Food & Drink

The Gigi crew hits the beach

The latest eatery from Gigi and Bardot's Amir Ben Zion, Cooper Avenue's named after the NYC street on which he opened his first deli at 19. Set in the bottom of the New World Symphony garage, Cooper utilizes floor-to-ceiling windows, cement floors, and a steel stool-equipped bar that wraps around the entire open kitchen to blend itself into the industrial space right below the one holding your Kia with the dope spoiler.They've kept the menu similarly contemporary with taleggio meatballs w/ fried shallots, a chunky lobster salad, manchego-covered braised lamb, short ribs alongside Brussels sprouts mixed w/ bits of deliciously vegetable-counteracting pork belly, and chorizo-paired swordfish. Also awesome: a raw bar including everything from oysters to blood orange-drenched scallops plus a lineup of steaks like a 14oz Wagyu and 10oz Manhattan cut, or what your grandmother promises you will get if you go anywhere near Times Square.Luckily drinking's anything but an afterthought, thanks to cocktails like the Raspberry Moscow Mule, in addition to 80+ vinos and 20 brews ranging from Chimay Blue and Delirium all the way down to Colt 45, which recalls what you were doing at 19 instead of starting businesses.