron and another in Soho. Both are slated to roll out this summer with those same signature items (think vegan mac n’ cheese, burgers, and chocolate cupcakes) that put Chloe on the map.



One of the most respected ramen institutions in Asia, Tokyo import Ichiran Ramen will make its stateside debut in late summer/early fall. This world-renowned restaurant that specializes in tonkotsu (pork based) ramen adorned with scallions and thin rice noodles, will open in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, with the intent to continue expansion in the states.


Mimi Cheng’s Nolita

The Cheng sisters opened the original East Village location of Mimi’s in 2014, and were immediately lauded for their inventive Chinese-Taiwanese dumplings. This summer, they’re expanding their handmade dumpling empire to Nolita, where they’ll serve up a concise menu of classic dumplings plus a rotating seasonal special. Past specials in the East Village have included a guacamole burger dumpling and the Instagram-famous cheeseburger dumpling.


NoHo Group at William Vale Hotel

Andrew Carmellini’s NoHo hospitality group, who operate establishments like Locanda Verde, Bar Primi and Little Park (to name a few), will make their Brooklyn debut this summer at William Vale. They'll run all beverage and food programs at this gorgeous Williamsburg hotel, including a feature, upscale restaurant, which officially opens July 11, 2016. Note: there will be a rooftop pool and terrace—just in time for summertime sipping.


Fowler and Wells

Tom Colicchio of renowned stalwarts Craft, Craftbar and Wichcraft, will open Fowler and Wells inside FiDi’s Beekman Hotel this summer. The Beekman’s grandiose, vintage architecture is said to have inspired Colicchio to develop a menu of American classics that pay homage to 20th century dishes.

Pondicheri Restaurant. Morning Thali and Chai Pie.


James Beard nominee Anita Jaisinghani will bring accessible and inventive Indian cuisine to Flatiron this summer with Houston export Pondicheri. The restaurant will serve a casual take-out menu during the day, with a more buttoned-up dinner service at night. Expect creative savory sampler platters, Indian breakfast food, and a bevy of fragrant, spiced-desserts.


By Michaela Rollings