All’onda — New York, USA
With the cultural rebirth of New York’s tourist-trodden Greenwich Village in full swing, the one-time bohemian neighbourhood continues to reclaim its offbeat charm by welcoming another worthy, gastronomical addition this month. All’onda is a modern Venetian restaurant that is poised to set hearts aflutter with its creative Japanese-Italian take on the region’s staples. Chef Chris Jaeckle, who previously worked his magic at Al Fiori, Morimoto and Eleven Madison Park, has devised a menu that will not only be comforting to the neighbourhood’s residents and staple of students, but inviting to tourists and well-travelled professionals as well. The two-level restaurant serves up everything from traditional cicchetti (bar snacks), like squid ink and uni arancini, and crudo dishes, to handmade risottos and pastas, like tortellini brodo with Parmesan dashi, tomato oil and porcini. If the food doesn’t transport you somewhere, the Japanese and Italian infused décor certainly will; nautically inspired, aged metal details stand out from paint-washed brick walls, while walnut boards and hexagonal tiles add a sensual, yet abstract touch.