If you tried to keep track of every brand new restaurant in New York City, you might go a little bit crazy. So just read this list instead. These are the new restaurant openings that seem like they have the most potential - although keep in mind, for the ones we haven’t tried, we make no promises. Go forth and be a pioneer.
We’ll be regularly updating this post. Once we check out each spot, we’ll add a note so you know where to read more about it - in our or Hit List.
The Emily/Emmy Squared team has a new restaurant in the East Village that specializes in Rhode Island-style grilled pizza. Violet also serves a bunch of different pastas and seafood small plates, like a stuffed clam dish with uni on top called “stuffies.”
There’s a new location of Empellon Al Pastor in the Pod 39 Hotel in Murray Hill. This one is full-service and has a long menu of bar snacks (in addition to tacos and drinks). There should also be a rooftop area open this summer.
Screamer’s is a vegan pizza place with a location in Greenpoint, and they just opened a second one in Crown Heights. The new spot has a totally different menu of calzones, slices, full pies, and sandwiches.
Bar Veloce, a wine bar mini-chain with five other locations across the city, is opening one more on the Upper West Side, right on the same block of Amsterdam Ave as Peacefood Cafe.
Good news for Wall Street: Joe’s Pizza has a new location in FiDi. Expect classic slices and (probably) people eating pizza with napkins stuck in their button-downs like makeshift bibs.
Ruby’s Vintage is a new soul food restaurant in Harlem that’s open for dinner and weekend brunch, with Happy Hour every day from 5-7pm.
Massa’s Coal Fired Pizza & Bar is a very self-explanatory name. So we’ll just add that this place is in Long Island City and serves dishes like stromboli, calzones, and chicken parm as well as pizza.
Niche is a Japanese restaurant on the Lower East Side that specializes in mazemen (brothless ramen). This place is directly across from the entrance to the Williamsburg Bridge, and it’s owned by the people who run Nakamura Ramen, right next door.
This new Latin American restaurant in the Hotel Americano in Chelsea has everything from duck carnitas tacos and savory churros with queso to a raw bar and empanadas.
There’s now another Marinara Pizza location, this time on the Upper West Side. They already have spots on the UES and in Midtown East, both of which are good slice options.
Sushi By M is a small Japanese restaurant in the East Village with hand rolls, sushi, and a 12-piece omakase. The only catch is that you have to text the number 347-688-8101 for reservations.
The owners of Long Island Bar in Brooklyn Heights have a new cocktail spot in Fort Greene called The Rockwell Place. In addition to drinks, there’s a short bar food menu.
Teo is a new izakaya-style spot by the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick where everything on the menu (including the cocktails) costs less than $15. They serve yakitori, ramen, and smaller dishes like okonomiyaki and duck wings, and they’re only open for dinner.
If you saw the Andy Warhol exhibit at the Whitney and now need to go drink in a dark lounge-y bar inspired by his Pop Art (and plastered with his picture), The Factory 380 is where you can do it. This Murray Hill spot also has a hidden speakeasy room and serves food like barbacoa tacos, dumplings, and a TV dinner with cornish hen.
For fancy cocktails near Union Square, our shortlist of places usually includes Dear Irving. Now they have a second location on the 40th and 41st floors of the Aliz Hotel in Midtown.
The butcher Hudson and Charles just opened a casual dinner spot in Greenwich Village with, unsurprisingly, a lot of meat and meat-adjacent things on the menu. Including steak, burgers, and beef fat fries.
The original Avenue C location of Fiaschetteria Pistoia is one of our go-to casual Italian spots (although it’s currently closed due to a fire), and the same team just opened a second location the West Village.
Today in “people move to Park Slope,” the owners of a former West Village Korean restaurant now have a seafood-focused spot in Brooklyn. Haenyeo is a walk-in only restaurant with everything from rice cake fundido with chorizo to spicy kimchi stew, and beignets for dessert.
Joyface is a new neighborhood bar in Alphabet City that has a loungey, 1970s-style space with a disco ball and portraits of tigers on the walls.
Shake Shack now has a location a block from the 125th Street 2 and 3 subway station in Harlem. The menu is like any other you’d find in the city, with the addition of a special custard concrete featuring snickerdoodle cookies from the local bakery Lady Lexis Sweets.
Okamisan is a casual Japanese restaurant in Greenwich Village. They’re open for lunch and dinner every day, and you’ll find comfort food like udon, curry, and donburi bowls.
This is a new Mediterranean restaurant in Staten Island with great views of the river and a focus on seafood.
Nacho Macho Taco is a casual Mexican restaurant in Bushwick off the Myrtle-Wyckoff M train stop. They make their own horchata, and have a whole list of tacos for around $4 each.
If you’re looking for lunch omakase, your life probably rocks and you should also know about Takeshi, a new sushi place in Soho with lunch and dinner service. They have four omakase options (two at lunch, two at dinner) with prices ranging from $45 to $130, and you can also order a la carte anytime.
Did you ask for a fancy Irish restaurant in a hotel near Times Square? Probably not. But now the Public House at Merrion Row exists, and you can get drinks or some upscale pub food there before a show.
Fuyu Ramen is a new Japanese restaurant in Sunnyside across the street from the 46th Street 7 train stop. The menu has a lot more than soup and noodles (including buns, octopus balls, and poke bowls), but there are also four different types of ramen to choose from.
The owners of Madame Vo have a new Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village. This one focuses on Vietnamese BBQ, with grills on the tables, a $59 set menu, and a bunch of other a la carte options.
At Unagi in Nolita, you can pretty much only order eel (half an eel for $29 and a full one for $49). There are also sides like rice, pickled vegetables, and oh, more eel.
The Seneca is an American bar/restaurant in Ridgewood with natural wine, breakfast sandwiches, and pool tables. They’re open all day (hence the breakfast sandwiches and natural wine).
Odo is a 14-seat Japanese restaurant where you can get a nine-course meal for $200. The menu is seafood-focused, with dishes like snow crab and nigiri, and the space is located behind another Flatiron spot called Hall (which opened in November).
Her Name Was Carmen could be the ominous first line of a noir detective drama. But for our purposes, it’s the name of a new two-story Latin American restaurant in Soho. This place is partially owned by the person behind bars like Kind Regards and Make Believe (both of which we like).
There’s a new ramen place from Seattle that your friend who lives there may or may not have told you about during a conversation you weren’t listening to. The NYC version just opened in Park Slope and allows you to customize almost everything about your ramen - from the richness of your broth to the thickness of your noodles.
If you’re looking for brunch in the East Village, now you have another option. Dua Kafe is a new all-day Albanian cafe right by StuyTown, and they serve everything from bagels and lox to Byrek (an Albanian pastry with meat, cheese, or spinach fillings) and grilled meat platters.
This is a new Italian restaurant serving homemade pasta and pizza in the Columbia Street Waterfront District in Brooklyn.
A hotpot chain from China just opened its first-ever NYC location in Flushing. Luyishou Hot Pot has 900 locations around the world, and until now, the closest one to NYC was in Princeton, NJ.
Jack’s Wife Freda now has a third location. This one’s on 8th Avenue in Chelsea.
Biga Pizza Italiana Contemporanea is a new casual pizza place right across from Clinton Street Baking Co. on the Lower East Side. In addition to pizzas, they have a bunch of sandwiches made with pizza dough instead of bread.
If you spend time near Grand Central, you can tell everyone in your office that there’s a new casual ramen restaurant in the neighborhood serving soups and small rice bowls. It’s casual-looking in here, and everything on the menu is under $15.
Kal is a small Korean restaurant in Astoria that’s open every day for lunch and dinner, with food like rice cakes, braised fish stews, and pork buns.
TabeTomo is a new ramen shop in the East Village from one of the former chefs at Tsujita (a ramen spot in LA that always has a crazy line). Like Tsujita, this place specializes in a pork broth with noodles for dipping.
The Frankies Spuntino team now has a wine bar in the old Prime Meats spot in Carroll Gardens. It has a pretty long wine list, as well as a mix of Mediterranean small plates.
Encore is a giant new restaurant in Meatpacking from a French chef who already co-owns another restaurant in Miami with Pharrell. If you just stretched a normal French bistro to be a Meatpacking restaurant, it might look like this.
La Rossa is a casual Italian pizza place in Soho that serves traditional Roman pies in different varieties like cacio e pepe and carbonara. You can also get rice balls, salads, and some appetizers.
This is a new bagel place in Park Slope from the same people behind a longtime deli/grocery store in Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill. They have classic bagel sandwiches, bialys, and other deli lunch staples, but no seating whatsoever.
Anytime is a Korean small plates restaurant with stews, a bunch of seafood, and soju. Other notable details include: a short rib burger with soy Russian dressing, red velvet lava cake for dessert, and the fact that they’re open until 4am on the weekends.
There are more Xi’an Famous Foods locations than gas stations below 42nd Street, and the latest one is in FiDi. Attention Wall Street workers, lunchtime just got better.
Devocion is a Colombian coffee shop with two locations in Brooklyn that we like a lot for coffee meetings and getting work done. This is their first Manhattan outpost, in Flatiron.
A skateboarding star who loves the 2002 movie Friday After Next (which stars Ice Cube and is where this spot’s name comes from) just opened a Caribbean-American counter-service restaurant in Soundview in the Bronx. The menu has dishes like goat curry, oxtail, and jerk chicken.
Giardino 54 is an Italian wine bar in Hell’s Kitchen with huge windows in the front and a long bar. It opens at 4pm, in case you get out of work early and want to drink wine and eat some orecchiette or bruschetta.
The LES Speedy Romeo now has a late night bar/slice shop that’s only open on Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm to 2am. Which conveniently happen to be two of the many times when human beings want pizza.
Citroën is a French bistro in Greenpoint with classic entrees in the $20 range. There’s a full bar, and the whole place looks like it dressed up as the year 1925 for Halloween and then decided to stick with the outfit.
Oxalis is a seasonal tasting menu restaurant in Prospect Heights that changes its offerings every day. It also has bar food available a la carte, and takes walk-ins every night. But it seems like making a reservation here is the way to go.
Bar Laika is a cocktail bar in Clinton Hill with a full menu of Japanese food, and regular screenings of experimental/indie short films that not even your coolest friends who went to Wesleyan have seen.
The Hive is an American restaurant and bar on the corner of North 7th Street and Kent Avenue in Williamsburg. They’re open for dinner and weekend brunch, and there’s an outside area for when it’s 54 degrees in December.
East Village vegan restaurants are a thing right now, and the first of two more just opened. Water is a 20-person omakase-only vegan spot, and it’s attached to Fire, a dim sum restaurant that won’t be open until January.
Uncle Chop Chop is a new West Village restaurant that serves a mix of Southeast Asian dishes including papaya salad, lettuce wraps, and chopped duck with pancakes and plum sauce.
This new Park Slope spot focuses on drinks from local New York breweries/distilleries, as well as pastries, sandwiches, and charcuterie.
Dun Huang (a casual Chinese noodle place with locations in Flushing and the East Village, among other neighborhoods) now has an outpost by Grand Central that’s open for lunch and dinner every day. Which is good news for you and bad news for your motivation to meal prep on Sunday night.
If you go to the UES, by all the hospitals, you’ll mostly just find more hospitals. But now there’s also a Szechuan restaurant called Hui Restaurant & Bar. It has lunch specials every weekday involving soup, a salad/appetizer, and an entree for around $10.
Shoo Shoo is a casual new Israeli restaurant in Nolita. It has a nice-looking space and kind-of-healthy Mediterranean food such as hummus, octopus, and some baked eggs with vegetables. (FYI, it’s closed Mondays and Tuesdays.)
For those of you who didn’t study geography or don’t happen to be Dutch, Benelux refers to the union of three European countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg). It’s also the name of a new all-day restaurant in Bushwick that serves sausages, seafood, and burgers.
Mokum is Mediterranean neighborhood spot on the Upper West Side that’s open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They have everything from cafe food (pastries, etc.) to lobster casserole and curried cauliflower.
If you’ve ever gone to Disneyland and thought to yourself, “Hmm, this is missing some Texas flair,” Hill Country Food Park will probably make you happy. This is an Austin-themed food hall in Downtown Brooklyn from the person behind the Hill Country restaurants, and they have two floors of Texas-style barbecue and taco trucks as well as Du’s Donuts and Van Leeuwen.
Another new food hall, this time in the market/tech makerspace/arcade that is Industry City. Japan Village has a grocery store/speciality market, sake store, and izakaya.
About a year ago, a LES French bistro called Brigitte opened and then closed for a little while. It’s now open again with a different name, a new chef, and similar upscale French dishes. It’s in the area near Kiki’s, Cervo’s, and Forgtmenot (a.k.a. where a lot of people go out), and there’s a cocktail bar underneath the restaurant.
Over the summer, the Williamsburg Hotel opened their rooftop pool and bar. It’s too cold to voluntarily swim outside right now, but they also just opened a bar above their pool deck called The Water Tower. It’s open from 10pm-4am Wednesday through Sunday, and yes, it’s in a (nonfunctioning) water tower. This place has a bottle service menu, and snacks including caviar and a $70 grilled cheese sandwich.
This famous Flushing rice roll spot just opened a location in Canal Street Market. They have the same rice rolls (with fillings like pork and curry fish balls) as the original location, as well as some new items like Chinese crepes, soy bean milk, and a signature Joe roll with beef, pork, and dried shrimp.
Momofuku Noodle Bar now has a second location in the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle. The menu looks pretty similar to what you’ll find at original restaurant, with some additions like ramen with brisket and a pork belly dish. Oh - and there’s an old train arrival board above the bar.
The new Ample Hills in Chelsea is the chain’s first standalone spot in Manhattan. So the next time you suddenly decide that you need to eat ooey gooey cake ice cream without the distractions of a food hall or Bubby’s below the High Line, you’ll know where to go.
Sushi Ryusei is a Japanese restaurant in Murray Hill with a chef who used to work at Sushi of Gari. This place is right near Grand Central, and you can do an omakase at their sushi bar.
This is a new Peruvian restaurant in Bushwick with a big bar, yellow booths, and a menu full of things like ceviche, meats with mashed plantains, and fried seafood. It’s in the part of Bushwick that’s closer to Ridgewood than Williamsburg (the nearest subways are the Halsey Street L or Wilson Avenue M).
Venchi is a famous chocolatier in Italy, and they just opened their first NYC cafe near Union Square. You can get gelato, coffee, and crepes here - or just sit in front of a 45-foot-wide chocolate waterfall. Yep.
Benno is an upscale new restaurant in the Evelyn Hotel in Flatiron that’s prix-fixe only (three courses for $95, four for $125, and five for $145). The food is a combination of French and Italian, with dishes like agnolotti with duck and foie gras and a skate almondine.
Eli Zabar’s son (who used to run Eli’s Night Shift, and was probably raised on nothing but smoked fish as a child) just opened his own place on the LES. Devon serves cocktails with fun names, plus upscale versions of American classics like clams casino, disco fries, and a chicken sandwich.
If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you left a banh mi and po boy in a room together, the answer is nothing - because they’re sandwiches. Po’Mi is a new casual counter-service place in Bed-Stuy where you can get both of these sandwiches, as well as salads and bowls.
Gupshup is a two-floor Indian restaurant in Gramercy with a menu of breads, stews, and chutneys, as well as a few non-Indian dishes like ramen and guacamole. Fun fact: they have a 1.5 ton door that was imported from an Indian mansion.
Statistically speaking, you can never have too much pizza. Which is why restaurants like Dia keep opening. This is a casual neighborhood pizza place on 2nd Avenue in the East Village (right next door to The Black Ant) that specializes in thin-crust Roman-style pizzas as well as seafood.
Back in the second half of the 19th century, Giuseppe De Nittis was an Italian impressionist painter. In only slightly related news, Nittis is a new Italian restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen (near the Port Authority) where you can order classic red-sauce dishes like pasta with clams and chicken parm.
This is an all-day Japanese cafe in Flatiron with everything from breakfast to a wagyu meatball sandwich, and drinks from Brooklyn Kura (the only sake brewery in NYC) on tap. Hall is counter-service during the day and then becomes a full sit-down operation after 5pm.
The next time someone asks if you want to get bottle service (assuming that’s a thing that happens in your life), one-up them and mention the soju service at Reception on the LES. This is a new Korean cocktail bar that serves soju-based cocktails and bar snacks like fish cakes and rice balls with red bean paste.
Old Xi’an Delicacy is a new counter-service Chinese restaurant in FiDi with hand-ripped noodles, dumplings, and a spicy cumin lamb burger that costs $6.95. There’s seating in the restaurant, but most of the food sold here will probably end up on a desk, since this place is so close to Wall Street.
Pomona is a new upscale American restaurant with big tan booths, abstract art, and rich dishes like goose fat tater tots and a $90 seafood stew to share. The food is on the expensive side (entrees are all around $40), but it’s Midtown and there’s art on the walls, so what else did you expect?
There used to be a restaurant called Dovetail on the UWS. That place is now an Italian restaurant called Leonti that serves things like agnolotto with fennel and grapefruit, lobster panzanella salad, and a veal chop. A pedantic detail we appreciate: they have separate menu sections for pastas and gnocchi/lasagna.
Westville now has their first stand-alone bakery by Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. They’ll be making their regular desserts, as well as other cookies, brownies, whoopie pies, and full cakes for catering or single-person-on-couch-catering.
This is a new casual Szechuan restaurant near NYU with set drypot combinations as well as customizable, a la carte options. They have another location in the New World Mall in Flushing.
Taladwat is a new Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen where you can choose a mix of two dishes with rice for $14. It’s casual in here, with picnic table seating underneath strings of Thai flags.
If you like to window shop for cakes or sit in public places with a fortress of novels around you, you’re probably aware of several Amy’s Breads locations around the city. Another one to know about: their first Brooklyn location in Brooklyn Heights.
This popular dim sum chain from Hong Kong has an East Village location with long lines and really good pork buns. They just opened a second NYC spot in Hell’s Kitchen, a few blocks from the Port Authority.
If a Duane Reade gave up its pharmacy section, went on one of those TLC makeover shows, and ended up in Soho, it would look a little like The Goods Mart. This is a fancy, environmentally-conscious convenience store from LA that serves burritos from LA’s Burrito De Palma, slurpees made without high fructose corn syrup, and Alidoro sandwiches.
We like the original E’s Bar for drinks with a group on the UWS, and now there’s a second location in Morningside Heights near Columbia University. In addition to alcohol, you’ll find classic bar food, board games, and a jukebox.
Peaches Hothouse has a new location in Fort Greene, serving things like Nashville hot chicken, fried green tomatoes, a crispy fried chicken sandwich (that you can order extra hot), and stone ground grits.
Momofuku Bāng Bar is David Chang’s new fast-casual breakfast and lunch place in the Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle. They serve Korean grilled flatbread wraps filled with everything from Zabar’s smoked salmon and scallion cream cheese to yakitori chicken.
If the East Village were a Monopoly Board, 2nd Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets would be known as Vegan Place. Plant Food And Wine is the latest vegan restaurant from the team that also owns Bar Verde and Double Zero, and they’re serving food inspired by a range of different cuisines (you’ll find dishes like hay-smoked gnocchi and avocado tikka).
This is a huge bar in the Moxy NYC Downtown hotel in FiDi. During the day, it’s a coworking space (with basketball courts, arcade machines, and crispy chicken and waffle bites so you can be extra productive), and at night it’s a cocktail bar.
Maison Bangkok is a casual new Thai restaurant on the Upper East Side with a completely pink room and decorative pillows on every chair. The menu has noodles, curries, and a dish with quail eggs wrapped in wontons.
519 is an Italian restaurant in Soho with a big, grand-looking bar, some chandeliers, and dishes ranging from ravioli to mussels.
Mission Chinese just opened a second spot in Bushwick, right next to the music venue Elsewhere. The new location serves basically the same menu as the original, and seems like a good place for a fun group dinner - the lighting changes colors during your meal, and there’s footage of people eating the restaurant’s food playing on the walls.
This is a new (mostly) small plates restaurant on the LES with a name that’s the restaurant equivalent of when an artwork is called “Untitled.” The menu has a mix of French and Spanish food, and there’s a $98 steak for two (which is why we said mostly small plates).
This Harlem-based Mexican counter spot makes excellent tacos (we especially like their al pastor ones), and they now have a third location in Jackson Heights, Queens. If that’s not convenient for you, we’d encourage you to reassess your priorities and make it work (or just go to the original location, or the one in Industry City).
Nai Tapas Bar used to serve reliably good tapas from a space on 1st Avenue in the East Village. Now they’ve moved to 2nd Avenue, where they’ll have a similar menu, plus exclusively Spanish wine.
Pado is a casual Japanese restaurant near the movie theaters in the East Village. They have a la carte sushi as well as rice bowls and a few prix fixe tastings.
Morgenstern’s just opened a giant new location in Greenwich Village. It has 88 flavors of ice cream to choose from (including green tea pistachio and bread), and lots of places to sit and have a private meeting with your soul before you choose which one(s) you want.
Undercote is the new cocktail bar right below Cote, the upscale Korean BBQ spot in Flatiron. You’ll find fancy cocktails (like one with catnip-infused vodka) and some complimentary bar snacks, all in a room with plant walls and a lot of black leather. Also good to know: they’re only open from Thursday to Saturday, and you can make reservations via email.
This is a completely vegan counter-service restaurant in Bushwick from the same people who run Champs Diner in Williamsburg. They’re open from 11am to 5pm every day, serving the vegan equivalents of a small child’s fast food dreams.
There’s a Greek restaurant called Kyma that opened a few months ago in Flatiron, and the people behind that place now have another Greek spot on the Upper West Side that sort of of looks like a big seaside resort dining room. Elea’s menu is seafood-focused, with everything from a crudo tasting to seafood risotto and three different types of whole grilled fish.
There isn’t technically a country called Coffee. But if there was, Felix Roasting Company would be its palace. This is a fancy new coffee shop on Park Avenue South with Supermoon Bakehouse pastries and drinks like a gin shrub, a deconstructed espresso tonic, and a hickory smoked s’mores latte.
Frankie Goes To Hollywood is a British band from the 1980s that kept telling everyone to “Relax.” Frankie Goes To Bollywood is a counter-service Indian takeout spot in Soho that specializes in wraps called frankies.
This is a new all-day cafe from the people who run the nightclub Tao. It’s located close by, in the Dream Downtown hotel in Chelsea, and the menu is California-themed, which basically means salads, toasts, and kind-of-healthy pancakes.
Another Chelsea hotel restaurant, but this one’s a seafood-focused American place that’s loosely themed around famous historical and fictional Wilsons (there’s a mural and several menu items like “Jackie Wilson Chicken Club” and “Owen’s Pad Thai”). It’s run by the same restaurant group as places like Refinery Rooftop and Parker and Quinn.
Oath is a pizza place on the UWS that grows some of its own produce in an on-site hydroponic garden. You can get 11-inch pizzas for $11, or half pies for $7. Come for a casual group hang with all your houseplants.
This is a new two-story Greek food hall in Midtown with a few different bakery stations, yogurt bars, and grocery sections, as well as a full table-service restaurant on the second floor.
Sauce Pizzeria is a new counter-service slice shop in the East Village from the people behind Sauce on the LES. In addition to some pies with interesting toppings and dipping sauces - like an al pastor pizza that comes with pineapple sauce - they also have Van Leeuwen soft serve.
The Woo is a casual Korean BBQ restaurant in Soho that used to have a location on Mercer Street called Woo Lae Oak. At their new spot, you can get BBQ combination platters, stews, and rice dishes.
Harold’s Meat + Three decided to drop the “Meat + Three” and reopen as an all-day cafe called Harold’s in the same spot (the Arlo Hotel in Soho). Now, instead of only Southern food, they’ll be serving lighter options like market bowls, scallops, and a meatless meatball parm. But you can still get fried chicken and their “hot dog du jour.”
Harlem Ale House is a new bar and American restaurant in a historic building in Harlem that’s been everything from a speakeasy (in the 1920s) to a bowling alley. They’re currently in soft open mode, which means they aren’t serving food yet and their hours run from 3pm to 2am every day.
There are a few other Treadwell Park locations, and they’re all pretty similar - slightly upscale beer halls that are good for groups. The newest one is in Hudson Yards at 42nd and 10th Avenue, and it has pinball machines and free popcorn.
Antoni, the cooking coach from Queer Eye, just opened a fast-casual restaurant inside an old West Village diner. It’s counter-service, and serves healthy-sounding things like grain bowls, almond pancakes, and cauliflower rice.
The people behind one of our favorite Spanish restaurants (La Vara) just opened a small plates seafood spot in Cobble Hill. It’s a little space with mainly counter seating and a few tables, and you’ll find things like Mediterranean wine, mini raw scallop tacos, and a fancy tuna casserole.
There are now officially enough Garret locations to qualify for their very own bar crawl. The newest one is in Nolita, and it looks a little like someone with an old-school trunk could show up, demand a strong drink, tell some stories, and fit right in.
After being closed for a few years, Gazala’s on the Upper West Side is open again. They serve Middle Eastern food such as labneh, kebabs, and crispy-thin pita that might make you question your past pita experiences.
The owner of Taim (one of our go-to spots for Middle Eastern food) just re-opened her original, more upscale Israeli restaurant called Balaboosta. It used to be in Nolita, but now it’s in the old Bar Bolonat space in the West Village.
10 Corso Como is originally from Milan, and just opened a location in the Seaport. In addition to a gallery and a store selling things like expensive jewelry and special-edition Birkenstocks, there’s an Italian restaurant and cafe that’s open for lunch and dinner every day.
This is a fast-casual restaurant in the East Village serving Central Asian food with Chinese influences. The menu has hand-pulled noodle dishes, dumplings, kebabs, rice bowls, and more.
Grand Seoul is a new Korean BBQ place on the Lower East Side with a neon sign that looks like a picture of a cow and a pig who got their tails stuck together and just continued to live like that. You can’t buy the sign (as far as we know), but you can get some BBQ combination platters and stews.
Your dreams of having dinner on top of a fancy furniture store (you have those, right?) are about to come true: the Restoration Hardware in Meatpacking now has a formal-feeling restaurant and rooftop terrace that’s full of chandeliers, trees, and truffle pasta.
Sans 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.