Chef Sandro Fioriti has had a restaurant bearing his name in New York since 1985. Now, at age 74, he’s still throwing pasta in a new location. He opened his first with the help of Tony May at 420 East 59th Street, formerly occupied by the super-luxury Palace. (It’s now Pino Luongo’s Morso.) Then, in 2006, after a few midterm gigs, he opened his Upper East Side spot at 306 East 81st Street. That restaurant closed in February and it has moved to East 86th Street, in the former Little Frog. He was widely known for his cuisine, inspired by his native Umbria and Rome, where he trained long before Roman food reached its current fame in New York. He is now joined by his son, Sandro Fioriti Jr., who runs the restaurant, while his father in the kitchen prepares his well-known spaghetti al limone, rigatoni amatriciana, cacio e pepe, fried artichokes and pollo cacciatora alla romana. The younger Mr Fioriti, who has been involved for eight years, said the menu was essentially the same as on 81st Street, and the kitchen and dining room staff also made the switch. It seats 56 in a somewhat formal space with a large bar, white napery and white brick walls.
322 East 86th Street, 212-288-7374, sandrosrestaurant.com.
Han Tong, who started the chain in 2002 with a 16-table restaurant in Beijing, has expanded it to more than 20 outlets, mainly in Beijing, with one in Sydney, Australia and now New York. The design is based on the humble Hutong neighborhoods of Beijing, but with refined, even imperial touches. The extensive menu includes braised pork tendon soup with scallions, fried tofu, fried shredded potatoes with lard reg, cucumber salad, hairtail rolls, mashed potatoes in the shape of a hare, as well as crowd pleasers such as sweet and sour spare ribs, kung pao chicken and hot and sour soup.
133-36 37th Avenue, #F10 and G17 (Prince Street), Flushing, Queens, 929-608-9797, juqiusa.com.
With her father, Robert Mnuchin, a founder of the Mayflower Inn & Spa in Washington, Conn., Valerie Mnuchin opens this restaurant on Shelter Island. She named it after her grandfather Léon Mnuchin, who spent his summers in the area. A former bank building near popular Crescent Beach, it now has a rustic elegance with exposed brick, wooden trusses, a high ceiling and a working wood-burning fireplace. A pergola shelters the outside terrace. The chef, Mason Lindahl, looks for inspiration in Provence and Italy. Heirloom tomatoes with aioli, strozzapreti with tomato and basil, roast leg of lamb, and local striped bass with Picholine olives, lemon, and peperonata are all on the menu. (Open Thursday)
29 West Neck Road (North Menantic Road), Shelter Island, NY, 631-749-9123, leon1909.com.