Saigon Bistro: Set to open at 912 Broadway, according to The District.
Red and Moe: It’s not going to be a budget destination (I get that the mussels are overnighted, but $16 for a bowl?), but quality ingredients, a focused menu and promising execution are encouraging.
Les Bourgeois: If you’ve never taken a tour of their operation you’re missing out. It’s amazing how much work goes into the process, only to have snide bastards like me rip it to shreds. Anyway, I highly recommend their St. Vincent rose, brut and premium clarets (made from Norton).
Mandarin House: Their jam-bong is not bad at all once you add about two tablespoons of sriracha and a dash of hoisin…otherwise, too plain for so noble a soup. Otherwise, the hot braised fish is one of the best Chinese dishes in town.