As more New York City restaurants are opening for outdoor dining, I want to do my best to support them by trying at least one a week. Two that have stood out are:
Rooftops are prime real estate in a busy city, and Ampia is special. They have installed glass greenhouses to promote social distancing, an idea taken from restaurants in Europe. This makes for a lovely sight when you step out of the elevator onto the rooftop dining space. I recommend it for a cocktail in the evening, watching the sunset over lower Manhattan. As it is a gnoccheria, you must try the gnocchi with gorgonzola and truffle, topped with crispy speck.
Usually, Mexican food can be disappointing in Manhattan, so I was very impressed by Atla. It was opened by Enrique Olvera, the chef best known for Pujol in Mexico City. The food is a modern take on classic Mexican cuisine; simple and flavorful. Atla serves little plates and a wonderful menu of Tequilas and Mezcals all day. I recommend the guacamole, full of fresh herbs and served with homemade tortilla chips, and the tender, spicy, and fabulous pork al pastor.