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A Top Chef Winner Finds a New Italian Perch

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Harold Dieterle, the winner of the first season of “Top Chef,” is opening Il Totano in the West Village, Marsanne NYC serves Mediterranean food in a 150-seat space and more restaurant news.


Il Totano

With Harold Dieterle as the executive chef and a partner, Alexandra Shapiro, and her parents, Laura and Robert, have transformed their former Flex Mussels in the West Village into this Italian spot. They had reopened Hoexter’s on the Upper East Side late last year. Mr. Dieterle — formerly of Kin Shop and Perilla, and the winner of the first season of “Top Chef” — has southern Italian roots, as does his chef de cuisine, Steven Lopin. Il Totano will serve crudos, grilled shrimp with pepperoncini butter, bucatini con le Sarde, pork cotaletta, roast chicken Marsala and a baby calamari salad. The room — done in blues, mustard and rust — has seaside touches. (Friday)

154 West 13th Street, 212-229-0222, iltotano.com.

Marsanne NYC

Igor Drca and Miljan Komnenic, who own the Consulate on the Upper West Side and Recette in Brooklyn, have teamed up with Milos Kostadinovic, their beverage director, to move into the former Forager’s Market space in Chelsea with an ambitious, greenery-filled Mediterranean restaurant. Commanding an open kitchen in the 150-seat space, the chef, Zivko Radojcic, is putting together plates of shrimp with chorizo and tomato, eggplant caponata, branzino with sun-dried tomato and fennel and a vegan risotto. Seasonal drinks are featured. There are a couple of private rooms.

233 Eighth Avenue (22nd Street), 646-726-4614, marsannenyc.com.


The name, fusing taco and calle (street in Spanish), tells the story. An alleyway strung with lights leads to a garden behind the new Grayson Hotel, where a food truck dishes out cornmeal tacos with various fillings, quesadillas, guacamole, elotes and the drinks you’d expect, all to stay or go. Anything short of a heavy downpour keeps it open, but only Mondays through Fridays.

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19 West 38th Street, 646-741-9626, tacallenyc.com.

NoMad Diner

Tucked into an Arlo hotel, a counter and tables offer breakfast enlivened by cornmeal pancakes and chickpea fritter French toast. The all-day menu takes a midcentury American trip down memory lane with meatloaf and mashed potatoes, ham salad with Ritz crackers, and grilled cheese with tomato soup along with detours like deviled eggs with Japanese seasonings. The Greek diner tradition also slips in with spanakopita and a Cypriot salad.

11 East 31st Street, 212-806-7000, nomaddinernyc.com.

Chez Omar

The chef Omar Walters, who is from Jamaica, is adding French touches to items like conch fritters, making them croquettes, and using a spiced demi-glace with his jerk poulet. His steak au poivre has pimento sauce. The French-Caribbean bistro is splashed with vibrant color.

394 West Street (West 10th Street), 212-677-1120, chezomarny.com.

Midnight Spaghetti

Too many Cosmos? Some carbs to the rescue thanks to Suprema, a West Village market and restaurant owned by Stephen Werther and Joshua Wesson where pasta from the venerable Raffetto’s nearby is dished up to go from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., Thursdays through Saturdays. There are four options, $12 each: rigatoni Bolognese, cacio e pepe, penne rosa and rigatoni with pistachio pesto, and four cocktails and four wines.

To-go window, Suprema, 88 Seventh Avenue South (Bleecker Street), eatmidnightspaghetti.com.

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