Fresco by Scotto
This neighborhood restaurant, run by Marion Scotto, along with her children, Elaina Scotto, Rosanna Scotto and Anthony Scotto Jr., has emerged from its pandemic hiatus in good shape. (It was open briefly last fall for outdoor dining only.) It’s not your typical local spot — it’s been a Midtown Manhattan magnet for the worlds of television, fashion, business and politics since 1993 — and that it’s 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’s also a new chef, Ben Kacmarcik, who was at Pastis. (In 2016, his Bourdainesque exposé, “A Kitchen Lost …: An Open Letter on the End of a Kitchen Era,” was published.) Some items he’s added to the three-course lunch ($39), four-course dinner ($84) and à 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 East 52nd Street, 212-935-3434, frescobyscotto.com.
Anything at All
This restaurant in Graduate Roosevelt Island, the first hotel on the island since its redevelopment, is run by Marc Rose and Med Abrous of Call Mom, a hospitality company. They have Ja’Toria Harper, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who worked at a number of Marriott restaurants, as executive chef. Lindsey Verardo, who studied in France and worked at the Leonelli restaurants in New York, among others, is pastry chef. Estelle Bossy, who worked for Union Square Hospitality Group, runs the beverage program. The dinner menu features lamb tartare, creamy gnocchi with seafood and asparagus, and a Wagyu burger. At lunch, there will be a fried chicken sandwich and a crispy mushroom sandwich. Panorama Room, a spacious rooftop bar and lounge, 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 complete with wainscoting, booths, checkerboard flooring and a disco ball is the setting for a long list of drinks, notably beer cocktails inspired by street food. The food side includes baked clams, a smash burger, wings and variations on tater tots.
44 Bedford Street (Leroy Street), banditsnyc.com.
John McNulty, who created bars for Cocktail Kingdom Hospitality Group, is on his own at this new neighborhood watering hole. For summer, it’s serving friesling (frozen riesling), special confections from Mikey Likes It Ice Cream, and snacks like smoked ham and gruyère sandwiches and mini vegan corn dogs. There’s music, too. (Opens Wednesday)
595 Union Avenue (North 11th Street), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 203-570-6347, thiefnyc.com.