The buzz: The newest eatery to join the progressively more diverse foodie enclave of Chinatown, with establishments such as Restaurant Ember and Bistro Soori just a few doors down.
The vibe: Thanks to the copious use of wood, from the flooring to the tables and chairs, earth-toned furnishings and dim lighting, expect to feel instantly at ease. It’s just the right balance of warm and welcoming with a modern design sensibility.
The food: Simply put: Urban American. Think a range of salads and sandwiches (from $12-20) including Waldorf, Cobb and Caesar “Cardini,” as well as California fish taco and Contraband Corned Beef. They also do Surf & Turf of Florida lobster and beef steak (from $20), Coney Island dogs ($18), New Orleans blackened shrimp ($28) and Southern fried chicken with waffles ($32). End your meal with Michelle Obama’s apple cobbler or a slice of Philly cheesecake (both $18).
Why you’ll be back: If you’re hungering after good ole regional American comfort food, this casual restaurant is a good bet.