David Santos learned the ropes at Bouley and Per Se before becoming executive chef at Griffou. He stepped off the line last year and turned his Roosevelt Island apartment into an underground supper club, launched a pier-side fish shack this summer, and is now opening his first full-service restaurant, called Louro, which replaces Lowcountry in the West Village. The menu which includes piri piri shrimp, Chatham cod with peppers and onion vinaigrette, and chicken-fried sweetbreads with collard greens, gravy, and spiced honey not only references Santos's training and Portuguese roots, but it's also a reflection of the chef's restless energy. Check out the menu and some of the food, straight ahead.
Louro, 142 W. 10th St., nr. Waverly Pl.; 212-206-0606