Eating Out in New York City in Style
Discover the season's roster of new restaurants in Manhattan from Ci Siamo to Mel's
Written by The Editors of DuJour
Mel’s is a new West Chelsea pizza restaurant from chef Melissa Rodriguez (former executive chef at Del Posto) and Radicle Hospitality, the restaurant management company owned and operated by Jeff Katz and James Kent. Designed by MN Design Professional Corporation in collaboration with consultant Akari Endo-Gaut, the 80-seat dining room, done in a red, yellow and blue color palette, features a long bar that wraps around the open kitchen. Standout dishes include coal-roasted parsnips with robiola fresca and hazelnuts, frutti di mare pizza with octopus, squid, shrimp, tomato, chilis and basil and whole grilled branzino with lemon and fennel conserva. Everything is prepared either over a wood-fired grill or in the pizza oven in the open kitchen. Soon, Rodriguez will also open Al Coro, a fine-dining Italian restaurant in the soaring space previously occupied by Del Posto.