One of my favorite things about New York City is the endless stream of restaurants. While I am certainly guilty of revisiting old favorites, I definitely keep an eye opened for new places to try. Today’s newcomer is tomorrows good old standard. Give the new guys a chance.
Blake Lane (1429 Third Avenue) Simple, colorful plates are served at this California style eatery that’s big on bowls, salads and sandwiches. From 4-7 p.m. daily much on spiced pumpkin popcorn ($2), deviled eggs ($3) or guacamole with chips ($5) at the bar. Beer is $5, cocktails $7 and assorted wines $8. Ingredients are locally sourced and the ambience is industrial modern chic. While they are health conscious, they serve creative moderately priced veggie and non-veg dishes. Try the tuna tartine ($12) or the charred sweet potatoes with feta and purple basil ($10). The food makes you feel like they just went to the farmers market….because they probably did.
Zadie’s Oyster Room (413 East 12th Street) It is worth waiting for a table at this tiny oyster expert. During the week from 5-7 p.m. enjoy half off oysters, bubbles and beers. My favorite feature of the menu is the myriad of choices for oyster preparation. You can enjoy them steamed, broiled, baked, fried, pickled, poached or raw. Arrive hungry so you can try them all! The menu is mostly oysters so it’s easy to make your way through the menu. The crab cake sliders ($16) and warm potato salad ($10) are good choices to round out your meal.
Amada (250 Vesey Street) This Philadelphia hot spot has captured the hearts of New Yorkers at it’s downtown location. The expansive menu explores all areas of Spanish tapas. Cheeses, cured meats, grilled seafood and blistered vegetables create the perfect menu. Monday through Friday pig out on $8 tapas like chorizo sausage and flash-fried peppers. Wash them down with $5 beers and $8 wines. The Ensalada De Jamon ($15) with a fig salad and spiced almonds is a perfect blend of sweet and salty. The wagyu brochettes and razor clams ($16) are tasty appetizers to try. The wine list is full of Spanish varietials like spicy Rioja and Tempranillo.