After little more than just a year on the scene, most of which was spent closed due to the pandemic mind you, American Bar has established itself as the fashionable downtown watering hole at which to see and be seen.

Trouble grabbing a reservation? Well, first, you're not the only one, and second, lucky for you they've just opened up a new sure-to-be hot spot only a few blocks west. 

Italian inspired restaurant Saint Theo’s is basically the well-traveled sister of American Bar. You know, the one who spent a summer in Europe and returned with passionate opinions about wine, an enviable wardrobe of silk scarves, beliefs that cheese is a dessert, and a slight accent that you just can't quite place. 

For the foodies, Executive Chef Ashley Rath (formerly of The Grill, Santina and Dirty French) has created a Venetian and coastal Italian menu highlighting fresh seafood, housemade pastas and seasonal ingredients. Think fried sardines with marinated onions and toasted pine nuts, tuna with pistachios, castelvetrano olives, and preserved lemons, and pesto linguine with noto almonds.

For the aesthetes, Martin Brudnizki (the guy who gave the world the ever epic London staple Annabel's) has designed a breezy, eclectic space infused with vintage finds and modern features, such as colorful Murano glass sconces, Venice Biennale exhibition posters and framed Pirelli calendars.

And for the lushes, there's a decidedly fresh cocktail menu to work your way through. How does a St. Mark's Basilica sound, with basil vodka, Malfy Lemon Gin, Cocchi Americano, housemade lemon and salt tincture, and basil oil? Or maybe a Death In Venice, with mezcal, lime juice, blood orange soda, Calabrian chilli tincture, and fresh sage?

Click through for an inside look at the tasty scene that awaits!

[Photos courtesy Saint Theo's]