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.
Torien is a new upscale yakitori spot in Noho from a chef who is the George Clooney of grilled skewers in Tokyo. And even though his apprentice will actually be the one preparing the $150, 13-course yakitori omakase, dinner here will probably be incredible.
The people behind Pig and Khao have opened a new restaurant in Chelsea with dishes influenced by the Philippines and Thailand. There’s a big wraparound bar up front where you can eat things like Hainanese duck and curry puffs with a date. If you come here with a larger group, try to get one of the big tables in the back room.
One of our most recommended restaurants in the city, Málà Project has opened a second Chinese spot in Fidi. But instead of dry pot, at Chubby Princess you’ll find dishes like spicy noodle soup, dumplings, and mapo tofu. If this place is anywhere near as good as Málà Project, it could likely make our guide to The Best Places To Eat In The Financial District.
If you like Sally Roots, you’ll probably be into Sally’s, a new Caribbean spot in Bed-Stuy from the same people. It looks like a good spot to drink tiki cocktails and eat things like curry crab rangoons and jerk pork bowls for dinner - and like Sally Roots, nothing on the menu costs over $20.
Jiang Diner just moved to a new location around the corner from its original spot in the East Village. Unlike the first version of this Chinese restaurant, the new place is counter-service, so it’s a good option if you’re looking for some quick congee in the area.
A new natural wine bar from the team behind Contra and Wildair has opened inside of The Market Line (a big food court on the LES that also just opened a few months ago). Peoples Wine seems like a good spot to drink and learn about wine or just snack on things like lobster pasta and cream puffs. Plus, if you like something you drank at the bar, you can buy one to take home.
A chef who used to cook at Frenchette has opened his own upscale Basque restaurant on the LES - it has exposed brick walls, leather chairs, and a chandelier that looks like a map of the solar system. Dishes like grilled Iberico ham, lamb-stuffed peppers, and monkfish with clams and salsa verde look promising.
Tiki Chick is a new bar on the Upper West Side from the team behind Jacob’s Pickles and it looks like a strong contender for our guide to 15 Uptown Spots That Feel Like Downtown Spots. If you’re looking for a place near W 86th St. to meet someone who you might take on a tropical honeymoon in the future, consider getting mai tais here.
This plant-covered Mexican spot in Bed-Stuy looks like a convenient and affordable way to eat things that you’d otherwise have to fly over 2,000 miles to try. Plus, all of the vegetarian-friendly Mexican dishes here, including dishes like chicharron and butternut squash quesadillas, cost less than $15.
Bergamo’s is a new cocktail bar in Midtown East that could be a good option for eating small plates and getting drinks near Grand Central Terminal. We wish our office had the same dark wood paneling and huge brown leather couches.
Alison is a neighborhood restaurant in East Harlem where we’ll probably eat some oysters and a burger alone at the bar on a Tuesday night. There are also some good-looking pancakes and a smoked salmon croissant available here during weekend brunch.
If you’re looking for a good cocktail bar in Industry City, try Oldies. It’s from the people behind Angel’s Share, but instead of button downs and vest, the people making your drinks here will be dressed in jeans and button-downs. Plus, Japanese bar snacks like corn tempura and salmon sashimi here look promising.
Anassa, a Greek spot that works well for a Last-Minute Group Dinner in Midtown East, has opened a second restaurant in Astoria, which looks like it might also work well for a spontaneous dinner in the neighborhood.
If you close your eyes and imagine a small, neighborhood spot in Brooklyn, you’ll probably see something similar to what you’ll find at Clover Hill. It’s a white brick-walled room with bay windows and indoor plants where you can eat a crepe or some clams with potato and onion soup everyday till 3pm.
There’s a new food hall in Midtown where you can eat everything from a panini at a new spot from the people behind Maman to a chicken salad sandwich on a fancy Hawaiian roll. The Deco is open every day from 7am to 9pm.
Two people who used to work at Eleven Madison Park are now doing drinks and bar snacks at this new cocktail bar on the second floor of Bergdorf Goodman’s in Midtown. There’s a long marble bar inside where you can order a negroni and bar snacks like beef tartare or chicken liver mousse while pretending to be the kind of person who does this kind of thing a lot.
The team behind Colonie in Brooklyn Heights has opened this natural wine bar right next door to their restaurant on Atlantic Ave. Pips looks like a casual spot with concrete walls and plenty of bar stools where you can sip from a glass of unfamiliar wine and snack on chicken liver or soppressata.
This new Thai cafe in Williamsburg is from the same family that runs Look by Plant Love House and it might be good enough to make our guide, Where To Get Brunch If You Hate Brunch. On Saturdays, Noods n’ Chill serves Chinese-Thai breakfast specials like rice porridge with stewed pork and cabbage omelettes from 11am to 4pm, but you can also get lunch or dinner here Tuesday through Sunday.
We checked out Noods n’ Chill and added it to our Hit List.
For years, Tabare in Williamsburg was one of the few places in NYC that served Uruguayan food. But now, the team has opened a second location in Bushwick, which means you can get dishes like chivito completo (filet mignon on a sandwich with egg, bacon, ham, and cheese) for dinner before a night at Elsewhere or House of Yes.
You can now relive your childhood pizza party dreams at the third NYC location of Emmy Squared on the UES. The next time you’re looking for square pizza above 79th Street, try a margarita pie here.
Queen is a casual new Meditteranean spot in Bushwick with patterned tile floors and small wood tables that you and your friends can crowd with mezze, hummus, and meat skewers. Since nothing on the menu here costs more than $20, this could be a solid affordable group dinner spot.
If you like eating breakfast burritos and using other people’s wifi, you might like this new cafe in Bushwick. The menu at The Awkward Scone involves a variety of New Mexican-style breakfast burritos full of things like green chile and hash browns, plus some good-looking pastries to enjoy with your free internet connection.
The team behind Fiaschetteria Pistoia has opened a new baked pasta spot in the West Village where you can get a slice of baked ziti and lasagna bolognese for $14 to $18. This counter-service spot also has vegan options and is open from 11am to 11pm daily.
The curved archways and globe pendant lights inside this new French-Canadian spot in Carroll Gardens make the space look like the inside of a spaceship — a friendly, neighborhood spaceship where you can eat dishes like potatoes made with duck fat and steak tartare with a side of quail eggs.
We checked out Bar Bête and added it to our Hit List.
Bathhouse is an upscale Eastern European restaurant inside of a Costco-sized spa on 10th Street in Williamsburg. The head chef used to work at Eleven Madison Park, but now he’s serving borscht, duck legs, and boar sausage stew for lunch, dinner, and brunch inside a white brick-walled space with more indoor plants than windows.
This new coffee shop in Sunset Park is serving Yemeni breakfast dishes like BEC samboosas and shakshuka all day, plus lunch options like lamb stew and fried chicken after 10am. Yafa Cafe is on the same block as the 45th Street R-stop so if you’re looking for a cafe with not-boring food, you might want to try this place.
If you’ve ever wanted to watch sports in a bar that serves an Old Fashioned with a spritz of chartreuse perfume, you’ll probably love J.Bespoke. This upscale cocktail bar in NoMad happens to have several TVs playing streams of people chasing a ball, but you could use it for anything.
This is an upscale, ingredients-focused spot in the West Village from the team behind the counter-service chain formerly known as Dig Inn. The chef at 232 Bleecker used to work at Gramercy Tavern, but now she’s focusing on chicken, pasta, and vegetables.
The East Village has a new raw bar that serves seafood with Japanese, Thai, and Chinese influences. Ama Raw Bar has a $1 Oyster Happy Hour from 5-7pm Monday through Friday and if you’re looking for something to do after work in the neighborhood, you might want to check this place out.
Mokyo is a Korean tapas spot in the East Village from the team behind Thursday Kitchen and like their first restaurant, this new one looks like a very nice garden apartment. If dishes like the duck fried rice, ceviche, and meat skewers at Mokyo taste as good as the food at Thursday Kitchen, this could become one of the best new restaurants in the neighborhood.
The next time you’re craving pancakes at 4am, try Soho Diner. This new 24-hour spot in the Soho Grand Hotel serves breakfast all day, plus diner classics like milkshakes and disco fries for lunch and dinner.
Grand Shanghai House is a new dumpling spot in Chinatown that’s in the old Joe’s Shanghai space. (Don’t worry, Joe’s Shanghai just moved to Bowery.)
The people behind Ops have opened another pizza place in Williamsburg where square slices are the house specialty. You can pick up a slice in the cafe or sit-down in the full restaurant and enjoy dishes like potato croquettes, lasagna, and tiramisu, plus lots of natural wine.
A chef from Miss Ada and the owner of a Latin spot we really like in Denver have opened a new Southwestern restaurant in Greenwich Village. The Banty Rooster is in a large, white brick-walled space and the menu has things like short ribs, albondigas, and roasted squash.
We checked out Banty Rooster and added it to our Hit List.
Kitchen & Table is a new ingredients-focused restaurant underneath a private gym in Flatiron where something called a “meditation dome” is kept safe. Maybe you can find some inner peace while you’re eating lamb tagine or salmon with eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
There’s a new Japanese spot on the UWS where you can get an 11-piece sushi omakase for $85 or 14 pieces for $105. Takeda has three seatings at 5:45pm, 7:30pm, and 9:10pm Tuesday through Saturday.
A chef who used to work at Cosme is now cooking at this new Venezuelan spot in Williamsburg. Casa Ora looks like an upscale place to eat arepas or arroz con pollo for dinner or weekend brunch.
One of our favorite slice shops just opened its first East Village location. There’s plenty of space to sit inside, plus you can get a drink with your incredibly large slice here.
The people behind Chikarashi, a very good counter-service poke spot on Canal Street, have opened a sit-down Japanese spot in Fidi. Chikarashi Isso has a big dining room covered in light wood and mid-century furniture that looks like a good place for a celebratory seafood dinner.
Two chefs from Chez Ma Tante have opened a French brasserie at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg. For now, Le Crocodile is only open for dinner, but will eventually be a spot where you can eat roast chicken, escargots, or an omelet all day long.
We checked out Le Crocodile and added it to our Hit List.
One of the chefs behind a popular Korean food pop-up at Black Emperor has opened his own Korean spot in the East Village. And if the menu here has anything like the steak and kimchi burger he used to make, it’ll be worth traveling for.
Bar Dough is a new pizza bar in Hell’s Kitchen that could be good for days when you think Happy Hour drinks might turn into a pizza party.
Market Line is a new food hall underneath Essex Market on the LES where vendors sell everything from uni pasta and borscht to ramen and pork tacos. It’s your run of the mill, industrial-looking marketplace with indoor seating and an overwhelming number of stalls open from 7am-1am.
This beer bar at Market Line on the LES looks like a good place to drink with people who actually know the difference between stouts and lagers. It has over 50 draft options and a table delivery service that allows you to order dishes from other market vendors directly to your table.
A chef who used to work at 4 Charles Prime Rib has opened this new sandwich shop in the East Village. The french dip seems like the specialty at this tiny spot on St. Marks, but there’s also a good-looking chicken sandwich on the menu.
Mighty Catch is a new Cajun seafood spot on the UWS where you can eat things like crab legs and lobster mac ’n cheese in a casual sit-down restaurant before taking a walk through Central Park (which is just two blocks away).
Redcrest is a new counter-service chicken spot in Bushwick. We like the the original location in Philly for decompressing with a plate of fried chicken. The new Brooklyn spot is at Starliner Bar and serves sandwiches, thighs, and wings with more sauce options than you’ll be able to process after 1am.
The team behind THEP has opened this new Cajun-style seafood spot in Hell’s Kitchen where you can eat a pot of seafood with your hands while wearing gloves and a lobster-shaped bib. There are plenty of orange booths, tables, and a huge octopus mural inside.
There’s a new bakery and cafe in Rockaway Beach where you can get a good-looking frittata, challah french toast, and roast chicken from 7am till 8pm.
One of the chefs from Dirt Candy has opened her own counter-service veggie burger spot in Tribeca. Oat milk soft serve and shakes are also on the menu at this colorful vegan restaurant.
After closing Zizi Lamona in Williamsburg, the same people opened Zizi, a new Middle-eastern spot in Chelsea. It has almost the exact same menu, which has dishes like falafel with curry yogurt and lamb shawarma, plus a few new additions. The space looks like hundreds of other casuals spots with exposed brick walls and bottle-lined bars, but if the dishes here taste anything like they did at the Brooklyn location, you should make it #1 on your list of last-minute dinner places along 8th Ave.
Las Santas is a new upscale Mexican spot on Fulton Street in Fort Greene that’s covered in light fixtures that look like geometric-shaped puzzle pieces. It could be a good option the next time you and a few friends are craving fajitas, enchiladas, or chocolate-dipped churros.
Jajaja, a vegan Mexican spot with locations on the LES and in Williamsburg has opened a new spot in the West Village. This location has the same menu, which involves things like a mountain of vegetarian nachos, “chorizo” burrito, and fish tacos, plus a larger space covered in Mexican ceramic tiles and potted plants.
There’s a new omakase sushi spot in Astoria where you can get sushi omakase with 12 pieces for $135 or a kaiseki omakase with nine pieces, plus three side dishes like caviar and grilled vegetables for $175. Koyo has seatings at 5:30pm and 8pm Wednesday through Sunday.
The chef who made Gotham Bar & Grill famous has opened a new upscale Italian spot in Chelsea. If you like seafood, there are plenty of options on the menu - think seafood spaghetti with octopus and shrimp.
This is a new Greek restaurant in Long Island City where you can eat things like tahini babka french toast and peinirli (cheese bread with an egg yolk in the middle) at the converted schoolhouse known as MoMA PS1. For now, they’re only open from noon till 6pm, Thursday-Monday.
We checked out Mina’s and added it to our Hit List.
The people behind Court Street Grocers have opened a new neighborhood restaurant in Boerum Hill. Rather than gourmet deli sandwiches, the menu at this sit-down spot has what they call elevated Cincinnati specialties, like chili over spaghetti, grilled chicken covered in cane syrup, and buckwheat waffles with a side of white fish spread at brunch.
Anton’s is a new upscale Italian spot in the West Village from the people behind the Franks restaurants - it also happens to be in the old Frankies 570 Spuntino space. From what we can tell, the dining room is inspired by old-school New York Italian restaurants and the menu, full of pastas, seafood, and steak, follows along with the theme.
We checked out Anton’s and added it to our Hit List.
A pierogi place from Poland has opened its first U.S. location in Greenpoint and all of the sweet and savory options at this light, wood-covered restaurant look promising. You can also get borscht, croquettes, and a glass of wine here.
Spanish tapas bar Lamano has opened its third location in Hell’s Kitchen and it looks like it could be a great spot to get drinks and small plates like egg tortilla with truffle or thinly sliced octopus with fried potatoes.
A popular chicken spot from Korea has opened a new sit-down restaurant in Koreatown where you and a friend can get a huge skillet of dakgalbi or stir-fried chicken, sweet potato, scallions, and cheese for $20.
A new Korean tasting menu restaurant has opened in a long, narrow space in Hell’s Kitchen. For $75, you get nine courses involving things like octopus, scallop, and steak skewers, bibimbap with quail egg tempura, and ricotta doenjang.
One of our favorite Flushing spots just reopened in a big new space on the ground floor of a business complex at One Fulton Street. They’re known for their classic xiao long bao, but they also have new menu items, like rainbow-colored soup dumplings filled with foie gras or crab meat.
The people behind upscale Latin food spot Colonia Verde have opened a small and casual new wine bar inside Williamsburg venue National Sawdust. You can expect mezcal cocktails, natural wine, and Latin small plates like vegan chicharrones and raw-salmon tostadas. They’re open 6pm-midnight every day except Mondays.
Popular Tribeca brunch spot Bubby’s has reopened in the same space on Hudson Street with some upgrades to the bar and dining room. You can get dishes like blueberry pancakes and matzo ball soup here starting at 8am every day of the week.
If you’re the kind of person who gets excited about bread loaves, you’ll want to know that this popular French bakery, with locations in Grand Central Market and Cobble Hill, has opened a third spot in Crown Heights. They open at 7am every day, and the croissants look flakier than your LA friends.
On the topic of dumplings, one of the chefs who worked at the original Nan Xiang Long Bao has opened his own counter-service dumpling spot - it’s called Three Times and there are locations in Union Square and on the Lower East Side.
This is a new beer bar on the Lower East Side that also serves some dinner options like clam pasta and skewered meats.
Bar Meridian is a new cocktail bar in Prospect Heights with a jukebox and a big, all-black, wraparound bar. It looks like a dimly-lit date night spot where you can drink something with mezcal in it while eating spaghetti or a meat and cheese platter.
This is a new counter-service BBQ spot in the old Habana To-Go space on Fulton Street in Fort Greene. If you’re looking for a meat-stuffed sandwich or pastrami cheese fries in the area, this looks like it could be a good option.
The people behind Japanese restaurant and cocktail bar ROKC have opened a new spot on the Upper East Side that looks like a similar concept. You’ll find entrees like ramen and fried chicken on NR’s menu, but it looks like this place specializes in cocktails, some of which will arrive at your table on fire or in egg-shaped vases from the 19th century.
This is a new natural wine bar in the East Village from the people behind Ruffian, another natural wine bar in the East Village. Kindred will eventually serve Mediterranean entrees and brunch options, but for now, they’ve just got small plates like crostinis and chicken meatballs.
The people behind Adda, one of The Best Indian Restaurants in NYC, has opened a new Punjabi spot in Jackson Heights with a completely vegetarian menu. You can get meatless versions of some of their best-known dishes, including the dum biryani - a pot of rice, vegetables, and spices sealed by a layer of dough.
If you like eating eggs and toast as late as 5pm, this spot is for you. It’s the second location of an Australian coffee shop from the people behind an objectively good-looking all-day breakfast spot in Greenwich Village, and they make great breakfast-y food and coffee.
This Detroit-style pizza chain has opened its second Manhattan location in the East Village. They serve thick, rectangular, pan pies for $7 each here and unlike the original location in Chelsea, there are plenty of big tables here.
There’s a new experimental Sweetgreen location on Park Avenue that looks like the equivalent of an Apple Store, but for salad. Instead of placing your order on the assembly line, you tell someone with an iPad behind a podium what you’d like, and it’ll magically appear a few minutes later.
Canary Club on the Lower East Side is another part-restaurant, part-music venue to add to your list of places to try when you’re in the mood for a casual dinner followed by live music in an underground supper club. The seafood-focused Cajun food at this New Orleans-themed jazz spot looks buttery and promising.
This new Mediterranean spot in Williamsburg looks like a good place to hang out on a Thursday afternoon if you’re someone who doesn’t have anywhere else to be on a Thursday afternoon. There’s a nice outdoor patio here and the menu has dishes like octopus, scallops, and veggies.
Bumu is a new Japanese izakaya in Greenwich Village that could be the spot you turn to for post-work drinks and snacks with someone you’ve never met, but would like to get to know. There are mostly bar seats here and few dishes cost more than $20.
This new bar in Gowanus looks like what would happen if a dive bar and a flower shop went into business together - there’s a colorful back patio, a flower arch over the jukebox, and a food menu with buffalo wings and musubi. If you’re in the area and into unexpected combinations, check it out.
Prospect Heights has a new cafe and pastry shop on Vanderbilt Avenue where you can eat prosciutto BECs, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, and bombolinis for breakfast or lunch seven days a week. Ciao Gloria has plenty of tables, bar seats, and potted plants as far as the eye can see.
Ivy Lane is a new, three-floor American restaurant on the Upper East Side from the people behind Ophelia and Industry Kitchen. If maximalist touches like big velvet couches and murals of anonymous women don’t bother you, come here and try the burger with kimchi, steak with wasabi butter, and squid ink gnocchi - they all look promising.
Nowadays has a new Japanese restaurant on-site where you can get dishes like fish and chips, udon, or a lamb burger starting at 5pm during the week and noon on weekends. It could be a good spot for a casual weeknight dinner or to sip sake at the bar while you wait for your favorite DJ to start spinning.
The guy who used to make pies for the Obamas has opened his own French-American spot on the Upper East Side. You can also have a sit-down lunch or dinner at Palais Perfect Pie and eat entrees like fish, steak, or a burger.
This neighborhood Tex-Mex spot has opened a second location in South Slope, where you can get excellent tacos and $7 margaritas during Happy Hour on weeknights.
Roland’s is a brick-oven pizza spot in Harlem from the people behind a popular BBQ spot that happens to be right next door. The menu here has a meat and cheese platter, calzones, and pies with plenty of topping options.
This new upscale Italian restaurant in the HGU New York hotel in Midtown is from the same chef as Ainslie in Williamsburg. The rooftop bar seems promising once rooftop season rolls around.
Frango’s is a casual new Portuguese spot in the East Village where you can get rotisserie chicken covered in peri-peri sauce with a big group of friends. It could be a contender for our guide, Where To Go When You Want A Really Good Roast Chicken.
We checked out Frangos and added it to our Hit List.
One of our favorite banh mi spots in the city has opened a second location on 46th Street in Midtown. You no longer have to head to Elmhurst for beef bulgogi or lemongrass chicken sandwiches. Joju is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Lola Taverna looks like a good contender for our Where To Go That’s Like Kiki’s But Isn’t Actually Kiki’s guide. It’s a Greek spot in Soho from the people behind Black Seed Bagels, and it might be a nice place to bring a group and eat grilled meat, seafood pasta, and a few dips.
A champagne bar from San Francisco has opened its first East Coast location in the West Village. Besides having the longest champagne list you’ve probably ever seen, The Riddler is known for its short menu of very solid small plates like waffles made of tater tots and topped with caviar - you can expect that, plus an oyster bar, and other full dishes at the NYC location.
We checked out The Riddler and added it to our Hit List.
The Longshoreman is a new Italian spot near the Brooklyn waterfront that looks like one of the staged living room sets at your local Ikea. But even though the space is standard, the uni cacio y pepe, clam pizza, and the Late Night Happy Hour seem promising.
If you’re looking for a spot to eat Japanese hand rolls on the Lower East Side, you should try Douzo. It looks like a casual sushi spot with lots of light wood accents where you can eat temaki sushi and stare at your gym trainer from across the wraparound bar.
Upscale Korean BBQ chain Dons Bogam has opened its third NYC location in Midtown, where you can get dishes like duck bibimbap, short rib, or scallion pancakes for lunch or dinner daily. If you’re planning on being an alien for Halloween, you should know that the space here could pass as the interior of your spaceship.
A rice roll chain with locations in China, California, and Toronto, has opened its first NYC restaurant in Chinatown. It might be a good option for dim sum on a weekend morning, but you can get dishes like BBQ pork rice rolls, congee, and beef cheung fun between 9am and 9pm daily.
The people behind Tessa have opened this American spot on the Upper West Side, which is an option for eating pasta or steak after a show at Lincoln Center. As far as restaurants go, this multi-level spot with high ceilings might be the closest thing we’ve seen to an upscale loft.
Just in case you’re still on the lookout for your favorite Brooklyn slice shop, several big names in pizza from Phoenix, San Francisco, as well as the Franks from New York have come together to open a new pizza place in Carroll Gardens. It’s located between Frankies 457 Spuntino and Franks Wine Bar, and all of the classic pies look promising, but we’re especially interested in trying the pepperoni Sicilian.
We checked out F&F Pizzeria and added it to our Hit List.
Zooba, an Egyptian spot with several locations in Cairo, has opened its first US location in Nolita. You can get dishes like taameya (fried fava bean balls), hawawashi (Egyptian beef patties), and dukkah fries for lunch or dinner in the large, colorful counter-service space on Kenmare St.
We checked out Zooba and added it to our Hit List.
NYC’s cruller king Daily Provisions has opened its second NYC location on the UWS. It’s two blocks from Central Park, which means you can now take some crullers and the very good BEC from this counter-service spot with you to show out-of-towners the reservoir.
A new beer garden has opened in a Ridgewood greenhouse serving craft beers with names like Root Beer Beer, Glazed Carrot Crockpot, and Spicy Avocado Margarita. Evil Twin Brewing is open from 5-9pm on weekdays and 12-6pm on weekends.
NYC’s best BBQ joint has opened its second Brooklyn location in Industry City. They’re serving a good-looking pastrami sandwich, plus other new dishes like brisket tacos and jalapeno sausage. There are plenty of tables inside, and if you live in Sunset Park, you should expect more visits from friends moving forward.
8sia is a new food hall in Midtown East where vendors sell all different Asian-inspired food like curry noodles, sushi, and gelato-filled egg waffles. Most things cost around $10, and there are plenty of places to sit in this large space on East 42nd Street.
The people behind Mettā, a date night spot in Fort Greene that closed in July, have opened this new neighborhood wine bar in the same space with huge windows that look out onto brownstones and cherry blossom trees. They’re going for a zero-waste concept now, so you’ll only find natural wine, oysters, and few other snacks on the menu.
Nami Nori is a new light-wood-covered West Village restaurant from three sushi chefs who used to work at Masa. It looks like the focus here are sushi rolls called temaki that come filled with different kinds of raw seafood or vegetables. Nami Nori is open for dinner at 5:30pm daily.
We checked out Nami Nori and added it to our Hit List.
Felice 56 is a new Italian spot from the people behind Sant Ambroeus, who also run Felice 15 Gold Street and Felice 83, so you can already expect good food at lunch or for dinner that’s more expensive than it should be. It’s at the Chambers Hotel in Midtown and if you like being up before most humans, you’ll be happy to know that you can get coffee and a pastry here at 7am weekdays and 8am on weekends.
Il Fiorista is a new sit-down spot in Nomad that serves Mediterranean-inspired dishes, like calamari and duck egg pasta, made with flowers and other herbs you might find in a Brooklyn mom’s dream garden. For now, you can only have dinner here, but soon this spot will serve breakfast and lunch during the day.
James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem has opened this new coffee shop in Williamsburg right next door to his wine bar and restaurant Four Horsemen. Daymoves is open every day from 8am-6pm, and it looks like a good place to eat a pastry with someone who takes their vinyl collection a little too seriously.
The people behind D-list celeb hangouts like Catch in Meatpacking have opened this new upscale steak house right down the street. Similar to Catch, Catch Steak has multiple floors and a “smart casual” dress code.
The people behind a legendary cheese shop in Little Italy have opened a new wine bar right next door. C. Di Palo has bar-seating and a few small tables where you can drink wine and sample meats and cheeses without waiting in a line full of tourists.
There’s a new omakase sushi spot on the Upper East Side where you can eat 11 pieces for $95 or 15 pieces for $125. Sushi Jin has seatings at 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm every day, except Sundays.
A counter-service Venezuelan spot in Midtown has opened its second location in Gramercy. The next time you’re looking for an affordable lunch or dinner in the area, consider trying the cheese sticks, pulled pork arepas, or chicken empanadas here - they’re all under $10.
The people behind East Pole opened a spacious new oyster bar in Tribeca that is now serving dinner and drinks. In addition to expected oysters and seafood towers, they also have bigger dishes like fish tacos and squid ink paella.
A huge warehouse in Williamsburg has been taken over by a new Italian spot called Ainslie. It has a nice outdoor patio that might be a fun place to eat pizza and pasta while listening to whatever the DJ feels like playing. (Keep in mind there’s only live music Wednesday through Saturday nights.)
We checked out Ainslie and added it to our Hit List.
Otaku Katsu is a new Japanese spot on the Lower East Side that has katsu and Japanese sandwich bento boxes, in addition to onigiris, fries topped with cod roe mayo, and miso chocolate soft serve.
Qanoon is a casual new Palestinian restaurant in Chelsea with bar-seating and a few small tables, all of which have good views of the indoor lemon tree. The menu at this dinner spot has dishes like tabbouleh, tahini meatballs, and a baked branzino.
The people behind Tao Downtown have opened Cathédrale, a new French-Mediterranean restaurant at the Moxy Hotel East Village. The next time you want to celebrate something in a huge dining room with vaulted ceilings, stage curtains, and spotlights, this might be a good option, especially because there’s an adjacent bar called Little Sister.
East Village cocktail bar Amor Y Amargo, has opened a second location in Williamsburg. Unlike the original, there’s enough room at the Brooklyn location to sit down.
This cafe in the East Village specializes in masala chai drinks. There are also small plates like avocado toast made with mango chutney that you can eat at one of the two-tops inside.
The people behind Crave Fishbar have opened this Mexican spot in Midtown East that has a counter-service operation downstairs and a sit-down restaurant and bar upstairs. There’s a daily Happy Hour from 3-7pm, and dishes like the short rib tacos, al pastor quesadillas, and a $32 whole rotisserie chicken are available starting at 11am.
The team behind Win Son has opened a Taiwanese cafe in East Williamsburg that’s right around the corner from the sit-down restaurant. They’re now open for breakfast every day and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The fried chicken box, chicken parm sandwich, and fried pork knuckle sandwich all look very promising.
We checked out Win Son Bakery and added it to our Hit List.
Sauce has reopened on the Lower East Side with sidewalk seating and a dining room that looks like a cottage on the Italian countryside. Expect red sauce classics like beef bolognese, pizza, and chicken parm.
Italian seafood spot Esca has reopened in its original Midtown location, with brunch and dinner service. Both the formal dining room and the outdoor patio look like they could work for the kind of special occasion that you’d want to eat steak or seafood.
Legendary upscale American restaurant Gotham Bar & Grill has reopened in Greenwich Village with a new seafood-focused menu. Lunch service won’t start until September 23rd, but the dinner menu has dishes like yellowtail crudo, foie gras, and whole grilled fish.
Legendary Middle Eastern grocery store Sahadi’s has opened its second Brooklyn location at Industry City, with a casual counter-service restaurant and bar inside. It looks like there’s plenty of space here to eat Lebanese dishes like falafel wrapped in saj and drink beer or wine with a group.
This Malibu tourist magnet has opened an NYC location on Pier 17 in the Seaport District. As you might expect, the menu here has kale salad, cauliflower pizza, and a fried egg sandwich.
Los Tacos, which makes some of the best tacos in NYC, has opened its third NYC location in Tribeca. Like other outposts in the city, this Tribeca spot has no seating. It is, however, one block from City Hall Park, where you can eat your carne asada tacos on a bench outside.
Norm’s Pizza is a new slice shop in Downtown Brooklyn from the people behind Upside Pizza in Midtown. The space looks like a ’60s pizza parlor with a small counter where you can stand and eat your margherita, mozzarella, pepperoni, or vodka slice.
The Jones is a new cafe in Noho from the people behind Fedora and Jeffrey’s Grocery. For now, they are only open on weekdays till 3pm, serving breakfast and lunch options like tuna carpaccio, clams, and a sandwich that looks like a fancy Filet-O-Fish.
We checked out The Jones and added it to our Hit List.
There is a new counter-service spot in Chinatown where you can get soy-based snacks like tofu pudding, green tea rice cake, and fresh soy milk. With only a few seats inside of Fong On, it looks like a serious takeout situation.
First Lamb Shabu, a hot pot chain with locations in China and in Flushing, has opened its first Manhattan restaurant in the East Village. Not only does the menu here have lamb, beef, ox, and seafood options for your hot pot, but there are also kitschy add-ons. We’re specifically intrigued by the block of congealed beef oil in the form of a 3D Hello Kitty doll. It reminds us of the spice packets and pastes you put in ramen.
Go Nonna is a casual new Italian/Argentinian spot in Long Island City with a small takeout window for coffee, open weekdays at 11am. The lunch and dinner menus here have starters like eggplant parm and fried shrimp, plus a long list of pastas, like cacio e pepe and spaghetti with meatballs.
Khiladi is a new Indian spot in the East Village where you can eat dosas and watch South Indian films from the ’80s. There are some classic dishes like tikka masala and sag paneer on the menu, plus curry poutine and pudding with vermicelli noodles.
Manero’s is a new slice shop in Little Italy from some of the people behind JaJaJa. There’s a small counter inside where you can order a square or thin slice, and a disco ball hanging from the ceiling to set the mood.
Xu’s Public House is a new upscale Chinese spot that’s half-a-block from Union Square. It’s open for dinner every day and the menu has a lot of seafood dishes like squid ink dumplings, lobster risotto, and crab noodles.
If you’re a french fry person, then you’ll probably want to know Spudz, a fry spot in Bed-Stuy. You can get your fries loaded with anything from jerk chicken and sweet plantains to cinnamon and caramel sauce. Keep in mind that Spudz is currently only open Thursday-Sunday.
Renegades Of Sunset is a new vegan fast-food spot at Industry City Food Hall in Sunset Park. The philly cheesesteak, bacon mac and cheese, and cinnamon rolls all look promising.
This neighborhood Italian spot in Carroll Gardens looks like a good spot for a casual breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the area. It looks like fried custard balls are the specialty here, but the menu here also has a meat and cheese platter, stuffed olives, and a burger on a good-looking pretzel bun.
Carneval is a new Latin spot in Williamsburg that looks perfect for a party that ends with you swinging by the next day to pick up your credit card. There are carnival masks on the walls, daily drink specials, and food options like tacos, ceviche, and skirt steak.
Laut Singapura is a new Singaporean restaurant in Gramercy. It’s from the team behind Laut, a casual Southeast Asian spot near Union Square, but this place is more upscale - with velvet chairs, marble tables, and colorful murals.
This Red Hook restaurant and bar looks like a huge loft, with brick walls, large windows, tufted sofas. You’ll find small plates, sandwiches, and salads on the menu here, but what this place specializes in are Roman-style pizzas (which you can watch as they cook in the pizza oven).
Danish bakery Ole & Steen has opened a third location on 40th Street near Bryant Park. Like the Union Square and Midtown East spots, the breads and pastries are the reasons to come here, plus there’s plenty of space for lunch meetings.
This new Chinese spot in Long Island City is from the people behind Hunan House, a popular Flushing restaurant. Chairman Sun serves a huge menu, ranging from dim sum to dry pot to a whole fish.
Mama Capri is here to make you feel like you’re much closer to an Italian beach than the Gowanus canal. There’s a lot of blue tile, lemon wallpaper, string lights on the back patio, and a seafood menu with dishes like stuffed calamari, shrimp risotto, and an octopus salad.
This American restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the 24th floor of the new Equinox Hotel in Hudson Yards. The grilled meats, salads, and raw options on the menu make this spot seem great for a very healthy meal with a view, especially if you prefer eucalyptus towels to regular ones.
This counter-service pizza place, with locations in the East Village and on the LES, has opened a third spot in Koreatown between 31st and 32nd Street. If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the al pastor pie with pineapple sauce.
Reverence is a new East Asian, French, and Latin American-inspired tasting menu spot in Harlem. Before you eat here, you’ll have to make a reservation and pay $98 per person for five-courses in advance, but the uni empanadas, escargot, and honey cake make it all seem worth it.
Plado Tasting Bar is a new Mediterranean-inspired tapas spot in the East Village that serves dishes like lamb meatballs and paella for dinner. They also have brunch until 4pm on weekends.
This new sit-down pizza spot in Williamsburg has sourdough personal pies for $6 and larger ones from $12 to $16, with toppings like walnut and pesto. There are also dollar oysters here on weeknights.
There’s a new omakase sushi spot in the West Village where you can eat 12 pieces for $75 or 17 pieces for $115.
We checked out Omakase Room by Maaser and wrote about it here.
This new Central and South American restaurant at Hotel Hendricks in Midtown serves dishes like beef carpaccio with chimichurri, grilled chicken, and short ribs. It looks like another upscale breakfast or dinner option near Bryant Park.
Bar Wayō is a cocktail spot from the Momofuku people. It’s in the Pier 17 development in the Seaport, and if the weather is nice, you should try to grab a picnic table out front. You could have a full meal here, but it’s probably best used for a snack along with a couple of rounds of drinks before dinner at one of the places in our FiDi guide.
This experimental new tasting menu restaurant in the East Village serves French, Austrian, Indian, and Spanish-inspired dishes. If a meaty entree like veal with anchovy milk doesn’t sound good to you, they also have a vegetarian menu option.
The comedy club The Stand near Union Square has opened a full restaurant upstairs, also called The Stand. The food is mostly American, with raw bar options, pizza, rotisserie chicken, and a whole fish.
Pepper Lunch, a casual Japanese steakhouse for DIY meat-grilling, has opened its second NYC location in Chelsea. It’s open from 11am-11pm, so it could be a good spot for lunch or dinner.
If you’ve been looking to have a tea party, this new French spot in Greenwich Village has a daily tea service where you can try over 100 different blends along with homemade scones, eclairs, and tarts. They also do lunch on weekdays till 4pm and dinner starting at 5pm every day except Monday.
This French wine bar in Greenwich Village has a set menu with either a $38 two-course option or a $45 three-course option. They serve appetizers like cheese and charcuterie, small plates like fluke crudo, and entrees like duck with almonds and grapefruit.
Ray’s is a new Western-themed bar on Chrystie Street on the LES. Justin Theroux opened it with some of the people behind The Happiest Hour and The Smile. It seems like they were going for something divey, but it looks more polished and kitschy than anything else.
We checked out Ray’s and added it to our Bar Hit List.
Gaudir is a new tapas spot in East Harlem, where you can have Spanish dishes like squid ink paella with cuttlefish shrimp for dinner or chorizo and eggs for brunch on Sundays.
This casual beer garden in Prospect Lefferts Gardens has a menu of German dishes like chicken wiener schnitzel and spaetzle with chicken confit. Gruit serves beer by the glass or by the pitcher, both of which you can drink indoors or on the outdoor patio.
Estuary, a casual new American spot on the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront, is now open for dinner. This place is huge and has everything from scallops to vegan burgers on the menu. It might be good for big group dinners on the water.
Jintana Thai Farmhouse is a neighborhood Thai restaurant in Park Slope that looks like a backyard barn party. Many of the dishes here are notably colorful, like the salad with blue jasmine rice and green vegetable dumplings.
This new spot in the West Village serves Himalayan and French-inspired entrees, like carpaccio made with sichuan pepper, baked oyster with lemongrass aioli, and a salad with dried apricot and tofu miso. It’s from two chefs who met working at Blue Hill At Stone Barns, so it seems worth checking out.
New-ish Lower East Side Thai spot Wayla has opened a counter-service lunch spot upstairs. Little Wayla serves five lunchboxes which involve things like green curry, larb, or poached chicken. They also have some imported snacks, like Thai sweet basil potato chips.
Floret is an American restaurant in the Sister City hotel on Bowery (which also has a nice rooftop called Last Light). They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner (starting July 22) with lots of veggie-forward entrees like Japanese eggplant and a salad with cauliflower and pistachio, but they have meat too.
EAK Ramen, a iekei-style ramen spot with locations in the West Village and Los Angeles, opened another one in Hell’s Kitchen, where they’re serving new menu items like poke and bao buns. The ramen here has thick noodles and creamy broth.
A build-your-own Neapolitan pizza spot from Los Angeles has opened in Williamsburg. None of the pizzas on the menu are over $20 and there are a bunch of small plates like burrata with melon and prosciutto as well.
This new dim sum spot in Flatiron serves Shanghai-style dishes like shrimp and pork shu mai, crab soup dumplings, and beef noodle soup. Baodega also serves coffee from a Brooklyn-based company that sources its beans from all over Asia.
Izzy Rose is a new bar in Clinton Hill from the people behind Clementine Bakery. The menu has vegan bar food, like tacos made with chickpeas, nachos, and guacamole.
Hutong, an upscale Chinese spot from Hong Kong, has opened its first US location in Midtown. Best known for Northern Chinese dishes like Peking duck and seafood dumplings, Hutong is in a huge 1920s-inspired space that looks like it could be good for an extravagant dim sum lunch or fun group dinner.
The Ryerson is a new Southern restaurant and cocktail bar in Crown Heights that looks like it has a nice backyard patio. On the menu, you’ll find entrees like a double patty burger with cheddar cheese, fried chicken, and a vegan scallop dish made with eggplant.
This ramen spot in Murray Hill specializes in tonkotsu broth and looks like a good weeknight dinner option. Besides ramen, the menu here has share plates like grilled meat skewers and potato salad.
Gentle Perch is a casual Korean-ish spot in East Williamsburg that’s open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and brunch until 3pm on weekends. The menu has entrees like kimchi bacon fried rice, soy garlic shrimp and seaweed rice rolls made with fish, eggs, and vegetables.
This neighborhood American spot in Prospect Lefferts Gardens will begin food service on July 22, but until then they’re serving cocktails like mezcal margaritas and cucumber mint gimlets, wine, and beer.
If you like natural wine, you’ll probably be excited about Lalou, a new spot in Prospect Heights with a nice patio and a fully stocked bar. They also have a small Italian-ish menu with things like zucchini escabeche, spaghetti, and a chicken for two.
We checked out LaLou and added it to our Hit List.
Mission Ceviche, a Peruvian spot that has a few downtown locations opened a sit-down restaurant on the Upper East Side. It still looks like it belongs downtown though, with a living wall and neon sign. The menu has different kinds of ceviche, skewers with grilled meat or seafood, and a few Peruvian small plates.
There is a new food court in Elmhurst with over 20 different vendors, serving dishes from Southern and Eastern Asia, including Chinese, Thai, Tibetan, Vietnamese, and Japanese cuisine. It’s close to the M/R Elmhurst Ave stop and many of the spots here are cash-only.
You can now get artisanal pizza at Sullivan Street Bakery in Chelsea, which officially becomes Sullivan Street Pizza after 6pm Wednesday through Sunday. For now, they only serve two kinds of pizza, margherita or spinach and gruyere, that you can customize with a bunch add-ons like capers, burrata, and prosciutto.
After closing its old space and popping up around Brooklyn, Kichin is back with a sit-down spot on Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick. You can still have fried chicken at their new multi-room restaurant and bar, but their menu also has other options like whole crispy fish, mussels, and japchae.
We checked out Kichin and added it to our Hit List.
Turk’s Inn is a kitschy-looking new restaurant and music venue in Bushwick that’s made to look like a supper club from the 1930s. The menu has dishes like lamb kebabs and eggplant with tahini that you can enjoy in a tchotchke-filled dining room or at the rooftop bar.
We checked out The Turk’s Inn and added it to our Hit List.
This counter-service Turkish spot in Bushwick serves meat or vegan protein as a kebab, salad, or over a box of fries for around $11. It’s run by the people from Turk’s Inn and stays open until midnight on weekends.
A popular Roman-style flatbread spot from San Francisco has opened in Williamsburg. Montesacaro Pinseria serves their fluffy-looking pinsas alongside meats, cheeses, beer, and wine for lunch and dinner in a space that includes a big, covered patio.
We checked out Montesacro Pinseria and added it to our Hit List.
Tsukimi is a new Japanese kaiseki tasting menu restaurant in the East Village. A meal here will cost you $195 per person for 11 courses or $320 if you go for the drink pairing. There’s only one seating per night and it’s at 7pm, but if you can get one of the 14 seats, expect dishes like caviar, bluefin tuna, and washu beef.
This Elmhurst Thai spot just opened its first Manhattan location in Chelsea Market, serving dishes like duck curry and ground catfish salad. It could be a good lunch option next time you’re touring someone around Chelsea.
Shun is a new, serious-looking Japanese French spot in Midtown that’s one floor above Le Jardinier, a slightly less formal French spot that opened last month from the same people. Whether you go with the prix fixe menu or the eight-course tasting menu, expect dishes like raw scallops, roasted duck, and lobster.
Counter-service dumpling spot East Wind Snack Shop opened its third location in Carroll Gardens with an expanded menu from the Williamsburg and Windsor Terrace locations that includes Chinese cotton candy. If you’re looking for something other than dumplings and cotton candy, East Wind also has snack-sized rice plates that come with shrimp or broccoli beef.