Zou Zou’s A Hit…NYC Restaurant Review


Seasons change with certainty as do neighborhoods in New York City.

Someone kissed a frog and turned the westside mid-30’s into a Prince.

The area is home to Hudson Yards and the recently redeveloped Moynihan Train Hall which occupies the middle slice of the James A. Farley Building which had been an iconic NY Post Office built in 1912 and is now an extension of Penn Station.

The latest development is Pendry Manhattan West on the site of former open-air train yards which includes a new 5-star 164 room Pendry Hotel and plaza with Whole Foods, Peloton and a great new restaurant, Zou Zou’s.

Zou Zuo’s is very attractive.

There is also a lovely outside dining area.

Zou Zou’s is a modern Eastern Mediterranean restaurant from the group behind Don Angie and Quality Italian.

Chef Madeline Sperling, who spent years working at some of the most notable restaurants throughout New York City, including Gramercy Tavern and The NoMad, helms the kitchen

The outdoor table decor is in burnt orange and green and has a Hermes sensibility.

My husband started the celebration with a delicious Field Trip cocktail consisting of Illegal Mezcal, Genepy, Salt & Pepper Syrup, Mint and Cucumber ($18).

We kicked things off with a very attractive, scrumptious offering of dips that includes a divine Grilled Bazlama Turkish Village Bread ($6).

You can select from five dips listed on the menu. We chose Chickpea with Black Garlic Oil, Green Tahini with Aquafaba (chick pea water), Cilantro  and Whipped Ricotta with Saffron Apricots (3 for $25).

We also ordered the crunchy Honey-Butter Kubaneh Yemeni Pull Apart Rolls ($8).

The Shaved Vegetable Fattoush with Honeycrisps, Candied Pecans, Pomegranate Vinaigrette was so refreshing and the dressing divine ($19).

The delectable Fire Roasted Steak Skewer was slightly charred and well seasoned, encrusted with cumin, turmeric and pepper. The Filet Mignon is brushed with hawaij honey while roasting over the fire ($10).

The crispy Fries seasoned with lemon and thyme were off the charts ($10).

The half dozen Kumamoto Oysters were exception, adorned with a Barberry Mignonette ($24).

Service was helpful and attentive.

We indulged in lunch. The dinner menu is more extensive.

Even the coffee was top notch.

Zou Zou’s may be in an area you might not automatically seek out, but you should.

It is convenient to Broadway and Madison Square Garden events.

Zou Zou’s is a wonderful addition to the NYC dining scene.


Zou Zou’s 385 9th Avenue Suite 85 New York City.
Lunch Daily 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner Nightly 5-11pm. Reservations on OpenTable.com.

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