Major Food Group’s revamping of the hallowed Four Seasons restaurant is the opening of the year thus far. The former Pool Room is still being redone, but the former Grill Room (now known as The Grill) is open. Dishes lean towards mid-century retro—think ham steak, a prime rib trolley, and three separate preparations of Dover sole. Whatever you think of the restaurant group’s “theme park” approach to its restaurants, you must admit they know how to make dining an event, which they deploy to great effect here. It’s dinner theater, in a truly enjoyable way: a number of dishes are prepared tableside, and you can expect long conversations with your server in which he doles out fun facts on the history of the restaurant and its dishes. The Grill is dinner-only for now, strange for those who remember the room as somewhere those in-the-know went only for lunch; lunch service begins June 19.
Where: 99 E. 52nd St., New York City
When: May 4, 2017
Miss Ada, a cozy neighborhood spot in Fort Greene, serves “modern Mediterranean” fare with strong Israeli influences, like grilled octopus with tahini and za’atar-crusted salmon. It’s all cooked up by chef/owner Tomer Blechman, who’s worked in several of NYC’s best kitchens (think Gramercy Tavern, Maialino, and Lupa). And now that warm weather is upon us, you’ll want to check out its back garden, too.
Where: 184 DeKalb Ave., Brooklyn
When: May 11, 2017
The short-lived Tapestry has been reborn as Rahi, another Indian-inspired restaurant. This time around, the kitchen is overseen by Mumbai naitive Chintan Pandya, who’s turning out dishes like chili cheese toast and butter pepper lobster.
Where: 60 Greenwich Ave., New York City
When: May 14, 2017
Esther & Carol
This sprawling Nolita venue houses three separate concepts. The main space of Esther & Carol, a bistro with a sidewalk patio offering classic American fare, a fast-casual takeout window, and, downstairs, a fully equipped recording studio-slash-music lounge, equipped with instruments like a Gibson Les Paul guitar, just in case the food and drink inspire a burst of musical creativity.
Where: 341 Broome St., New York City
When: May 11, 2017