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.
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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).
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A new casual spot in Astoria making Neapolitan-style pizzas with interesting toppings like lamb sausage and fontina or harissa and cauliflower.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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?’”
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Klom Klorm is a casual new Thai restaurant in Bushwick with traditional (and affordable) dishes like curries, papaya salads, and noodle soups. The little brick-walled space has a bar, a bunch of nice plants, and a collection of decorative plates on display that we wish we could eat from, but we probably can’t eat from.
We checked out Klom Klorm and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
The Polynesian is a new tiki-themed bar on 42nd street (from the people behind Carbone and The Grill) where you can drink lots of rum cocktails in an indoor-outdoor space with a view of Midtown. They also have a large format drink called the “Humuhumunukunukuapua’a” that we look forward to hearing someone order.
We checked out The Polynesian and put it on our Bar Hit List.
The Okonomi team just opened a walk-in only sushi place in Williamsburg by the Graham Avenue L stop. Okozushi serves different sets of affordable Kyoto-style sushi, which is traditionally eaten without soy sauce and uses cured and pickling cooking techniques.
We checked out Okozushi and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
The Freehand Hotel in Gramercy has more restaurants and bars than most towns in Rhode Island. And now there’s a Smile To-Go location in there too, for all your quick bone broth and kale salad needs. This is a counter-service cafe with multiple locations throughout the city, and they have the same setup at this location.
Atomix is a new multi-floor Korean restaurant in Nomad from the people behind Atoboy. For now, they’re only serving a 10-course, seafood-focused tasting menu (for $175).
The people behind an UWS place we like (called Marlow Bistro) just opened a casual restaurant with mostly-Mediterranean tapas and a full bar. We’re not sure why it’s infamous, but this is a new place where you can get a whole chicken and a cocktail near 110th street.
The Arlo Soho hotel just updated their outdoor spaces for the summer. On the indoor-outdoor rooftop, you’ll find large-batch cocktails and bar snacks. On their summer-camp-themed patio, they have backyard games and daily hot dog specials named after different national parks.
We checked out Arlo Rooftop Bar and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
This is a new Chinese restaurant on 1st Avenue that specializes in rice noodles. They don’t have a liquor license yet, but they’re serving mains like frog legs and stir-fried smoked pork, as well as noodle bowls in the $20 range for lunch and dinner.
This is a new Vietnamese restaurant in Greenpoint (from the people behind An Choi, another neighborhood Vietnamese spot) with a bunch of different kinds of pho, and an attractive space full of plants. If Greenpoint Barbie Dreamhouse served rice paper salad and summer rolls, it would look a lot like Di An Di.
We checked out Di An Di and put it on our Hit List.
Emma’s Torch is an organization that provides culinary training to refugees and helps them transition to life in the US. They just opened their first restaurant (staffed by the students) in the old Wilma Jean space in Carroll Gardens, where they’re serving seasonal American brunch and dinner.
The team behind Glady’s in Crown Heights has finally addressed the fact that its original location is far too small for how much fun it is to eat there with a group. Their new counter-service location in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens has the same Caribbean-style food (things like oxtail stew and jerk shrimp) in a much larger space with outdoor seating and a bar that’s open until 4am.
There’s a new French all-day cafe on Bank Street in the West Village from the people behind Harold’s Meat and Three. Yes, from the name, you’ve correctly guessed that they serve French bistro food - with breakfast and sandwiches until 5pm, Happy Hour with $9 glasses of wine, and classic mains in the $30 range for dinner.
We checked out Bistro Pierre Lapin and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Elder Greene is a new neighborhood bar with beer, wine, and cocktails on Franklin Street in Greenpoint (across from Ramona, one of our favorite cocktail spots). The space has a mix of bar seating, booths, and high-tops, and they plan to start serving bar food in the future.
The late-night LES pie shop called Peete’s just opened a cafe in Clinton Hill where you can get all of their famous pies, as well as non-pie things like muffaletta sandwiches, breakfast biscuits, and cocktails. It looks like the 2018 TV set of a retro diner and there’s a back garden area where you can drink boozy pie milkshakes (once they get their liquor license).
A Guyanese and Caribbean counter-service place that specializes in traditional cow-heel soup (a beany broth with corn and other vegetables) just opened in East Flatbush off the Utica Ave 4 and 5 trains. They also have a bunch of vegetarian and fish options, and nothing is over $11.
Madre Mezcaleria is a new Mexican restaurant on Washington Ave in Prospect Heights serving lots of mezcal, tacos, and enchiladas in housemade blue corn tortillas. This is in the old El Atoradero space, but they’ve combined the bar next door and the dining area into one restaurant, and there’s a new chef.
We checked out Madre Mezcaleria and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Madcap is an all-day cafe in Carroll Gardens that’s open from the hours you’d want coffee to the ones where you’d want a cocktail. They’ve also got biscuits and gravy, souvlaki flatbreads, pork dumplings, and crudite nachos.
We checked out Madcap Cafe and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Shinsen is a casual neighborhood sushi bar on Bowery in Chinatown with lunch specials, handrolls, and sushi sets. It looks like a successful start-up’s cafeteria with pink lights, matcha lattes, and modern wooden benches.
We checked out Shinsen and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
This is a Nicaraguan restaurant by the Jefferson Avenue L stop in Bushwick with tropical rum cocktails and meat-and-cheese filled tortillas called quesillos. The bar here is open until 4am and they serve late-night food until 2am.
We checked out Chicha and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
This is a new Japanese restaurant in Midtown East serving a $180 omakase made up mostly of deep-fried skewers. You’ll also get some sushi and miso soup, and, at the end of the meal, they bring you outside to their patio for Japanese dessert and matcha tea, which is how we’d like all of our meals to end from now until September.
The Springs is a big new bar with lots of outdoor space in Greenpoint (if you ever went to the bar called t.b.d., this is that space). There’s some indoor seating as well, and they have a bar food menu with stuff like burgers and breakfast burritos.
We checked out The Springs and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Broken Shaker is the rooftop bar in the Freehand Hotel - a new hotel in Gramercy that has another bar and restaurant we like a lot. This place is serving fancy cocktails and some bar snacks that we hope are as good as what you can get downstairs.
We checked out Broken Shaker and put it on our Bar Hit List.
The Bari is a modern Korean and Japanese restaurant by Astor Place with a $65 sushi omakase and plates like soju braised ribs and uni bibimbap. They’re open and taking reservations for lunch and dinner daily.
We checked out The Bari and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Terre is a new neighborhood Italian place in Park Slope that focuses on homemade pasta and natural wine. The pastas are reasonably priced (all are under $20), and they take reservations for both brunch and dinner.
We checked out Terre and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Sullivan Street Bakery just revamped their Hell’s Kitchen location by adding a new cafe space. We’re fans of the original Chelsea spot for a casual weekday breakfast or lunch, and if this new version is anything like the other, you’ll want to get the bomboloni.
This is the return of a much-loved Neapolitan pizza spot, after they left NYC for a brief stint in San Francisco. Una is on Orchard St. on the LES, and the people behind Wildair and Contra are partners in it, which means there’s a bigger menu of wine (which they’ll start serving next week) and small plates to go with the 12-inch pies.
We checked out Una Pizza Napoletana and put it on our Hit List.
The people behind Jacob’s Pickles have opened a new dumpling counter spot on Amsterdam Avenue with lots of dumplings, noodles, pickled vegetables, and pickle-flavored soft serve. The space is tiny and open until 2am on weekends.
We checked out Lucky Pickle Dumpling Co. and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
A famous Staten Island pizza place just opened its first Manhattan location on 1st Ave in the East Village. The original Joe & Pat’s specializes in very thin, crackery crust that we’re big fans of - hopefully they’ll duplicate that pizza here.
We checked out Joe & Pat’s and put it on our Hit List.
Coney Island Baby is a new bar and music venue on Avenue A. They have DJs playing every night, dance parties on the weekends, and a list of shows with bands that have names that may or not be made up.
Peachy’s is a cocktail bar under (and from the same people as) a restaurant in Chinatown that feels a bit like a club. Their new downstairs bar has a menu full of snacks, $18 “elixir” cocktails, and a glossary of the healing ingredients and their effects (from aphrodisiac pine pollen to immune-building roots).
A cocktail speakeasy in Chelsea where the bartender makes you a custom cocktail after you fill out an electronic flavor preference profile. There’s also a set menu if you don’t want to do the Buzzfeed quiz version of ordering a drink.
Bistrot Leo is a French restaurant in SoHo serving bistro food like steak frites and smoked salmon rillette, and lots of wine. It takes over the space in the Sixty Hotel in Soho that was previously Sessanta, and is still owned by the same people.
Fan Fried Rice Bar is an affordable new Taiwanese counter-spot in Bed-Stuy. The menu is split up into appetizers (the star of the show here looks like the popcorn chicken) and different types of fried rice like a breakfast style, bone-in pork chop, and one with pastrami.
Alley Cat is a new speakeasy bar in the cellar of the Beekman Hotel in FiDi that seems like the lovechild of a Tokyo underground cocktail bar and the backstage of a haunted old theater. They have a bunch of fancy Japanese whiskey, some interesting-sounding $16 cocktails, and a few snacks like fried quail and soy braised short ribs.
This is a casual new ramen spot off the Bedford Avenue L stop in Williamsburg where your soup comes in a cheetah-print bowl. They only have a few seats and focus primarily on ramen, with some starters and a small drinks menu (plum wine, sake, and beer).
We checked out Andante and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
A partially-covered LES hotel rooftop bar with big red booths and Japanese-inspired cocktails and snacks. Judging by the disco ball and DJ programming, we’d guess there will be dancing involved here.
We checked out Make Believe and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
The original location of Devoción is the best-looking cafe in Williamsburg to get work done and drink some strong Colombian coffee. We assume that this one will somehow be even more attractive, because that’s what generally happens near the Brooklyn Bridge.
Maman and Mimi is a new French and Algerian restaurant on Prince Street in Nolita. The space looks like a bistro where you could bring a date and sit in a big booth while trying not to look at yourself in the mirrors on the wall.
This is a casual new West Village restaurant serving Middle Eastern comfort food like sandwiches, a leg of lamb, and salmon farro bowls for lunch and dinner, and breakfast all day. It seems slightly diner-y, and also the kind of place to bring a friend for a catch-up meal.
One of the better places to get a big Italian sandwich with house-made mozzarella in Hell’s Kitchen has a new location in Greenwich Village on 6th Avenue. This is a good one to know about for lunch in the area, or in case mozzarella seems to be the quickest answer to your problems (hint: it is).
Pelican is a new cocktail bar in Bed-Stuy from the people behind Hot Bird, one of our favorite places to come with a big group in the summer.
UpNorth is a new Canadian-themed bar near the Jefferson Avenue L in Bushwick with craft beer and spirits from Canada and ram taxidermy on the walls. They have typical bar food (plus an entire poutine menu), and they’ll also be serving brunch and coffee/pastries soon.
We checked out Upnorth and put it on our Bar Hit List.
A ’60s-themed bar in Meatpacking serving affordable cocktails (all of them are $10) and pizza (from the people behind Williamsburg Pizza). If the set designers from Mad Men (the later seasons) opened up a bar with pink pool tables, this would be it.
We checked out The Woodstock and put it on our Bar Hit List.
This thin-crust pizza place in LIC looks like it could also be a big Summer Guide contender this year - they have a great-looking outdoor space. They also have pastas, negronis on tap, and a large bar.
We checked out Beebe’s and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Uotora is a new Japanese restaurant in Crown Heights with a $65 omakase. It’s a small space with a little bar, so you’ll probably want to try this place solo or with one other person.
We checked out Uotora and put it on our Hit List.
Straylight is a new cocktail bar below a multi-floor Japanese restaurant in Chinatown (Juku) with $15-$27 molecular gastronomy cocktails and Japanese bar snacks. It’s only open from Thursday-Sunday and, to get here, you have to walk down a completely-pink stairwell that looks like it belongs in the contemporary art version of the Wonka factory.
We checked out Straylight and put it on our Bar Hit List.
Sweet Chick just opened their fourth NYC location in Long Island City on Vernon Blvd. You probably already know the drill here, but if not: chicken and waffles, brunch every day, and a fun cocktail list.
Chefs behind Balthazar and Minetta Tavern have opened a French brasserie in Tribeca. It looks like it’ll be slightly more casual than either of those two restaurants, with big red booths and a bar, but still a place where you could impress a date by ordering the ribeye for two.
We checked out Frenchette and put it on our Hit List.
There’s a new Urbanspace food hall location in Midtown East with options like Roberta’s, Taim, and La Pecora Bianca. The vendors and overall design seem pretty similar to other Urbanspace markets, which means it’ll be good for lunch or waiting around for your friend who wears suits to work to leave the office.
Sushi Noz is a new UES Japanese restaurant that specializes in fish preservation and aging. Their omakase is $300 per person.
An Italian-American counter in Bushwick with affordable sandwiches and homemade pasta. It seems pretty small, so take-out might be your move here, but there are a few seats for a casual lunch or dinner.
We checked out Carmenta’s and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
You no longer have to go to Bushwick to eat ramen by yourself in a sit-down voting booth. The Midtown Ichiran is on 32st street between 6th and 7th Avenues, and is a spot for people desperately seeking noodles and alone time in Midtown.
Coco Pazzo is the new Soho version of an UES Italian restaurant that was popular in the ’90s. They do daily lunch and dinner service in a bright space, and have a takeout counter in the back for things like ciabatta sandwiches and quinoa salads.
We checked out Coco Pazzo and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
A big-deal brewery from Copenhagen just opened a location attached to Citi Field in Queens (they already have one in LA that we like a lot). This new spot has its own separate entrance from the stadium, 60 weekly-rotating beers on tap, and the kind of food you’d expect to find next to a baseball stadium - pork sandwiches, bulgogi fries, and hot dogs.
A new Greek seafood spot just opened in the neighborhood with more good Greek food than anywhere else in the city - Astoria. This place has a huge list of Greek wines that should go nicely with a whole fish on your plate.
A Trinidadian cocktail bar in Williamsburg on North 8th St. with some good-looking drinks, rum flights, and DJs playing Caribbean music every night. The owner also happens to be a member of Major Lazer.
We checked out Clyde’s and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
This is a counter-service pizza spot on the Upper East Side from a famous Roman pizza maker. Alert your friend who insists on trying all of the newest pizza in the city that they have square-shaped slices with potatoes on top. And know that it’s still waiting on a liquor license.
We checked out PQR and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Seamore’s just opened up its first Brooklyn location in Dumbo and it’s bigger than the others in the city, with a 40-seat private dining room. Dumbo already has an “attractive-body-of-water” theme, so this bright seafood spot should be a good addition to the neighborhood.
A Szechuan restaurant from Littleneck Queens just opened a new location on the Upper West Side. This place has affordable prices and a huge menu with lots of hot pepper icons and something called “burning noodles.” If you’re a fan of Szechuan food or you live and/or learn near 106th and Amsterdam Avenue, take note.
Lowerline is a casual new New Orleans-inspired restaurant in Prospect Heights on Washington Avenue near Tom’s. It looks pretty small, with just a few tables and a bar, but seems like a nice addition to the neighborhood for drinks, oysters, and a $15 half-po boy and gumbo deal.
We checked out Lowerline and put it on our Hit List.
This is a huge Korean BBQ restaurant in Midtown, with three floors dedicated to different types of occasions - one for casual walk-ins and two for larger private parties. They serve traditional barbecue options and a few unique dishes like kimchi poutine with bulgogi and cheese curds.
We checked out Sam Won Garden and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Grunhaus is a German beer bar where Spitzer’s Corner used to be on the LES. Most of the food here includes some sort of meat and toppings on a pretzel bun. Come here with friends and fight about whether sour beer deserves a place in our current society.
A new cocktail bar in FiDi where you can get an on-fire martini in what looks like a coworking space that plays ’90s hip hop, but also happens to be an Australian coffee shop during the day. Their cocktail list looks like the reason you’d want to check this place out for a drink after work, but they also serve food like smoked mackerel toast and a burger.
This is a new Greek wine bar in the East Village from the same people behind one of the more low-key bars in the neighborhood (The Immigrant). This seems like a useful option for a glass of wine and some small plates of grilled octopus and spanakopita when you want to catch up with a friend.
We checked out The Athenian and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
Mama Fox is a new restaurant in Bed-Stuy that serves comfort food from around the world, like yucca croquettes, pork belly banh mi, polenta and parsnip pasta, and cocktails like an Old Fashioned with mole bitters. It could be a good date night spot for the neighborhood.
Legacy Records is a new Italian/Mediterranean restaurant in Hudson Yards from the people behind two of our favorite spots, Charlie Bird and Pasquale Jones. You could theoretically hang out here all day: there’s a cafe, a cocktail bar space, and restaurant serving things like seafood crudos, pasta, and a duck for two.
We checked out Legacy Records and put it on our Hit List.
An all-day Japanese cafe in the part of the Lower East Side that’s essentially the Williamsburg Bridge, this place is a coffee shop that serves breakfast sets during the day and small plates and curries for dinner. It could be good for a casual weeknight meal, though they’re still waiting on a liquor license.
We checked out Davelle and put it on our Hit List.
Basement is a very fancy 10-person omakase restaurant in the space under a Tribeca restaurant called Tetsu. By very fancy, we mean the omakase is $350/person.
NYC’s only sake brewery now has a tap room in Industry City that’s open on Fridays and Saturdays. Brooklyn Kura is right off of the N, R, and D trains and, other than the sake, has a few snacks like toasted nori and charcuterie.
Bar Freud used to be an Austrian restaurant (from the same people behind Edi and the Wolf), but they just turned it into a bar with a bit less schnitzel and spatzle (although there’s still some of that) and more experimental cocktails. The whole place is supposed to mimic the feeling of “Sigmund Freud’s Therapy Room.” Maybe don’t bring your mom.