Another of Eater's most-anticipated fall openings peels backs the curtains on Monday, December 1 at 5 p.m. Double Standard, from restaurateur David Mainiero, aims to provide high-quality, ambitious food at accessible prices; everything on the menu, save a market price bone-in ribeye for two, is under $20.
The design of the new restaurant, which slots into a former burger joint at 695 Sixth Avenue, has been described as "Restoration Hardware meets Phillipe Starck" with its combo of stainless steel, reclaimed brick walls and white marble. Wrapping around the 1,780-square-foot corner space is a 160-foot grass sidewalk café, separated from the dining room by wall-to-floor windows.
Double Standard's menu, powered by chef Christotel Tan (Crow Bar and Kitchen) employs a wood oven to cooking everything from veal meatballs, whole fish and chicken to Neapolitan-style pizzas whose toppings range from hen of the woods mushroom to little neck clams. Most of the offerings are Italian-inspired, from pasta to house made N'duja sausage with mussels and a porchetta sandwich, but there are also comfort food staples, including a burger, braised short rib poutine and glazed chicken wings.
Double Standard is open daily from 5 p.m. to midnight; the restaurant seats just over 150, including 18 at the bar's dining counter. For now it's beer and wine only, but plans are in the works to add a cocktail program.