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Balaboosta 611 Hudson St. 212.390.1545 balaboostanyc.com
Leonti 103 W. 77th St. 212.362.3800 leontinyc.com
Violet 511 E. 5th St. 646.850.5900 violeteastvillage.com
GupShup 115 E. 18th St. 212.518.7313 gupshupnyc.com
A “balaboosta,” according to the restaurant’s website, is the perfect housewife and mother, “the fearless emotional center of her family, who makes sure her table is not only full of gorgeous food, but also full of friends, love, laughter.” This West Village eatery does indeed embody that ethos. Chef Einat Admony, known for her famous falafel at Taïm and North African fare at Kish-Kash, and her partner, Stefan Nafgizer, serve up a tantalizing modern Israeli menu, which is complimented by a robust selection of Israeli wines. Favorites from the menu include the Skirt Steak with dry rub, cherry tomato vinaigrette, and crushed potatoes; the Quinoa Crusted Salmon with spinach, yogurt, and green s’chug; and a wonderful collection of appetizers and dips. The space itself is as bright and buzzy as it is homey and welcoming, with ample wood and white set off by an eye-catching, modern mural featuring a balaboosta herself.
The Upper West Side welcomes a new restaurant to the neighborhood—Leonti, an upscale Italian eatery serving delicious, wholesome dishes in a sleek, yet comfortable atmosphere. Chef Adam Leonti has unveiled a menu which take a creative, flavorful approach to a classic offering of homemade pasta and bread. Some of the most tantalizing dishes on the menu include the cinnamonscented fettucini with boar ragu, the truffled cookpot with root vegetables, potato purée, and salt-baked whole branzino with crab involtini, lobster butter, and savoy cabbage. As for the bread basket, Leonti even brought in a mill, which is used to turn heritage grains into fresh-baked bread for the table. If you find that you can’t get enough of the stuff, you can even take a bread-making class at Leonti’s Brooklyn outpost, the Brooklyn Bread Lab.
Named after Rhode Island’s state flower, Violet, in the East Village, is the newest restaurant from Matt Hyland’s “Pizza Loves Emily” group. The menu centers around grilled pizza, a nostalgic nod to a restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island where Matt and his wife Emily used to dine. The pizza pies feature unique, seasonal toppings (like grilled winter squash, four cheeses, chevre, thyme and Sichuan pepper on the “Squash”) are grilled on both sides and then cut with scissors to achieve the perfect slice. In addition to the pies, diners have many other interesting options to choose from, such as the bone marrow with miso, trout roe, grilled bread and herb salad, or the pork and duck tortellini with dashi brodo and Sichuan oil. To round out the meal, start with a craft cocktail (we love the namesake “The Violet,” with creme de violette, gin, Luxardo Maraschino and Lambrusco) and end with a dessert—we love the “Ras Maili,” an Indian, cheesecake-like dessert with coffee milk and maple.
GupShup is a colorful celebration of food, art and culture, all in the heart of Gramercy. The expansive, twostory restaurant is outfitted with an energizing aesthetic and custom commissioned art, all in homage to the love affair between Bombay and the Big Apple. The impressive interior is on-par with both the food and drink menu. Start off your night with a selection from the renowned craft cocktail menu— perhaps the Bombay Heat Wave, a delightful concoction of Jagermeister soaked in dried red chili, Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Absinthe, chocolate, and bitters—and then move on to the food. A choice from the “bread bar” is a must; “kulcha,” or mildly leavened flatbread, pairs fantastically with one of the house chutneys. While there is much to choose from in terms of mains and classic dishes, the diverse range of Indian-inspired small plates (for example, roasted bone marrow with mint naan, or pulled jackfruit for the herbivores among us) makes this a perfect place for sharing.