Previews (new this week)

Photo: Talia Simhi

Photo: Talia Simhi


French-food fan Simon Oren (owner of Nice Matin and Marseille) has teamed with the Sushi Samba management—renowned for fusing Japanese, Peruvian and Brazilian cuisines—to open Barbounia, which focuses on Mediterranean food. Appropriately, the interior—in the former Patria space—has the look of an ouzerie gone glam: The dining room is covered in fabric and lined with pillowed banquettes. A housemade spreads sampler (pictured) goes way beyond the usual hummus; eight types are served with flat bread and olive oil. The hardest part of the launch was securing a chef: Just weeks ago, Sushi Samba executive chef Michael Cressotti replaced former Per Se sous chef Matthew Accarrino in the kitchen. Further delays push the opening to Monday 28.—Sarah Breckenridge

250 Park Ave South between 19th and 20th Sts (212-995-0242).


Matthew Kenney and chef de cuisine Amanda Cohen (Pure Food and Wine, teany) present seasonal fare with enough heft and flavor to satisfy the most committed of carnivores. The spacious restaurant has a big bar and a large back garden. Kenney promises: It's not dreaded health food.
191 Orchard St between Houston and Stanton Sts (212-228-9888).

Joe's BestBurger

Owners John Otto and Michael Korff have modeled their newly opened fast-food joint after California's In-N-Out Burger—boasting fresh (not frozen) ingredients and home-cut french fries.
39-11 Main St at Roosevelt Ave, Flushing, Queens (718-445-8065).

Oga Japanese Tapas

After wowing Bostonians with innovative Tokyo-style cuisine, chef-owner Toru Oga makes his Manhattan debut at this sleek midtown space. The small-plates menu showcases familiar Japanese ingredients in creative new formats and elaborate sushi rolls topped with inventive sauces.
143 E 47th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-308-5688).

Photo: Talia Simhi

Blair Perrone Steakhouse

Charlie Blair, a former manager who opened MarkJoseph Steakhouse in 2001, has partnered with Joe Perrone to launch this carnivore' den in midtown. The menu, not surprisingly, has various cuts of dry-aged steaks, a giant porterhouse, a large wine cellar and more than 30 single-malt Scotches.
885 Second Ave at 47th St (212-796-8000).

Bars &lounges

Blue Donkey Bar
The owners of Homer's World Famous Malt Shop now have an adjoining bar where locals can sip beer, wine and cocktails, play pool and nosh on bar food.
489 Amsterdam Ave between 83rd and 84th Sts (212-496-0777). Subway: 1 to 86th St. Sun--Wed 5pm--midnight; Thu--Sat 5pm--3am. Average drink: $5.

Fat Baby
The creator of rocker bar Dark Room has given birth to another Lower East Side drink spot, carved out of a former Chinese catering warehouse. Bands play in the basement lounge.
112 Rivington St between Essex and Ludlow Sts (212-533-1888). Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey--Essex Sts. 7pm--4am. Average drink: $5.

Vig 27
The owners of Lower East Side wine bote Punch & Judy serve upscale drinks and finger food here. The menu includes sliders and chorizo-stuffed mushrooms.
119 E 27th St between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave (212-686-5500). Subway: 6 to 28th St. 5pm--4am. Average drink: $8.

Restaurants &cafs

NEW Agata & Valentina Food Bar
The owners of the Upper East Side gourmet market Agata & Valentina have opened a two-story Italian eatery with a ground floor wine bar across the street from the flagship store.
1513 First Ave at 79th St (212-452-0690). Subway: 6 to 77th St. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Average main course: $16.

After opening restaurants in Astoria, the owners of this Greek spot have finally sailed into Manhattan. Chef Christos Christou serves mezedes like koupes (crabmeat and lobster in a bulgur wheat crust).
52 Vanderbilt Ave at 45th St (212-922-9999). Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St--Grand Central. Mon--Sun noon--11pm. Average main course: $26.

NEW Blue/Green
Raw-foods enthusiast Matthew
Kenney has opened three juice joints around the city, each offering vegan dishes and live organic smoothies.
* 203 E 74th St between Second and Third Aves (212-744-0940). Subway: 6 to 77th St
* 248 Mott St between Houston and Prince Sts (212-334-0805). Subway: N, R, W to Prince St; 6 to Spring St
* 25 Jay St between John and Plymouth Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-722-7541). Subway: F to York St. 11am--7pm. Average main course: $8.

Chicory Brooklyn
After honing his skills at Union Pacific and Park Avenue Caf, chef Gavin McAleer has opened this gourmet take-out shop on a pretty residential street.
243 DeGraw St between Clinton and Court Sts, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn (718-797-2121). Subway: F, G to Carroll St. Mon--Fri 7am--10pm; Sat 8am--8pm; Sun 8am--4pm. Average main course: $12.

Chocolat Michel Cluizel
The French fine-chocolate producer has finally opened a shop in New York—inside Union Square's ABC Carpet & Home. In addition to the sweets, guests can sip "choctails."
888 Broadway at 19th St or, after hours, 35 E 18th St at Broadway (212-477-7355). Subway: R, W to 23rd St. Mon--Wed 10am--8pm; Thu--Sat 10am--11:30pm; Sun 11am--6:30pm. Average drink: $11.

Dash Dogs
This sleek, late-night snack spot is serving Empire National kosher frankfurters and custom-made veggie dogs with a range of toppings daily until 4am.
127 Rivington St between Essex and Norfolk Sts (212-254-8885). Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey--Essex Sts. Sun--Wed 11am--midnight; Thu--Sun noon--4am. Average hot dog: $2.

NEW Divertimento
Old-world Italian cuisine is showcased at this East Village eatery, like minestra soup with escarole, veal saltimbocca and homemade pastas.
432 E 13th St between First Ave and Ave A (212-477-1606). Subway: L to First Ave. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Average main course: $17.

This Upper West Side Chinese restaurant serves casseroles, noodles, dim sum plates, and the usual meat and seafood entres.
311 Amsterdam Ave at 75th St (212-362-8828). Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St. Sun--Thu 11:30am--midnight; Fri, Sat 11:30am--1am. Average main course: $12.

NEW Mint
The San Carlos Hotel has a spacious new restaurant, spotlighting cuisine from Goa and Sikkim. Chef Wilson Tushar Gomes, of Devi, prepares spiffed-up lobster masala as well as standard samosas.
150 E 50th St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-644-8888). Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave--53rd St; 6 to 51st St. Lunch, dinner. Average main course: $22.

NEW One Girl Cookies
After baking cookies out of her West Village apartment for five years, Dawn Casale has finally opened her own bakeshop in Boerum Hill.
68 Dean St between Smith St and Boerum Pl, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (212-675-4996). Subway: F, G to Bergen St. Mon--Thu 11am--7pm; Fri, Sat 11am--8pm; Sun 11am--5pm. Average pastry: $3.

Peacock Alley
Executive chef Cedric Tovar is serving fancy, neo-modern French cuisine at the legendary dining room inside the Waldorf-Astoria—newly opened after a $5.5 milion renovation.
301 Park Ave between 49th and 50th Sts (212-872-4896). Subway: E, V to Lexington Ave--53rd St; 6 to 51st St. Mon 7--10:30am, 11:30am--2:30pm, 7:30--11pm; Tue--Sat 7--10:30am, 11:30am--2:30pm, 5:30--7pm, 7:30--11pm; Sun 7:30--11pm. Average main course: $30.

NEW Press 195
The beloved Park Slope panino purveyor has opened a second location, in Bayside, Queens. Aside from the traditional hot-pressed sandwiches, chef Brian Karp is preparing small plates with Hudson Valley ingredients.
40-11 Bell Blvd between 40th and 41st Aves, Bayside, Queens (718-281-1950). Subway: M, R to Union St. Lunch, dinner. Average sandwich: $7.

The Shoreham
Inside a hotel of the same name, Boulud-trained chef Tim Reardon prepares American creative cuisine.
33 W 55th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-247-6700). Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Subway: E, V to Fifth Ave--53rd St; F to 57th St. Average main course: $24.

Imagine pizza as a healthy snack. At this Upper East Side pizza parlor, the crusts come in whole wheat, herb and gluten-free varieties; cheese lovers can choose between soy and rice versions and organic mozzarellas.
1413 Second Ave between 73rd and 74th Sts (212-249-4353). Subway: 6 to 77th St. Lunch, dinner. Average slice: $4.

NEW Tarallucci e Vino
Owners Luca Di Pietro and Pepi Di Giacomo-Braun offer wine by the glass, plus small plates, pastries and espresso at this new caf near Union Square.
15 E 18th St between Broadway and Fifth Ave (212-228-5400). Subway: L, N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St--Union Sq. Mon--Thu 8am--midnight; Fri 8pm--1am; Sat 9am--1am; Sun 9am--5pm. Average small plate: $12.