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Looking for a respite from holiday home cooking (or the dirty dishes that follow)? From healthy living to Chinese fusion, these other new spots can satisfy even the most niche eater.
Like their rib-sticking pub grub at the Spotted Pig, the menu at Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield’s latest project is decidedly British, but with a focus on seafood. 85 Tenth Avenue; 212-929-4948
Macao Trading Co.
Drawing from Portugese and Chinese cuisine, this venture from the owners of cocktail joint Employees Only offers fare like lamb meatballs and Far East libations including a green-tea-vodka concoction. 311 Church Street; 212-431-8750
Situated around the corner from Barneys New York, this bi-level Belgian import offers a haven from shopping woes and yuletide bloat with its healthy American cuisine based on the nutritional principles of S.P.E. (Sanitas Per Escam). 10 East 60th Street; 646-237-8977
Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto
A collaboration between New York chef Cesare Casella and the Tuscan-based Rosi family, owners of the specialty meat company Parmacotto, this Upper West Side restaurant offers a full selection of charcuterie for sale and a small-plates menu for diners. 283 Amsterdam Avenue; 212-877-4800
Every hot new hotel needs an equally buzzed-about boîte: The Thompson LES obliges with this moody restaurant and lounge featuring multicultural takes on Chinese dishes from Hong Kong native Susur Lee. 187 Orchard Street; 212-260-7900