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Power duo Hugh Crickmore, former partner of Mas (farmhouse), and chef Alex Leonard, of two Michelin-starred Blanca, teamed up to open Lowlife on the Lower East Side.
Officially open to the public on Monday, the 70-seat restaurant showcases a thoughtful approach to seasonal ingredients. The à la carte menu, which draws inspiration from Japanese culinary techniques, features refined dishes—including lamb tartare with mint and shrimp salt, borscht with raw cream and trout roe, and yakitori-style chicken grilled on a robata—all elegantly plated, though the setting is casual and comfortable.
Leonard is embracing more complex techniques and flavor combinations, while allowing the ingredients to shine. Much of the kitchen’s produce hails from an organic Catskills farm owned by Crickmore’s brother, breads are sourced from Roberta’s in Brooklyn, and the chef makes his own vinegars, pickles, kimchee, freshly-churned butter, and cheese in-house.
With beautifully presented modern fare, a wine list focused on natural and sustainable winemaking, and a mid-century-modern-inspired interior, one thing is certain about this Stanton Street newcomer: there’s nothing lowlife about it.
Lowlife, 178 Stanton Street, 212.257.0509, lowlifenyc.com | Image: Melissa Hom for Grub Street
In the past year, thousands of restaurants opened in America—and Bon Appétit scoured the country in a coast-to-coast search to find their favorites. Drumroll, please… America’s Best New Restaurants of 2015 have just been revealed. And if this list doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will.
The top 10 range from high-end city hot spots to casual Southern charmers, but the one thing they have in common is “that certain inexplicable feeling that one gets when dining out,” explains Bon Appétit Restaurant and Drinks Editor Andrew Knowlton. Really, it’s all about the entire experience—food, drinks, service, ambiance, and every delicious detail in between. Check out the full list of breakout spots here (including straight-off-the-menu recipes!) then start planning on your next culinary adventure. #BAhot10
Image from #5 Parachute in Chicago, courtesy of Bon Appétit