PASSPORT TO NEW YORK RESTAURANTS



Top Picks from Peter Meltzer's Passport to New York Restaurants

NEW ARRIVALS 2012

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**** Nomad – American – 1170 Broadway (at 28th St. in The Nomad Hotel). 347-472-5660. $$$$$. Super-Chef Daniel Humm and nonpareil restaurateur Will Guidara (they also own Eleven Madison Park) have transformed this handsome space into a compelling dining destination.  www.thenomadhotel.com

**** North End Grill – American – 104 North End Avenue (bet. Murray & Vesey Streets). 646-747-1600. $$$$. Chef Floyd Cardoz presides over a deeply satisfying seafood-centric restaurant owned by Danny Meyer. 
www.northendgrillnyc.com

**** Salumeria Rossi Parmacotto – Italian – 903 Madison Avenue (bet. 72nd & 73rd Streets). 212-517-7700. $$$½. Ebullient chef Cesare Casella’s East Side venture is more upscale and dynamic than his Amsterdam Avenue original.  
www.salumeriarosi.com

***½ Arlington Club – Steakhouse – 1032 Lexington Avenue (bet. 73rd & 74th Streets). 212-249-5700. $$$$$. Talented chef Laurent Tourondel re-invents the steakhouse genre. (Can be noisy.) www.arlingtonclubny.com

***½ Moti Mahal Delux – Indian – 1149 First Avenue (63rd St). 212-371-3535. $$$½. A highly creative take on Mughlai cuisine. 
www.motimahaldelux.us

*** Calliope – American – 84 E. Fourth St. (near 2nd Avenue). 212-260-8484. $$$. Sophisticated contemporary fare in a modest bistro setting. www.calliopenyc.com

*** Perla – Italian – 24 Minetta Lane (bet. MacDougal St. & 6th Avenue). 212-933-1824. $$$$. Chef Michael Toscano’s robust Italian fare draws diners from all over. www.perlanyc.com

**½ Acme – American – 9 Great Jones Street (Lafayette Street). 212-203-2121. $$$$. Celebrated chef Mads Refslund accents contemporary American fare with Nordic influences. www.acmenyc.com

**½ Bill’s – American/Steak – 57 E. 54th Street (bet. Madison & Park Avenues). 212-518-2727. $$$$$+. A popular “modern” steakhouse in a retro clubby setting. www.bills54.com

**½ Empellon Cocina – Mexican – 105 First Avenue (bet. 6th & 7th Streets). 212-780-0999 $$$. Alex Stupak gives new meaning to Mexican fare. www.empellon.com

** ½ L’Apicio – Italian – 13 East 1st Street. 212-533-7400. $$$$. Gabe Thompson takes Italian cuisine to a new level. www.lapicio.com

** Don Antonio’s – Pizza – 309 West 50th Street (bet. 8th & 9th Avenues). 646-719-1043 $$. A compelling array of toppings make this a must-try destination for every pizza aficionado. No reservations. www.donantoniopizza.com

 ** El Toro Blanco – Mexican – 257 6th Avenue (between Bleecker & Houston Streets). 212 -645-0193. $$$$. Yet another upscale and creative Mexican restaurant. www.eltoroblanco.nyc

** Wong – Asian – 7 Cornelia Street (near Sixth Avenue). 212-989-3399. $$$. A highly successful spot for Asian-fusion fare. www.wongnewyork.com