Hidden Leaf is a gorgeous and festive standalone restaurant tucked inside the new entertainment venue Midnight Theatre, which will launch with a variety of talent later this Summer. Chef Chai Trivedi draws inspiration from southern China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam to create a shareable pan-Asian dining experience. Internationally renowned bartender Iain Griffiths is making his first foray into the NYC bar scene with the opening of Hidden Leaf’s cocktail bar and its street-level companion, Midnight Cafe.
Hidden Leaf is ideal for large gatherings like birthday parties and get-togethers. Enjoy a vast menu consisting of standout dishes such as their Black Pepper and Salt Jade Tofu and local-favorite Tom Yum Fried Rice. We also recommend ordering the Stuff Pork Skewers for a tasty South Asian spicy kick. From dim sum to rice noodles and a bevy of expertly crafted cocktails, make tonight a Hidden Leaf night. Check out Hidden Leaf at 75 Manhattan West Plaza in Chelsea.
Historic bagel spot Kossar’s welcomes you to just their second location in nearly 100 years. If you work or live near the area, make this your next breakfast spot, you won’t be disappointed. Ask for a bagel with lox or a toasted onion bialy with whitefish spread. We recommend their rich chocolate babka and rugelach. If you’re still wondering what a bialy is, consider it a Yiddish version of the classic bagel without the hole in the middle. The more you know, right? You can find Kossar’s Bagels & Bialys at 536 W 30th St.
An iconic and storied Chelsea restaurant has reopened after four years and locals are overjoyed. El Quijote is known for its decadent lobster and the old-school 1930s decor permeating the eatery. Located in the Chelsea Hotel, customers can look forward to an updated menu inspired by northern Spain, but most of the interior remains unchanged. The Moorish interior, Spanish wallpaper motif, wrought iron, and red banquettes provide an intimate yet familiar atmosphere. Try the pan con tomate, Iberico ham, and squid stuffed with morcilla and squid ink sauce for an epic adventure for your tastebuds. Need something light? Their apple and fennel salad is a must-try. Celebrate the return of a neighborhood classic at 226 W 23rd St between 7th ave and 8th.
We all need some time to unwind and take a load off. Had a busy week? Mel’s will be your weeknight hangout spot for wood-fired pizza, whole roasted fish, grilled steak, and a variety of other shareable plates. According to executive chef Melissa Rodriguez, “I see this as a place I’d want to go eat at on my night off,” she says. “It’s not too complicated.” Mel’s is the first of three planned endeavors from Rodriguez and her business partners, who plan on opening a cocktail bar called Discolo and a more complex, Italian fine-dining restaurant called Al Coro later this spring. Find Mels at 85 10th avenue near West 16th street in Chelsea.
The secret is almost out. Sanyuu West is the newest Omakase player in town, and locals in Chelsea and surrounding areas are raving about it. From Japanese sudachi to Spanish bottargo, Sanyuu West promises a globe-trotting tasting experience. The 15-course hand-picked pieces by the chef are varied and deliver an unexpected cultural fusion. Try the yuzu vinaigrette with salmon, and you won’t be able to resist asking for seconds with their supplemental sushi option. The ambiance is also a standout with intimate lighting and a quieter atmosphere making this an ideal date spot. Make this your next sushi destination at 228 W 18th street between 8th and 7th avenue before it gets too popular.
Casa Dani is a Spanish and Mediterranean spot from chef Dani García. In 2014, he launched the short-lived but well-reviewed Manzanilla in the Flatiron District, but he’s back with a new menu focused on Spain's Mediterranean south. Patrons can expect an extensive menu ranging from tapas like chorizo brioche and la tortilla to family-size meals like the whole Spanish turbot served with roasted pepper salad, fingerling potato, or frisée salad. The tuna, however, is Casa Dani’s specialty and is a big reason why locals are flocking to this spot. Despite several tuna dishes, the tuna belly is a big standout, accompanied by a gently seasoned avocado, cilantro, and pine nuts. You can find Casa Dani at 448 W 33rd St, between Dyer Ave and 9th, in the heart of Chelsea.
Locals in Chelsea have something to celebrate with this month’s opening of Hey Yuet, a new dim sum restaurant offering classic Cantonese dishes like rice rolls and turnip cakes. With the soft opening still active, patrons can enjoy dishes for only $5.75, and that’s across the whole menu. So far, early indicators suggest Hey Yuet is a potential gem, with many locals enjoying their cheesy pineapple bun and dim sum spare ribs. We’re definitely curious to try it out ourselves. You don’t have to go to Chinatown for a good dim sum fix. Head over to 251 W 26th street on 8th Ave & 7th Ave.
Skirt Steak is Chelsea’s latest singular item restaurant. The only formal menu item is the American Wagyu skirt steak with signature sauce, greens, and bowls of unlimited fries. Simple enough? Patrons can also access a “secret” menu that consists of seasoned vegetables, burgers, and cauliflower steak which are all $28. To order these special items, one must tell a server that they “heard it from the chef.” You can find Skirt Steak and all of its theatrics at 835 6th Avenue on 30th St.