This week in hot pursuit of what stylish New Yorkers are buzzing about, Cecile Raubenheimer finds subterranean-chic in Midtown and alfresco dining in the East Village. These totally inventive new hotspots channel Southern Europe and West Africa, and couldn’t be more different.
First up, Amalia, a mind-bending new restaurant and lounge, (courtesy of Greg Brier of Butter and Aspen fame) with a psychedelic decor and delicious Mediterranean menu. Located adjacent to the Dream Hotel, Amalia’s soon-to-open D’Or lounge already has the fashion set energized after recent parties thrown by Zac Posen and Surface Magazine. Heather Tierney of Sorted NYC weighs in on her favorite dishes at Amalia, the hype surrounding the new spot, and why downtowners don’t mind traveling north to check it out.
204 West 55th Street / between Broadway and 7th Avenues
Midtown West / New York
Although the weather is not quite warm enough for alfresco dining, Boucarou blows the roof off in the East Village and is sure to be a hot spot once the summer hits. This sleek lounge has a retractable roof, so you can stargaze while you enjoy their French-fusion menu and inventive cocktails.
64 East 1st Street / between 1st and 2nd Avenues
East Village / New York
Also this week, satisfy your need for speed at An Evening of Speed and Style and hear about the newest place in town to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.