Lamia’s Fish Market
Forget the typical seagoing décor often found in fish restaurants: running lights, ropes and nets, and taxidermied sailfish. Lamia Funti has taken an over-the-top approach, in the style of Farallon in San Francisco, to her restaurant’s dining areas. There’s a glittering mermaid amid gilded fish in relief, mirrors that look like barnacles, octopus murals, glowing blue and gold accents, and a marble raw bar. The restaurant’s 175 seats are spread over several rooms on three levels, including a bar, the Octopus Room, a raw bar, the Grotto, the Boat Room and a private dining room. “It took us two years to build,” said Ms. Funti, who has worked at several New York restaurants, including Le Souk, the previous tenant in the space. She is married to Marcus Andrew, the owner of Le Souk and of the building. “I don’t have to worry about the landlord,” she said. The executive chef, Alan Vargas, who was at Scarpetta, Hakkasan and Masa, offers an extensive raw bar menu; appetizers like garlic chile shrimp, langoustines and red snapper taquitos; a few pastas; butterflied black bass; and fish by the pound that can be grilled or salt-baked. The same menu is served throughout.
47 Avenue B (East Fourth Street), 212-777-3650, lamiasfishmarketny.com.
Carl Ruiz, a television celebrity chef and restaurant consultant, is giving Cuban food another try in New York. Son Cubano, his Chelsea supper club and restaurant serving classics like arroz con pollo and ropa vieja, closed several years ago. With this new restaurant, the ropa vieja is back on a menu that features beef empanadas, several escabeches, fried chicken with Creole sauce, fried whole red snapper, and pork shoulder stewed with rice and plantains. The dining room’s plants give it a tropical feel. It has brick walls, baby-blue banquettes and wrought iron accents. Weekend brunches, starting this fall, will be served to a live music beat.
408 West 15th Street, 646-869-8873, lacubananewyork.com.
The standout Thai restaurant in Elmhurst, Queens, is opening a branch in Chelsea Market. It will be a full-service 45-seat restaurant with food that’s family style, both in terms of service and dishes, with Eastern Thai sausage with vegetables, beef stew noodle soup, and sautéed sliced catfish with eggplant in spicy curry coconut sauce. Beer, wine and cocktails will also be poured. (Opens Thursday)
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Avenue (15th Street), 212-645-9445, ayadathai.com.
Le Petit Rooster
Delayed but finally up and running, this French bistro from the chef Alex Tobar, who worked with José Andrés in Miami for many years, has the potential to enliven the dining scene in this Upper West Side neighborhood. In a former fancy food shop, the bistro has a bar up front, a stretch of open kitchen and a corridor of tables along a brick wall, with more seating in a back area. It’s in soft opening mode until Tuesday, so oysters, onion soup, steak tartare and rotisserie fish for two are not yet available. But there are classics to be had, like duck rillettes, frisée aux lardons, roast chicken, duck magret and filet mignon, along with novelties like a delicate carrot terrine, plump snails poached in a bag with black garlic and bone marrow butter, leeks with chorizo spices and smoked onion, and escabeche of razor clams. Beer, wine, cider and low-alcohol cocktails are on the drinks list.
491 Columbus Avenue (84th Street), 646-609-6009.