Veal breast man tao at Silk Rd Tavern
Bigeye tuna tartar at Silk Rd Tavern
Pekin-style chicken wings at Silk Rd Tavern
Coconut curry mussels at Silk Rd Tavern
Silk Rd Tavern
Chinese-American restaurateur Andrew Lee pays homage to his multicultural childhood and recent travels through Asia with Silk Rd Tavern, a 70-seat Chelsea eatery, named after the famed spice-trade route. He teamed up with Philippines-born chef Leo Forneas—who cut his teeth at nouveau Asian kitchens including Jean-Georges Vongerichten's 66, Buddakan and Philly's Sampan—for the East-meets-West canteen. Forneas dishes out refined Asian classics (shrimp toast made with a miso-butter-slathered baguette, and a seafood salad of shrimp, chinese celery and chili paste); Far East riffs on American comfort food (mac and cheese that swaps the pasta for Korean rice cakes); and mash-up creations (Singapore-inspired chili crab potpie with pickled cucumber). Handblown glass chandeliers, a granite-topped bar and bleached walnut wood paneling decorate the space, which will open on May 31. 46 W 22nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-989-7889)
Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar
In the mood for tacos, guacamole and margaritas? Look no further than Gabriela’s Restaurant and Tequila Bar. Start the meal with a big order of freshly made guac ($12.50) and queso fundido ($14.50) with piping hot tortilla chips. You might also want to sample the ceviche of the day (market price) before moving onto the entrees. Of course there are tacos—al pastor ($5.50), fried fish ($6.50), carne asada ($6.50) and carnitas ($5.50), to name a few. You’ll also find cantina favorites like cochinita pibil ($25), chicken and cheese enchiladas ($24), chiles rellenos ($19) and chimichangas stuffed with chicken ($24), beef ($24), shrimp ($25) or veggies ($22). And what would a fiesta be without tequila? Choose from the bar’s wide selection of more than 175 different tequilas and mezcals, either straight up or in a margarita ($3 extra for a margarita). You can also try a flight of silver ($19), reposado ($21), anejo ($23) or one of each ($20).