Citrus salad at Margaux
Farmer's Board at Margaux
Squid-ink bucatini at Margaux
Day-boat cod at Margaux
Prolific hotelier Sean MacPherson (the Bowery, the Jane, the Maritime) expands his New York holdings with this French-Mediterranean café inside the restored Marlton Hotel, onetime haunt of Jack Kerouac. Located behind the lobby, this skylighted 98-seat café honors the space’s storied past with old-world decor (herringbone floors, antique glass mirrors) and seasonal cocktails named for Beat icons, like the Kerouac-inspired Dharma Bum (tea-infused pisco, lemon, orgeat). The daily-changing food menu—a collaboration between chefs Michael Reardon (Napa’s Tra Vigne) and Jeremy Blutstein (Montauk’s Crow’s Nest)—is also rooted in seasonality, inspired by the coastal cuisines of France, California and the Mediterranean. Look for dishes like the Farmer’s Board (red-quinoa tabouli, avocado hummus), day-boat cod with sea bean, and rotisserie chicken with urfa biber (Turkish chili pepper) and green harissa.Pastas, like squid-ink bucatini and buckwheat rigatoni, are made in-house, and wines are of the organic, biodynamic variety. See the food menu below. 5 W 8th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-321-0111)
Brooklynites don’t need to trek to Chinatown to find good Shanghainese food—just head to Greenpoint to dine at M Greenpoint. Plop down at one of the tables and go to town on the menu of dim sum favorites. Think hot and sour soup ($8), scallion pancakes ($7), the juicy pork buns also known as xiao long bao ($9 for six) and ma-pao tofu ($11.50). Vegetarians will be happy to hear that M Shanghai Bistro offers both a vegan and vegetarian version of their menu to make ordering sans meat that much easier. Wash down all the steamed dumplings and spicy stir-fried vegetables with big pots of oolong, chrysanthemum or green tea ($4 for a small, $6 for a large).
Venue says: “OUR UPSTAIRS PATIO OPENS MAY 12TH FOR THE SUMMER! JOIN US UPSTAIRS FOR HAPPY HOUR AND DINNER ON THE WEEKENDS!”