FR.OG -- This sleek space in SoHo brings together Chef Didier Virot and his partner from Aix Brasserie, Philip Kirsh, in a tribute to parts of the world that had at one time been colonized by the French and influenced by French cuisine. The name stands for French Origin (it has nothing to do with amphibians), and the menu provides a global culinary romp with stops in Vietnam, Morocco, Lebanon and, of course, France. The sleek, trendy space (pictured above) seats 120 on two levels including some seats with a view into the open kitchen. Be sure to try the FR.OG martini -- vodka with a touch of cardamom and star anise. 71 Spring Street, between Broadway and Lafayette, 212-966-5050.
P*ONG -- Chef Pichet Ong, formerly of 66 and Spice Market, has created a cozy space for small dishes and desserts in the West Village. In addition to charcuterie and cheeses, Ong serves up savory dishes, some with Asian influences, like a shrimp and pineapple ceviche, with thai chili and whipped cachaca, and the dessert menu features a "sweet-savory" section, including a Roquefort soufflé with walnuts and arugula ice cream. He also offers a tasting menu for $58, and his famous Thai Jewels have been "remixed" for their new home. 150 West 10th Street at Waverly Place, 212-929-0898.
Photo by Kyle Schmitz