The Eddy, New York, USA
342 East 6th Street
For years, East 6th Street in Manhattan's East Village was where one would go for a cheap curry. Those days seem numbered, especially with the arrival of The Eddy, an unassuming restaurant and bar that's drawing a new crowd to the area with its bold small plates. White painted brick walls, weathered wooden beams and Art Deco-style metal details are the perfect complement to the concise but delicious menu. Chef Brendan McHale has paired burrata with stone fruit and crispy chicken skin, and roasted carrots with cashew butter, pecorino and gremolata. A pastrami beef tongue offers a creative new play on an old favourite, while golden spotted tilefish and artichokes are heavenly partners when served with a squid ink hollandaise. Owner Jason Soloway has paid equal attention to both bar and dining room - a feat that he's also mastered at Wallflower, his other enterprise in the West Village. The Eddy's cocktail offering is imaginative and photogenic; both the Lily of The Valley, which mixes gin with lemon juice and blueberry-lavender cordial, and the King Rodney (bourbon, oloroso sherry, combier elixir and saffron sherbet) go down a treat, especially when enjoyed with bar snacks like beef tendon puffs with trout roe and salmon rillettes with malt vinegar potato skins. It is neighbourhood luxury at its best.