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NYC’s New Restaurant Openings

If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in New York City, you might go a little bit crazy. 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.

We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we check out each spot, we’ll add a note so you know where to read more about it - either in our Ride-Along Report or Hit List.

october 2018

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Morgenstern’s just opened a giant new location in Greenwich Village. It has 88 flavors of ice cream to choose from (including green tea pistachio and bread), and lots of places to sit and have a private meeting with your soul before you choose which one(s) you want.

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Undercote

16 W 22nd St
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Undercote is the new cocktail bar right below Cote, the upscale Korean BBQ spot in Flatiron. You’ll find fancy cocktails (like one with catnip-infused vodka) and some complimentary bar snacks, all in a room with plant walls and a lot of black leather. Also good to know: they’re only open from Thursday to Sunday, and you can make reservations via email.

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Hartbreakers

820 Hart St
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This is a completely vegan counter-service restaurant in Bushwick from the same people who run Champs Diner in Williamsburg. They’re open from 11am to 5pm every day, serving the vegan equivalents of a small child’s fast food dreams.

Eléa

217 W 85th St
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There’s a Greek restaurant called Kyma that opened a few months ago in Flatiron, and the people behind that place now have another Greek spot on the Upper West Side that sort of of looks like a big seaside resort dining room. Elea’s menu is seafood-focused, with everything from a crudo tasting to seafood risotto and three different types of whole grilled fish.

Felix Roasting Co.

450 Park Ave S
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There isn’t technically a country called Coffee. But if there was, Felix Roasting Company would be its palace. This is a fancy new coffee shop on Park Avenue South with Supermoon Bakehouse pastries and drinks like a gin shrub, a deconstructed espresso tonic, and a hickory smoked s’mores latte.

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Frankie Goes To Hollywood is a British band from the 1980s that kept telling everyone to “Relax.” Frankie Goes To Bollywood is a counter-service Indian takeout spot in Soho that specializes in wraps called frankies.

Natura Cafe

355 W 16th St
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This is a new all-day cafe from the people who run the nightclub Tao. It’s located close by, in the Dream Downtown hotel in Chelsea, and the menu is California-themed, which basically means salads, toasts, and kind-of-healthy pancakes.

The Wilson NYC

132 W 27th St
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Another Chelsea hotel restaurant, but this one’s a seafood-focused American place that’s loosely themed around famous historical and fictional Wilsons (there’s a mural and several menu items like “Jackie Wilson Chicken Club” and “Owen’s Pad Thai”). It’s run by the same restaurant group as places like Refinery Rooftop and Parker and Quinn.

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Oath Pizza

2169 Broadway
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Oath is a pizza place on the UWS that grows some of its own produce in an on-site hydroponic garden. You can get 11-inch pizzas for $11, or half pies for $7. Come for a casual group hang with all your houseplants.

Fournos Theophilos

45 W 45th Street
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This is a new two-story Greek food hall in Midtown with a few different bakery stations, yogurt bars, and grocery sections, as well as a full table-service restaurant on the second floor.

Sauce Pizzeria is a new counter-service slice shop in the East Village from the people behind Sauce on the LES. In addition to some pies with interesting toppings and dipping sauces - like an al pastor pizza that comes with pineapple sauce - they also have Van Leeuwen soft serve.

The Woo

206 Spring Street
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The Woo is a casual Korean BBQ restaurant in Soho that used to have a location on Mercer Street called Woo Lae Oak. At their new spot, you can get BBQ combination platters, stews, and rice dishes.

Harold's

SoHo
2 Renwick Street

Harold’s Meat + Three decided to drop the “Meat + Three” and reopen as an all-day cafe called Harold’s in the same spot (the Arlo Hotel in Soho). Now, instead of only Southern food, they’ll be serving lighter options like market bowls, scallops, and a meatless meatball parm. But you can still get fried chicken and their “hot dog du jour.”

Harlem Ale House

101 W 127th Street
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Harlem Ale House is a new bar and American restaurant in a historic building in Harlem that’s been everything from a speakeasy (in the 1920s) to a bowling alley. They’re currently in soft open mode, which means they aren’t serving food yet and their hours run from 3pm to 2am every day.

Treadwell Park West

508 West 42nd Street
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There are a few other Treadwell Park locations, and they’re all pretty similar - slightly upscale beer halls that are good for groups. The newest one is in Hudson Yards at 42nd and 10th Avenue, and it has pinball machines and free popcorn.

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The Village Den

225 W 12th St
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Antoni, the cooking coach from Queer Eye, just opened a fast-casual restaurant inside an old West Village diner. It’s counter-service, and serves healthy-sounding things like grain bowls, almond pancakes, and cauliflower rice.

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september 2018

The people behind one of our favorite Spanish restaurants (La Vara) just opened a small plates seafood spot in Cobble Hill. It’s a little space with mainly counter seating and a few tables, and you’ll find things like Mediterranean wine, mini raw scallop tacos, and a fancy tuna casserole.

The Garret Nolita

349 Broome Street
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There are now officially enough Garret locations to qualify for their very own bar crawl. The newest one is in Nolita, and it looks a little like someone with an old-school trunk could show up, demand a strong drink, tell some stories, and fit right in.

Gazala's

Upper West Side
447 Amsterdam Avenue

After being closed for a few years, Gazala’s on the Upper West Side is open again. They serve Middle Eastern food such as labneh, kebabs, and crispy-thin pita that might make you question your past pita experiences.

Balaboosta

611 Hudson St
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The owner of Taim (one of our go-to spots for Middle Eastern food) just re-opened her original, more upscale Israeli restaurant called Balaboosta. It used to be in Nolita, but now it’s in the old Bar Bolonat space in the West Village.

10 Corso Como

1 Fulton Street
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10 Corso Como is originally from Milan, and just opened a location in the Seaport. In addition to a gallery and a store selling things like expensive jewelry and special-edition Birkenstocks, there’s an Italian restaurant and cafe that’s open for lunch and dinner every day.

Afandi Grill

149 1st Ave
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This is a fast-casual restaurant in the East Village serving Central Asian food with Chinese influences. The menu has hand-pulled noodle dishes, dumplings, kebabs, rice bowls, and more.

Grand Seoul

85 Chrystie St
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Grand Seoul is a new Korean BBQ place on the Lower East Side with a neon sign that looks like a picture of a cow and a pig who got their tails stuck together and just continued to live like that. You can’t buy the sign (as far as we know), but you can get some BBQ combination platters and stews.

RH Rooftop Restaurant

19 9th Ave, 5th Floor
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Your dreams of having dinner on top of a fancy furniture store (you have those, right?) are about to come true: the Restoration Hardware in Meatpacking now has a formal-feeling restaurant and rooftop terrace that’s full of chandeliers, trees, and truffle pasta.

Sans

Carroll Gardens
329 Smith St

Sans is an upscale vegan restaurant in the Carroll Gardens space where Nightingale Nine used to be. The menu has a la carte dishes like plum terrine, vegan lasagna, and a vegan “TV Dinner,” as well as a five-course tasting option for $65.

Adda

Long Island City / Queens
31-31 Thomson Ave

Adda is an Indian restaurant that recently opened in Long Island City. The owners have another Indian restaurant in the West Village called Rahi, but at this new spot, things are more casual. Everything on the menu here - from the prawn curry to a goat biryani - is under $20.

Shake Shack

225 Varick Street
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The West Village has a Shake Shack now, and this one is a little different from all the others - in the basement Innovation Kitchen, they’ll be developing new menu items, like their first ever chicken nuggets (which you can only get here).

Sakagura East Village

231 E 9th St
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The original Sakagura is a great Japanese izakaya hidden in the basement of a Midtown office building. They recently opened a location in the East Village that’s technically in soft open mode - but there’s still a decently-sized menu full of soups, grilled meat, and rice dishes.

Braven Brewing Company

52 Harrison Pl
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When you’re at a bar and you don’t want to make anyone recite the full list of everything on tap, Braven is one of those reliable beers you’ve tried and (probably) liked. The company that makes it just opened their first taproom and restaurant, with food ranging from a burger with beer cheese on a pretzel bun to fried seitan.

There’s now a second Mekelburg’s across from Domino Park in Williamsburg, and the bar here is bigger than the one in their original Clinton Hill location. They have a grocery section as well as a full menu of things like tartines, sandwiches, and baked potatoes topped with caviar.

This is the first US location of an all-day restaurant from London, and it just opened in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. The menu has everything from a full English breakfast to afternoon tea and (at dinnertime) beef wellington for two.

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The Buren Cafe + Bar

1223 Broadway
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The Buren is a new cafe and bar in Bushwick that opens at 7am every day and has regularly scheduled DJ dance events at night. They also have flatbread pizzas, cocktails, and a swing you can sit on.

Misi

Williamsburg
329 Kent Ave

The team behind Lilia just opened a new restaurant in the bottom of an apartment complex across from Domino Park in Brooklyn. The main focus here is housemade pasta, which you can watch the chefs cook if you’re sitting at the long counter overlooking the open kitchen.

St Ends

Crown Heights
667 Franklin Ave
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St Ends is a new cocktail bar in Crown Heights with a logo that looks like one half of a “best friends” heart necklace. They have a nice little backyard, comfortable couches, and Happy Hour from 3pm-8pm every day.

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If you think of Williamsburg as a Monopoly board, Wythe Avenue is the corner that just got all the hotels. The Hoxton is the latest addition, and they’re planning a bunch of restaurants and bars inside. For now, only one is open - Klein’s, an American spot with dishes like caesar salad, a fried chicken sandwich, and steak tartare.

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Zhen Wei Fang

207 Bowery
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Zhen Wei Fang is a new hot pot place on the LES. They have everything from hot stone beef to lobsters you can pick from the seafood display when you walk in. There also appears to be a talking robot who will greet you when you arrive.

Chiko

954 Manhattan Ave
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This is a fancy Japanese omakase place in Greenpoint. Reservations are required, and there’s a 13-course, $138 tasting menu that includes dishes like the “Coney Island,” with uni and scallop, and a “Summer Carnival” dessert course with ice cream and crispy corn on top.

This new counter-service place in Greenwich Village serves a range of African food, from Senegalese empanadas to vegetable tagine and a burger with piri piri ketchup. There are a few places to sit down here, and most things cost under $20.

Peppercorn Kitchen

289 Mercer St
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Peppercorn Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant in the West Village that’s open for lunch and dinner. The menu includes dumplings in chili oil, spicy crinkle-cut fries, and malatang (a Chinese hot pot dish with noodles).

Corner Bistro

103 N 3rd Street
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The original Corner Bistro makes one of our all-time favorite burgers, and now there’s a new location in the North 3rd Street Market in Williamsburg. In addition to the burger, you’ll find things like tater tots and egg creams. What you won’t find are big booths and 4am crowds.

Bricia

163 Rivington Street
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Bricia is a neighborhood Italian cafe on Clinton Street that’s open from 10am to 10pm every day. Dishes here range from omelettes to pastas, and they also serve beer and wine. Right now, it’s cash-only.

This is a small, casual restaurant in Midtown West serving a combination of Uzbek, Kazakh, and Tajik food, including skewered meat, samsas, and manti (dumplings).

Botte Bar

25-07 Broadway
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Botte Bar is a new Italian wine bar in Astoria with pasta, crostini, and small plates to share. During their Happy Hour (which goes from 4-7pm), you can get half a dozen oysters for $10, and beer, house wine, and cocktails for $5 each.

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Henry

19 W 31st Street
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Henry, the restaurant in the Life Hotel in Nomad, has reopened with a different concept and a new chef (the former chef at The Cecil). The food at the new Henry has African, Asian, and Caribbean influences, and dishes include tamarind jerk BBQ chicken, roti, and an “afropot” with seafood and Chinese pork sausage in it.

Photo: Bea da Costa

Hortus NYC

271 5th Avenue
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Hortus NYC is an Asian restaurant in Nomad serving everything from pork belly to soy bean paste hummus, as well as some good-looking cocktails. It seems after-work-nice, like the kind of place people who spend eight hours a day in Nomad would fit right into.

This spot on the LES looks a little like a dive bar, with Budweiser signs and TVs on the walls. The menu has all kinds of traditional BBQ (brisket, ribs, cornbread), plus not-so-traditional additions like New England clam cakes, Indian spiced lamb shank, and s’mores.

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One of our top 20 favorite pizza places in the city now has another Greenpoint location, and this one sells slices (of the square and non-square varieties) in addition to full pies. There are traditional and vegan classics on the menu, plus a few new additions like a square pizza with sesame seeds on the bottom called the Freddy Prince.

Sala Thai

Upper West Side
307 Amsterdam Ave

We really like Up Thai on the UES, and now the same owners have opened Sala Thai on the UWS. The dining room here looks giant, with murals on the walls and more chandeliers than Sia’s music video (which, fun fact, doesn’t actually have any in it).

The people (nay, the citizens) behind a pleasant Australian cafe in Chelsea just opened a new location in Gramercy. This place serves breakfast all day as well as lunch bowls and sandwiches they call “afternoon delights.” Soon they’ll also have cocktails, beer, and wine.

Phobar

82 W 3rd Street
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Phobar is a casual new Vietnamese place in Greenwich Village, a block from Washington Square Park. NYU people, your back-to-school shopping might need to include the $15 spicy brisket pho here.

At Ume in Williamsburg, you can get something called a “deconstructed omakase” - i.e. a tray with 12 pieces of fish, plus rice, sauce, nori, and garnishes that you combine yourself. The set will change seasonally and the whole thing costs $45.

Toriko NY

76 Carmine St
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Toriko is a Japanese restaurant specializing in yakitori, and they just opened their first US spot in Greenwich Village (they have several locations in Japan). In addition to the yakitori, they have options like ramen and rice bowls, and there are three omakase options, one of which is vegan.

Van Leeuwen Soho

61 W Houston Street
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We believe in medicine and science. But we also believe in the restorative power of the sundae at Van Leeuwen. And now you can be healed at their new location in Soho on West Houston St. between Greene and Wooster.

Hwaban

Flatiron
55 W 19th St

A new upscale Korean restaurant in Flatiron with dishes like sweet shrimp crudo and beef short ribs. You can order a la carte, but there’s also a set menu for $75, and a ginseng chicken soup you need to order two days in advance.

Photo: Kyle Park

The Braised Shop

241 E 10th St
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This is a casual Taiwanese counter-service spot in the East Village where you pick a bunch of braised proteins and vegetables to combine into one customized rice or noodle dish. They’re still in soft-open mode with limited hours, so you might want to try calling ahead.

Wanderlust

1004 2nd Ave
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Wanderlust might sound like a trendy pilates studio, but it’s actually a restaurant in Midtown East that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. The menu has everything from pad thai to poutine and ham cordon bleu.

Black Seed Bagels

1188 Broadway
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We live in a city that has boiled circular bread in its very foundation. Figuratively, we think. Which is why it’s worth mentioning that there’s a new location of this Montreal-style bagel place in the Ace Hotel in Nomad.

Bushniwa

250 Varet St
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This is a casual new Japanese place in Bushwick that serves small plates (ranging from dumplings to king crab pot pie), entrees, and sushi. There are also desserts like homemade ice cream and green tea tiramisu.

Mori

351 5th St
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The menu at this new Park Slope spot has a mix of Japanese and Korean dishes, with options like yellowtail sashimi, Korean fried chicken, and an $89 wagyu steak. Most of the entrees are in the $20 range, and they’re also open for lunch.

Cash Only BBQ

774 Driggs Ave
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The name here is pretty straightforward: this is a small, mostly-takeout BBQ spot in Williamsburg that doesn’t want your credit cards. They make slow-roasted beef, pork, and chicken wings, as well as smoked jackfruit for vegans and vegetarians.

Voltaire

138 Smith St
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Voltaire is a Southern-themed spot in Cobble Hill that does Happy Hour until 8pm and has a backyard area that looks like a platform tent. You’ll find bar snacks as well as larger plates like pork with collard greens and a grilled cheese that comes with gumbo.

Bluestone Lane

417 Amsterdam Avenue
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There are more Bluestone Lane locations than operational lighthouses in New York City. Which is OK because lighthouses probably don’t play a huge role in your everyday life, and Bluestone Lane has good coffee and pastries. This latest location is on the Upper West Side.

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De Mole

2 Hope Street
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De Mole is a casual Mexican restaurant in Williamsburg serving everything from salmon with mole to beef brisket stew, plus a bunch of vegan options.

Windmill

Lower East Side
43 Clinton Street
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One of our favorite casual French places, Le French Diner, just opened a new bar on Clinton Street. In addition to drinks, they have a short menu of dishes like seared foie gras, skewers, and panna cotta.

We checked out Windmill and put it on our Bar Hit List.

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Santiago’s Beer Garden is a new Dominican restaurant in East Harlem with a nice-looking back patio and a bunch of colorful murals. They serve dishes like roast chicken, stewed beef, and oxtail that you can pick up at the counter or eat in their outdoor space. They don’t have a liquor license yet, but should be getting it soon.

Macoletta

2815 24th Ave
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A new casual spot in Astoria making Neapolitan-style pizzas with interesting toppings like lamb sausage and fontina or harissa and cauliflower.

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There are a few Vin Sur Vingts across the city now, and the latest location is on the UWS. It should come in handy if you need a spot for a nice drink and some snacks in the neighborhood.

Elsie Rooftop

1412 Broadway
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This is a new indoor/outdoor rooftop bar near Bryant Park that looks like the physical manifestation of the glowing cursive Instagram font, with lots of gold and velvet art deco furniture. Elsie has cocktails, bar food, and bottle service.

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There’s a neighborhood sushi spot in Bushwick called MoMo Sushi Shack, and the same people just opened another casual restaurant nearby. This one specializes in fried chicken and vegetable sides.

Vietspot

200 Church St
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If you spend time in Tribeca while the sun hangs out in the middle of the sky, Vietspot is a new place you might want to add to your list of lunch options. It’s a fast-casual Vietnamese restaurant with banh mi, pho, and vermicelli rice noodles.

Kill Devil House Of Dark Spirits

Williamsburg
292 Bedford Ave, Ground Floor
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This is a rum bar in Williamsburg on the corner of Bedford and Grand with a name that is both terrifying and great for SEO. They serve a bunch of colorful cocktails, and there’s a machine that makes customized ice cubes with devil tails on them.

Llamita

West Village
80 Carmine St

Llama Inn, a great Peruvian restaurant in Williamsburg, just opened a new place in the West Village called Llamita. It’s open from 11am (10am on weekends) until 8pm, and it’s counter-service only, with roughly 15 seats where you can eat rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, and beef heart skewers.

We checked out Llamita and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

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Ample Hills Creamery

421 Van Brunt St
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Ample Hills now has a giant factory, museum, and store in a neighborhood with enough room for that sort of thing - Red Hook. It looks like less like a place created specifically for social media, and more like something designed at least in part with kids in mind. In case you needed to convince your kids to like ice cream more.

This is a new American restaurant in Bed-Stuy where the dining room resembles an air-conditioned greenhouse, with glass walls and hanging plants. They serve burgers, scallop ceviche, and little salami sandwich sliders.

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Bar Beau

Williamsburg
61 Withers St

The front of Bar Beau is just a coffee counter, but there’s a full cocktail bar and small plates restaurant in the back. The menu has a wide range of dishes, from udon and shishito peppers to a burger.

We checked out Bar Beau and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

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We recently went to Leonelli in Nomad and liked everything we ate. Now they have a bakery attached where you can get housemade breads, pastries, and focaccia pizzas from 7am to 8pm every day.

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Ada's Place

517 W 38th St
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Legacy Records is the big Hudson Yards restaurant from the people behind Charlie Bird, and they just opened a cocktail bar upstairs. Ada’s Place also serves a bar food menu that’s completely different from Legacy’s, with dishes like razor clams and a burger.

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Noted Tribeca

112 Hudson St
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Noted is a new all-day Korean cafe where you can order savory waffles with pork belly, pasta with cod roe, and portobello rice balls. The space looks a little bit like a dorm at a very expensive college, with mismatched leather couches and plants that might be sculptures.

At the current rate, this city might have more Australian-inspired all-day cafes than subway stations by the year 2020. At this latest one on the LES you can eat mushroom toast and chicken caesar salad while you sit at a little marble table.

Primo’s

Tribeca
129 Chambers St.
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This is a new Tribeca cocktail bar with geometric art, colorful velvet chairs, and snack options like a muffuletta, Morgenstern’s ice cream, and something called “midnight pasta” - which you should steal as your new meme account name.

We checked out Primo’s and put it on our Bar Hit List.

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Katana Kitten is a two-floor Japanese cocktail bar in the West Village with fancy beer-and-shot deals. The basement is table-service only while the upstairs is more of a classic bar setup.

We checked out Katana Kitten and put it on our Bar Hit List.

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If you’re looking to swim in Williamsburg without causing significant damage to a fire hydrant, the Williamsburg Hotel now has a rooftop pool and bar you should know about. You’ll need a day pass to get in if you’re not a hotel guest (pricing varies, but the cost is $100 on weekends).

Attraversa Wine Bar

225 W Broadway
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The people behind Aria have a new wine bar in Tribeca that looks almost identical to all the other places they own. Which is to say, $16 pasta, library shelves full of wine bottles, and a reliable setup for drinks with someone you like a lot already or someone you’re not sure you like at all.

Pod Brooklyn Hotel RFTP

247 Metropolitan Ave
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The Pod Hotel in Williamsburg already had a beer hall on the ground floor (called Clinton Hall), and now there’s a rooftop bar too. You can come here and play a fun game called “How many $14 cocktails will it take my friends to order the vegetable plate that comes with ‘edible soil?’”

Concrete

906 Broadway
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This is a new casual Italian restaurant on the border of Bed-Stuy and Bushwick with a bunch of pastas, small plates, and Sicilian-inspired sandwiches. They also serve brunch on the weekends and have a rotating installation of work from local artists.

Charley St

Nolita
41 Kenmare St

If you’re keeping track of all the places where you can drink lattes and order food that comes in a bowl, Charley St. is one to add to the list. This is a new coffee shop in Nolita with curated coffee cup designs and an almost entirely white space.

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Danny Meyer (who’s behind Union Square Cafe, Shake Shack, and a lot of other spots you’ve heard of) has a new restaurant on the 60th floor of a building in FiDi. There’s a French-inspired prix-fixe that costs $78 (for three courses), but you can also order a la carte at the bar.

We checked out Manhatta and put it on our Hit List.

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The Usual

Nolita
35 Kenmare St

The team behind Eggslut (a famous breakfast sandwich spot in LA) just opened a new restaurant in the Nolitan Hotel. This place seems nothing like Eggslut, mostly because it’s a sit-down spot with things like pastas, fried chicken, and a long wine list.

886

East Village
26 Saint Marks Pl

886 is a casual Taiwanese place on St. Mark’s where you can get oyster omelettes, a spicy fried chicken sandwich, and a sausage and sticky rice dish called “Sausage Party.” The space looks a little like a club, with a bunch of purple neon lights and colorful murals.

We checked out 886 and put it on our Hit List.

Holy Ground

Tribeca
109 W Broadway
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This is the first full-time location of Holy Ground, a barbecue place that’s done a few seasonal pop-ups before (like at Elsewhere in Bushwick this summer). The space looks fancy, with red booths like the ones you’d sit in if you were a businessperson in an old movie.

We checked out Holy Ground and put it on our Hit List.

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A Summer Day Cafe is an Italian spot in the same Tribeca building as Holy Ground - like a fraternal twin in restaurant form. It has a menu full of seafood like bass crudo, branzino, and lobster salad.

We checked out A Summer Day Cafe and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

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Ikinari Steak

2233 Broadway
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Ikinari Steak is a chain of Japanese restaurants where you get steaks cut to-order and eat them standing up. There are a bunch of other locations around the city, and the newest one is on the UWS. (It has some seats, too, if you’d prefer to eat your $16 ribeye sitting down.)

Junzi Kitchen

170 Bleecker St
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Junzi is a new fast-casual Northern Chinese restaurant in Greenwich Village serving things like bings (Chinese crepes), noodle bowls, and different types of tea. They also have locations near Columbia University and Yale, and they serve food until 1:30am on weekends, so we’re sensing a target demographic here.

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Kaikagetsu

126 Orchard St
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This new LES Japanese restaurant is currently omakase-only, but will eventually have a la carte options. In addition to two tasting menus (both of which are around $100, and one of which is completely vegan), they have a special omakase for $58 during their soft open.

MONO+MONO

116 E 4th St
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After being closed for a few years, this Korean restaurant just reopened in its old spot in the East Village with a new menu. Now it’s a flower and coffee shop by day and a cocktail bar and small plates restaurant at night.

If you want great Detroit-style pizza, you have a few options. One of them is to buy a plane ticket and go to Detroit. Another is to eat at Emmy Squared - a pizza and burger spot (the sister restaurant of Emily) that started out in Williamsburg, and now has another location on 1st Avenue in the East Village.

We checked out Emmy Squared and put it on our Hit List.

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The Breakers

307 Meeker
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The Breakers is a new indoor/outdoor bar in Williamsburg from the team behind The Woods, one of the neighborhood’s go-to places to drink and dance. It has frozen cocktails and tacos, enough room for dancing, and more neon signs than an ’80s bowling alley.

We checked out The Breakers and put it on our Bar Hit List.

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Shake Shack

160 Berry Street
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Speaking of Williamsburg, there’s now a Shake Shack on Berry Street. In addition to the usual menu, this location also has custard flavors from Du’s Donuts and other Brooklyn-based bakeries.

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Existing Conditions is a new cocktail bar in Greenwich Village from some of the people behind famous spots like Booker & Dax and Please Don’t Tell. This place has drinks made from liquified waffles, a vending machine where you can use tokens to get bottled cocktails, and a non-alcoholic drink with honey from a rare Mexican bee. So you know, just your average neighborhood bar.

We checked out Existing Conditions and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Hao Noodle

Chelsea
343 W 14th St

Hao Noodle (a Chinese restaurant we like in the West Village) just opened a second location in Chelsea with a slightly different menu that has more of a focus on skewers and small plates. Eventually they’ll have drinks, but for now they’re still waiting on a liquor license.

We checked out Hao Noodle and put it on our Hit List.

Stay Gold

Gramercy
360 3rd Ave
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Stay Gold is a new cocktail bar on 3rd Avenue in Kips Bay with drinks that sound like chapters from a coming-of-age road trip novel (“Long Look Back” and “The Passing Afternoon”). There’s also a pretty sizable back garden and some bar snacks like Triscuits with caviar.

We checked out Stay Gold and put it on our Bar Hit List.

The Hidden Pearl

Greenpoint
621 Manhattan Ave
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To get to this new Japanese cocktail bar, you have to walk through a recently-opened ramen restaurant in Greenpoint called Wanpaku. Then you knock on the door and whisper “hungry hungry hippo” three times until someone greets you. OK, you don’t have to do the second part, but they’ll probably still let you in if you do.

We checked out The Hidden Pearl and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

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This is the first taproom from a Brooklyn-based brewery whose beers you’ve probably seen in fancy bodegas. It’s on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, and they have food from a Middle Eastern takeout spot we like called Samesa.

We checked out Grimm and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Xi’an Famous Foods

313 Avenue of the Americas
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The West Village now has a Xi’an Famous Foods that’s bigger than most of their other locations. This one is right by the West 4th St subway station, and serves the same classic spicy cumin lamb noodles you know (or should know) and love.

Millie’s used to be a tiny Cuban spot, and now it’s a bigger Cuban spot in a central Bushwick location on Wilson Avenue. They serve ropa vieja, yuca fries, Cubano sandwiches, and other Cuban dishes in a casual sit-down space.

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This newest location of Court Street Grocers recently took over the old Saltie space in Williamsburg. They’re serving some of their classic sandwiches as well as a few you can only get here, like a Muffuletta and something called a Jersey Sloppy Joe - which happens to be a nickname we really don’t want.

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Kopitiam is a Malaysian restaurant that just reopened in a new location on East Broadway on the LES. The food at this new all-day cafe is a bit different than the old version (which mostly served snacks and desserts), with things like Malaysian style-breakfast, spicy sesame noodles, and honeycomb cake.

We checked out Hao Noodle and put it on our Hit List.

A very good Chinese restaurant in Williamsburg just opened a second location on Delancey Street on the LES. Their new spot has a takeout window, late-night hours on the weekends, and a few additions to the original menu like a crispy whole fish.

We checked out Kings County Imperial and put it on our Hit List.

Bernie’s

Greenpoint
332 Driggs Ave

Bernies is a retro American restaurant in Greenpoint from the people behind one of favorite Jewish delis (Frankel’s). This new spot isn’t anything like a deli - they serve things like baked clams on checkered tablecloths.

We checked out Bernie’s and put it on our Hit List.

Gitano

SoHo
76 Varick Street

There are enough tropical plants at Gitano Tulum to almost fool you into thinking you’re at the original restaurant in Tulum (instead of across the street from the Holland Tunnel). This is a giant outdoor Mexican bar and restaurant off of 6th Avenue that’ll be open for the rest of the summer season.

We checked out Gitano and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

This is a casual little spot in the East Village serving less-casual French food, like asparagus with verbena-watercress coulis and guinea hen with carrot-bergamot puree. They’re serving both dinner and brunch, and if you get there before 6:30pm, you can try their three-course tasting menu (and a glass of wine) for $49.

Ukiyo

239 E. 5th Street
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Ukiyo is a French-Japanese restaurant in the East Village next door to a sushi place we like called Jewel Bako (they’re owned by the same people). Here you can choose between tasting menu options (five-courses for $75 or eight-courses for $125) or a la carte dishes like crispy rice with foie gras or halibut with dashi hollandaise.

Rosemary’s in the West Village (yes, that Rosemary’s) just opened a casual pizza place a few blocks away on Perry Street. It’s walk-in-only, and has some big glass doors that open onto the street so you can be outside-adjacent while you eat broccoli rabe pizza and drink wine.

We checked out Rosemary’s Pizza and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

This is an upscale new Italian restaurant in the Evelyn hotel on 27th Street in Nomad. The menu is Roman-inspired, with crowd-pleasing dishes like flatbreads, pastas, a pork chop, and a non-Roman-inspired burger.

We checked out Leonelli and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Photo: Alex Staniloff

Sofreh

Prospect Heights
75 Saint Marks Ave

Sofreh is a new Persian restaurant right off of Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Heights, serving dishes like smoked eggplant and plum chicken. The narrow space has brick walls and the kind of exposed black beams you’ve always wanted in your apartment.

We checked out Sofreh and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

This is a casual new North African restaurant in the West Village, from a chef who’s worked at some other great Middle Eastern places like Taim. During lunch, you order at the counter, but at dinner it’s full-service, with a menu focused on homemade couscous, plus mains like branzino, and hummus with challah.

We checked out Kish-Kash and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Avant Garden

Williamsburg
188 Havemeyer Street

It was a sad day at The Infatuation when the Williamsburg bar and pork-focused restaurant called Post Office closed. This new vegan restaurant in the old Post Office space (on Havemeyer) couldn’t be more different - with things like pineapple tartare, corn toast, and a list of natural wines.

We checked out Avant Garden and put it on our Hit List.

TsuruTonTan

64 W 48th St
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The second New York location of an udon spot we like called TsuruTonTan just opened on 48th street in Midtown. So far they’re only serving lunch, with options like donburi bowls, sashimi, and their signature (and massive) bowls of both hot and cold udon noodles.

Horses And Divorces

285 Bedford Ave
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Aside from having the name of a memoir of a jockey, this new bar on Bedford Avenue in South Williamsburg has $10 cocktails, a pool table, and the same owners as Skinny Dennis (another bar in the neighborhood).

Trad Room

Bedford-Stuyvesant
266 Malcolm X Blvd

Trad Room is a new restaurant on the corner of Malcolm X Blvd and Halsey Street in Bed-Stuy with a huge open kitchen, tall ceilings, and soda fountain stools. In terms of food, the menu has everything from miso butter grilled oysters to pork tongue to a roast chicken.

If you’ve headed to Brooklyn over the Williamsburg Bridge recently, you’ve probably seen the giant sign for Tacocina that makes it look like an amusement park entrance. This is a new taco spot (from the people behind Shake Shack) in the also-new Domino Park on the Williamsburg waterfront.

We checked out Tacocina and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Photo: Peter Garritano

Nonono

Nomad
118 Madison Avenue
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This is a small Japanese restaurant on Madison Avenue in Nomad from the people behind two Korean places we like a lot (Take 31 and Her Name Is Han). They have a full bar, ramen bowls, and many skewers.

We checked out Yakitori Nonono and put it on our Hit List.

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Bocce is a new Italian restaurant in that open-air structure with Greek columns in the middle of Union Square Park (across from the Barnes & Noble). Seating here is primarily outside, and you can order things like pizzas, negroni slushies, and crudos while you watch someone confuse the restaurant’s bocce courts for the site of the Summer Olympic Games.

We checked out Bocce Union Square and put it on our Hit List.

Photo: Gachot Studios

There’s a new Tacombi location in Fort Greene with a big outdoor seating area. If you like to watch movies at BAM because of all the restaurants nearby, here’s another to add to your list - it’s right across the street.

We checked out Tacombi Fort Greene and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Wanpaku

Greenpoint
621 Manhattan Ave

If you’ve been reading this Openings Guide lately, you might have noticed that it looks a little like a Greenpoint neighborhood blog - there are a lot of new spots opening in the neighborhood. Here’s another. It’s a casual Japanese ramen and curry place right on top of the Nassau G stop and a block from McCarren Park.

We checked out Wanpaku and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Harlem Hops

2268 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
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Harlem Hops specializes in hard-to-find local craft beer from small-batch breweries. Their spot by the 135th 2 and 3 stop also has a bar menu with things like bratwurst and spicy meat pies.

Otto's Tacos

1568 3rd Avenue
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We’re longtime fans of the tacos at Otto’s in the East Village, and they just opened a new location on 88th Street on the Upper East Side. This one has their usual affordable prices, simple menu, and homemade tortillas.

Oxomoco

Greenpoint
128 Greenpoint ave
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This is a new Mexican restaurant in Greenpoint from one of the people behind Speedy Romeo. They make pretty much everything here on a wood-fired grill, including pork cheek carnitas tacos, tostadas, and ceviches.

We checked out Oxomoco and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Dez

Nolita / SoHo
227 Mulberry St

One of the people behind By Chloe just opened another fast-casual restaurant on Mulberry Street in Nolita. The food is Middle Eastern and, in a shocking turn of events, mostly vegetarian- and vegan-focused.

We checked out Dez and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

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Williamsburg now has its own food hall. Notable vendors include Chuko Ramen, Regina’s Grocery, Corner Bistro, and, the second location of one of our favorite pizza places in the city, Di Fara.

Simò Pizza

90 Gansevoort St
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This is a new fast-casual Neapolitan pizza place in Meatpacking where nothing costs more than $11. It looks kind of like stopping by a slice joint, except they only take credit cards and you get a whole Neopolitan pizza. They plan to open more locations in Chelsea and Brooklyn soon.

Photo: Francesco Sapienza

Kyma

15 W 18th St
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If you spend time on Long Island, you might know about Kyma - a Greek restaurant in Roslyn that someone has probably referred to as their “little Santorini.” They just opened their first (giant) Manhattan location in Flatiron, with a long menu of seafood, familiar Greek dishes, and familiar Greek seafood dishes.

Harwood on Hudson is a new American restaurant serving things like mussels, ribs, and pastas in a space that looks like a barn, a speakeasy, and the West Village had a lovechild. They’re open for dinner (and currently taking reservations) with some sidewalk seating and a marble bar up front.

We checked out Harwood on Hudson and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.

Photo: Kris Tramburello
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