Yes, yes, we know. Everyone else wrote about it already. But Gothamist was at the opening night party at Plate NYC too, so we wanted to throw in our two cents, and let you know that it's open for business. Unfortunately, we only had time for a quick stop-by, but the tease we got was enough to make us want to come back for a real visit very soon.

Photo credit: Kenneth Chen for NY MagWe were excited even before we walked in when we caught a glimpse of a raw bar through the window. Mmm . . . oysters. They were off to a good start, in our book. Upon entry, we were treated to a sleek renovation of the space, formerly home to the M&R Bar. We sneaked past the bar (taking note of the tasty-looking, colorful cocktails being passed across it) and through the narrow hallway into the main dining area, which featured a long table that seats about twelve running through the middle (communal dining?), and then on to the indoor/outdoor space in the back (it was indoors, but had an outdoor feel to it; maybe it will be open in the summertime?). We only had a quick nibble, managing to slurp down an oyster on our way out, but we're looking forward to returning for a proper visit, with a full-on dose of Asian-Latin fusion courtesy of Ricardo Hernandez (formerly of Canteen, and currently also at Soho Cantina) and creative "saktails," fruity cocktails made with infused sakes, by Christopher Baljag.

Plate NYC also plans to double as a retail spot during the day. Fashion/Plate NYC will feature a range of goods, including clothing, housewares, chocolates, wedding cakes, and gowns. For the full run-down, stop by or visit their website at

Photo credit: Kenneth Chen for NY Magazine.

Plate NYC + Fashion/Plate NYC, 264 Elizabeth Street, between Houston and Prince Streets, Nolita, 212-219-9212.