Previews (new this week)
Thu Mar 23 2006
Photo: Cinzia Reale-Castello
The Meatpacking District hasn’t run out of space yet. Chef-owner Sascha Lyon, who mastered French fare at Daniel, Balthazar and Pastis, has just added a 10,000-square-foot, multilevel venue with his name on it. Sascha hosts three different eating and drinking areas: On the ground floor is Sascha Bakery, which offers cakes, pies and other confections. Next door is the Bar Room of Gansevoort Street, a casual restaurant serving classic cocktails and a variety of shakes, malts and floats. And one level up is Upstairs at Sascha, a reservations-only, fine-dining room with a 1920s feel—soaring palms loom over exposed-brick walls, and giant framed mirrors hover above leather banquettes. The menu leans heavily on raw-bar options—shrimp, oysters, clams, lobster and Dungeness crab (pictured)—and mixes a bunch of European standards like short-rib carbonnade, weinerschnitzel and chateaubriand for two. If the gargantuan space makes you feel like a small fish, inquire about the private wine vault that seats up to 25 guests. 55 Gansevoort St between Ninth Ave and Washington St (212-989-1920).—James Oliver Cury
Photo: Talia Simhi
Murray Hill residents tired of ordering Guinness and Irish pub fare now have another country to explore: Marbella, a newly opened Spanish restaurant, offers 36 types of tapas, including chorizo, patatas bravas, croquettes, paella (pictured) and blood sausage—plus sangria. If the food and drink aren’t enough to draw you in, the flamenco dancing just might be. Nightly performances are set in a dining room filled with dark cherrywood tables, exposed-brick walls, and mustard and maroon leather banquettes. 162 E 33rd St between Lexington and Third Aves (212-725-4499).—Fabiana Santana
Billy’s Original BBQ
Healthy barbecue might sound like an oxymoron, but this uptown eatery hopes to prove it’s possible with meats—pork, chicken and beef—that are all-natural and hormone- and antibiotic-free. 720 W 181st St between Broadway and Fort Washington Ave (212-568-2074).
Not to be confused with the Horus Kebab House on Avenue B (run by the same owners), Horus Caf serves a variety of traditional Mediterranean dishes including pastas, grilled seafood and meats, and yes, kebabs, too. 293 E 10th St at Ave A (212-228-4774).
Photo: Cinzia Reale-Castello
Nuves Tapas Lounge
Executive chef Alex Arango (Sabor) melds the flavors of Spain and Latin America at this sleek tapas lounge in Elmhurst. The menu features a dozen or so little plates, including ceviches and entres like cilantro-and-jalapeo--crusted salmon. 77-14 Queens Blvd at Hillyer St, Elmhurst, Queens (718-476-1881).
Enrico Proietti (Baraonda, Bella Blu) has opened this 55-seat Upper East Side Italian restaurant that serves dinner until 2am nightly. The wine list contains almost 100 bottles, most sourced from Italy. 1347 Second Ave between 70th and 71st Sts (212-439-9200).