A woman walks up to the bar, attracting the gaze of a strapping Latin bartender. He asks, "How are you?" Her answer comes quick and dry. "I'll be better after a margarita." And so began my Los Americanos experience. The bar/casual restaurant hybrid has a Central and South American vibe, packing big aesthetics into a small space just South of Canal St. in Tribeca.

Full marks to Ralpheal Abrahante, executive chef of seafood palace Thalassa in TriBeCa: His grilled octopus is the tenderest, most succulent I have ever tasted. What’s his secret? To begin with, octopuses are flown in fresh from the Mediterranean, packed in ice, refrigerated but never frozen.

Last week, I went to an event at MEGU—a chic Japanese restaurant in Tribeca. The large, two-floor space is beautifully designed—bathed in a sea of beige, cool concrete and accents of red. The dining room boasts a large ice sculpture at its center—a feature brought in from Brooklyn each night—and an enormous spherical iron chandelier hovering above.

On Wednesday, I went to an event at Zucker’s Bagels and Smoked Fish near Grand Central Terminal in Midtown East. This recently opened, cozy spot offers authentic hand-rolled, kettle-boiled bagels made on-site and much more—including a wide assortment of pastries, coffee from popular roasting company La Colombe, authentic seltzers, daily shipments of smoked fish, and deli sandwiches—all from New York vendors.


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