Ready those forks: Pescatarian eatery Gloria (401 W. 53rd St.), new from two Contra alums, recently debuted in Hell’s Kitchen. Phil Johnson serves as GM and runs the drinks program, while the menu is by Diego Garcia, one of the city’s hottest chefs. At Out East (509 E. 6th St.), new from chef Tim Meyers of Charlie Bird, and Peter Kane and Anthony Serignese from The Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex, the menu isn’t exclusively pescatarian but has a focus on dishes from coastal New York, including an extensive raw bar.
In Chelsea, two new restaurants hark back to days gone by. Motel Morris (132 Seventh Ave.)—in fact, not a motel—sets a friendly vintage vibe and offers seasonal American dishes from chef Bill McDaniel, formerly of The Mermaid Inn and Red Cat. Nearby, another reinvention of Empire Diner (210 Tenth Ave.), now helmed by chef John DeLucie and the folks behind Cafeteria, promises classic American fare in an upscale interior.
Chef Scott Conant is back for his first solo venture in New York since the launch of Scarpetta a decade ago. Italian spot Fusco (43 E. 20th St.), named for his grandmother, is located in the former Veritas space and is run with an Old World approach to hospitality. And from a different segment of the past, chef Anne Thornton, formerly of The Waverly Inn, brings Southern-inspired dishes to 33 Greenwich (33 Greenwich Ave.), which combines New Orleans hospitality with a design aesthetic inspired by Memphis. Dig in!