London Chef Jason Atherton's Clocktower, Now Open at the Edition Hotel

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All photos by Adam Robb
London chef Jason Atherton's beef tartare paired with roasted marrow at the Clocktower
The Edition Hotel's second-story restaurant, the Clocktower (5 Madison Avenue, 212-413-4300), imports more than just the transatlantic talent of English chef Jason Atherton, offering a style of cooking that provokes grown-ups to feelings of childhood nostalgia and playful engagement.

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A First Look at Danny Meyer's Untitled at the New Whitney Museum

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All photos Sara Ventiera for the Village Voice
Smoked clams, cucumber, and yogurt at Untitled
At Untitled (99 Gansevoort Street; 212-570-3670), the fine-dining restaurant inside the new Whitney Museum of American Art, the open and airy dining room feels like a gallery itself.

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Check Out the Black Rose, the East Village's New Rock Bar

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"It was my dream to have a bar in the East Village," says Joseph Daniele, who opened the Black Rose (117 Avenue A), a new rock bar in the old Odessa Cafe space, with his brother Robert Payne last weekend.

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Chelsea's L'Atelier du Chocolat Now Open in Jersey City

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All photos by Adam Robb for the Village Voice
L'Atelier du Chocolat's passion fruit tarts combine Eric Girerd's macarons and truffles.
French master chocolatier Eric Girerd resided in downtown Jersey City's shabby Metropolis Towers, maintained a factory far across town in McGinley Square, and earned acclaim for the succulent sea salt caramels sold at his Chelsea boutique, long before his underdeveloped neighborhood gave way to the storefront now housing L'Atelier du Chocolat (321 Marin Boulevard, 201-332-9220), which sits at the base of Grove Pointe. Displeased with the foot traffic passing nearby Trump Jersey City, he contracted with the developers three years ago, pasted up the windows last year with a commanding list of international pastry awards, and last week introduced earlier opening hours and a window-front coffee bar to siphon chocolate-croissant fanatics from the morning rush on the Starbucks around the corner.

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Meet Virginia's, a Neighborhood Joint From Two Fine-Dining Vets

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Photos courtesy Virginia's
A breeze blows in through the open windows of the dining room at just-opened Virginia's, and patrons sigh happily, savoring the spiritual uplift that rides in with the first truly warm week of the year. It makes this well-timed Alphabet City spot seem extra charming in one of its first services, as staffers deliver glasses of chilled rosé poured from a tap, and plates of grilled cuttlefish with asparagus. I'm perched at the bar, and from my vantage point, I can see servers polishing cutlery in the kitchen, and diners toasting each other in a booth in one half of the split-room dining room. The pace here is casual and friendly, and it's easy to imagine whiling away several hours over several glasses of wine. That is just what owners Christian Ramos and Reed Adelson want to see happen.

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Have a Look Around Faro, a Spacious Restaurant Serving Homemade Pasta in Bushwick

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All photos by Michael Tulipan
Over the last six years, chef Kevin Adey and his wife, Debbie, have watched Bushwick change, morphing from a family neighborhood as gentrifiers infiltrate. When they moved here from Florida, Kevin says, "it was like small-town America. You know your neighbor and say hello. I love that. That environment really spoke to me." The pair got to know their community, and when they began to prepare to open their own restaurant, they knew they wanted a comfortable space where they could feed friends. The culmination of those plans was Faro (436 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn; 718-381-8201), which they've just opened in a converted warehouse that once held works from MoMA.

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Abajo Brings Clandestine Cocktails and Late-Night Bites to Tribeca

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Courtesy Abajo
Executive chef Angelo Sosa
Hidden bars are nothing new, but still, they continue to open in NYC. Top Chef Angelo Sosa just jumped on the speakeasy train with the debut of Abajo (which means "down" or "under" in Spanish) beneath the Tribeca outpost of AƱejo (301 Church Street; 212-920-6270). The bar is offering a fusion of Mexican fare and NYC street food with ingredient-driven cocktails.

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Meet La Gamelle, the French Restaurant Mathieu Palombino Has Been Waiting to Open

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All photos by Billy Lyons for the Village Voice
Steak frites at La Gamelle, now open on the Bowery
Mathieu Palombino gained recognition for his mastery of seafood at BLT Fish before transitioning to firing Neapolitan pizzas at Motorino, where he gained a cult following. Now, though, he's opened a restaurant that bares his soul. La Gamelle (241 Bowery, 212-388-0052), Palombino's new French brasserie, is a labor of love that's been fifteen years in the making.

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Check Out the Smoky Margaritas at Mexicue NoMad, Open in Time for Cinco de Mayo

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Courtesy Mexicue
Famed for serving up a slow-cooked, wood-smoked Mexican/barbecue mash-up from its food truck since 2009, lunchtime favorite Mexicue (225 Fifth Avenue) opened its third brick-and-mortar location, in NoMad, last week, just in time for Cinco de Mayo — and you can drink cheaply for the holiday.


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Have an Early Taste of Dominique Ansel's New West Village Bakery

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All photos by Daniel Krieger courtesy Dominique Ansel Kitchen
Pain au Chocolat 2.0
Sugar fiends, gird your loins: The highly anticipated made-to-order bakery from pastry chef Dominique Ansel is now open for business. Just before the end of April, Dominique Ansel Kitchen (137 Seventh Avenue South; 212-242-5111) unlatched its West Village doors and debuted a new selection of prepared and freshly made sweet and savory treats — sorry, no cronuts included.

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