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A Top Chef Winner Finds a New Italian Perch

A Top Chef Winner Finds a New Italian Perch


With Harold Dieterle as the chief chef and a associate, Alexandra Shapiro, and her mother and father, Laura and Robert, have remodeled their former Flex Mussels within the West Village into this Italian spot. They had reopened Hoexter’s on the Upper East Side late final yr. Mr. Dieterle — previously of Kin Shop and Perilla, and the winner of the primary season of “Top Chef” — has southern Italian roots, as does his chef de delicacies, Steven Lopin. Il Totano will serve crudos, grilled shrimp with pepperoncini butter, bucatini con le Sarde, pork cotaletta, roast rooster Marsala and a child calamari salad. The room — carried out in blues, mustard and rust — has seaside touches. (Friday)

154 West thirteenth Street, 212-929-0222, iltotano.com.

Igor Drca and Miljan Komnenic, who personal the Consulate on the Upper West Side and Recette in Brooklyn, have teamed up with Milos Kostadinovic, their beverage director, to maneuver into the previous Forager’s Market area in Chelsea with an formidable, greenery-filled Mediterranean restaurant. Commanding an open kitchen within the 150-seat area, the chef, Zivko Radojcic, is placing collectively plates of shrimp with chorizo and tomato, eggplant caponata, branzino with sun-dried tomato and fennel and a vegan risotto. Seasonal drinks are featured. There are a few personal rooms.

233 Eighth Avenue (twenty second Street), 646-726-4614, marsannenyc.com.

The identify, fusing taco and calle (avenue in Spanish), tells the story. An alleyway strung with lights results in a backyard behind the brand new Grayson Hotel, the place a meals truck dishes out cornmeal tacos with varied fillings, quesadillas, guacamole, elotes and the drinks you’d count on, all to remain or go. Anything wanting a heavy downpour retains it open, however solely Mondays by means of Fridays.

19 West thirty eighth Street, 646-741-9626, tacallenyc.com.

Tucked into an Arlo resort, a counter and tables supply breakfast enlivened by cornmeal pancakes and chickpea fritter French toast. The all-day menu takes a midcentury American journey down reminiscence lane with meatloaf and mashed potatoes, ham salad with Ritz crackers, and grilled cheese with tomato soup together with detours like deviled eggs with Japanese seasonings. The Greek diner custom additionally slips in with spanakopita and a Cypriot salad.

11 East thirty first Street, 212-806-7000, nomaddinernyc.com.

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