While sinking my teeth into an Umami burger this week, I watched the brave hostesses herald the masses: L.A.-export Umami Burger is the latest restaurant in New York to spark three-hour waits, crashing kitchens, and customer frenzy.
The Classic Umami burger, with shiitake mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted tomato, parmesan crisp, and house-made ketchup, is a juicy, West Coast fave, and arguably worthy of the hype. “Don’t tell anyone, but I like Shake Shack better,” said the diner next to me. While it’s not the New York institution that Shake Shack is, it’s certainly worth checking out. The rush starts around 6:30-7, so get there early to avoid the wait!
What are the next restaurants to generate Umami-style buzz? Here are three of my picks for this fall’s need-to-know new spots.
25 Clinton Street
Syosset-born chef and owner Ivan Orkin moved to Tokyo and decided to turn his ramen passion into a profession. Today, he has thousands of devotees, two shops in Tokyo and now, one due in NYC this fall. I know that if a white, Jewish guy from LI is making ramen good enough for Tokyo, then it is certainly good enough for me. Open mid-fall.
Whiskey Soda Lounge NY
115 Columbia Street
Andy Ricker of Pok Pok Ny fame has come up with yet another reason to trek to Columbia Street. Ricker’s initial intentions were to have WSL be a sort of holding pen for those waiting for a table at Pok Pok Ny, but the Thai drinking-food menu here proves it’s more than a stop over – it’s a destination. The charcoal-dried cuttlefish is already the standout, and the rest of the menu is just as inventive and engaging. Opening this week.
The Water Table
India Street Pier
I know what you’ve been thinking: ‘Sure these places sound great, Delia, but where can I go this fall to have dinner whilst sailing around on a WW II boat?!’ Well, wonder no more, because The Water Table is just that. With a NYC-restaurant vet at the helm, a cozy New England menu, and a chance of going overboard, a memorable dinner awaits. Open mid-September.
Off to Italy and Croatia tomorrow, so next post will be covering dining from beyond the City! Ciao!
(photos courtesy dnainfo.com)