Week of Jan. 22--28, 2009

Pan-seared salmon with pomegranate glaze at River Barrel

Pan-seared salmon with pomegranate glaze at River Barrel Photograph: William Gottliew/Corbis

River Barrel Greenpoint welcomes yet another little gastropub. The 35-seat restaurant and bar, like the vessel it’s named for, is constructed mostly of wood (save a dramatic eight-foot-wide vintage chandelier). A short lunch menu features eats such as chickpea burgers; in the evening, more-ambitious dishes include port-braised beef short ribs with horseradish mashed potatoes. Though the kitchen closes by 1am, alcohol—including a selection of rare bottled and draft beers—flows into the wee hours. 160 Franklin St at Kent St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-389-8881)

Momokawa It’s time to learn about another subsection of Japanese cookery: ippin, small and large grazing plates traditionally paired with sake. At this small eatery, chef-owner Mie Okada forgoes sushi for seasonal fare that utilizes as many locally grown ingredients as possible. Look for dishes such as grilled fresh bamboo shoots, as well as classics like shabu-shabu and sukiyaki. 157 E 28th St between Lexington and Third Aves (no phone yet)

Compiled by Daniel Gritzer

More recent openings >>