Dean’s: A third Dean’s Restaurant is now open in Tribeca. The Italian eatery has won fans with their signature thin crust brick oven pizza made with homemade mozzarella and a dozen potential toppings. But if amazing brick oven pizza isn’t your thing, Dean’s also has a full Italian menu with pasta dishes like Parpardella Toscana, a wide ribbon pasta with wild mushroom and sundried tomatoes in a light cream white wine sauce. There are also some big salads and an extensive wine list. And the new Tribeca location is inviting, with brick walls and a warmly lit bar. 349 Greenwich St., between Harrison and Jay. (212) 966-3200.
Seymour Burton: The new buzz burger joint lured in the Times’s Peter Meehan with rumors they were serving the Best Burger in Town. He personally inspected the casual East Village restaurant, which used to be Le Tableau, and concedes that the $12 burgers “occasionally flirt with greatness.” He likes the seafood appetizers too, calling the oyster chowder “rich, but not dense… dotted through with silky, gently cooked oysters, cubes of firm potato and hunks of smoky slab bacon.” There are also big plates of fried shrimp on the menu and a lamb mixed grill that includes (deep breath): a rib chop, a portion of Salumeria Biellese merguez (spicy lamb sausage), a slice of grilled leg meat, and a minty sauce with baba ghanouj. 511 East Fifth St. @ Avenue A. (212) 260-1333.
Chop Suey: The new restaurant on the third floor of the Renaissance Hotel boasts stellar views of Times Square but no actual chop suey. The Lamb Loin Hot Pot, with black trumpet mushrooms and leeks, ought to soften the blow. (There’s an appealing tofu hot pot for vegetarians.) The slow poached lobster, egg foo-yung style, is also right up our street. (We need to stop writing these things on an empty stomach.) Want pork? Gaze down at the Times Square stampede while digging into a slow roasted Berkshire Pork Shoulder with salted black beans, clams and mustard greens. Thrillist has the menu and a photo of the place (looks pretty sleek); today an Eater correspondent says they’re not yet offering everything on the menu just yet. 714 7th Ave, between 47th and 48th. (212) 261-5200.