Cooking luminaries from Peru, Greece and Portland make their New York debut.
Mon Aug 22 2011
Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson
Raw yellow vegetables with flowers at Atera
After 23-year-old chef Nick Curtin's ambitious, tweezer-plated eats garnered mixed reviews at Compose, owner Jodi Richard shuttered the joint to reboot the space and menu. James Beard Rising Star Chef nominee Matthew Lightner, late of Portland, Oregon's Castagna, will take over the kitchen, replacing the experimental prix fixe with a locally driven menu designed around the findings of an in-house forager. General manager Eamon Rockey and his bespoke program of stunning "dialogue-based" cocktails will remain in place. 77 Worth St between Broadway and Church St (no phone yet). Late September.
La Mar Cebicheria Peruana
Underrepresented Peruvian cuisine will get a pedigreed cultural ambassador when chef Gastn Acurio blows into town. He'll open an outpost of his revered Lima seafood temple, his ninth location worldwide, serving ceviches, tiraditos (raw fish dishes with spicy sauces) and platos criollos (hot plates) in the former Tabla space. 11 Madison Ave at 25th St (212-612-3388). Early September.
Greek television cooking personality Maria Loi will debut her take on modern Hellenic cuisine at this Upper West Side restaurant, formerly home to Compass. On the menu: baked rack of lamb with artichokes, beef-and-lamb patties with rosemary and an herb-yogurt sauce, and Crete-style baked sea bass with okra and fennel-tomato sauce. 208 W 70th St between Amsterdam and West End Aves (no phone yet). Early October.
Mega-restaurateur Stephen Starr (Buddakan, Morimoto) looked to Philadelphia to staff this Italian small-plates restaurant. His greatest find, chef Jim Burke—a James Beard Best Mid-Atlantic Chef nominee—will be manning the stoves. New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Sts (no phone yet). Early November.