Table Stakes: February
Six new restaurants for all you dilettantes and bon vivants
To keep tabs on every New York restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s
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Images: Melissa Hom
You’re here because: 222 seats of French grub, romance and general joie de vivre is exactly what date night calls for.
You’re dining on: The Chef’s famed Escargot de Bourgogne. Or just grab a baguette sandwich to go.
Image: Eduardo Cerruti and Stephanie Draime for Dimanche Creative
Lower East Side
You’re here because: You popped in for their sophisticated Apéro Hour for cocktails and Scallop Ceviche but decided to stay forever — or at least for dinner.
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You’re here because: A swanky, Sinatra-era jewel box in the Beekman Tower has date night written all over it.
You’re dining on: Small plates like Pork Belly Sliders and Hudson Valley Foie Gras accompanied by loud cocktails like the Purple Tuxedo with gin, lavender and — yes,
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You’re here because: The best nights out with friends start with an easy, breezy bistro dinner.
You’re dining on: Deconstructed and surprising Cider-Braised Bacon Dates, the best West Coast oysters money can buy and fresh-baked Chocolate Chip Cookies that will haunt your dreams.
You’re here because: The best way to enjoy Michelin-star Chef Masa Takayama’s kaiseki (aka traditional multi-course Japanese dinner) is in an intimate, softly lit 39-seat hideaway.
You’re dining on: A rotating omakase-only menu, meaning Chef’s Choice or bus. So sit back, relax and enjoy.
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You’re here because: Cocktails and oysters go together like Trump and Twitter. See also: a built-in piano and a costume chest that guests are very much encouraged to sample from.
You’re dining on: A raw bar nonpareil, including