This Mediterranean restaurant located in the once-again place-to-be, The Village, is helmed by chef Aaron Skoultchi who previously had ties at Boulevardier and Rapscallion and is now making his mark with the menu at Anise. You'll find Anise inside The Drey Hotel. It's decorated with bright tiles; a long slick wooden bar beckons you. Let the spices and savory dishes transport your to an exotic location. Be sure to check out their Sunday brunch as well.
Top pick: The Hawaij-Spiced shortrib is cooked medium-rare and served with two decent-sized pieces of short ribs. The meat has a dark exterior crust of Hawajj — a variety of Yemeni ground spices, typically, cumin, black pepper, turmeric, and cardamom — and a deep pink middle. It’s served on a bed of saffron rice and thick labneh and pistachios. Bright orange kumquats provide bursts of citrus.