A block from the L train in Billyburg is an airy old-world European train station café with antique mirrors, brick walls, and cast-iron storefront gates. Go now. The atmosphere is pleasantly relaxing, and Chef Rue (an 11 Madison Park alum, no biggie) prepares Bohemian-French dishes such as Mussels in an African-chili- and-garlic broth. There are Vegan eats too like a delicious Roasted Beats and Plums entrée that’s topped with pistachios and homemade yogurt.
Station, 166 North 7th Street (at Bedford avenue); 718-599-1596.
American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson
Chef-of-the-moment Marcus Samuelsson (of Harlem hotspot Red Rooster) is opening a casual 75-seat eatery in Alice Tully Hall. So, before (or after) catching some classical tunes at this cultural hub, stop in for some regional American bites. The man behind the ‘tails at Samuelsson’s Ginny’s Supper Club, Eben Klemm, will work his Mixologist magic at this new spot. Opens late September.
American Table Café and Bar by Marcus Samuelsson, 1941 Broadway (between 65th and 66th streets); phone TBA.
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