When it comes to favorite restaurants, SIXTY has its tried-and-true standbys—the places we find ourselves returning to again and again. There is comfort in familiarity, of course, in knowing what dishes you love. But, in a place like New York, there’s an opportunity cost in sticking to the usual: you miss out on the other excellent digs. And so, this month, whether you’re a resident of this city or simply traveling through, we invite you to step outside your comfort zone and try one of these great Manhattan restaurants. You won’t be disappointed. Scout’s honor.
The world has finally caught up to chef Einat Admony—Israeli food is having a real moment. Well ahead of the pack, Admony’s Balaboosta has been serving up delicious Middle Eastern food since it opened in Nolita in 2010. Earlier this year, Balaboosta closed its original doors. They’ve since reopened in the West Village. Its new home is brighter, lighter, and better befitting this beach-worthy fare. On the menu: a couple variations on hummus, short rib sabzi, and grilled whole fish.
611 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Some might think it strange that one of the hottest new restaurants in Manhattan is atop a Restoration Hardware–or, if you prefer, RH. But, then again, Ralph Lauren pulled it off with the Polo Bar uptown. The RH Rooftop is located above the new RH megastore and showroom, which itself is located in what was once Pastis. The brainchild of Chicago restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff, RH Rooftop is the kind of over-the-top affair befitting its Meatpacking locale.
9 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014
As a space, GupShup feels, in many ways, like an Alice in Wonderland acid trip. (And who doesn’t like those?) The food, thank goodness, is grounded in a deeply delicious reality. Chef Gurpreet Singh, formerly of Indian Accent, has built his menu around modern fare inspired by Mumbai. There are house chutneys, a bread bar, large plates for sharing. In short: a smorgasbord for the stomach, and the eyes.
115 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003
Momofuku Noodle Bar
David Chang’s famous downtown ramen spot gets an uptown location—one conveniently located just down the road from 6 Columbus, a SIXTY Hotel. The restaurant’s Time Warner Center address isn’t the sexiest, but the food at Momofuku Noodle Bar is so damn good you’ll immediately forget you’re technically in a shopping mall. The benefit of the space is that it’s a more orderly and roomy affair, which means you might have an easier time getting a table. Far few minutes between you and a Momofuku pork bun is a wonderful thing.
171 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Looking for an unpretentious meal in an inviting atmosphere? West-Bourne is the place. Inspired by 1960s Los Angeles, the restaurant is an all-day counter-service cafe that serves vegetarian fare exclusively. Chances are even the staunches carnivore won’t miss meat with options like sweet potato smash with miso brown butter or their “Graffiti Masala,” made with honey-glazed eggplant and curry-scented quinoa. Good for the planet, and good for you. Oh, and it’s just up the street from SIXTY SoHo. Good to know.
137 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
With gray cement ceilings and walls, Atomix feels a bit like a bomb shelter—albeit an extremely chic one. Here, husband-and-wife team Junghyun and Ellia Park, who made a name for themselves with Atoboy in Brooklyn, offer a 10-course tasting menu of exquisitely executed Korean food. Plan on spending two hours here, during which you will try some of the most thoughtful and painstakingly prepared dishes in town.
104 E 30th St, New York, NY 10016
Photo courtesy of Hillie Chan