If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in New York City, you might go a little wild. 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.
You might already know you like sake, but do you know exactly which variety you like and what season to drink it in? Well, if you’re ready to find out, you can sip and learn all about it at this brand new bar on Avenue C in Alphabet City (that took over the Lois space). Accidental Bar’s mission is to teach New Yorkers about sake in the same way they might learn about wine from a tasting - but in a completely casual and fun atmosphere. The new bar is run by Austin Power, a sake sommelier who has been working in the industry for 12 years - and there’s seating available inside and out. You can book a reservation here.
Greenwich Village has a new bakery that specializes in kolaches stuffed with everything from strawberry rhubarb jam to bacon, egg, and cheese. The original Brooklyn Kolache in Bed-Stuy has been making these round Texas-style pastries for nearly a decade, but the Manhattan spot has some new flavors like a sausage, egg, and cheese kolaches filled with meat from Faicco’s. They sit just two blocks south of Washington Square Park and have plenty of sidewalk seating. But if you need another reason to stop by soon, know that they’re offering a glitter-covered Pride Roll for the month of June and will be donating 100% of the profits to the Ali Forney Center, a non-profit dedicated to helping homeless LGBTQ youth.
7th St Burger
This new burger shop in the East Village has just three entree options for you to choose from: a regular, double, or impossible cheeseburger. But you can also opt-in for a side of fries and a Mexican coke. So if you’re not in the mood to make any complicated decisions for dinner, stop by this new takeout spot for a very straightforward burger experience.
Over the last year, having a park picnic has gone from casual summer activity to a year-round attraction for social New Yorkers. And in response, Dinner Party opened this picnic-themed restaurant right around the corner from Fort Greene Park. Expect a rotating weekly menu of $16 set meals that involve dishes like roasted chicken, rice pudding, and sourdough toast. So if you’re in the area and need a picnic platter to-go, stop by Dinner Party’s kitchen on South Portland Avenue.
Tacos Güey is a new Mexican restaurant in Flatiron from an ex-Legacy Records chef. It’s in the former Flatiron Lounge space and 90% of the menu is dedicated to seafood and tacos. From diver scallop aguachile and sea bass ceviche with gooseberries to carnitas and birria on fresh corn tortillas, Tacos Güey serves a bunch of good-looking Mexican dishes in a big dark dining room on West 19th Street.
This counter-service sandwich shop just opened its third location on the UWS, which means you can now get things like fried chicken wrapped in a ginger dough with lamb bacon or a steak bowl topped with bleu cheese and red chili mayo uptown.
One of the people behind Her Name is Han just opened this experimental, new Korean-American restaurant in Nomad. It looks like the kind of place you might go for a fun dinner full of dishes you’ve never had before - think zucchini caesar salad, a rice bowl topped with bone marrow that’s hollowed out tableside, and a noodle dish with duck skin and umami foam. Little Mad is only doing indoor dining right now, so be prepared to have dinner in a dark room with cement walls and a loud Hip-Hop playlist.
The second location of Taco Mahal just opened up in Hell’s Kitchen, bringing dishes like naan tacos, tandoori chicken wings, chips and chutney, and masala fries to 9th Avenue. All of the Indian and Latin mash-up dishes here are available for a takeout lunch or a sit-down meal inside their brick-walled dining room.
If you want to eat some squid ink linguine and sip a martini inside an old-school supper club in Greenwich Village, consider checking out Hancock Street. Since early June, this neighborhood American bistro has been serving dinner inside a dimly-lit dining room with booth tables covered in white tablecloths. There are tons of pasta options on the menu, but you can also get some steak or a piece of fish at the upscale spot. Plus, they’ve got a bunch of seating outdoors if you want to catch a glimpse of the sunset while you eat.
From porterhouses to filet mignon, steak is the primary focus of this new Argentinian spot in the West Village. Sabor Argentino has eight different beef cuts on its menu - and each one comes with your choice of a side like mashed potatoes, squash, or french fries. The bright blue restaurant with a plant-covered wall inside also has non-meat options like empanadas, pasta, and tiramisu available.
Casa Limone is a new, multi-floor Italian restaurant in Midtown that just opened for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Whether you’re looking for a pastry basket in the morning, bubbly pizza crust in the afternoon, or a huge menu of seafood pasta around dinnertime, this new spot on East 49th Street has you covered.
The team behind places like Locanda Verde, Bar Primi, and Lafayette just opened a new Italian spot at the South Street Seaport. Carne Mare is the newest place to open at Pier 17, complete with two floors of indoor seating, a huge selection of steaks, and plenty of seafood options like spicy lobster spaghetti and a whole fish.
After running a pop-up series last summer (often involving pimms cups, fish & chips, and guest chefs), the team behind Dame just opened in a new, permanent home on MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village, operating Tuesday through Sunday, from 6-11pm. Expect a casual energy here (and, according to their co-owner, staff likely in shorts and disco possibly playing through the speakers), with excellent wine and tons of fresh fish. Everything on Dame’s menu - other than the two desserts - is made with seafood, like smoked whitefish croquettes, grilled razor clams with bone marrow and white asparagus, and a lobster tart. If you’re excited to eat any of those dishes, you’re not alone. They release reservations three weeks ahead of time, and most everything is booked solid. Hot tip: new reservations get released on Resy at noon for three weeks out).
Coney Island is officially back open and there’s a brand new rooftop bar and restaurant right on Riegelmann boardwalk. La Tombola serves pizza, sandwiches, and other snacks you might nostalgically associate with sand and sunburn. Plus, they claim to have one of the longest bars in Brooklyn, so one could theoretically pack a tape measure if they were personally curious.
Kjun isn’t necessarily a brand new operation. This one-person operation has been serving delicious Korean-Cajun dishes out of a catering kitchen on the Upper East Side for a couple months. But the chef, Jae Jung, just moved to a new space on 9th Street in the East Village for takeout and delivery service. We’ve tried their food and love the kimchi jambalaya, which incorporates kimchi that’s been fermenting for three months. You can check out the whole menu and place your order here.
This outdoor-only restaurant in 99 Scott (a Bushwick events space) reopened with a new, summer-long collaboration between pop-ups Kreung and Ha’s Đặc Biệt. The menu combines Kreung’s Cambodian cooking with Ha’s Đặc Biệt’s Vietnamese specialities, plus a list of natural wine curated by the wine director of Frenchette in Tribeca. So you can expect dishes like tamarind manila clams with lime leaf, curry pie made with vegetable jungle curry, a pork sausage satay with pickles and roti. Make a reservation ahead of time online or stop by Thursday-Saturday starting at 5pm, 5-10pm, or for Sunday daytime service from 2-9pm.
Evil Twin Dumbo
On Wednesday, June 2nd Evil Twin opened a second taproom location of their Danish-based brewery - and we’re big fans of the original taproom in Ridgewood. You can check out their new taproom or pick up a four-pack on weekdays starting at noon and weekends starting at 10am. For any extra-enthusiastic beer people, we’re happy to report Evil Twin will be releasing special new beer every week for pick-up at both locations on Fridays starting at noon.
Morgenstern’s Burgers, Fries and Pies
The longtime ice cream store started a brand new burger project on June 1st that’s only available at their flagship West Houston Street location. Starting at noon every day, you can order five different burgers (like a classic cheeseburger, buffalo burger, and a pork teriyaki burger), as well as fries and tater tots.
A new plant-based restaurant group opened a new location in a two-floor space in Nomad. Planta Queen serves dishes like XO tofu, Singapore noodles, and spicy tuna rolls made from watermelon, as part of a larger sustainable mission to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions. You can check out the all-day menu for brunch, lunch, and dinner here.
Ample Hills Creamery
You know the Nitehawk movie theater on the west side of Prospect Park? Well now there’s an Ample Hills ice cream shop right next door. Some context: Ample Hills is under new ownership - which Grub Street has covered here. This store is the first new location since their leadership change, and it comes complete with its very own rooftop, children’s library, and spacious indoor seating area.
One of our favorite summer burger spots in Brooklyn just opened a new counter-service location at Pier 17 in South Street Seaport. The new Mister Dips in Manhattan has the same griddle burgers and waffle fries as the original Williamsburg airstream, plus some new options like a blackberry buttermilk milkshake. Swing by from 11:30am-10pm, Wednesday-Sunday for a burger with great views of the Brooklyn Bridge.
While not technically a speakeasy, everything about Happy Be seems like a secret. To enter this new rooftop cocktail bar on the border of Soho, Tribeca, and Chinatown, you’ll have to walk by a bunch of art galleries in Cortlandt Alley and enter a side door in the Walker Hotel. Once you make it to the top of the elevator, you’ll see hidden banquettes, private nooks, and flourishing plant beds that wrap around the bar. If you’re not too confused, stop by for a drink made with kombu-infused rye whiskey or pineapple-moringa tea here. Happy Be is open from 5-11pm, Tuesday-Thursday, and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.
This new seafood restaurant is on the first floor of the Rockaway Hotel, just one block from the Rockaway Beach Park in Queens. Margie’s looks like an upscale option for things like steak, clam pasta, and a seafood tower full of everything from oysters to king crab legs. So if you want to have a sit-down meal somewhere that won’t attract people wearing swimsuits and flip-flops, try Margie’s.
La Barca Cantina
Have you ever dreamt of eating shrimp tacos or esquites on a boat? Well, now you can at La Barca Cantina in Hell’s Kitchen. This tri-level ship picks up passengers at Pier 81 on 41st Street and makes several one-hour trips along the Hudson River from 3-10pm Thursday-Friday and 1-10pm Saturday through Sunday. The outdoor top deck has great views of the Manhattan skyline and a full cocktail bar, while the bi-level interior space has a bunch of tables and booths for large groups.
This popular Mexican restaurant chain just opened its first Queens location in Long Island City. The new restaurant looks like all the other Tacombi locations in town, with its white brick walls, aqua blue accents, and giant windows. And there is plenty of space inside and outdoors where you can eat tacos and drink palomas.
Another NYC-based chain, Dough, has just opened a new doughnut shop in Queens. Just a few weeks after opening a new location in Prospect Heights, the team has arrived in Astoria with new doughnut flavors like cherry greek yogurt topped with chopped walnuts and mint.
The people behind Mr. Purple and a bunch of other popular bars just opened a new Italian spot at the Arlo Midtown hotel. Nearly Ninth is an all-day spot with a coffee lounge for your morning caffeine needs, a bar for when you want a mezcal negroni, and a rooftop for when you want an open-air forum to consume pizza, pasta, or charcuterie. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner daily and has plans to open a full dining room soon.
Ampia Rooftop, an outdoor-only Italian spot in FiDi with a bunch of private greenhouses, has a new rosé pop-up. The summer series is taking over Ampia’s flower-covered bar for the next few months, and all of the wine comes from a winery in Puglia. You can walk right up and drink at Calafuria from 4pm to 12am, Monday to Sunday, without the need for a reservation.
Roberta's Fine Dining
Harlem has a new Southern restaurant that serves things like mac & cheese, BBQ wings, and meatloaf for dinner in a casual dining room on W 145th Street. And if you want to change up your brunch restaurant rotation, you can also stop by Roberta’s Fine Dining for some chicken & waffles or shrimp & grits during weekend brunch.
Skorpios is Midtown’s newest Greek restaurant. It just opened in the former Charlie Palmer Steak space on East 54th Street, serving dishes like spanakopita, fried calamari, and grilled fish by the pound. The large and upscale dining room looks like a great new option for business dinners in the area, but you can also drop in for a low-key meal outside.
The people behind West Village spots like Joseph Leonard, Fairfax, and the now-closed Bar Sardine have just opened a new spot called Jolene in Noho. It’s a self-proclaimed “American bistro” where you can eat steak frites, lamb tartare, or even a whole branzino in a small dining room on Grand Street. They’ve also got a huge list of natural wine and a lineup of refreshing cocktails available for both indoor and outdoor dinner service, Tuesday-Sunday.
Em Vietnamese Bistro
After over a year of being in a pandemic-related, restaurant-opening limbo, the husband and wife team behind Em Vietnamese are finally opening their second restaurant location in DUMBO. While their original spot in Bensonhurst focuses on dishes like chicken wings, phở, and mango smoothies, the new DUMBO restaurant has a larger menu including more seafood options like Saigon-style scallop rice porridge, mussels, and a bowl of garlic butter clams with a bánh mì on the side. For now, the new restaurant on Front Street is open weekdays during lunch, but will also offer lunch and dinner service on weekends.
A new breakfast taco spot from the team behind & Sons just opened a few doors down from the popular country ham bar in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. They’re going for a “farm to taco” concept, involving flour tortillas milled in-house, farmstead cheeses, heirloom eggs, and homemade chorizo. In addition to taco options like potato, egg, and chimichurri or chorizo, egg, and mojo verde, Mockingbird also sells fresh juice and cold brew from its takeout window from 7-11am Thursday-Sunday (or until they sell out).
There’s now a small gin distillery called Halftone Spirits inside Finback Brooklyn’s Gowanus brewery. At this new laid-back drinking spot, you can drink gin and tonics during the week and specialty cocktails involving things like butterfly pea flower tea and lacto-fermented pineapple on weekends. Halftone Spirits also offers both cocktails and bottles to-go.
Williamsburg newest taco spot is from the team behind Colonia Verde in Fort Greene. Disco Tacos serves options like steak, pork, and fish tacos at a large outdoor patio on N 6th street while the patio boasts a giant, pink neon sign that looks like it belongs in a nightclub bathroom. There’s also a full bar with a bunch of natural wine and cocktails available from 4pm, Tuesday-Friday, and starting at noon on weekends.
Electric Burrito is a new counter-service spot on St. Marks in the East Village that serves California-style Mexican dishes like breakfast burritos and tacos stuffed with french fries. They’ve also got carne asasa fries, surf-and-turf burritos, and quesadillas you can try from 12-10pm Monday-Thursday, or from 12pm-1am Friday-Sunday.
Sushi 35 West
There’s a new sushi spot in Midtown that’s serving a bunch of different donburi lunch sets featuring toro, uni, sashimi, and nigiri over rice for takeout and delivery right now. So if you’re ever looking to swap out your overnight oats lunch for some raw fish in the area, give Sushi 35 West a try.
Atithi Indian Cuisine
Since April, this new Indian restaurant in Williamsburg has been serving dishes like tandoori haryali shrimp, chicken biryani, vegetable korma, and chana masala in a casual sit-down spot on Grand Street. In a quick call with the owners, we learned that the name Atithi comes from an ancient Sanskrit verse, ”Atithi Devo Bhavam,” which translates to “consider the guest as god” - so chances are you’ll feel right at home during their daily lunch or dinner service here.
Soho has a new Portuguese restaurant that serves dishes like peri peri chicken, strip steak, and coconut shrimp curry in a sleek dining room with a retractable glass roof. Veranda is open for dinner every night with reservations available from 5:30-9:30pm, but you can also stop by their walk-in-only bar for cocktails and ceviche if you’re looking for a new casual option in the area.
If a dive bar and a diner had a baby and dropped it on the corner of Leroy and Bedford in the West Village, it’d likely be a lot like Bandits. This new bar just opened up in the former Daddy-O’s space and serves things like deep-fried hot dogs, steak and tater tots, and cinnamon-infused whiskey shots until 2am on weekdays and 4am on weekends.
Union Square has a new Roman-style pizza place offering burrata-topped slices, slivers of focaccia covered in a blanket of prosciutto and tomato sauce, and pistachio lasagna to-go. Unregular Pizza started as a takeout project run on a bartering system, so now that they have a brick-and-mortar location, they’re allowing one customer per day to barter in exchange for pizza. For more information on how it works, head to their website.
One of the best Italian restaurants in the West Village has opened a second location in Stuytown on the east side. It’s got the same menu of pasta and pizza as the original spot, and it looks like a good option for groups when you don’t want to spend more than $30 per person on dinner.
Brooklyn Dumpling Shop
The team behind Fidi’s Brooklyn Chop House has opened a new East Village dumpling place where a machine delivers you your wontons in an automated cubicle. Using their touchscreen menu, you can choose from options like Philly cheesesteak, lamb gyro, and salami provolone dumplings. Then, you’ll pick it up from a white box inside the restaurant without ever having to interact with another human.
There’s a new restaurant in Greenpoint that’s focused on highlighting up-and-coming chefs through a series of prix-fixe dinners hosted in a converted laundromat. Fulgurances has already been operating for five years in Paris, but will offer an $80 prix-fixe, five-course tasting menu from 5:30-10pm, Tuesday-Sunday. Check out their website for more information on the chefs in residency.
The breakfast tacos from this popular mini-chain can be found on food carts and cafe menus across the city. But the team has just opened its first brick-and-mortar location in Prospect Heights, where you can try the same breakfast classics, plus two new tacos - the Cowboy (steak, potato, eggs, and cheddar) and the Pollo Verde (shredded chicken, verde migas, and white cheddar cheese). The counter-service place on Bergen has an outdoor patio that’s open from 7am-3pm daily, but you can also get takeout online.
Lil Chef Mama
Lil Chef Mama is a new Thai restaurant that recently moved from a small space in Tribeca to a large dining room in Fidi with skylights and hanging flowers. From pork belly noodle soup and sauteed frog legs to duck panang curry and deep-fried squid, the huge menu at Lil Chef Mama seems great for a big group meal in the area. The restaurant is open for takeout and indoor dining from 5-10pm every day, except Monday.
Fat's Duvalls Rhum Cafe
Soho has a new rum bar that serves the kind of colorful cocktails in pineapple-shaped glassware you’d expect to find at a beachside resort. A former bartender at Clover Club who knows a lot about rum is now behind the bar here, working with over 60 different kinds of rum. They’ve also got Caribbean small plates like fluke tostadas, empanadas, and maduros on the menu.
This new seafood restaurant in Williamsburg serves things like shrimp cocktail and cod sashimi in a dark room on Meserole Street, plus they offer a promising-looking oyster Happy Hour with $1 oysters and discounted drinks from 4:30-7pm daily. All of the cocktails here are $13, and they each have fun names like “Sext on the Beach” and “Disco Nap.” Stop in for a drink and some snacks Wednesday through Sunday.
Since August 2020, All Night Skate has been serving drinks in a roller rink-themed bar on the border of Bushwick and Bed-Stuy near the Rockaway Avenue C train stop. The two-story indoor space has pink neon lighting, checkered floors, a jukebox, and a disco ball. And if you come wearing your own skates, you’ll get a 10 percent discount on your cocktails. For more information on events and specials at All Night Skate, check out their Instagram.
Rib No. 7
The team behind Pocha 32 in Koreatown has opened a new Korean BBQ restaurant in the area that specializes in marinated kalbi that’s cut tableside before you cook it on the grill. So the next time you’re in the mood for a platter of high-quality BBQ short ribs, Chilean sea bass, or pork belly, head to W 33rd Street for dinner at Rib No. 7.
A new East Village natural wine bar from the people behind vegan restaurants like Avant Garden and Saramsam just opened up on Avenue B. In addition to its huge wine list, Soda Club has several vegan pasta options, salads, and vegetarian snacks you can try in a narrow indoor space with velvet blue bar stools and purple wall murals. The restaurant is only open for walk-ins right now, from 5pm to 12am Wednesday-Sunday.
Sanshi Rice Noodle
For dishes like hot and sour shredded fern root noodles and pickled radish rice noodle in golden soup in the East Village, San Shi Rice Noodle has you covered. It’s a new Yunnan noodle shop, with another location in Flushing, that just opened for takeout and indoor dining during lunch and dinner on 2nd Avenue.
The Ready Rooftop Bar
At the very end of April, The Moxy East Village opened a brand new year-round rooftop bar with retractable glass walls and ceilings. The Ready is operated by the Tao Group - the team behind notorious party spots where it’s not uncommon to eat lobster pad thai in what feels like a Vegas nightclub. Expect darty energy fueled by locally-produced beer and frozen cocktails, with beer pong tables, a taco stand, and tiered amphitheater seating.
Last week the team behind Morgan’s BBQ opened a central Mexican restaurant in Prospect Heights where they serve tlayudas and cemitas, as well as a bunch of mezcal- and tequila-based cocktails. This new restaurant is about a 10-minute bike ride away from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, so keep it in mind on a sunny spring day.
Sometimes, you just want to eat some crudo, burrata, and gnocchi under a bright red awning with some friends. The next time you’re in the mood for this kind of get-together in Chelsea, check out Puttanesca. The new Italian place has a bunch of patio seating along 8th Avenue and opens at 4pm Wednesday-Sunday for dinner.
Dough used to be our favorite spot to grab a doughnut in Bed-Stuy before it closed last year. But now that the popular pastry shop is back with a new location in Prospect Heights, we’ve got a new spot to pick up glazed, cafe au lait, lemon poppy, or vegan doughnuts whenever the craving strikes.
After closing its UES sushi restaurant last year, Oita has reopened in a new Park Slope location. And if you like temaki handrolls, you’ll appreciate the wide variety of build-your-own and pre-set options here, including things like spicy tuna, stir-fried kimchi, eel, and eggplant. Each set comes with five rolls for around $28, and for now, the restaurant is only doing takeout and delivery service.
Tom Colicchio now runs a new Italian pop-up inside of the former Craft space near Union Square. The menu has dishes like lamb sausage with broccoli rabe, a steak sandwich, and several different kinds of pasta, which for now, you can only try by reserving a table inside.
This Szechuan seafood mini-chain just opened a new Greenpoint restaurant where you can sport a bib while cracking open giant lobster tails, devouring cajun shrimp skewers, and gnawing on cayenne-covered corn. The new location on Manhattan Avenue is open for indoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery, from 12-9pm daily.
Ninety Nine Franklin
Espresso, cold brew, and loaded sandwiches seem to be the three focal points at this new cafe in Greenpoint. Just one block away from the waterfront park on Franklin Street, this spot seems like a great takeout option for when you want to eat a burrata B.L.T. or cutlet vodka parm sandwich on a bench while taking in excellent views of Manhattan. But you can also stop by the narrow shop with checkered floors anytime between 9am and 5pm daily for some caffeine.
Peri Peri Grill House
While we patiently wait for Nando’s to open an NYC location, we’ll be checking out Peri Peri Grill House’s new location in Gowanus. They already have one location in Bed-Stuy, but this new place looks like a promising option for juicy chicken marinated in peri peri sauce, lamb chops, and other halal options in South Brooklyn.
Momofuku Ssam Bar
After closing the original Ssäm Bar location in the East Village, the Momofuku team has officially reopened the restaurant in the former Bar Wayō space at the South Street Seaport. The wood-covered waterfront spot looks like a great place to take a date this summer that will involve spicy margaritas and fancy bar snacks like wagyu beef tartare and chili jam popcorn shrimp.
After operating as a weekend coffee and pastry pop-up for months, Daughter has officially opened a permanent spot in Crown Heights. This all-day cafe and natural wine bar looks like the kind of place you’d want to bring someone who makes pottery for a living to snack on pastries and sip a matcha latte. It’s got high ceilings, white brick walls, globe lights, and built-in banquettes that look like molded clay. Daughter also donates 10% of their monthly profits to different non-profits like Ancient Song Doula Services, The Water Project, and In It Together. Stop by between 8am-4pm on weekdays, and 9am-5pm on weekends.
Chef Wylie Dufresne, the former owner of wd~50, Alder, and Du’s Doughnut, is making New York-style pizzas at a weekly pop-up out of Breads Bakery near Union Square. His project, Stretch Pizza, involves modestly-sauced, thin-crust pies that are available in four different varieties, including a classic cheese pizza with salty mozzarella and homemade tomato sauce, along with one non-pizza option: a breakfast calzone. They’re already selling out, but you can join the waitlist here.
When you’re in the mood for Thai food in Brooklyn, but don’t feel like eating at your dining room table for the forty-second time this month, try The Nuaa Table. This new spot in Prospect Heights serves dishes like Jasmine tea-smoked ribs, chicken sea salt fried rice, and crunchy papaya salad on a turf-covered sidewalk patio right on Vanderbilt Avenue.
The team behind Amor y Amargo just opened a new cocktail bar and restaurant that’s serious about tequila and mezcal. They’ve got over 30 different kinds of both spirits, plus an even longer list of cocktail options, and plant-based Mexican dishes like mushroom tostadas and zucchini tacos. The East Village spot has red velvet banquettes and thousands of hanging flowers hanging above its entrance, which you sniff as you walk inside Wednesday-Sunday (and once again when you leave at midnight).
Uva Next Door
Uva on the Upper East Side has one of the best outdoor patios for drinking wine in Manhattan. Right next door, the same team has opened a new cocktail bar that might just become another one of the borough’s patio greats. In addition to pizza and lamb meatballs, this new place has a huge Negroni and spritz selection you can choose from every night during dinner service.
Since March, this new Uyghur restaurant in Midtown has been serving halal dishes like handmade noodles with lamb, plov, and stuffed pastries on 37th Street. This narrow restaurant has a bunch of booths inside where you can enjoy some meaty soups and fresh dumplings, but you could also order takeout online from 11am to 9pm, every day except Friday.
From tacos and tostadas to mulitas and quesadillas, this counter-service Mexican spot serves fried and dipped tortillas in various forms filled with the popular stewed meat dish. This looks like a solid option we could add to our guide to great birria around NYC.
This new upscale Mediterranean restaurant in Midtown looks like the kind of sit-down place where spies meet up with world leaders for a round of $17 specialty Negronis. But even if you don’t own a cufflink voice recorder, you can still enjoy brunch or dinner inside Iris’ elegant dining room. Expect to eat Aegean/Turkish food dishes like quail kebabs, marinated lamb chops, and baked fluke with ramp butter in a leather booth or wingback chair. So if your boss asks you to “book someplace new” for a dinner in Midtown, try this spot on the bottom floor at 1740 Broadway.
This pizza shop and sandwich spot from Bayside has brought its tater tot-topped slices and loaded cheesesteaks to a new location in Astoria. Krave It is the kind of place you should go when you want a meal involving sunny-side-up egg on your pizza, a vodka pie with garlic knot crust, or a chicken cutlet sandwich smothered in honey sriracha. Yes, it all sounds mildly shocking, but if you want proof that everything looks incredibly good, check out the restaurant’s Instagram.
Chama Mama, an excellent Georgian restaurant in Chelsea, just opened a second spot on the Upper West Side between 77th and 78th Streets. From meat skewers and mushroom-stuffed khinkali to freshly baked adjaruli khachapuri filled with gooey cheese, the new uptown location looks like a great new spot to bring a few friends (and a Lactaid). Chama Mama will also serve weekend brunch options like shakshuka and Georgian-style French toast at their new location, which is only open for indoor dining at the moment.
As NYC’s rooftops, dive bars, and cocktail spots return, it’s only natural that underground speakeasies do the same. Coby Club is the newest one in Chelsea, and it looks like a great place to check out if you want to sit in a dark room with a date and watch some live music. The bar encourages walk-ins, but they’re also taking reservations through their website.
Spit-roasted chicken and BBQ pork belly should be nominated for Best Meat Dish In A Leading Role at some kind of comfort food award ceremony. So there’s a good chance we’ll become fairly well acquainted with Chick’n Rotonda, a new Filipino rotisserie and coffee shop in Middle Village. In addition to juicy-looking slabs of meat, this casual takeout spot also offers individual rice box meals, noodle soups, and sides like lumpia you can eat on your lunch break.
Two Hands - Seoul Fresh Corn Dogs
Corn dog shops are popping up all over Manhattan this year, and Two Hands has recently joined the roster with a new East Village spot right across the street from Tompkins Square Park. Completely unrelated to the Australian cafe with the same name, this Korean spot specializes in corn dogs filled with things like sausage, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese. You can choose between options like a spicy dog, potato dog, or crispy rice dog for takeout from this restaurant that’s painted orange, or place a to-go order online.
The team behind Patent Pending has just opened a new Mexican restaurant and cocktail bar right above 27th Street in Nomad. Seeyamañana offers vegan and vegetarian options for walk-ins including beet tacos, birria quesadillas, and ceviche, but they also serve a three-course prix fixe menu (including three cocktails) offered by reservation only. The dinner costs $97 per person for an indoor reservation and $90 per person for an outdoor one - read more about the experience here.
A new takeout- and delivery-only Portuguese BBQ restaurant from the team behind Little Beet and a bunch of other ghost kitchens just opened on Vandam Street in Hudson Square. Galinha offers huge portions of chicken, pork ribs, and linguiça, so whether you’re heading to a backyard get-together soon, or just want to throw yourself a party involving copious amounts of Portuguese sausage, check out all of the meaty combo platters, sides dishes, and desserts on Galinha’s website.
We know this list is all about brand new places, by Ugly Baby kind of feels like a completely new restaurant with all of its new protocols. They just reopened for dine-in service by reservation only, reservations are taken via Instagram DMs, you must book your table during the same week you plan to visit, and all of the dishes you want must be preordered beforehand. For more information, and the full menu, check out Ugly Baby’s Instagram post.
This new Italian restaurant just opened on the ground floor of a luxury building in Fort Greene, right around the corner from Barclay’s Center and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Loreto looks like a great date spot when you’re in the mood for housemade pastas and Neapolitan pizza for dinner or berry French toast and eggs benedict for weekend brunch. To get the full dine-in experience, choose between their heated outdoor patio and their huge dining room with hanging art made of dried flowers and forest green banquettes.
Gage and Tollner
Gage and Tollner had planned a big reopening back in March 2020. Now, more than a whole year later, the Downtown Brooklyn spot is officially opening for indoor service. They will still offer at-home meal kits and cocktails from their new bar, The Sunken Harbor Club, including the kinds of dishes you’d probably want for a big night in. But now, you can also try their grass-fed rib-eye steak, broccoli gratin, and onion soup while sitting in a red velvet booth surrounded by refurbished wood finishes from the 19th century.
The Sentry in Flatiron is a swanky lounge on the 18th floor of the Hotel Henri where you can drink a negroni on a couch and take in views of Manhattan. During the day, the upscale cocktail bar is only available to paying members, but everything opens up to the public from 5-12am, Thursday-Saturday.
Woori Korean Restaurant
For Korean dishes like homemade sundubu jjigae, dolsot bibimbap, and spicy pork with kimchi near Fort Greene Park, consider trying Woori. The new counter-service spot on Myrtle Avenue is open for indoor dining, delivery, and takeout (which could come in handy for a stew-dominant night in).
Jordan Pie Cafe
Harlem has a casual new spot serving mostly vegan and vegetarian dishes like falafel, spinach, potato and za’atar pies, and tiny cups of Jordanian tea. This counter-service spot is open from 6am-6pm daily on 116th Street between Madison & Fifth Avenue, and if you can’t spot it, just look for a big red sign above a restaurant with green turf on its sidewalk patio.
A new Korean restaurant has already opened in the former Mu Ramen space in Long Island City. And if you’re in need of copious amounts of Korean fried chicken tenders, sweet and sticky wings, crunchy popcorn bites, or a thick and crispy sandwich, Kuku Chicken serves them all. Not in the mood for chicken? Stop in for other dishes like beef bulgogi, pajeon, and kimchi fried rice between 11am and 10pm daily.
Himalayan Curry House Restaurant and Bar
Himalayan Curry House Restaurant and Bar might be the newest and best reason to spend more time in Midtown East, since you can order dishes like slow-cooked curried lamb, vegetable jalfrezi, steamed momos, and creamy-looking mango lassi. All of their Indian and Nepalese dishes are available for takeout, delivery, and limited indoor dining from 10am-10pm daily.
The Upper West Side has a whole lot of French bakeries, but the neighborhood’s newest one offers a wide range of both sweet and savory things that look promising. From strawberry tarts and homemade plum jam to a puff pastry filled with bechamel, tomato, and pesto, Epices Bakery is serving all their treats from 8am-7pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and 8am-3pm on Sunday.
Spring might have brought NYC into full bloom, but there will still be rainy days when you’ll go back to wearing sweats and slurping hot bowls of noodle soup. If you live on the LES, try 5ive Spice the next time this mood hits - it’s the second location of one of our favorite spots for meat-heavy pho, classic bánh mì and lemongrass pork chop tacos in Brooklyn. They’re open in Mulberry Street from 12-10pm daily.
Most of the Georgian spots in Manhattan are sit-down spots, but Cafedalia is now serving fast-casual Georgian food in Greenwich Village. The next time you’ve craving adjaruli khachapuri, spinach and cheese pies, or khinkali near Washington Square Park, grab them all from this brick-covered takeout spot on East 8th Street.
If chopped cheese tacos with ground beef and quesillo or shrimp tacos with tomatoes and onions sound like dishes you’d like, head to Planet Taco in the East Village. It’s a new Mexican restaurant from the people behind places like Sticky’s Finger Joint that serves all of the above, plus a few non-taco options like burrito bowls and fajitas.
The UWS now has a casual spot serving various kinds of Japanese curry and katsu sandwiches in Curry Mania. From pork to shrimp katsu curry to egg salad and potato croquette sandos, this place does it all without anything on the menu costing more than $20. This serious takeout operation is open from 11am-9pm daily.
A Korean-Cajun takeout-only spot has just opened in Manhattan, which means you can order kimchi jambalaya, pork ribs with gochujang BBQ sauce, galbi with grits, or seafood gumbo with okra kimchi for pick-up or delivery this week. If you pick up your order from Kjun’s kitchen on E 62nd Street, you’ll get a 10% discount.
Formerly a bagel pop-up inside Paulie Gee’s, Edith’s has officially opened a permanent location in Williamsburg. The new sandwich counter serves everything from smoked brisket pastrami on rye and a bagel BEC with latkes, to raspberry-rosewater croissants and to chicken schnitzel pitas. Stop by their counter-service shop on Lorimer Street between 9am and 3pm, Thursday through Sunday to try some of their new dishes before they sell out.
Four Four South Village
A Flushing-based Taiwanese noodle shop just opened its second location in the East Village, which means that the chances of you enjoying a life-changing bowl of spicy beef noodle soup in the neighborhood are even better. Outside of noodle soups, Four Four South Village also serves everything from pork bao buns and meat-heavy spreads for a solo hot pot to homemade soy milk over the counter inside from 11am to 10pm daily.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas has opened a fancy new Indian restaurant in Flatiron that looks like a chic hotel lounge where people in tailored blazers might drink martinis for breakfast. In reality, Sona serves dishes like spinach & goat cheese samosas, kofta korma, and crab puri with caviar in a long, narrow dining room filled with tables covered in white tablecloth sporadically placed under huge lantern pendant lights. The restaurant also offers outdoor dining on its blacked out sidewalk patio between 5-10pm, Tuesday through Sunday. And if you actually would like a martini, just order one from the full bar inside.
Cadence is a new vegan restaurant in the East Village that specializes in Southern soul food. It’s from the team behind a bunch of other upscale vegan spots like Ladybird, Avant Garden, and Proletariat, but it’s the only place in the city where you’ll find purple yams with blackberry coulis and toasted marshmallow, collard greens stuffed with rice, and southern fried lasagna with pine nut ricotta. Open for both indoor and outdoor dining, Cadence looks like a great option for a special occasion meal with any of the people in your life who don’t eat meat.
Little House Malaysian Kitchen
Little House Malaysian is a new takeout spot in Bensonhurst that serves a new form of nasi lemak, the national dish of Malaysia, that we haven’t seen anywhere else in the city. Their lemak burger is stacked high with fried egg, crispy chicken, anchovies, peanuts, cucumbers, and tomato. Stop by any day of the week between 11am and 8pm to give it a try.
Prime Meat Rokko
Hell’s Kitchen has a new meat-focused Japanese restaurant that serves beef, duck, chicken, and pork cutlet in sandwiches, bao buns, and alongside sushi. Prime Meat Rokko has a bunch of outdoor seating and offers limited indoor service for lunch and dinner every day.
Brooklyn Heights has a new Indian restaurant that offers weekday lunch specials, a prix-fixe dinner option, and several different kinds of tandoori meats on Henry Street. Mint Heights has a casual sidewalk patio and several spaced-out booths inside where you can eat fish tikka and chicken malai kebabs while catching up with someone you haven’t seen in a year.
The team behind spots like Buttermilk Channel and French Louie just opened a brand new Mediterranean restaurant in Gowanus called Victor. The casual neighborhood spot is open for dinner from 5-10pm, Wednesday through Sunday in the space formerly occupied by Freek’s Mill. So whenever you find yourself craving a bistro burger, natural wine, or Mediterranean small plates in the area, you know where to go.
Since January, this Guatemalan coffee shop and cafe has been making vegan and vegetarian breakfast burritos, pancakes with strawberry butter, and squash soup every weekday morning in Bushwick. But now Tikal is also open on weekends - offering brunch options like homemade waffles and avocado toast benedict.
Fiasco! Wine and Spirits
Fiasco is a new wine and spirits shop in Crown Heights that’s focused on spotlighting women, BIPOC, and LBGTQ+ producers in the beverage industry. The shop is run by three friends who currently run wine and cocktail programs at places like Leyenda and Oxalis, so if you’re looking for a place to get a last-minute bottle of riesling or some really good gin for your bar cart, this is it. Head to their website to place an order for local delivery, or stop by in-person to check out the shop on Union Street.
Just in time for spring, Blue Marble Ice Cream has opened a new UWS location on Broadway just one block from the 96th Street subway station. In addition to scoops of flavors like matcha green tea and banana cream pie, you can also pick up a coffee, home goods, and pints of sorbet from their new shop every day between 8am-9pm.
Twins Lounge is a new, two-floor bar that just opened on Manhattan Avenue in Williamsburg. You can stop by for a cocktail or mocktail at the bar inside, or order a few rounds at the mostly enclosed greenhouse-style patio on the bar’s second floor. Twins Lounge is open everyday from 5 to 11pm.
The Barbalu team, which has served simple pastas, salads, and sandwiches at their original location in South Street Seaport for years, has opened a second restaurant location in Cobble Hill. At the new Brooklyn spot, you’ll find bubbly Neapolitan pizzas, fresh loaves of focaccia, and profiteroles topped with chocolate ganache.
For Turkish dishes like crispy lahmacun topped with minced meat and vegetables, flaky pide made in a brick oven, and homemade baklava near Sheepshead Bay, check out Burchak Pide. It’s a new counter-service Turkish restaurant in the neighborhood that’s been baking virtually everything on its menu from scratch since March.
Talea Beer Co.
Regardless of whether you love going to new breweries, occasionally appreciate a tallboy at a Mets game, or have never found a beer you actually enjoy, Talea deserves your attention. Partly because their opening in Williamsburg represents a milestone in the male-dominated NYC brewery scene, but mostly because this woman-owned distillery makes a range of fruit-forward beer with delightful packaging. Read all about their opening here.
One of our favorite Middle Eastern spots, which closed its Williamsburg location due to the pandemic, has reopened at a new location inside Rockefeller Center. It now joins spots like Fieldtrip and Alidoro inside the Midtown food court, but according to their Instagram the restaurant has plans to open another Brooklyn restaurant in the future.
Pig & Butter
At Pig & Butter on the LES, you can get brunch options like a waffle topped with bacon and bananas, fried chicken on cornbread, and a goat cheese omelette with Colombian aji. In other words, this new all-day breakfast spot could be your new go-to for a meal that’ll put you to sleep. In addition to daily brunch service, Pig & Butter has lunch options like a jerk chicken burger and chorizo fries available starting at 10am.
Soy Bean Chen
As you might know from reading our guide to the best mapo tofu, Flushing restaurants serve some of the silkiest tofu in the city. A flower shop in the neighborhood known for its silken tofu has opened a second location at a corner store in Elmhurst. For just under $5, you’ll get tofu pudding served with toppings like boba in ginger syrup.
Joes Home Of Soup Dumplings
This new Chinese soup dumpling spot from the team behind Joe’s Shanghai just opened on the bottom floor of a giant office building in Midtown. While hot liquid-filled dumplings are definitely the focus here, Joe’s also serves everything from spare ribs to peking duck for takeout, delivery, indoor, and outdoor dining.
If you’re finally feeling like you can meet a friend for drinks now that the city isn’t covered in snow, you might want to try Fancy Free. It’s a new bar in Fort Greene from the team behind Endswell right around the corner, and it’s where you’ll find $10 beer and shot specials, chilaquiles, breakfast tacos and mole chicken wings in the neighborhood. Fancy Free is open weekdays from 3-11pm, and weekends from 12-11pm.
Every neighborhood has a local bar, but few neighborhoods have a local bar like Fiona’s. This new Prospect Lefferts Gardens spot has a giant tree trunk in the middle of its seating area, beer on tap from places like Alewife Brewing, and a cocktail special that’s served in peacock-shaped ceramic vase. Stop by between 2-11pm to try and make sense of it all for yourself.
Hay Hay Roasted 囍燒臘
This new Chinese restaurant on Mott Street is serving crispy-looking peking duck, BBQ pork, and roasted chicken from a 9am to 7pm daily. Like tons of spots in Chinatown, this one has roast ducks hanging in its window, plus a long dining room full of bar seating, and to-go boxes that look like you pulled them out of the microwave.
A Novel Kitchen
This new Brooklyn Heights bookstore is also a full service restaurant serving breakfast and lunch dishes like croissants, gouda grilled cheese sandwiches, and parmesan truffle fries. You can place your order at their cafe counter inside, browse around the bargain books section, and then grab a table on their huge covered and heated outdoor patio right on Atlantic Avenue when your order is ready.
The second location of Two Wheels just opened on the Upper East Side. Which means you can now grab Vietnamese chicken wings, jumbo shrimp bánh xèo, and marinated steak bánh mì from this uptown mini-chain on both the east and west sides of Central Park. For now, Two Wheels is only open for takeout and delivery, and you can place your order directly through their website.
Taikun Sushi is a roving omakase speakeasy that’s currently popping up inside a nondescript building on Delancey Street. You can book their 8-seat sushi counter for you and all of the people in your group chat the next time you want to have dinner in a private room behind a freezer door. It’s reservation-only, indoor-only, and you can make it all happen directly on their website.
The next time you’re looking for tonkotsu or shoyu ramen in Forest Hills, consider Keika Ramen. It’s the first US location of a global chain behind a bunch of ramen shops all over in Japan and Singapore. The restaurant is in a small alley just off of Austin Street, with both indoor and outdoor dining.
Since January, this Oaxacan spot in Astoria has been serving dishes like beef short ribs covered in mole, shredded pork tortas, and shrimp flautas from a brick building with a bright pink awning. And now, they’ve got a big pink covered patio area right out front to match.
For Peruvian dishes like ceviche aguacate, lomo saltado, and pollo a la brasa, check out Kausa in Hell’s Kitchen. As far as covered sidewalk patios go, Kausa’s structure on 9th Avenue is exceptionally pleasant, with its colorful tablecloths, hanging plants, and fresh flowers on every table. Plus, it’s one of the few restaurants in Manhattan serving Peruvian dishes you can eat on a casual night in.
Chef Katsu Brooklyn
Katsu burgers, Japanese rice bowls, and yuzu-flavored desserts are the focus at this new restaurant in Clinton Hill. Chef Katsu Club is run by a husband and wife team who decided to open their own place in the neighborhood, funded by a huge Kickstarter. The restaurant officially opens Wednesday, March 17th, and will offer limited indoor and outdoor dining from 11am-8pm.
If you’ve ever stopped off at a deli for lunch on a road trip, General Irving will likely feel familiar to you. This new cafe and general store from the team behind Gertie is made to feel like a place in the Hudson Valley where you can pick up a great sandwich and stock up on everything from beer and almonds to soap and olive oil. The new spot is in Bushwick right across the street from Irving Square Park, and is open daily from 9am-6pm for takeout and delivery.
John Brown BBQ
One of our favorite BBQ spots in the city, John Brown Smokehouse, has relocated due to the pandemic. They’re now open in the old Mothership Meat Company space in Long Island City, serving the same gloriously crunchy burnt ends, smoky brisket, and rich pork belly we regularly dream about. And now in their new space, they’ve got a whole courtyard available for socially-distant outdoor seating.
Stacked is a new sandwich shop in Forest Hills serving a bunch of different meaty heroes for around $14 each, plus a bunch of vegan and vegetarian options. In addition to casual lunch dishes, this overachieving deli isn’t afraid to sell you a six-foot hero that can feed up to 20 people or a charcuterie board including cold cuts, cheese, olives, and bread.
There’s a new smashburger place that just opened in the old Oola’s Kitchen space on the LES, and it’s got a sleek black exterior with neon lights and a dimly-lit dining area inside. They’ve got six different promise-looking burgers that can be ordered with up to three patties, including an option with Impossible beef. All of the photos on their Instagram involve cascading patties that appear to be grilled to perfection, layered with cheese, and topped with onion, pickles, and gooey special sauce. If you want to try one yourself, stop by this new spot on Orchard Street between 12-3pm or 5-11pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Greenwich Village has a new two-level Mexican restaurant serving birra tacos, spicy mole de caderas with steamed lamb shank, pipian rojo, and more Pueblan dishes in the old Toloache space on Thompson Street. Kuxé is now limited to indoor dining and has seven heated cabanas outside that you can reserve for dinner 5-10pm, Sunday through Thursday and 5-11pm, on Friday and Saturday.
If you’re like us, you probably miss sitting on other people’s couches with a drink in your hand. If you want to do something about that, La Noxe is serving cocktails, wine by the glass, and Japanese beer in an underground lair that looks like a film set from the Austin Powers franchise. They’ve got a few thumb-shaped velvet couches and a bunch of other space age furniture you’ll either hate or love. The only catch is that you’ll have to DM the bar on Instagram to book a table inside.
Following the opening of its Jersey City location in 2018, Chinah has opened a second fast-casual Chinese spot in Fidi. Chinah seems like a good place to go when you want to build your own bowl with options like kung pao chicken, Sichuan shredded pork, eggplant, or mushrooms. Just plan ahead where you’ll eat, since it’s only open for takeout and delivery right now.
Two friends who love baking and brewing coffee just opened this East Williamsburg cafe on Grand Street. For now, Alita Cafe is just serving high-quality caffeinated drinks and fluffy homemade biscuits behind a shiny wood counter every day from 8am-4pm. Soon, they’ll also offer a full lunch menu.
The team behind Za-Ya Ramen in Carroll Gardens just opened a new and aptly named restaurant on Starr Street in Bushwick. The menu at Za-Ya has the restaurant’s signature gyukotsu ramen, plus a bunch of Japanese small plates and four different sushi rolls. This new spot is open from 5-10pm,Tuesday through Sunday.
If you’re looking for a special (indoor-only) date-night idea that’s never existed before, get to know Nudibranch - an upscale tasting menu pop-up at Nightmarket in the East Village started by two former Momofuku Ssäm Bar staffers (Jeff Kim and Victor Xia). Nudibranch’s rotating menu incorporates a variety of cuisine inspirations, like whole snapper with oyster mushrooms, soba noodles with bottarga, and a tostada with pineapple-cured hamachi. You can make an indoor dining reservation for Nudibranch’s six-course $65 tasting menu here. For now, they’re open Thursday through Sunday with two seatings per night until the end of March.
787 Coffee, the Puerto Rican coffee shop known for its infused and imported beans, has opened a third East Village location - that brings the mini-chain to a total of eight coffee shops in NYC. The new spot is on East 14th Street in the old Champion Coffee space.
It’s a good day for bagel lovers in the East Village because Davidovich Bakery has opened its third NYC location on Avenue A. You can stop by and choose from a limited menu of fresh bagels, coffee, and muffins till 6pm daily, but they’ll be having a grand opening event on Saturday, March 13th where they’ll be raffling off free food and a three-months supply of free coffee.
A new Cuban restaurant just popped up on the LES, and in addition to free local delivery, they’re offering a $30 meal kit that includes a one-protein option like ropa vieja or lechon asado and three sides like yellow rice, black beans, or maduros. For breakfast, stop by their takeout window as early as 7am for coffee, fresh fruit juice, and Cuban pastries.
This new LES bar has opened in the old Max Fish space on Orchard Street, and brought a new monkey-print wallpaper and dim sum-style bar snacks with it. You can book a table at the Orchard Room for both indoor and outdoor seating right now, but keep in mind there’s a time limit of 90 minutes per table. The bar is open from 6-11pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
The team behind Jun-Men Ramen Bar in Chelsea just opened this new chicken shop on the UWS. There isn’t much information available yet, but according to West Side Rag, the restaurant will likely also serve ramen.