ABC Kitchen, Gramercy
New York City , New York
Tel: 212 475 5829
Concierge.com's insider take:
Star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten opens new restaurants at a ferocious pace—in Vancouver one week, Barcelona the next. But he saved the best for his home base of New York City. This greenmarket-focused restaurant is two blocks north of the Union Square famers' market and tucked into ABC Carpet & Home, the city's most stylish home-furnishings store. That might explain why it's decked out with reclaimed wood tables and shabby-chic antique silver and china. The ecological ethos at the core of this project might make you feel good about supporting the business, but it's the food you'll come back for. While there's a healthful bent to the seasonal bounty—gorgeous salads of sugar snap peas or sweet roasted carrots—flavor's not sacrificed. And so there are also more indulgent detours, like a top-notch clam pizza and veal meatballs with bowtie pasta and crème fraîche, not to mention the sweet treats on display in the adjoining café at the edge of the store.—Jay Cheshes
Open Mondays through Thursdays noon to 10:30 pm, Fridays noon to 11 pm, Saturdays 11 am to 11 pm, and Sundays 11 am to 10:30 pm.