If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in New York City, your head might spin. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
Edith’s started as a pop-up in the Paulie Gee’s space before opening a brick-and-mortar sandwich and bagel counter in Williamsburg. Now, the team has a new flagship restaurant just up the street, with a dining room and a grocery store selling Jewish food staples. The all-day menu here includes dishes like chicken schnitzel, a labneh yogurt parfait, and a smoked fish plate—and there are plenty of baked goods to pick up as well.
This new all-day cafe and bakery serves pastries like the ones you’d find in Venice, Italy. In addition to a large variety of croissants and tarts, there are also berry mousses and a BEC sandwich on brioche. The next time you play hoops or tennis at nearby McCarren Park, come here for a quick snack afterward.
If you see a door hidden within a mural at 38th and 7th, it’s probably the entrance to this new Midtown speakeasy restaurant. Sei Less (opening January 15th) will be serving chicken satay, edamame dumplings, and rock shrimp tempura in a massive space that seats up to 350. There will also be a few private rooms with TVs, in case you need somewhere to eat a meal while watching a Knicks game in peace.
This new Japanese restaurant in Chelsea is offering a $78, 15-course omakase menu with the option to pay extra for supplemental nigiri. During any of the three nightly seatings, you can get items like pickled cocktail tomatoes, yellowtail with banana pepper, and ikura with baby spinach and egg yolk. Make reservations via text at (347) 725-6580.
Flatiron could use more Chinese restaurants, so this new Sichuan spot should be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Expect dishes like wontons in chili oil, spicy beef noodle soup, and dry pepper chicken.
Other Half Brewing
What started as a pop-up at Rockefeller Center is now a permanent taproom on 48th Street near 5th Avenue—the first for Other Half in Manhattan. (Their other two NYC locations are in Carroll Gardens and Domino Park.) There are plenty of brews on draft as well as cider and seltzer, and this place also has an outdoor beer garden for when the weather’s nice (probably not now).
Nina's Great Burrito Bar
New places named after Ninas seem to be popular as of late (scroll down to December openings to read about a recently-opened bar in Soho). This Mexican restaurant on the Upper West Side offers at least four different kinds of salsas to go with their burritos and other items like carnitas tacos and octopus tostadas. On Fridays and Saturdays, you can hang out here until 2am.
Sami's Kabab House
This new spot in Fort Greene is serving Haitian food like fried turkey with red beans and rice and shredded herring with peppers and onions, with a Happy Hour that runs from 5pm-7pm. They’re doing a soft opening at the moment, so be sure to check the website for current hours.
The space in Greenwich Village that used to house the beloved Tomoe Sushi is now home to the similarly named Tomo21 Sushi. The chef is the same, but the place is under new ownership. From the looks of it, the space and menu haven’t changed much—you can still get butter enoki mushrooms in tin foil, spicy king crab, and plenty of nigiri. Also worth noting: This spot is BYOB.
Los Tacos No. 1
A fifth location of this popular taqueria, which started in Chelsea Market back in 2013, has set up shop on Lafayette Street near Bleecker. We predict a human traffic jam happening here often, as this Noho block also has an outpost of Levain Bakery.
Uncle Lou 快樂人
Uncle Lou is a new Cantonese spot in Chinatown with a menu that seems to go on forever. The restaurant is steps away from Columbus Park, so if you’re out and about on a not-so-frigid day, it might be a good idea to grab a selection of dim sum, braised duck, and preserved egg with pork congee to eat outside.
The team behind Sobre Masa opened a tortilla factory with a taqueria last year in Bushwick, and that tortilleria has now expanded with a coffee and retail shop. From 7am-3pm, Tuesday through Saturday, you can get Mexican pastries like almond-flavored conchas, tamales, Oaxacan coffee, and, of course, tortillas that are made on the premises.
The next time you need yogurt, a jar of spaghetti sauce, and Korean fried chicken, head to the Food Bazaar in Douglaston that has a new outpost of Rokstar Chicken inside. There’s a small counter set up there where you can order a whole chicken, some wings, or boneless pieces with sauces like hot soy garlic BBQ and Korean sweet chili.
The enthusiasm for birria tacos in NYC continues at Birria Mania in Bay Ridge. Here, you’ll find birria incorporated into items like pizza, cheesesteak, and ramen. The dining room has a huge mural on the wall with Frida Kahlo and Biggie, and there are sombreros all over the ceiling.
Fraunces Tavern in FiDi has a new piano bar above their restaurant, and it’s appropriately named The Piano Bar Upstairs. Thursday through Saturday, you can get cocktails, wine, and beer in this new space along with items like raw oysters, cheeses, and braised short rib sliders. You should probably also expect some live music.
Cute and charming Italian restaurants in the West Village will always be a thing. Canto is the latest entry in this category, and their space seems especially appropriate for a date night. The dining room is open for dinner daily (with lunch on Thursdays and Fridays), and there are plenty of vegetarian options, including a bunch of salads that are $16 each.
Looking for some spicy mala rice noodle soup or a bowl of dan dan noodles to keep you warm? If so, Simply Noodles on the Upper West Side is serving those dishes alongside other noodle bowls and small plates like pork belly buns and wood ear mushroom salad. Try this place after a long walk in Central Park, which is just a few blocks away.
Sands of Persia
There’s a new hookah lounge in Astoria. In addition to a selection of mocktails, this place serves savory dishes like kebabs and plenty of desserts (including shakes that pay homage to both Lindt Lindor and Ferrero Rocher chocolates). The shishas look quite decorative, and the space has a luxurious feel, so it could be a good place to roll up in a Lambo.
Two best friends have opened a Mexican restaurant in FiDi with a menu that pays homage to the food they loved growing up in Southern California. The dining room has distressed wood, brick walls, and a concrete bar where you can appropriately order one of several mezcal cocktails. Food and drinks are up to half off during Happy Hour, which runs Monday through Friday, 3pm-6pm.
The Sushi Noz team has opened another upscale restaurant in Chelsea with an omakase-style menu that changes regularly and consists of about 30 courses. There will be two seatings for dinner at a seven-seat counter. Meals here cost $400, so if you don’t have a monthly car payment, consider redirecting your “savings” towards Noz 17.
A variety of rice vermicelli dishes, pho, and bánh mì dominate the menu (alongside a few appetizers like summer rolls and chả giò) at this new Vietnamese restaurant in Gramercy. Most of the food costs between $10 and $16, and this place will likely become a top-of-mind option for easy takeout or delivery for nearby residents. If you come here in person, you’ll see colorful bubble tea artwork on the wall to go along with the dedicated coffee and boba bar inside.
Taqueria Al Pastor
One of our favorite places to get tacos now has a second outpost near Borough Hall. The offerings here include tacos with crispy fish, grilled cactus, and, of course, crispy marinated pork from a trompo with cubes of pineapple. Quesadillas, tostadas, burritos, and volcanes (baked tortillas with grilled Monterey Jack cheese) round out the menu.
Another established neighborhood spot that was forced to close during the pandemic is back open. Prohibition, which has been around since 1996 on the Upper West Side, has new decor that gives off Boardwalk Empire vibes, but with a lot less violence. This place still has plenty of live music, and you can grab cocktails and food like cheesesteak egg rolls, bourbon baby back ribs, and wild mushroom risotto while you’re there.
What started as a delivery-only operation called Tiger Lily Kitchen during the pandemic is now TLK in a brick and mortar space in the East Village. The food here is inspired by the cooking of the owner’s mother (who’s from Hong Kong), and the menu is mostly vegetarian. It includes items such as celery root steak, spicy grilled Japanese eggplant, and curry fish steamed in banana leaf. TLK is open Wednesday through Sunday for dinner.
A second Fish Market (the other is in South Street Seaport) just opened on Avenue A near 11th Street, and, just like at the original restaurant, the menu here is full of American, Chinese, and Malaysian dishes like fried mac and cheese, spicy prawn soup, and beef rendang. There are also several dishes with “Mama’s” in the name, which somehow makes us want to order them more. Free shots used to (and still may) be passed around at the original location, and we hope that spirit is still alive at this new spot.
There’s a definite aquatic theme happening at this Japanese restaurant in Prospect Heights with fish artwork hanging from the ceiling and bathroom wall tiles that make you feel like you’re underwater. There are sushi rolls on the menu, but the focus seems to be on plates like hamachi kama, katsudon, and curry over rice. Ozakaya is only open for dinner, Monday to Sunday.
After originally planning a May debut, this Korean restaurant is now open in Bayside. You’ll find cuts here that are available at most KBBQ places like galbi and bulgogi, as well as a few lesser-seen options like beef tongue. Not in the mood for KBBQ? This place also serves items like ttok-bokki, sundubu jigae, and dolsot bibimbap every night until midnight.
The chef behind Kochi has another restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen focusing on street food-inspired Korean hand rolls. This place has one option for dining: a 12-course, $125 tasting menu that includes eight types of hand rolls with fillings like soy-marinated salmon with caviar, shrimp with crispy leeks, and roasted pork belly with ssamjang. Mari is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday, 5pm-10pm.
There’s been a recent trend of restaurants being named after mothers and grandmothers. (It’s our job to notice these things, so you’re just going to have to trust us on this one.) This new bakery in Prospect Heights, named after chef Alex Grunert’s mom, is from the team behind Olmsted and Maison Yaki. Aside from savory pastries like everything pretzel rolls and broccoli and raclette croissants, there are also some sweet items like cinnamon rolls and caramel-chocolate-hazelnut brest. The setting looks like it caters to the grab-and-go crowd.
Chocolate Cortés, a fourth generation chocolate company from Puerto Rico, is opening another location of its restaurant (the original is in San Juan) in Mott Haven. In addition to sweets, there will also be savory dishes like serrano ham croquettes, churrasco, and a smoked pork sandwich. (Many of these items incorporate chocolate in some way.)
Another week, another Manhattan West restaurant opening. Casa Dani is a Spanish and Mediterranean spot from chef Dani García, who’s been involved with several restaurants in Spain and used to have a place called Manzanilla in NYC. The menu is quite large and screams: “Come with a group of friends.” It has both a dedicated tapas section (most items cost between $9 and $17) and a paella section—a version of the dish with cornish hen is $62, while one topped with bone-in ribeye is $130.
La Devozione is a new one-stop-shop Italian concept in Chelsea Market from a company based in Gragnano, Italy that’s one of the world’s largest exporters of dry pasta. The Oval, which is an upscale $165 pasta-only tasting menu restaurant within La Devozione, is now open with a large selection of wines to choose from. You’ll also find a spaghetti to-go counter, a pasta retail shop, a casual spot with starters and seasonal pastas called A Tavola, and a nine-seat coffee and cocktail bar surrounding The Oval.
Myron Mixon’s Pitmaster Barbeque
Myron Mixon has quite the resume—not only is he a five-time world barbecue champion, but he’s also the mayor of a town called Unadilla, Georgia. This Hoboken location of his namesake restaurant is his second (the other is in Virginia), and it has smoked meats like brisket, pulled pork, and sausage, as well as sides like baby back mac and cheese and peach BBQ baked beans. (A family meal for $70 might be a good alternative to whatever laborious holiday feast you’re planning.) You should also know that this spot is BYO beer and wine.
Cucina 8 ½
What used to be the French restaurant Brasserie 8 ½ in Midtown is now an Italian-American place with a very similar name. (The address is 8 1/2 West 57th Street.) Pizzas, a full crudo bar, and pastas like rigatoni pomodoro are available from 5pm-11pm, Monday through Saturday. The restaurant is near a huge Apple store, in case you need to go there for any holiday-related shopping. We’re pretty sure it won’t be that busy this time of year.
Nina's x Liquid Lab
Have you ever noticed a big greenery-filled courtyard that looks out of place (in a good way) while walking down Crosby Street? That’s the Nomo Soho Hotel, and it now has a cocktail lounge and club celebrating the art scene in Soho throughout the years. Thursday through Sunday, you’ll find a lineup of cocktails here like the SoHo Confidential with tequila, passion fruit, and red pepper puree. A dedicated food menu is coming soon.
The team behind Lido has opened what they’re calling an “international sports gastro pub” in Harlem. That label seems pretty accurate, seeing as how this place is showing international sports, such as soccer, on large screens, alongside food and drinks. Dishes here include chili topped with avocados and scallions and beef sliders with blue cheese or cheddar. If you have trouble finding this pub, look for the huge mural of a fox outside.
After this legendary dim sum banquet hall closed earlier this year, Jing Fong is back near the corner of Centre Street and Baxter Street. The new location is starting out with only takeout and delivery, and, once the indoor dining room opens, it’ll be a fraction of the size of the old space. Old favorites like har gow and crispy chicken remain, but there are also new items like crispy crab fried rice and silky egg tofu.
Sally Can Wait
The next time you want a Cubano with yucca fries and a chicken liver sandwich with whitefish dip in the same sitting, Sally Can Wait on the Lower East Side is the perfect spot for you. This Jewish-Latin place is also a cocktail bar with drinks like the “Miami Vice,” which is half frozen piña colada and half strawberry daiquiri.
Calvin Eng, a former Win Son chef, just opened a new Cantonese-American restaurant in Williamsburg called Bonnie’s. Named after Eng’s mother, Bonnie’s has everything from a whole stuffed rainbow trout to a “cha siu mcrib” sandwich on a milk bun. The place is already drawing crowds—but, thankfully, there are seats reserved for walk-ins.
A new Japanese restaurant on the Upper West Side wants to give you exactly one hour to eat some fish. This spot has three omakase options that range from $33 (only available at lunch) to $63 (15 pieces of nigiri and two hand rolls), and all of these meals are served within a 60-minute time frame. You can also order from a full à la carte menu, and you should be aware that prices include gratuity.
The Parlour Room
This new Midtown bar and restaurant looks like a fancy library that could be in a Sherlock Holmes story. Cocktails—some of which are presumably made with the hand-cranked shaker on display—start at $17, and the in-house whisky sommelier will help you choose from 400 different bottles. If you get hungry, you can grab some lobster and shrimp wontons, a vegetarian lasagna for two, or a selection of raw bar items.
The Café at Irish Arts Center
The Irish Arts Center in Hell’s Kitchen has a new cafe on the ground level that, unsurprisingly, embodies all things Irish. Dishes like Irish cocktail sausages, potato and leek soup with black pudding, and traditional Irish brown bread scones are available, as well as a bunch of Irish whiskey. Even the furniture is supplied by a craft designer based in Northern Ireland.
The L’Artusi team has been busy this year. They just launched a cafe and sandwich shop next to their recently-opened B’Artusi in the West Village, and this takeout-only spot is serving items like cacio e pepe scones, frittatas, and a variety of sandwiches and salads. Via Porta is open daily from 7am-3pm.
After closing its original location earlier this year, Café China, a longtime favorite of ours, has reopened in a new space on 37th Street near 6th Avenue. Stop by for some tea-smoked duck, boneless pork trotters, and spicy soft shell crab. (There’s also dim sum, with most items costing $9.)
Barnyard Cheese Shop, which closed earlier this year, has been resurrected as a weekend-only store in the East Village. Barnyard Express is serving sandwiches, charcuterie, soups, and desserts Friday through Sunday from 10am-3pm. Maybe opt for something from this place over that cold Kraft Singles sandwich you’re thinking about making.
A new location of Tacombi is now open, and it’s just a short walk from Forest Hills Stadium. You know what they say: tacos and Bon Iver go together perfectly. Okay, probably no one has ever said that. Regardless, this spot is serving the same crispy fish tacos, chicken burritos, and pitchers of margaritas that this mini chain has become known for.
At this new spot in the East Village (from the team behind The Wayland and Good Night Sonny), food is cooked using Mexican ingredients and French techniques. You can order things like roasted octopus with pistachio mole, a mushroom masa crepe with Oaxaca cheese, or a drink from the very extensive mezcal and tequila menu.
Myo Moe, the chef/owner behind Rangoon, has created a menu inspired by the city of Mandalay in Myanmar with items like spicy pig head slaw and egg curry bites. You can order delivery or pick up your food from a takeout window in Long Island City from Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm-9pm.
New Spicy Village
There seems to be some sibling drama brewing that involves this new Chinese restaurant on the Lower East Side and Spicy Village just a few blocks away. New Spicy Village offers the same spicy big tray chicken dish that’s made Spicy Village so popular, and other menu items include oxtail with hand-pulled noodles, soup dumplings, and beef brisket casserole. Most dishes cost less than $10.
The team behind Via Carota and Bar Pisellino has opened an American restaurant in the West Village inspired by the communal spirit and heirloom recipes of the Shakers. Eventually, they’ll be serving stuff along the lines of pickled oysters and pot pie for dinner—but the dining room isn’t open yet. If you want to get a preview, you can stop by the tavern area for drinks and snacks like country ham and rarebit from 4pm-10pm, Tuesday through Sunday.
A sister restaurant to Malii in East Harlem has opened in Gramercy with a very large menu that includes a “Must Try” section with a few clay pot and stewed beef items. It looks like a good option for a casual dinner any night of the week, and there are daily lunch specials from 11:30am-4pm.
Located next to his Hudson Yards Miznon location, chef Eyal Shani has a new casual Mediterranean restaurant. Every meal starts with a large variety of small plates like tahini with tomatoes, fried Italian hot pepper, and eggplant steak, so this seems like a good place to bring a group for sharing.
Chef Christian Rowan told his grandmother that he would name his first restaurant after her, and now he’s done just that. This new American spot in the West Village is only open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, and they’re serving dishes like clam chowder pot pie, short rib pappardelle, and their version of Pop-Tarts with seasonal fillings.
A new location of Beer Run (the original is in Chelsea) has opened in Hamilton Heights with its glorious logo of a runner double-fisting two beers, arms raised in triumph. That’s probably all you need to know, but this place does have both local and international beers, which you can drink there or take home with you.
Emmett’s On Grove
Known for being one of the few places to get Chicago deep dish pizza in NYC, Emmett’s has opened a second location in the West Village serving tavern-style pizzas, which are thin, round, and cut into squares. There are also pastas, baby back ribs, and a house burger on the menu. The wood-paneled room looks like a cozy house in the woods.
Alameda was a Covid restaurant casualty, but the team behind that spot has a new Spanish seafood bar close to the water in Greenpoint. You can sit at their long wooden bar or in one of their short booths, have a martini, and order items like the seafood tower, sardine tins, or fresh oysters. This bar should be a great place to meet a few friends and get some light starters before heading to a dinner somewhere else nearby.
Burger Joint recently reopened in the Thompson Central Park New York, a hotel that was formerly named both Le Parker Méridien New York and the Parker New York. The menu still has burgers, fries, and... not much else. This place has always been known for being hidden, but the lines should help reveal its location once you walk into the hotel (whatever it happens to be named at the time).
Momofuku Ssäm Bar
Ssäm Bar reopened in the South Street Seaport space previously occupied by another Momofuku restaurant, Bar Wayō, earlier this year, and it now has a new dining room upstairs with tabletop grills and two private karaoke rooms. The menu has raw items like sea scallops with kohlrabi, old Ssäm Bar favorites like a selection of American country ham, and, of course, meats like smoked pork belly with gochujang glaze for the grills. If you can manage to not overcook anything while belting out Run the Jewels, that’s objectively impressive.
As a society, we’re slowly working our way through every possible restaurant concept, and now we can check one more off the list with Nangman BBQ in Chelsea, which celebrates both Korean BBQ and glamping. The mostly-beef-and-pork items for the grill start at $30 and go up to $46, and there are also large-format meals for two to six people.
The Bronx Brewery
One day (probably soon), we’ll be able to feel like we’re standing in the middle of a basketball court and watch a game happen around us without wearing bulky headsets. That’s kind of what The Lab at The Bronx Brewery is like—an area embedded in the middle of the facility where you can be in the middle of the brewing process while you order a chopped cheese empanada or chicken schnitzel sandwich. Getting beer probably makes sense too.
Osteria La Baia
If you like both agnolotti and staring at really large trees with colored lights, this Italian restaurant near Rockefeller Center might be a good option for you. The menu has entire sections dedicated to crudos, pastas, pizzas, and mains like Long Island duck and Dover sole, and the inside looks like a well-curated furniture showroom. We can see a lot of business meals happening here.
We haven’t seen a sushi spot open on the Upper West Side in a little while. Aside from a standard selection of sushi, sashimi, and rolls, Suram also has three types of ramen, as well as spicy tuna and jalapeño on hot crispy rice. If you’re looking for your next casual restaurant where your check probably won’t reach triple digits, this might be it.
Breakfast by Salt's Cure
This popular all-day cafe from LA has opened a location in the West Village, which means you can now enjoy their signature oatmeal griddle cakes (in varieties like banana nut, blueberry, and chocolate chip). Not in the mood for breakfast? Grab a cheeseburger or a fried chicken sandwich. The restaurant is open daily from 8am-3pm.
The third iteration of Gotham Bar and Grill has opened in the same space it’s occupied since the 1980s. The original was known for its tuna tartare, and a version of that dish is still on the menu — along with veal sweetbreads, arctic char, and Berkshire pork belly. We predict a lot of expense-account meals happening here.
Sunken Harbor Club
A new cocktail bar with tropical vibes is now open above Gage & Tollner in Downtown Brooklyn. The cozy space is full of ominous green spherical lamps (that may or may not be hibernation pods for aliens), and it should be a good place to have a rum cocktail while you wait for a table at the downstairs restaurant.
Joy Love Club
A Chinese-French place has opened in Chelsea, and the menu seems to encourage dining with friends, as it has sections labeled “Small Plates” and “Dim Sum Tapas.” You’ll also find items like braised duck with caviar, fried multigrain rice with Chinese sausage, and truffle beef with asparagus.
A second location of Botte (the other is in Astoria), which specializes in Roman cuisine, opened recently on the Upper East Side. The large menu has pizzas, charcuterie boards, and homemade pastas, in addition to several small plates like octopus carpaccio, eggplant rolls, and fried zucchini.
Bird Dog is a new spot serving both Italian and Southern dishes in the West Village, with a menu that includes pork shoulder and broccoli rabe, honey-glazed chicken wings with Calabrian chilis, and pimento cheese with ranch baked crackers. The space is tight (you’ll make some new friends), and the menu is exclusively prix fixe, with three options ranging from $65 to $110.
Eataly has a new restaurant called Bar Milano. Unsurprising, the menu draws inspiration from Milan, and it includes dishes like crispy saffron risotto, braised beef agnolotti, and seared black cod. A roving negroni cart is also present to satisfy your gin and Campari needs.
Over in FiDi, you’ll find a new dim sum spot in the bottom of a Four Points by Sheraton hotel. Hours run 6am-10pm daily, so this might be a good option if you’ve been out all night downtown and start to notice that the sky isn’t dark anymore. The lunch menu is served until 5pm, and it includes dim sum, congee, and noodles.
The Arlo Soho Hotel is now home to Lindens, a restaurant with an extensive raw bar and items like thyme Parker House rolls, kabocha squash ravioli, and pizza. Most of the starters cost between $10 and $16, while pastas and mains run $18 to $29. Located right near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, this place could be your escape from sitting in traffic after work on a Friday.
The team behind Don Angie and Quality Bistro has opened an Eastern Mediterranean spot in Manhattan West just steps away from Citrovia (a confusingly lemon-centric art installation). The menu is centered around the restaurant’s wood-fired grill and has dishes like ember-roasted eggplant, lobster tagine, and mushroom kibbeh.
The owners of Ayat have opened a new Palestinian spot in Brooklyn Heights. Dishes are served family style, and the restaurant is open every day from 11am-11pm. From the looks of it, there’s a pizza oven, a seafood bar, vertical spits, and lots of flowers both inside and out.
Jeremy Salamon, the former chef at The Eddy, has opened Agi’s Counter (named after his grandmother) in Crown Heights. The Eastern European and Jewish-American menu includes palascinta (rolled crepes with cheese, brown butter, and poached pear), lebarkase (a pork pâté and fried eggs sandwich), and Hungarian donuts (only on Sundays). Hours run 7am-3pm daily, so stop by when you need to grab a casual breakfast or snack near the Brooklyn Museum.
Bench Flour Bakers
When the yogurt that already expired four days ago just isn’t worth the risk, get your daytime sustenance at this bakery that has set up shop in Astoria after months of selling cinnamon apple danishes, blueberry whoopie pies, and cheddar chive buttermilk biscuits in temporary locations. It’s open 8am-3pm Thursday through Friday and 10am-3pm on the weekends. (Bread loaves are only available on Saturday and Sunday.)
46 Mott Rookies
We’re intrigued by the name of this new spot in Chinatown where you can get claypot rice with various meat and vegetable combinations. What does the “46” mean? (The address is 42C Mott.) Also, who are these rookies, and what sport do they play? This place is only open Thursday through Sunday, and nothing on the menu costs more than $7.50.
The Migrant Kitchen
After a recent temporary residency in FiDi, The Migrant Kitchen has found a new permanent home on the Upper East Side. This Middle Eastern and Latin restaurant donates one meal to a New Yorker in need for every meal purchased, and the menu consists of items like a grilled halloumi and chorizo bowl, avocado on manoushe, and a roasted smoked pork family meal that serves five.
Following a 2019 pop-up that generated very long lines, this popular sandwich shop from Florence is now open in the Theater District serving flatbread sandwiches with ingredients like cooked ham, Tuscan lard, pistachio cream, porchetta, and nduja. It looks like a good option for grabbing a quick bite when you’re running late to see Wicked.
A new spot with a clever name in Jamaica, Queens is serving a menu with all zabiha items, including a variety of burgers (of course), wings with your choice of sauce, and rice platters. It’s an order-at-the-counter place, and most items cost between $10 and $15.
Wonder Pig K-BBQ
An AYCE Korean BBQ spot recently opened in Long Island City with a menu that has more than 20 cuts of meat along with sides like bean paste stew and spicy fried rice cakes. The restaurant is spacious and looks like an ideal place to bring three or four friends (or strangers).
After many years of operating restaurants in NYC, Laurent Tourondel has opened another new spot in Chelsea that has no menu. Your choices are limited to skirt steak, a field green salad, and unlimited fries for $28. Redirect your decision-making energy to choosing between a martini and a Manhattan. (The answer is both).
All fans of dessert purveyors with Santa Clause-like logos can rejoice. Beard Papa’s — a chain that sells cream puffs stuffed with vanilla, green tea, and chocolate filling — has a new location in a second-floor space on St. Mark’s Place. Mix shell and cream flavors to match your mood for the day, and consider stopping by before your next dinner party.
A Korean spot has taken over the old The Meatball Shop space on the LES. If you’re wondering about the name, +82 is the country code for South Korea. All the plates, which include yellowtail crudo, boneless fried soy garlic chicken thighs, and seared scallops in black bean sauce look shareable and cost between $14 and $26. It’s open for dinner Wednesday-Sunday.
Jack & Charlie’s no.118
This new American restaurant at the corner of Greenwich Avenue and West 13th Street aims to remind you of old New York supper clubs and speakeasies. They’ve got a raw bar, duck meatloaf, a prime rib special on Fridays and Saturdays, and a long list of martinis. Pour one of their “Casino Royale” martinis out for Daniel Craig’s last stint as James Bond. We mean figuratively of course. This place just opened so don’t ruin their new floors.
Kaiseki Room By Yamada
If you signed a lease with a free month of rent recently, consider spending your savings on this new restaurant in Midtown just down the street from the MoMA. A former chef from Brushstroke is serving a 11-course kaiseki tasting menu for $300 per person. The menu currently includes chawanmushi with uni, sea bass with foie gras, and Maine lobster ikura with rice. Choose one of two nightly seatings at 5pm or 8pm, Tuesday-Saturday.
Winning a coin flip is much easier than winning the lottery. In the spirit of not having to choose from a bunch of numbers for the NY Lotto, Sobak in the Lower East Side has only four items available on their menu: bibimbap, unagi don, egg bap, and a daily limited wagyu bowl. It looks like a small space, so it seems like a good idea to get takeout and eat in Seward Park.
The next time you feel like supporting a local brewery, head to the EBBS taproom in Williamsburg. They’re serving cocktails and wine along with a large selection of bar snacks like sour cream and onion dip with potato chips, smoked coppa, and grilled cheese. Oh yeah, there are lots of IPAs and lagers, too. It’s open every day starting at 10:30am.
A new spot in Chelsea is serving dim sum every day starting at 12pm. Hey Yuet offers an assortment of fried, baked, and steamed dim sum, plus rice rolls that you can order directly off their menu. And we think turnip cakes hit the spot on a Tuesday night just as much as they do on a Saturday morning. They also have a limited-time promotion running through November where everything on the menu costs $5.75.
Intersect By Lexus
While this isn’t a new restaurant, Intersect by Lexus did recently launch its latest restaurant-in-residence in the Meatpacking District. Chef Nina Compton is bringing to Intersect a $225 tasting menu and a la carte items like fried boudin, stuffed crab back, and curried goat from her restaurant Compère Lapin in New Orleans. Think of a meal here as the closest thing to teleporting to Louisiana.
From the team behind The Izakaya and Dr. Clark, this Japanese restaurant is now open at The Market Line below Essex Market. It’s offering nigiri, small plates like ume edamame, and sake during the hours of 12pm-10pm, Thursday-Saturday, and 12pm-6pm on Sundays. Gouie fills a huge (sushi-related) hole in the underground market - kind of like when Lebron James joined...well every team he’s ever been on.
You wouldn’t know it from the name, but this is a restaurant and wine bar from the team behind the West Village Italian spot L’Artusi. B’Artusi has officially opened on Hudson Street (just up the street from its sister restaurant) serving dishes like wagyu tartare, lamb meatballs, short rib lasagna, and mostly Italian wines. For now, the new restaurant with checkered floors and a bright green bar counter is only accepting walk-ins for lunch and dinner.
Vegan diners and torta fans alike will be excited to know that Guevara’s, the plant-based cafe in Clinton Hill, has opened a second location in Williamsburg. The new outpost is inside Mekelburg’s Domino Park storefront, where you can now find their excellent eggplant milanesa torta, plus fresh batches of vegan chocolate babka, donuts, and more.
If you’re looking for a place to lounge on an ivy-covered patio in Midtown, check out Isla. This new Australian restaurant at Hotel Hendricks just started serving things like oysters, clams, strip steak, and crispy halloumi both indoors and outside. The space looks pretty upscale, with its white tablecloths and candlelit tables, but you can also drop by the bar for an espresso martini or a hibiscus Negroni if you’d rather keep things casual.
Serving decadent Shanghainese food on the most chaotic block of St. Marks Place, CheLi is one of the best new places to eat in the city. So you can imagine our excitement when we heard the same team had opened a new location in Flushing. The Queens restaurant is currently only accepting walk-ins, and looks like an even larger version of the special interior space in Manhattan.
Lots of great things come in small packages. Dental floss, SpongeBob-themed Band Aids, and, from the looks of it, Cafe Skye. This new LES bar on Clinton Street serves natural wine, cocktails, and bar snacks like brisket sliders and cheddar tarragon frittatas starting at 4pm on weekdays and 1pm on weekends.
A Persian tapas bar just opened in Williamsburg serving mezze, cocktails, and a wide range of wines by the glass. Few items on the menu cost more than $15, so this looks like a great spot to eat grab a low-key drink with a friend and share a bunch of Iranian small plates like herb-packed koo koo and crispy tahchin.
The East Village has a causal new Mexican restaurant where you can get everything from lengua tacos and albondigas to mole poblano and chicken enchiladas. Chichen Itza stands out on East 10th Street with its wood-covered storefront and a massive image of the Temple of Kukulcán taking up most of the window space. There are just over a dozen tables inside, so consider this spot for a date or solo meal.
PDA Slice Shop
Just one year after opening an exceptional pizza place in Park Slope, the PDA team has made its way over to Manhattan. The second PDA location is inside The Hugh, a brand new food hall in Midtown East, and the menu is almost identical to their Brooklyn spot. From Detroit-style pepperoni pies to spicy meatball pizzas with bubbly crust, this seems like the perfect place to bring some coworkers for a team lunch. They’re also open from 11am-9pm Monday-Friday just in case you want to swing by for any other pizza-related reason.
If you’re into beer, you already know about Evil Twin’s first-ever taproom a block from the Halsey L stop in Ridgewood. But you might not know about the speakeasy tucked inside. Selma’s is a walk-in-only cocktail bar that’s now open from 5pm every Thursday and Friday. Unlike most hidden drinking holes in this city, it looks like a dive bar where you might run into your amateur DJ friend before a rave.
The people behind Kyma, a big Greek restaurant near Union Square, just opened a new location in Hudson Yards. Much like the original downtown spot, the newest Manhattan location has a bunch of round tables that should work well for groups of six to eight people. So bring a crew to eat things like oysters, crab cakes, and a couple of good crudos like one big happy family.
Most speakeasies make grabbing a drink feel like a corn maze that ends in an obstacle course. But One 19 on the Lower East Side wants to make things easy. For starters, this Italian wine bar shares clear directions on how to find their entrance, which happens to be behind a deli on Essex Street. So walk right back to the bar entrance with confidence and try a wine flight featuring four glasses of red, white, orange, and sparkling wine. The deal costs $45 for one person and $70 for two people, but you can also choose something from the 50+ bottle wine list.
Chemistry Room at Sushi Lab
The Sanctuary Hotel in Midtown is already home to a rooftop sushi bar and Sushi by Bou location. Now, they’ve opened a third sushi experience, Chemistry Room, where you can get a 13-course omakase for $100 per person.
A casual French bistro just popped up on Havemeyer Street in Williamsburg. Staples like white wine mussels, escargots, steak frites, and heirloom tomato burrata are all available both inside and on the sidewalk patio at dinner. Plus, they’ve got a long list of French wines and cocktails you can try the next time you want to feel like you’re in Paris for a few hours.
The New Cottage
The Cottage, a Chinese restaurant on the UWS, has reopened at The New Cottage in the former La Caridad 78 space. They specialize in Sichuan dishes like pork soup dumplings mapo tofu, and dan dan noodles, plus some Cantonese options like shrimp wonton noodle soup and roast pork. The New Cottage is open from 11am-10pm every day.
We were sad to hear that Rahi closed, but we’re happy to know that Semma has already opened in its place. The focus at the newest restaurant from the team behind Adda and Dhamaka are Southern Indian dishes like dosas, goat biryani, and a whole Dungeness crab feast for two. Stop by Semma’s tropical-themed dining room on Greenwich Avenue for dinner between 5-10pm, Tuesday-Sunday, to try them all.
Williamsburg heirloom corn emporium, Sobre Masa, opened a tortilleria in Bushwick by the Morgan Avenue L train station. On top of serving a slew of tacos and cocktails, the space will also function as a tortilla factory, a grocery store with Mexican specialty items, and a cafe in the morning focusing on Oaxacan coffee and pastries. A fun fact: we smelled corn writing this caption.
Natural wine, fresh pastries, and top-quality espresso seem to be the three things fueleing St. Jardim, a new West Village cafe on the corner of 10th and West 4th Street. During the day, it’s a coffee shop with several large windows. But starting at 5:30pm, Wednesday-Sunday, the team starts pouring pét-nats and serving snacks like marinated olives, fresh focaccia, and charcuterie. St. Jardim seems very casual at first glance, but we have a feeling it’ll become a party place after the sun does down - especially since they don’t stop pouring wine until midnight.
Pig Beach BBQ
One of our favorite places to drink outdoors and eat BBQ with a big group in Gowanus has opened a second location in Queens. The new Pig’s Beach has an even bigger patio than the Brooklyn original, and in addition to things like brisket and mac and cheese, this new Long Island City spot is also servings specials like smoked lamb shoulder and Cuban mojo ribs.
There’s a massive new restaurant from the team behind Colonia Verde that just opened at the Freehand Hotel in Flatiron. The owners ran another restaurant by the same name in the West Village but closed it back in 2017. Now they’ve taken over the former Simon & The Whale space serving a menu of Latin dishes like lamb sliders on a pão de queijo bun, ceviche, and beef tartare with a side of chicharrones.
Sweetbriar is a new upscale American spot located in a hotel in the 20s just off Park Avenue, where an ex-Eleven Madison Park chef is running the kitchen. So if you work in Kips Bay, enjoy live music, or have an affinity for smoked short ribs, this might just become your new favorite dinner spot. They’ve got a long, green leather-lined bar area, and a bunch of small tables in the main dining room that’s about the size of a jazz club.
Taqueria Santa Fe
A casual Mexican spot with locations in Brooklyn and Queens recently opened its third brick-and-mortar restaurant in East Harlem. Taqueria Santa Fe’s new uptown location looks like a solid option the next time you’re craving steak quesadillas, al pastor tacos, or barbacoa nachos. You can call the restaurant directly to place a pick-up or delivery order, but know that they’ve also got a spacious dining room on 1st Avenue that could work for an affordable group meal in the area.
Dowling's at The Carlyle
The scenes from Madeline painted on the walls at Bemelman’s Bar, one of our all-time favorite places to drink martinis and glare at people, also make appearances right next door at Dowling’s. The legendary Carlyle Hotel’s recently-reopened restaurant serves dishes like foie gras terrine, tuna tartare, chicken paillard. So the next time you want to eat the kinds of stuff a wealthy French person might feed you before you’re tested in some kind of mashup between The Hunger Games x Squid Game, head to Dowling’s for lunch, dinner, or brunch on weekends.
If you’re in the mood to spend $400 per person eating a 20-piece sushi omakase in Tribeca, Icca is the newest place to do it. The former head chef of Sushi Ginza Onodera is now preparing what appears to be a very special sushi experience here. But if you’d rather try a more casual six-piece omakase for $153 at Icca instead, there’s another chef doing a mash-up of Italian and Japanese dishes at the bar.
The team behind Hunan Slurrp in the East Village recently opened this new Chinese restaurant in the same neighborhood. From mackerel dumplings and truffle shrimp toast to mapo tofu and crudo, the menu at this two-floor spot on East 9th Street seems ideal for those of us who love seafood. Plus, Dumpling Lab seems like a strong contender for where to get a solid dinner under $50 per person in the area.
A new Mochidocki location on the Upper East Side will begin serving special flavors like everything bagel mochi ice cream on October 22nd. You’ll also find their classic flavors like their ube, vegan matcha, salted caramel, and black sesame at the new brick-and-mortar location in Manhattan. Get them all individually or order a box filled with up to 12 different flavors you may or may not choose to share with your roommate.
The Mary Lane
The people behind West Village restaurant staples like Little Owl, Market Table, and The Clam have just opened another all-day spot in the neighborhood, focused on fresh and seasonal dishes from across the Mediterranean, Japan, and the West Coast. From king trumpet mushroom tartare and sauteed halibut, to roasted grapes and a brined pork loin, The Mary Lane is bringing a wide range of healthy-sounding dishes to Bank Street. Try them out for lunch or dinner soon.
Ci Siamo, the newest restaurant from Union Square Hospitality Group, is where you’ll find seasonal Italian food and live-fire cooking in a big space near Hudson Yards. According to their team, Ci Siamo translates to “we’ve made it” or “we’ve arrived,” which is something you might only get to say after you’ve waded through 100 Resy notifies for a table here.
The bakery team behind Winner in Park Slope has finally opened its second Brooklyn food and wine project, Runner Up. And much like at their original bakery on Saturday mornings, people are already lining up to try this new restaurant and wine bar on a quiet block near 7th Avenue in Park Slope. Come here to grab a few small plates like scallop crudo and uni toast with a glasses of French white, or to have a full-on feast involving things like rotisserie chicken, poached trout, zucchini salad, and more. This walk-in-only restaurant is currently open from 5-9pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
Bushwick’s newest concert venue, Brooklyn Made, has a horseshoe-shaped cocktail bar called Connie’s inside where you can grab drinks with friends before or after a show. It’s got a pool table, several different beer drafts on tap, and a small menu of bar snacks you can try from the big leather couch that wraps around the dimly lit seating area. The whole operation opens up at 4pm on weekdays and 12pm on weekends and runs until “late” every day.
There’s a new Brazilian spot on Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside, Queens where you can literally eat your weight in Brazilian-style skirt steak, pork sausages, and rotisserie chicken. Belo is run by one of the people behind Alcove in Astoria, and once you’re seated either out front on the bright yellow patio or inside at the bar counter, you can go all-in on some crispy linguica, farofa with bacon, and pão de queijo.
This new Hong Kong-style comfort food restaurant serves a menu of sandwiches, macaroni soups, instant noodles, savory toast, and fresh milk tea on Bayard Street. The owners used to run the neighborhood favorite 388 Cafe & Deli, another Hong Kong-style cafe on Eldridge Street that closed back in July. Stop by the tiny, counter-service shop from 7:30am-4:30pm, Monday-Saturday, or between 8:30am-4:30pm on Sunday.
Tribeca’s newest DIY lunch bowl spot serves dishes like zucchini noodle beef bolognese, cauliflower chicken curry, and more over the counter on Murray Street. It’s a great option to know about if you particularly like high-quality meat around noon on a Wednesday, but also want to include your friends who need gluten-free, vegan, or vegetarian options. OneSeed is open every day (at 11am) except Sunday.
Café De L’enfer
If you’re reading this, then you know it’s our job to keep track of all the latest restaurant openings in the city. So we know for a fact that the team behind vegan spots like Avant Garden and Ladybird is in the lead for most restaurant and bar openings in 2021. Their latest project, Café de L’Enfer, is an absinthe and Champagne cocktail bar right above Amor y Amargo in the East Village. It’s a dark and narrow drinking spot with skulls lining the walls that looks like a 24/7 Halloween party.
This casual-but-perpetually-busy Greenwich Village handroll spot has open a second location on North 12th Street, right across from McCarren Park in Williamsburg. The new Nami Nori serves a couple of unique open-faced temaki (not dissimilar to the shape of a taco) that you won’t be able to order at their original restaurant. They’re also focusing on sake in a way the original spot hasn’t, along with a lengthy drink menu.
The people behind Kind Regards have just opened a new spot in the East Village called Dingaling, and it looks like a strong contender for one of The Most Fun Bars In NYC Right Now. They’ve got a menu of unexpected bar menu items like a hot dog topped with Flamin Hot Cheetos, vegan nachos, and a daiquiri made with blended banana bread. Dingaling is open Tuesday-Sunday starting as early as 2pm on Saturday, with a Happy Hour special running from 4-7pm throughout the week and all day on Sunday.
A double cheeseburger, curly fries, and a milkshake - it’s your order at a ’50s drive-in, and it should be your future order at the new Harlem Shake location in Park Slope. The cheeseburger (which is on our Best Burger guide) comes with two charred, smash-style patties and special sauce, the curly fries are served with chipotle mayo, and the milkshake is a 16-ounce red velvet shake made with Blue Marble ice cream. You’ll also find some local collaborations here like a frosé from Island Pops.
With a motto like “Cheap Ass Drinks, All The Time,” we have a feeling that Myrtle Pub will be the talk of Ridgewood very soon. The new dive bar has specials like a $5 beer and shot combo, a daily 2-for-1 Happy Hour until 8pm, and $2 Rolling Rock cans. All of those deals should make grabbing drinks with a friend on a budget a whole lot more feasible.
An ex-Roberta’s chef has just opened her own restaurant in Greenpoint called Nura, and the space looks like one of those warehouse apartments you saved to your Pinterest board back in 2013. The spacious dining room has some nice skylight, giant windows, and brick walls lined with plant life. But the real focus here is the housemade bread baked in a tandoor oven. Order some to pair with dishes like Nura’s pickled mussels in coconut and green apple broth and chili-glazed chicken with leek yogurt and fermented greens.
Jade, a colorful new bar with a sidewalk patio, has taken over Bushwick’s former Jones Beach bar space directly under the MZ train on Lexington Avenue. They’ve got a menu of $12 cocktails and $10 frozen options, neon red club lighting, and a long narrow bar area where you can lounge around with one of your amateur DJ friends (or possibly make some new ones).
After months of running a pop-up in Greenwich Village, the Thaimee Love team has opened a permanent location in the same neighborhood. From Thai specialties like red curry ribs and a green curry lamb shank to a crispy pork belly plate and chicken soup with laab chili, the majority of the menu at Thaimee is meant to be shared. If you’re looking to goal out, they’ve got a $180 tasting menu for two available every night.
This French patisserie is the newest vendor to open inside The Market Line, on the bottom floor of Essex Market. Stop by for top-notch desserts like macarons, croissants, and pumpkin tarts the next time you get a taste for something sweet on the LES.
Land to Sea
East Williamsburg has a new coffee shop and event space where you can drink things like Hong Kong milk tea, ginger lattes, and salted plum sodas. Land to Sea will also be used to host bake sales, workshops, film screenings, and much more in the future. Right now, you can stop by the inside cafe to snack on things like kaya toast and ham and cheese bolo baos (sent over directly from Double Crispy Bakery in Chinatown).
HOWM Cocina & Cocktails
There’s a new restaurant inside the Selina Chelsea hotel that specializes in dishes from Mexico, Central America, and South America. In addition to a piping hot plate of complimentary fried plantain, you should come here expecting to cover your table in things like charred octopus with jalapeño hummus, guava-glazed roasted chicken, or a rib-eye for two with chimichurri on the side. You can also drink a Negroni inside the massive dining room or out on the patio, or take in the excellent views upstairs at the hotel’s rooftop bar.
A new Korean spot specializing in sizzling platters of grilled beef and pork intestines just landed on Koreatown’s W 32nd Street. From the full bar stocked with soju and a wide range of Korean BBQ options to the massive seafood stews, Jongro Gopchan seems like a great place to go for a fun group dinner in the area.
If you’ve been looking for halal Peruvian dishes like rotisserie chicken or salchipapa below 14th Street, Pollos L.E.S. might be your new favorite restaurant. The casual dining room has a mural of cartoon chickens frolicking on a farm, tables covered in red and white checkered tablecloths, and a menu of meat-heavy dishes that should bring you comfort throughout the fall and winter months ahead.
Like very strong allergy medication, Grabstein’s on the UES serves its everything, cinnamon raisin, and pumpernickel bagels over the counter. The new bakery on East 96th Street also has BLTs, egg sandwiches, burritos, and salads on the menu just in case you’re not in the mood to spend your morning with a kettle-cooked disc of dough.
Eros is a new Greek restaurant that just opened up on 2nd Avenue in the East Village, taking over the former Kitchen Sink space. The menu consists of grilled halloumi baby lamb chops, and moussaka, and the signage out front at this corner spot is covered in branches so it’s hard to miss.
There’s a new Daily Provisions location in Midtown, right inside the neighborhood’s newest food hall and massive real estate development, Manhattan West. It’s just a few blocks east of Hudson Yards, and is home to a full menu of fresh crullers, roast beef sandwiches, and chicken dinners. The restaurant is open from 8am-8pm daily, and you can even skip the line and place your pickup order ahead of time on their website.
Speaking of Hudson Yards, Jibs is the newest spot to open in this massive real estate development on the west side of Manhattan. This New England-style lobster shack specializes in the kind of food you’d be eating on a beach day, like fried seafood baskets with crabcakes and calamari, cheeseburgers, and ice cream sundaes. You can enjoy it all at the long wood bar inside or at one of their private cabanas overlooking the Hudson River.
For those of you who are proud fans of high-quality coffee beans, La Cabra might sound familiar. The famous Scandinavian coffee roaster has just opened a cafe and bakery on 2nd Avenue in the East Village where you can try their pour-over, cold brew, or espresso drinks made from beans flown in from Copenhagen. If you’re not as into coffee, you can still stop by for a loaf of sourdough, a cardamom bun, or flaky croissant prepared by a baker who used to work at Bien Cuit.
The UWS has a new soccer-themed Mexican restaurant serving steak burritos, birria tacos, and more on West 94th Street. Stop by Taqueria 86 on Tuesday to take advantage of their $3 Taco Tuesday special, or come in any other day of the week between 12pm and 9pm to try their loaded torta with breaded steak, sausage, ham, and scrambled eggs. If you sit inside, there’s a wall decal of a World Cup game you can analyze while waiting for your food.
One of the people behind Olmsted and Maison Yaki has just opened a new slice shop in Williamsburg. They specialize in square slices of five different flavors: tomato, cheese, pepperoni, white slice, and “barbeque,” which is topped with cumin hot sauce, jalapeños, and red onion. They’ve also got a bunch of pantry staples inside like Japanese mayonnaise and pickles available Wednesday through Sunday.
Marvelous By Fred
Midtown has a new flagship location of Marvelous by Fred, the French bakery serving excellent pastries like petite brioche and fresh waffles.
If you live in Greenpoint, it’s possible you already spend part of your weekends wandering Franklin Street. Well, now you can add Sereneco to your list of places to sporadically drop in on. This huge all-day cafe is on the ground floor of the old pencil factory building, and they serve dishes like grilled prawns with salsa verde, a pork chop with focaccia panzanella, and pancakes and baked eggs during brunch.
You may know Chikarashi as the fast-casual poke bowls spot with long lunch lines. But Chikarashi Isso is a high-end Japanese restaurant from the same people that closed back in March 2020. After running a rooftop counter pop-up at Hotel 50 Bowery, this Fidi spot is officially back open and serving things like wagyu with caviar and wok lobster with soft shell shrimp. So if you’re near the Stock Exchange and looking for an excellent meal and a few cocktails without committing to a big night out, keep this in mind.
Dough Rockefeller Center
NYC-based chain, Dough, has just opened a new doughnut shop in Midtown. Just a few weeks after opening a new location in Astoria, the team has arrived at Rockefeller Center with new doughnut flavors like cherry greek yogurt topped with chopped walnuts and mint.
NoMad has a new fast-casual Mexican restaurant chain serving things chicken milanesa tortas, tlyaduas, and spicy churros. While Tortazo has a couple of locations in Chicago, this is the restaurant’s first NYC location. It seems like a great place to get a quick and filling meal on your lunch break.
Prospect Height’s Sofreh is one of the few Persian restaurants in Brooklyn, and now the owners have opened a second, more casual location in Bushwick. The daytime spot on Bogart Street is now serving coffee, tea, and Iranian pastries like lemon rosewater donuts and tahini caramel date bread from 8am to 6pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
Chai is a new Chinese restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen specializing in family-style dishes from Bejing. Bring a couple of friends and gather around one of the big round tables inside to eat things like Peking duck, mapo tofu, and soft shell crab. They’ve also got about 100 other dishes to try on their massive menu, which is available every day from 11:30am-11pm.
Our favorite LES food hall Essex Market has a new burger shop from the people behind Contra and Ends Meat. Mighties is all about smash burgers (offered as single or double patties with all the usual fixings), but you can also order a hot dog covered in onions and special sauce, or a basket of fries. Located at The Market Line on the bottom floor of the complex, Mighties seems like a good place to know about for a quick lunch or casual weeknight meal.
Part Indian restaurant, part retail space, Tagmo is the newest spot to open in the Seaport District downtown. The menu here includes 13 different small plates like baingan bharta, steamed fish wrapped in banana leaves, and roasted chicken with tomatoes and cashew cream. Tagmo started out as an online shop for small-batch Indian sweets, many of which you can also pick up over the counter at their dessert shop.
Fresh Pond Cocktail Club
If you’re on the hunt for a new cocktail spot in Ridgewood, Fresh Pond is the latest bar to open in the area. They’ve got a menu of things like mai tais and Negronis that you can consume in a dark bar area with lots of big booths or out back on a small garden patio.
One of the fall openings we were excited about, Cha Kee, has finally opened in Chinatown. From sweet and sour pork belly to dan dan noodles made with ramen and a runny egg yolk, Cha Kee is serving a menu of Japanese and Cantonese mashup dishes. The head chef used to work at Mission Chinese Food, and you should look for an all-day menu of comfort food options at this new place on Mott Street.
If the thought of high-grade beef gives you butterflies, Esora Omakase is a new upscale spot you should definitely know about. They’ve just started doing a reservation-only wagyu and tempura tasting menu experience in the East Village that’s only open for one seating per night. You can book a dinner here for up to seven people starting at 6:30pm, Tuesday-Saturday. And throughout your meal, you’ll meet several courses of dishes like shrimp head tempura, wagyu nigiri, and A5 Ozaki beef strip loin served all on its own.
This neighborhood bakery and coffee shop with two locations in Williamsburg has just opened a third spot in Soho. You could just stop by to grab an almond latte in the morning, but if the Lower Manhattan spot is anything like the other cafes, it’ll serve food you’ll want to sit down and enjoy. Think sausage rolls, breakfast empanadas, olive oil muffins, and more.
There’s a new Maman location serving pistachio chocolate croissants, nutty chocolate chip cookies, and slices of lavender loaf cake inside Rockefeller Center. It’s currently open every day for breakfast and lunch, plus you can rent out the plant-covered space for your next private event. Head to their website for more information and their full menu.
Harlem’s newest speakeasy just opened on West 143rd Street and it looks like a great option for a date night in the Hamilton Heights area. Cloak Room has a menu of bourbon cocktails and fancy bar snacks like deviled eggs topped with caviar and charcuterie. So stop by and share a few small plates the next time you want to impress someone Uptown.
As You Are
The newly-opened Ace Hotel Brooklyn now has a restaurant, bar, and bakery on its first floor. As You Are serves coffee and pastries like B.E.C focaccia in the morning and dinner plates like a short rib cheeseburger and octopus-mezcal ragu at night. Their wood-covered dining room also offers desserts like chocolate cake and Portuguese egg tarts over the counter all day.
There’s a new rooftop natural wine bar in Bushwick that just opened in the former factory space of Oddfellow ice cream. The casual drinking hole is run by illustrator Cerise Zelenetz, who has filled both the indoor and outdoor seating areas with big round tables where you can sip some chardonnay from Ojai and snack on things like smoked trout, burrata, or radishes with anchovies & aioli.
The team behind Chavela’s in Crown Heights has taken over the space next door with a new cocktail bar. Altar is the dark and plush new home to inventive drinks like cacio e pepe martinis and a new spin on traditional horchata, plus small plates like patatas bravas and charcuterie.