Fresco by Scotto reopens with sidewalk seating
This neighborhood restaurant, run by Marion Scotto, with her children, Elaina Scotto, Rosanna Scotto and Anthony Scotto Jr., has come out of its pandemic break in great shape. (It was opened briefly last fall for outdoor dining only.) It’s not your typical local spot – it’s a Midtown Manhattan magnet for the worlds of TV, fashion, business. and politics since 1993 – and that he is busy again is a healthy sign. Now for summer and beyond, it has an alluring new look with sidewalk seating surrounded by verdant lemon trees for a hint of Capri. There is also a new chef, Ben Kacmarcik, who was at Pastis. (In 2016, his Bourdainesque talk, “A Kitchen Lost…: An Open Letter on the End of a Kitchen Era,” was published.) Some things he added to the three-course lunch ($ 39), dinner four-course ($ 84) and a la carte menus include a mozzarella tower, grilled Caesar salad, lemon primavera pasta, paccheri amatriciana, yellowfin tuna panzanella and a rainbow ice cream tower .
34 52nd Street East, 212-935-3434, frescobyscotto.com.
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This Graduate Roosevelt Island restaurant, the island’s first hotel since its redevelopment, is run by Marc Rose and Med Abrous of Call Mom, a hotel company. They have Ja’Toria Harper, a Culinary Institute of America graduate who has worked in several Marriott restaurants, as an executive chef. Lindsey Verardo, who studied in France and worked in Leonelli restaurants in New York, among other places, is a pastry chef. Estelle Bossy, who worked for Union Square Hospitality Group, leads the beverage program. The dinner menu includes lamb tartare, creamy seafood and asparagus gnocchi, and a Wagyu burger. At lunch there will be a fried chicken sandwich and a crispy mushroom sandwich. Panorama Room, a spacious rooftop lounge bar, will open next month.
Graduate Roosevelt Island, Cornell Tech, 22 North Loop Road, Roosevelt Island, 929-447-4700, Graduatehotels.com/Roosevelt-island/restaurant.
A room with wood paneling, booths, a checkerboard floor, and a disco ball is the setting for a long list of drinks, including street food-inspired beer cocktails. The food side includes baked clams, a smash burger, wings, and variations on the tater tots.
44 Bedford Street (Leroy Street), banditsnyc.com.
John McNulty, who created bars for Cocktail Kingdom Hospitality Group, is alone in this new neighborhood watering hole. For the summer, it serves friesling (frozen riesling), special confectionery from Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, and snacks like smoked ham and gruyere sandwiches and vegan corn mini-dogs. There is also music. (Open Wednesday)
595 Union Avenue (North 11th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 203-570-6347, thief.com.