Restaurant veteran Sandro’s opens on the Upper East Side
Chef Sandro Fioriti has owned a restaurant bearing his name in New York since 1985. Today, at 74, he’s still throwing pasta, in a new location. He opened his first with help from Tony May at 420 East 59th Street, previously occupied by the super-luxury Palace. (It’s now Pino Luongo’s Morso.) Then, in 2006, after a few interim gigs, he opened his Upper East Side spot at 306 East 81st Street. This restaurant closed in February and moved to East 86th Street in the old Little Frog. Throughout his career, he has stood out for his cuisine, inspired by his native Umbria and Rome, where he trained, long before Roman cuisine reached its present place in New York. He is now joined by his son, Sandro Fioriti Jr., who runs the restaurant, with his father in the kitchen producing his spaghetti al limone, rigatoni amatriciana, cacio e pepe, fried artichokes and pollo cacciatora alla romana. Young Mr. Fioriti, who has been involved for eight years, said the menu was essentially the same as 81st Street and the kitchen and dining room staff had also moved. There are 56 seats in a somewhat formal room with a large bar, white tablecloths and white brick walls.
322 East 86th Street, 212-288-7374, www.sandrosrestaurant.com.
Han Tong, who started this chain with a 16-table restaurant in Beijing in 2002, has grown it to more than 20 outlets, mostly in Beijing, with one in Sydney, Australia, and now in New York. The design is based on the humble Hutong neighborhoods of Beijing but with refined, even imperial touches. The extensive menu includes braised pork tendon soup with scallions, fried tofu, sautéed shredded potatoes with lees of lard, cucumber salad, horsetail rolls, mashed potatoes hare-shaped land, and also popular dishes like sweet and sour ribs, kung pao chicken and hot and sour soup.
133-36 37th Avenue, #F10 and G17 (Prince Street), Flushing, Queens, 929-608-9797, juqiusa.com.
Along with her father, Robert Mnuchin, founder of the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Connecticut, Valerie Mnuchin opened this restaurant on Shelter Island. She named it after her grandfather Léon Mnuchin, who spent his summers in the area. A former bank building near popular Crescent Beach, it now has a rustic elegance with exposed brickwork, wood trusses, high ceilings, and a working wood-burning fireplace. A pergola shelters the outdoor patio. Executive Chef Mason Lindahl looks to Provence and Italy for inspiration. Heirloom tomatoes with aioli, tomato basil strozzapreti, roast leg of lamb and local striped bass dressed with Picholine olives, lemon and peperonata are all on the menu. (Opens Thursday)
29 West Neck Road (North Menantic Road), Shelter Island, NY, 631-749-9123, leon1909.com.