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The gist: Opened during the first summer of the pandemic, the Victorian vibes of Irving Place in Gramercy Park gained an exciting dining destination from the team behind Korean gastropub Osamil. Highlighting New American cuisine with accents of Korean flavors, Café Salmagundi is a self-proclaimed love letter to its historic neighborhood—and especially for anyone who endured the pandemic while in town—and features seasonal ingredients from the nearby Union Square Farmers Market. Their cocktail program is designed by Gelo Honrade (Osamil, Jeepney) and the eatery has covetable sidewalk tables that are ideal for people-watching.
The food: Expect starters like Gambas with bird’s eye chili, bonito flakes, and toasted sourdough; Mushroom Japchae with maitake and truffle oil; and a variety of French fry options including hand-cut potatoes, Squid Fries with tartar sauce, or Sweet Potatoes with jalapeño ash mayo dip. Shared plates and mains include a Hanger Steak with kalbi gravy and cornichon; Slow-roasted pork belly with apricot and mustard sauce; Mussel and clams; and an Uni Bowl with quinoa, kimchi, and perilla. Signature cocktails include The Irving (scotch, vermouth, and local honey), in addition to favorites like a penicillin, Gibson martini, and Singapore Sling.