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Pod 39’s rooftop terrace serves up cocktails and sweeping views of the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. Over at The Standard Plaza in the Meatpacking District, hotelier André Balazs has tapped Seamus Mullen to be chef-in-residence. His southern Mediterranean dishes are being cooked up on the Plaza in a wood-fired oven and a charcoal grill. Another new haunt is Kingston Hall, which sports a rum-heavy drink menu with such libations as Sucker Punch and Sky Fall. In between rounds, patrons can shoot some pool in the clubby room that is meant to be the kind of Jamaican bar that James Bond creator Ian Fleming would have loved. Other newcomers are Blue Ribbon Sushi Izakaya at 187 Orchard Street, Michael White’s pizzeria Nicoletta at 160 Second Avenue and Rawlicious at 249 Centre Street.
After lunch or dinner, homemade ice cream can be had at Je & Jo in Hell’s Kitchen or via the company’s roaming tricycle vendors. Owners Jennifer Welser and Jonathan Baker zest the lemon, scrape the vanilla beans, crush the lavender and all the rest for each of their organic cookie dough flavors. All Je & Jo baked goods are made on the premises, as is the Grumpy coffee, but most customers lean toward the higher caloric. “Our morning muffin is the healthiest thing we make, but no one wants that,” Welser said.