In these locavoracious times, its unusual that a restaurant proudly declares its allegiance to Northern California, but Sprig, which opened yesterday in midtowns Lipstick Building, is the brainchild of a brother-sister team that attended the California Culinary Academy together. After a tour of San Franciscos kitchens, chef Melissa Lukin-Kotlyar, whose brother Mark is overseeing the front of the house, has come up with a menu focused on light sauces, local produce, and creative takes on classic food combinations. The lasagna, for instance, is prepared California-style (with roasted-butternut squash, cremini mushrooms, toasted sage, and Scarmorza cheese), and theres also a vineyard-style chicken breast with bulgur-stuffed grape leaves.
Given its location, Sprig aims to be a quick breakfast and lunch spot during the day, but itll also serve wine, cocktails, and a late-night menu until 2 a.m. (a rarity for the neighborhood). When the weather warms, therell be 55 outdoor seats (almost as many as there are inside). Take a look at the menus below, and see the splashy interior as well as a few of the dishes (including the obligatory cioppino) in our slideshow.
Sprig, 885 Third Ave.; 212-249-4500