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.
The newest Quality Eats just opened on 28th between 5th and Madison. The menu here is pretty much the same as the other two locations (affordable steaks, salads, and birthday cake ice cream). If it’s anything like the other spots, it will be crowded.
Originally an East Village spot, Mala Project just added a second Midtown location where you can eat Chinese dry pot (think hot pot without the boiling broth). There’s a $13 lunch special, so it’s a potentially useful option for a weekday lunch that isn’t a sandwich.
One of our go-to burrito spots just opened a new location on Metropolitan Ave in Williamsburg. In addition to tacos, burritos, and “Super Fries” (like nachos, but with fries), this location has a mezcal bar with draft cocktails and many (over 40) different types of mezcal.
The Harrow is a new American restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen serving things like strip steak, lobster pierogi, mushroom tarts, and lots of cocktails. The prices are reasonable (nothing is over $30) for a place that kind of looks like it could be a hotel restaurant, so it could be good for a date or dinner with your parents who swear they’re fine with anything, but actually want something nice.
A 19-year-old just opened a new all-day cafe on the Lower East Side. Soon “The Living Room” (the cafe) will have a “Dining Room” next door with a $155 pre fixe that you can already book reservations for. Until then, you can continue to reflect on what you were doing when you were 19 years old.
Karakatta is a new ramen restaurant in Greenwich Village that specializes in spicy ramen. They also have some rice bowls, appetizers, and a full drinks menu, but if you want ramen, the only options involve fire emojis next to their menu listings. The space looks pretty small and stays open late-night.
Exciting news for Bushwick people: the chef and owner behind one of the more grown-up spots in the area (Faro) just opened up a Chinese restaurant. It’s walk-in-only and seems like it could be a great addition to the otherwise Sichuan-less neighborhood.
Luke’s Lobster just opened up a stand in Canal Street Market with its usual seafood rolls, chowders, and lobster mac & cheese. Good to know about if you work in the Soho/Chinatown area and are feeling bold enough to eat a lobster roll at your desk (if not, there are also some places to sit down here).
Noda is a very expensive, eight-seat sushi restaurant in Nomad that serves a $285 omakase tasting. They have two dinner seatings per night (6 and 9pm), as well as a sake and whiskey lounge in the front.
After 10 years of serving Italian food in their Meatpacking location (which is now closed), Scarpetta just reopened in a new Nomad hotel called The James New York. This place looks like it’s going for a similar feel as the original - a trendy-people-eating-pasta feel.
A fancy bar and restaurant in the East Village that’s supposed to look like a Southern mansion. Mr. White serves upscale versions of New Orleans-inspired food like grilled oysters, prawns and grits, and pork cheek, but as of now they’re still waiting for a full liquor license (it’s beer and wine only).
An all-day cafe in Red Hook filled with natural light, oatmeal bowls, and egg sandwiches looks like nothing else we’ve seen recently. That’s a joke, but to be fair, Rita does seem like it’ll be good to know about for casual breakfast, brunch, and lunch in the area.
This a Kosher Mediterranean spot with interesting-looking (albeit pricey) dishes like “Northern African fish and chips.” Hopefully it’ll be a good new addition to Murray Hill.
Tender Greens in Union Square is NYC’s first location of a popular California fast-casual restaurant, and seems like it could be a good alternative for when you’re sick of Sweetgreen and Made Nice. They serve healthy-ish plates (pick a protein, vegetable, and side), salads, and sandwiches all within the $12-16 range, and have a beer and wine list.
Banzarbar is a new bar above Freemans on the Lower East Side. They serve fancy cocktails and seafood small plates, and a $95 tasting menu involving five courses with low-ABV cocktail pairings (so that you can actually drink all five of them). Also, there’s a $60 tempura-fried whole octopus to share. Just in case you’re in the mood to eat a whole fried octopus tonight.
We checked out Banzarbar and added it to our Bar Hit List.
The people behind Greenpoint Beer and Ale (a brewery) and North Brooklyn Farms (an urban farm underneath the Williamsburg Bridge) opened a restaurant in Greenpoint with stuff like little gem salads, steak, and housemade sausages. They’ll also be serving exclusively New York-made beer, cider, wine, and cocktails. Right now, it’s only open Wednesday through Sunday.
This is a new Flatiron coffee shop in a building where Nikola Tesla first experimented with radio waves. That part is irrelevant to the coffee shop itself, which seems like a simple coffee/pastry place to know about in the neighborhood. The Nikola Tesla-related part comes next...
Once 5pm hits, Patent Coffee becomes an entrance to an electricity-themed underground cocktail bar that can only be accessed by ringing a buzzer on the street. Patent Pending has a few snacks (grilled cheese, pulled pork sandwich) and a cocktail menu that comes with an appendix explaining electromagnetic frequency. It could be worth stopping by for a drink in the area with someone who likes speakeasies and/or bragging about how much they remember from physics.
A new Seamore’s location is making Urbanspace Vanderbilt an even better place to get lunch or a quick dinner near Grand Central (the food market already has Roberta’s, Red Hook Lobster Pound, and Kuro-Obi by Ippudo). They’re serving cocktails, beer, wine, and seafood like poke bowls and fried fish sandwiches.
Maman’s newest location for coffee meetings and solo journaling sessions is open in Nomad. The space looks like it has enough tables to actually sit down, and the sandwiches and salads have the kinds of names you’d find in a 20th century novel (Lise, Charline, Olivia).
The last of the Freehand hotel spots is now open for dinner (they already have Studio and The George Washington Bar). Simon & the Whale is from the same people behind West Village places like Joseph Leonard and Fedora, and might be good for your friend who insists on trying the most interesting things on every menu (in this case: cauliflower with veal tongue pastrami or arctic char toast).
Meme’s in Prospect Heights looks like a modern Brooklyn version of a diner that could have been in Grease. They’re open for brunch and dinner, when they serve takes on American classics (buffalo chicken goddess salad, patty melts on rye bread, and a peanut butter pie) and a big menu of cocktails.
We checked out Meme’s Diner and put it on our Hit List.
Carroll Gardens has a new French place open for dinner and brunch near the Carroll Street F and G stop. The menu is a little pricey (the mains are mostly in the $40 range), and includes classic-sounding stuff like beef bourguignon and roasted duck two ways.
This is a Bushwick bar/restaurant (by the Jefferson L) that specializes in Basque-style cider and food. The restaurant does a two-and-half hour, five-course tasting for $37 where you can try chorizo that’s braised in their own cider. If you’re not quite ready to make that commitment, come to the bar for housemade cider and snacks.
We checked out Brooklyn Cider House and put it on our Hit List.
The team behind the LES spot Eastwood (a beer and wine bar with Israeli-influenced food) has a new place a few doors down that serves cocktails and snacks like housemade popcorn and smoked whitefish salad. Starting in February they’ll be open all week, but until then you can check out The Dancer from Wednesday to Sunday.
There’s a new Latin restaurant on 1st Street in the East Village serving stuff like seafood mole, skirt steak with chilaquiles, and a drink called the Mexican Zombie. Everything on the menu is sub-$30, but individual dishes like the guacamole (which is $13) seem a little pricey.
Greca is an all-day Greek cafe in the part of Tribeca that’s practically the Holland Tunnel. This place is counter-service only, and open from 8am to 5pm every day, if you need a place to kill time before you bring your niece to a birthday party at the New York City Fire Museum or whatever else you do in this area.
We checked out Greca and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
A new Flatiron hotel (called Freehand) opened, which is just another way to say that a new Flatiron spot opened. Actually, there are several places in the Freehand. One is Studio, another is the George Washington Bar where you can get some bar snacks and expensive cocktails with things like prosciutto in them. If you’ve been looking for a new place to drink under the supervision of a George Washington portrait, this could be the one.
Successful NYC restaurant comebacks are about as common as Spice Girls reunion tours, but they’re both set to happen in 2018. This old-school French bistro was open for 36 years, then closed for eight, and has just reopened. The new space is bigger than their last, and the menu has things like duck foie gras terrine and steak tartare.
The people behind a famous noodle place in Sunset Park (called Yun Nan Flavor Garden) just opened a restaurant in Greenwich Village that serves rice noodles from southern China (they’re called Mixian noodles and come stir fried or in broth). This place looks like it could be a good casual lunch or dinner if you spend time near Washington Square Park.
A Taiwanese comfort food place just opened for dinner in a really small space (there are around 10 seats) between Avenue A and First Ave in the East Village. Their menu is pretty much only beef noodle soup, and things you can add to your beef noodle soup.
If you work in Soho (and have a regular need for coffee), you should know that there’s now a new location of the coffee shop known for Australians and kind-of-healthy food. Like the other Bluestones, this cafe has juices, toasts, and all of the espresso drinks you’d want.
This outdoor day-drinking spot in Ridgewood has a new indoor bar and dancefloor that was designed for people who take music very seriously. In addition to music, dancing, and board games every day of the week, Indoors has an affordable menu of Lebanese-inspired food.
An all-day restaurant in the new Freehand hotel in Flatiron. The menu is a mix of American, Middle Eastern, and Mediterranean food, and the space is highly attractive.
We checked out Studio and put it on our Hit List.
This all-day vegetarian cafe has a heavy West Coast theme, which translates to a bunch of salads and chia seeds on the menu. West-Bourne also donates a portion of their profits to provide hospitality job training to people in the community, which is another reason to eat something called a Malibu Waffle at 8pm on a weekday.
We checked out West-Bourne and put it on our Hit List.
The East Village offshoot of Turntable Chicken Jazz (Turntable 5060) just reopened as a casual, Korean-inspired small plates place. There’s still a lot of Turntable chicken to be eaten here, but also seafood paella, something called miso mac and cheese, and a $30 “sangria tower.”
We checked out Tapanju Turntable and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
A new cocktail bar just opened underneath Bushwick’s Cape House (a clam shack and summer day-drinking spot). Rose Gold seems pretty clubby, with black-and-white striped floors and a Tuesday night DJ “residency” program.
This cocktail bar is right near some of our favorite restaurants on West 10th and West 4th (L’Artusi, Fedora, Empellón Taqueria), so it could be half of your next one-two punch dinner-then-drinks night. Plus they have a make-your-own-old-fashioned, which is basically adult Build-a-Bear.
We checked out Due West and added it to our Bar Hit List.
In case you’ve ever dreamt of eating tortillas that were freshly made in the Empire State Building, the wait is finally over. The fifth Tacombi location is open in yes, the Empire State Building.
Soogil is a new Korean restaurant in the East Village from a chef that used to work at Daniel. This place feels like it has potential to be a date spot, but they’re still waiting for a liquor license, so for now you’ll have to stick with the French-influenced Korean food on the menu.
We checked out Soogil and put it on our Hit List.
Yaso Tangbao’s original Brooklyn Heights spot is a great fast-casual lunch option for soup dumplings and Shanghai street foods. Now they’re opening another location at 42nd and 2nd in Midtown East for all of the people who work near the UN Headquarters and need some good news.
One of the former chefs from Miss Lily’s is now at a new Caribbean restaurant in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. This place looks a little more grown-up than Miss Lily’s, which might make it worth trying for a group dinner.
This is a new vegan restaurant in Flatiron that’s only open for dinner and serves Mediterranean food like garbanzo falafel and spiced squash. They have a full bar where you might interact with a self-identifying vegan Mixologist.
St Tropez is a new French wine bar in Greenwich Village with an affordable menu of things like branzino or truffle mac and cheese (nothing is over $17). It has a decent amount of seating and a big communal table in the middle for big parties or drinking with strangers.
We checked out St Tropez and put it on our Hit List.
Ozi is a new spot in the bottom of a Bushwick hotel that looks like a nondescript apartment building by the Morgan Avenue L. They do traditional and creative dumplings, and stay open late during the hours when you’re more likely to be craving a cheeseburger potsticker.
A restaurant on Bowery from the most famous pizza man in the most famous pizza city, Naples. De Blasio has already been. Expect really long waits.
We checked out Sorbillo and put it on our Hit List.
Opening a third location brings J.G. Melon close to being an NYC burger empire. The second spot downtown was impressively as good as the original, so it’s likely that the Upper West Side place will be good for a cheeseburger and their cottage fries as well.
The founder and former owner of L’Artusi and dell’anima has taken over the Franny’s space in Park Slope. There’s lots of pasta and wine, but no pizza (which Franny’s was known for).
We checked out Fausto and put it on our Hit List.
A new Williamsburg location of a legendary Queens restaurant that’s one of our favorite places to eat Thai food in NYC.
We checked out SriPraPhai and put it on our Hit List.
A tiny seafood spot in the Williamsburg space where the tasting-menu restaurant Semilla used to be.
We checked out Casino Clam Bar and put it on our Hit List.
A new Japanese spot in Chinatown, from the chef behind Williamsburg’s 1 or 8. There’s an izakaya-style setup on one floor and a 12-seat, $80 omakase counter situation on the second floor. There’s also supposed to be a bar and lounge in the basement, but that won’t be open until the end of the year.
A Chinese takeout place in FiDi with a small, rotating menu of things like fried pancakes, spicy chicken with cucumber, or pig ear in chili oil. They have a pick-three for $10 deal at lunch, which seems worth trying if you work in the area and want to venture beyond your sad Chipotle burrito bowl.
A famous restaurant in Beijing that’s known for roast duck just opened its first American location next to Whole Foods in Bryant Park and they’re charging $58 for half of their signature roast duck that feeds groups of two. It looks like it’s going to be hard to get a table here, despite being a massive space.
A neighborhood Mediterranean restaurant on the border of Greenpoint and East Williamsburg that looks like it’s full of potted plants and might be a nice spot for a date. The menu includes things like mussels, a burger with smoked kielbasa, and a greens and grains option that likely comes in a bowl.
We checked out Pheasant and wrote about it on our Hit List.
A new Sichuan hot pot place on Bowery and Grand that seems to be aiming for a more formal and modern hot pot experience without being too expensive. Alert your group text of people who like to dip meats into boiling liquid.
We checked out Tang Hotpot and wrote about it on our Ride-Along Report.
The Upper East Side’s location of the 2nd Avenue Deli now has an upstairs bar area where you can sip $14 cocktails and share pastrami meat boards and herring three ways. It’s called “The 2nd Floor,” but the name “we’re hip, we promise!” works just as well.
Located in the bottom of a Dumbo hotel, The Osprey has a view of Brooklyn Bridge Park that will likely rival those of Fornino and River Cafe.
The third restaurant in the Seagram building, to go along with The Grill and The Pool. There are splatter paint floors, bright pink furniture, and a Japanese menu with everything from sushi to hibachi-style steak.
We checked out The Lobster Club and put it on our Hit List.
Yet another cafe near Union Square with matcha lattes and wifi. They’re open from 8AM to 10PM and have a waffle that comes with avocado and smoked salmon on top, which is basically just Leslie Knope’s version of avocado toast.
The first NYC location of a popular Tokyo chain that serves ramen and cocktails. It’s a casual restaurant in Midtown, so if it ends up being good, it might be a pretty useful spot.
We checked out Tonchin and wrote about in our Ride-Along Report.
A fast-casual sushi place that just opened in Nomad, which could be a good place for your lunch rotation if you work nearby.
A Tribeca restaurant from the chef behind Masa in Columbus Circle, which is possibly New York’s most expensive restaurant. This place isn’t so fancy. The a la carte menu involves a bunch of robata grill dishes and sushi, as well as a burger that’s only served from 5-6PM.
We checked out Tetsu and put it on our Hit List.
A neighborhood place for a date in Little Italy, serving Spanish tapas that actually look large enough to feed a human or two.