022908elletria.jpgElettaria: Hendrix shredded here once upon a time, when it was a music venue called The 8th Wonder, but now the stage is an open kitchen and South Asian-spiced American dishes are the stars. Decorated by the man behind Allen & Delancey, the seductive 72-seat interior (pictured) features a rustic reclaimed barn-wood ceiling, plush banquettes, old-world paintings and exposed brick walls. Appetizers include a dish of dayboat sea scallops with celery root puree, oxtail, Meyer lemon and cilantro leaves, while entrées like roasted chicken with sweet and sour tomato ravioli and smoked sunchokes sound irresistible. Behind the 14-seat steel bar, Death & Co. alums concoct their fancy cocktails. 33 West Eighth Street, (212) 677-3833.

Wall Street Burger Shoppe: This atavistic burger restaurant in the financial district so underestimated the area’s huge demand for old-timey burgers that they sold out all their ground beef by the afternoon and had to close early on opening day. (They buy all their ground beef fresh daily from Ottomanelli & Sons on Bleecker Street.) Pop Burger's Kevin O'Connell is behind the retro joint, and has furnished it with trappings from an old Philadelphia diner. The signature “Shoppe Burgers” are modest 4-oz patties and can be paired with shoestring fries or onion rings; an upstairs bar/dining room has bigger burgers, chicken, shrimp, and a Braised Short Rib Stroganoff for the local finance carnivores. 30 Water Street, (212) 425-1000.

Lomito: This high-ceilinged, urban-rustic SoHo restaurant is brought to the hood by Sosa Borella's Argentinean owner. But the chefs are Italian and the menu weaves together cuisines from both nations, with empanadas, a raw-bar and entrees like ravioli stuffed with roasted duck, shallots, cream sauce and aged balsamic. For drink, there’s an emphasis on Argentinean red wines, malbecs and tempranillos. After 11pm on Wednesday through Saturday they’ll serve a smaller bar menu with grilled filet sandwiches, Spanish style omelets, short ribs and other surprises. 300 Spring Street, (212) 929-9494.

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