Tulips blooming in Madison Square Park, chic leather jackets replacing parkas, bustling open rooftop bars — it’s the most wonderful time of the year. NYC is shining with her springtime glow, and I’m getting antsy for the new summer restaurant openings that are soon to follow. And while it may be bathing suit season in a few short weeks, these upcoming five-star spots will be well-worth an extra mile on the treadmill.
Mastering the art of revival, Jim Caiola and David Salama recently unveiled Tavern on the Green 2.0. Involved in every intricate detail from chair design to fabric choices, the Philadelphia-born artists took their first steps into the NYC culinary scene in late April and welcomed locals and visitors alike to experience a whole new urban-farmhouse-inspired menu, curated by celebrated Chef Katy Sparks. A perfect summer hot spot — and just a pedal through Central Park.
Looking to make a splash in the NYC culinary scene, Mark Firth, Founder of Marlow & Sons, and Double Happiness Restaurateur Adrien Gallo take to the water for the mid-summer opening of the raw bar Grand Banks. Located at Pier 25 in Tribeca, the iconic fishing schooner, Sherman Zwicker, will offer some of the freshest raw oysters, olive oil-poached cod and other seafood samplers available in the city. Firth has spent the last few years running Prairie Whale in Great Barrington, MA, so the opening of Grand Banks marks his big return to the NYC culinary scene. The restaurant will only be open during the summer season, so be sure to cross it off your bucket list early.
Rich Torrisi, Mario Carbone and Jeff Zalaznick make no time for vacation this season, as they have a whopping three large-scale restaurant openings in their back pocket. The boys behind Major Food are in cahoots with well-known hotelier & restaurateur Sean MacPherson in opening Dirty French, a French bistro reflecting Torrisi’s experience as a young cook in fine French restaurants, located within the Ludlow Hotel. Across town, the trio plans to open a soon-to-be-named restaurant in the Renzo Piano-designed complex — soon to be home to the Whitney Museum as well.
So cheers to the start of spring and anticipation of summer — and of course, bon appétit!