A Pinch Of Salt July

A Pinch Of Salt July

  • Daniel Kramp
  • 09/15/21

One of the many reasons I love New York, is its incredible food scene. So, I present you with my monthly round-up of the best places I have discovered here during my past 16 years as a resident, while finding new ones along the way.

Bon Apetite



Where:  87 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

On paper, Dame might look like a Super Serious Restaurant. Reservations for this Greenwich Village spot get booked three weeks in advance as soon as they’re released at noon every day. Two chefs stand behind a sleek white bar and cook the highest-quality seafood for miles. Grilled oysters are blanketed by green Chartreuse hollandaise, a bottle of $425 Champagne readily stands by, and, as soon as you finish one dish, several more will appear to take their position.

Despite being a seriously high-caliber restaurant, Dame avoids self-seriousness. For instance, the long wine menu is divided into “James Bond” and “Austin Powers” categories to distinguish between classic and funkier varieties. Disco blasts inside and out at a confident-party-host volume. Fish and chips take the metaphorical center stage on a menu that also includes a warm lobster tart or grilled turbot (fish).

Sixty Three Clinton
Where: 63 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
Sixty Three Clinton has kept the tasting-menu format but has done away with the break-the-bank-account price tags. In the 40-seat main dining room, This modern American menu is available only as a seven-course experience ($92).The latest version of the tasting kicks off with a creative play on the breakfast taco with the addition of ingredients like ajitama (a seasoned egg with a custardy yolk) and trout roe (fish).

Other seasonally driven dishes include smoked corn paired with razor clams and caviar; roasted tomato agnolotti; and baked alaska with strawberry and yuzu. In the adjoining bar area, the menu can be ordered a la carte at the U-shaped marble bar or others seats overlooking the open kitchen, which is anchored by a wood-fired oven. An optional add-on of a caviar handroll ($55) nods to Clonts and Trinh’s previous time at Uchū.

Carne Mare 
Where: 89 South St, New York, NY 10038

Chef Andrew Carmellini of Locanda Verde and the Dutch fame is one of several boldfaced names opening up restaurants at the South Street Seaport.

His latest debut, Carne Mare, is a swanky, downtown destination that crosses lines between an American steakhouse and a traditional Italian restaurant and ends up with a decadent menu of 45-day dry-aged porterhouse steaks, octopus carpaccio, smoke-roasted beet steaks, caviar-topped mozzarella sticks, and ultimately my favorite item on the menu, a whole roast duck called “d’Ivan,” 

Also, do not miss the gorgonzola wagyu strip steak, which is believed to be NYC’s next great steak.




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