Small plates are hardly new to NYC, but the concept shows no sign of slowing down. Often seen as the best way to dine out with a large group, small plates let everyone order something they like, as well as the opportunity to try many dishes at one time. The small plates have now gone beyond pinxtos and tapas to Asian, American, and comfort food. The only thing that will stop you at these small plates restaurants is perhaps your wallet or stomach space!
Alta: This West Village staple is popular for its jovial atmosphere, excellent wine list, and globally inspired menu. Dishes like lamb meatballs with spiced butternut squash foam, toasted sesame seeds, and lebne sit alongside mini lobster rolls and seared sea scallops with Mangalitsa ham, lemon thyme dressing, and pumpkinseed oil. For $480, you can get the whole shebang—one of everything on the menu.
The Stanton Social: The Lower East Side houses this trendy restaurant that takes classic and hip American dishes and miniaturizes them. The French onion soup dumplings, a takeoff of xiao long bao, house caramelized onion soup inside thin dumpling skins. Also, try the red snapper tacos and “Kobe Philly” sliders with truffles and goat cheese.
The Beagle: This cocktail and small plates restaurant features a wide selection of beers and wines, and even includes pairings of cocktails and dishes. Try the burrata and gin pairing, the foie gras and Madeira pairing, or the duck and scotch pairing for a custom-designed dining experience.
Kuma Inn: Hit up this small plates, Asian-influenced restaurant for signature dishes like pork belly buns, sautéed Chinese sausage, and yellowfin tuna tartare. The spot is BYOB, which means that you can afford to eat even more of the spicy and flavorful Asian food along with your own bottle of wine.