Jonathan Morr has been involved in some of Manhattan's buzzworthiest
openings, from BondSt to APT. This week, with partner and fellow Royalton
veteran Jennie Yip, he delivers Théo, in an unoccupied corner of a UPS
building that's been refashioned, with some glass tile and orange light
fixtures, into a modern bistro and upstairs lounge. The menu dips into
international comfort-food territory with dishes like crab cocktail with
avocado salad, veal osso buco with mushroom risotto, and fish stew with
pastis and garlic crostini.
325 Spring Street
· Cuisine: Eclectic
At Suba, a new Spanish-and-Latino restaurant and tapas bar on the Lower East
Side, a suspended steel staircase descends from the lounge, over a shallow
pool of water, and into a basement grotto ringed by an illuminated moat.
Chef Stéphane Buchholzer (pictured) goes with the unconventional flow,
serving a selection of $3 tapas like crispy sardines with watermelon salad,
and bigger plates of roasted vegetables with fig jam and saffron crackers,
roasted Cornish hen with steamed mussels and rice croquettes, and Basque
cake with black-cherry jam. Life jackets not required.
109 Ludlow Street
· Cuisine: Pan-Latin
AIf you've been to Brooklyn's bustling Café LULUc, you might think that Jean
Claude Iacovelli's Impala Cafe -- the ultra-casual transformation of his
Franco-Italian trattoria, Velli -- seems awfully familiar, down to the warm
red-and-white color scheme, the magazine racks, and the grilled-chicken
sandwich. That's because Iacovelli, patron saint of hungry, thrifty expat
Frenchmen, had a hand in creating LULUc. At Impala, he's cloned LULUc's
all-day bistro-lite formula, beginning with croissants and eggs at 8 a.m.
and segueing into a very affordable evening menu, with prices topping out at
$15 for the steak-frites. It's such a hospitable environment, you might want
to linger, and the lounge in back is the perfect spot.
132 West Houston
· Cuisine: French Bistro